Silvia Vargas

Silvia Vargas has loved the Galapagos Islands since she visited them while a high school student in her hometown of Guayaquil, Ecuador. She majored in languages at the university in Guayaquil and later lived in England and Germany. Eventually, her love of nature led her to live in the Galapagos and she has worked as a naturalist in the islands for many years. "Understanding nature has allowed me to understand human nature better. I feel blessed by the opportunity to work in the Galapagos because on almost every trip, we swim with dolphins and sea lions and even whales! How lucky we are! As a guide, I try to pass along the passion I have for these islands and other magical places in Ecuador." In the future, she hopes to work with Ecuadorian people to raise their awareness of taking care of the local environment. Silvia's other passions include designing furniture and houses using all the current ecological principles. She speaks fluent English and German.

Upcoming Trips:

Galapagos Adventure, May 2-11, 2014
Ultimate Galapagos, May 2-18, 2014
Enchanted Isles, May 9-18, 2014
Ultimate Galapagos, June 27-July 13, 2014
Enchanted Isles, July 4-13, 2014

Client Testimonials:


Silvia made a big difference in our ability to truly experience the environment. She was great with adults and kids alike. Caroline L., Scarsdale NY
Ultimate Galapagos
The best possible guide. Her intensity and depth of knowledge were impressive and her passion for the islands was contagious. Bonnie R., Philadelphia PA
Galapagos Adventure
Silvia Vargas was knowledgeable, professional, and made the trip and voyage safe and interesting for everyone. Joshua D., San Francisco, CA Silvia Vargas was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, caring, competent—the best! Judy T., Guilford, CT Sylvia is a real keeper. We felt lucky to have her. She’s well informed, articulate, and extremely competent. Sally S., Tiburon CA, Highland and Islands
Silvia was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Galapagos, and it was a real treat to travel with her! Claire S., Cincinnati, OH
Enchanted Isles
Sylvia was very outgoing and fun—a terrific trip leader. Katherine K., Kiawah Island, SC
Fitzroy Cruise
Silvia is terrific, knowledgeable and generous with what she knows. She is passionate about the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the Galapagos and shares her passion with excitement and patience. Stacey S., San Anselmo, CA
Fitzroy Cruise