Silvia Vargas is in love with the Galápagos 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!”
Silva's love for the environment and animals that live in the Galapagos was so apparent and my respect for her is of the utmost. I was so impressed at her concern for the Islands and their inhabitants. She is knowledgeable, willing to answer all questions put to her.
Sylvia was fun to be with in all phases of the trip. Her in-depth knowledge and love of the islands were real assets to the overall experience. She handled all 15 of us with care, as often we have individual needs.
Silvia made the trip very special. She was personable and incredibly informed about the islands and their flora and fauna.
Wonderful person and guide. It was a real pleasure to have spent the week getting to know her and learning from her.
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.
Silvia's passion for educating travelers about the Galapagos environment, geology and wildlife is remarkable.
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.
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.
Sylvia was very outgoing and fun—a terrific trip leader.
Silvia was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Galapagos, and it was a real treat to travel with her!
Silvia made a big difference in our ability to truly experience the environment. She was great with adults and kids alike.
The best possible guide. Her intensity and depth of knowledge were impressive and her passion for the islands was contagious.
Silvia Vargas was knowledgeable, professional, and made the trip and voyage safe and interesting for everyone.
Silvia Vargas was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, caring, competent—the best!
Sylvia is a real keeper. We felt lucky to have her. She’s well informed, articulate, and extremely competent.