Silvia Vargas

Silvia Vargas is in love with the Galapagos Islands and has been since high school, when she first visited from her hometown of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her passion for the islands drew her back to live in the Galapagos where she works as a certified naturalist—the perfect job for someone with such deep knowledge and a generous spirit. Exploring the same islands over and over?—it’s a dream for this Trip Leader. “The wildlife here has to adapt to weather so variable,” Silvia notes, “it’s fun to see how each species figures it out." With a university degree in languages and time spent living in Europe, Silvia is fluent in both German and English. Her passions include ecological design for both furniture and homes. She also hopes to work with Ecuadorian people to raise their awareness and stewardship of the local environment. As Sylvia explains, "Understanding nature has allowed me to understand human nature better. I feel blessed to work in the Galapagos because on almost every trip, we swim with dolphins and sea lions! And sometimes even whales! How lucky we are!”

Upcoming Trips:

Ultimate Galapagos, February 6-22, 2015
Galapagos Adventure, February 6-15, 2015
Enchanted Isles, February 13-22, 2015
Ultimate Galapagos, March 6-22, 2015
Galapagos Adventure, March 6-15, 2015
Enchanted Isles, March 13-22, 2015
Ultimate Galapagos, May 1-17, 2015
Galapagos Adventure, May 1-10, 2015
Enchanted Isles, May 8-17, 2015

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
Sylvia really made the trip for me. She is knowledgeable personable and clearly cares deeply about the Galapagos. She was always available and flexible regarding the timing of activities. Having a native guide is really imprtant to me. Molly L., Gladwyne, PA
Galapagos Adventure
Silvia's passion for educating travelers about the Galapagos environment, geology and wildlife is remarkable. Sue P., Bronx, NY
Enchanted Isles
Silvia Vargas was an amazing guide. She has passion for the island and it was great see she cares so much about the animals. She truly added to the experience and we felt lucky to have her as our guide. Kim D., Denville, NJ
Ultimate Galapagos