Meet our Team

CAPTAINS

Mario Ledesma

Captain Mario, was born in San Cristobal Galapagos Islands, and his family has lived in the islands since 1920 to the present. During his childhood, the environment of the Galapagos Islands gave him his passion for sailing, love for nature and environmental care. Mario is the first "Colono" to graduate as a Merchant Marine Officer in 1987.  In his earlier years, he worked as Official onboard cargo ships on routes to Europe, the Mediterranean, South America and Oceania. With this experience, he returned to his native Galapagos to work as a Deck Officer in Passenger vessels such as the M/N Bucanner, and as a Captain on motor yachts such as M/S Sea Cloud, among others. Recently in 2016, he joined Ecoventura onboard the MY Eric & Flamingo.  Working in Galapagos, is for him and his very comforting and pleasant crew.
 

Pablo Salas

Captain Pablo was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. In 1990, he was granted scholarship by the Brazilian Merchant Maritime Academy. Since his graduation in 1994 he has been working in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, Merchant Commercial vessels as a First Officer in worldwide navigation and foreign private Yachts. Pablo worked as a Ranger of the Galapagos National Park in 2004 in charge of the control and surveillance of the Marine Reserve fighting against the illegal fishing activity. He took several and advanced STCW courses in Brazil, Ecuador, Sweden and USA. Pablo likes sports, and is very active in diving, football, running and swimming. He is an excellent team player and enjoys working with the crew on board the Letty.

 

CONCIERGE:

María del Carmen Peralta

Having worked in the Hospitality industry for nearly a decade, María del Carmen Peralta is a true asset to have on board the ORIGIN. Prior to joining Ecoventura, María was the Coordinator of Events and Banquets at the prestigious Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel in Ecuador. She received her Masters in Business Administration from the Universidad Tecnológica Empresarial de Guayaquil and is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.  Within the Hospitality and Tourism industries, María’s is passionate about building her skills and expertise in Cruise Management – Having her on the ORIGIN is the perfect fit and we are honored to have her on our team!

Roxana Adum

Roxana Adum has join the MV Origin as Concierge and is in charge of quality of the service and hospitality on board. With almost 10 years of experience in hotel management and customer service, Roxana developed her skills in different hospitality companies; Sheraton Bijao Resort in Panama and Hilton Colon  Guayaquil.  Roxana graduated from the Espiritu Santo University and earned a Bachelor degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. She enjoys being part of the Origin crew and feels fortunate to work in such wonderful place as the Galapagos Islands.

 

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BARTENDERS

We are proud to welcome Christian Revelo and Jairo Rengifo to the MV ORIGIN and are excited to have guests experience their creative signature cocktails and after-excursions snacks. Christian Revelo has spent the last year working with Ecoventura on our first class yacht, the Flamingo. He has had the privilege of working in hospitality in the Galapagos since 2012, working as a bartender with other tour companies in the region. He is a natural in the industry with nearly a decade of experience. Jairo has worked for Ecoventura for over a decade, serving our guests on board the MY Letty.  Whether you are relaxing in one of our hammocks or gathering around a table with loved ones, Jairo or Christian will be there to ensure your experience on MV ORIGIN is an enjoyable one, with a delicious drink in hand.

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GUIDES:

Cecibel Guerrero
Naturalist Guide level 3 - licensed 1992

Ecuadorian born, “Ceci” spent 15 years living in Toronto Canada. It is here where she earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. After completing a training program with the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station, she obtained her Naturalist Guide license and guided for nine years, until 2001. She took a break to have two children, but return to guiding in 2008 to work in the place she loves the most. Ceci's favorite activity while guiding is snorkeling, but she also has a special interest in reptiles and is enthusiastic about sharing the Galapagos with our guests. “If you love wildlife, people and photography, this is the ideal job for you," she says. "I feel blessed and honored to work in one of the most pristine places on Earth.”


Yvonne Mortola
Naturalist Guide level 3 - licensed in 1984

Born in the United States, Yvonne grew up in Guayaquil, where she graduated from the German Humboldt School. After spending time in Germany and completing studies in German, French and Spanish, she moved to the Galapagos and became a Naturalist Guide in 1984.  Since then, she has worked without interruption and has earned recognition from both the Charles Darwin Foundation and also by the Galapagos National Park.  Over the course of her career, she has completed numerous professional development courses run by the park and has assisted  Dr. David Anderson (Wake Forest University) with scientific research on Nazca boobies and albatrosses.  Yvonne is the founer of local swimming and sailing clubs and helps organize the Galapagos Triathlon and the Galapagos Challenge.  She is also a member of the Scalesia Foundation, which promotes educational improvements in the Galapagos. 


Gustavo Andrade
Part of the third generation of a local family from San Cristobal, Gustavo was raised in Guayaquil, but has always maintained close links to the Galapagos.  His father worked as a tour boat captain, and Gustavo considers himself blessed to have been exposed to nature from the age of seven.  An industrial engineer by training, Gustavo has been a naturalist guide for the Galapagos National Park since 2005 – one  of the very best experiences of his life.

 

Ivan Lopez
Naturalist Guide - licensed 2005

Ivan studied Environmental Management and Tourism at the University of Babahoyo and also completed a seminar on photography techniques. An accomplished diver, he is certified as an SSI Scuba Instructor and a PADI Master Scuba Trainer, as well as Emergency First Responder Instructor.  He enjoys swimming, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.  He is also an accomplished musician and often entertains guests with his original songs.

 

Maria "Gaby" Espinoza  Naturalist Guide  Level 3 - licensed in 1990

Gaby has two degrees from the University Estatal Guayaquil with a BS in Science Education and a Teaching degree with an emphasis in Chemistry and Biology.  Her love for nature motivated her to become a naturalist guide in 1990 and she has been committed to the conservation of the islands ever since.  She was able to further her career with courses in tourism management, literature and human relations. Gaby received a scholarship from the University of Northern Iowa and is fluent in English and also German.  She is a natural born teacher and naturalist guide and she enjoys the opportunity to show the Galapagos to our guests and inspire them to help to conserve our world.

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