Fausto Arellano

Fausto Arellano has been a naturalist guide and divemaster in the Galapagos for over 25 years. A high school graduation gift launched this Quito native on his first exploration of the islands. Captivated by their beauty, Fausto pursued his degree in Biology at the Argentine Catholic University of Buenos Aires, then went on to earn the prestigious Galapagos National Park official guide certification, specializing in diving and photography. Fausto has led Galapagos natural history adventures ever since, and loves the “magic carpet” experience of a live-aboard boat, but also the peaceful quality of exploring the islands each day. “When we are in the Galapagos, we are able to forget about being busy and experience the wildlife in a very personal way, and an orientation towards nature is somethnig that WT travelers have in common.” A world traveler himself, Fausto has visited Europe, North and South America, Antarctica and Africa, has lived abroad in Rome, Frankfurt, and Chicago, and is fluent in English and Italian along with his native Spanish. He was selected to be a guest speaker at Darwin's 200th birthday celebration at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia and is currently studying solar technology with the goal of bringing renewable energy sources to the Galapagos.  Fausto’s favorite? “Snorkeling! To share an encounter in the underwater world of the Galapagos is so gratifying. I always look forward to it.”

Upcoming Trips:

Ultimate Galapagos, May 15-31, 2015
Galapagos Adventure, May 15-24, 2015
Ultimate Galapagos, May 15-31, 2015
Enchanted Isles, May 22-31, 2015
Ultimate Galapagos, June 12-28, 2015
Galapagos Adventure, June 12-21, 2015
Enchanted Isles, June 19-28, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Fausto was above and beyond what we expected. We really felt taken care of. Donna A., Enchanted Isles Fausto is the perfect trip leader. His knowledge is outstanding. Gary A., Enchanted Isles Fausto has a wonderful ability to make sure each person gets what they want out of the trip. Carol W., Enchanted Isles Fausto Arellano’s relaxed but professional attitude was the perfect style for our group. Sherrill Lavagnino, Oakland, CA Fausto Arrellano did a fantastic job of making things run smoothly. He was inventive and flexible in his approach. Michael D., Berkeley CA
Enchanted Isles
Fausto was magnificent! Tom B., Seattle WA
Galapagos Adventure
Fausto made the trip. I felt extremely fortunate to have him as our trip leader. His knowledge was outstanding. Lou G., Ft. Collins, CO
Highlands and Islands
Fausto is the consummate professional. His passion for nature and the animals was exceptional. Jeffrey P., Steamboat Springs CO
Highlands and Islands
Fausto sets the standard. He knows how to set and maintain a positive tone and relates well to all. Paul Sax, Lafayette, CA His passion for the Galapagos is evident, and we benefitted from it. Phil M., Victoria, BC
Fausto added very positively to this thoroughly memorable trip. Gene M.,
South Lake Tahoe CA, Enchanted Isles
It was fun getting to know Fausto. He is extremely knowledgeable and very proud of his home country. Brenda S., Lakewood, CO
Enchanted Isles
Fausto is an outstanding Trip Leader. He knows how to strike the right blend of friendliness and professionalism for each group member. His deep knowledge of Ecuador and the Galapagos, experience in diving and snorkeling, and strong interpersonal skills made our trip unforgettable. Christopher Q., San Francisco, CA
Ultimate Galapagos
Fausto is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable leader who seems genuinely interested in sharing his love of the area with others. Leah W., Edmond, OK
Ultimate Galapagos
Fausto was incredibly passionate and knowledgable about the Galapagos. His camera hints let us get incredible photos of the animals. Brent P., Urbana, IL
Galapagos Adventure