Who We Are
We are a small but mighty team of experienced naturalist guides, tour operators, accountants, event planners, and world travelers. We are based in Guayaquil, the gateway to Ecuador and the Galapagos. We absolutely love our country and can’t wait to show you why! Come meet our team.
Naturalist, Founder & CEO
VP of Operations
Chief Financial Officer
Naturalist, Founder and CEO
We are a small but mighty team of experienced naturalist guides, tour operators, accountants, event planners, and world travelers. We are based in Guayaquil, the gateway to Ecuador and the Galapagos. We love our country and can’t wait to show you why. Meet our team!
VP OF OPERATIONS
Fernando Icaza has led tours throughout Ecuador for twenty years. He grew up in Guayaquil and graduated from Guayaquil State University with a degree in tourism and hospitality. He continued his studies in Costa Rica and Ecuador in order to learn more about the history of the region and master English. Fernando is a certified naturalist guide for the Churute Mangrove Ecological Reserve. When he is not guiding tourists through his beautiful city, he enjoys relaxing at the beach with his family and practicing yoga.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Silvia Zorrilla has over sixteen years experience in administration and finance. She grew up in the Manabí Province of Ecuador and came to Guayaquil to study administration and accounting at the Instituto Superior Tecnológico. She has worked as the Chief Financial Officer at Galapagos Best for the past three years.When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her nine-year-old daughter, Susan. She is excited about their upcoming trip to Disney World.
Ana is a Wildlife Biologist born in Guayaquil with 20 years experience in ornithology and bird watching. She did her undergraduate thesis in the Galapagos Islands to obtain her degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Later, she obtained her master’s degree in biology at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis in 2003. She works in conservation biology and has led explorations to the coastal cordillera Chongón-Colonche, the sandstone mountain range of Cordillera del Condor, Napo and Pastaza River basins in the Amazon region, as well as various sites along the coast. Since 2007 she worked on shorebird conservation for the NGO Aves y Conservación – partner of Birdlife in Ecuador. Ana is knowledgeable in the diversity of bird forms and their life histories.
Karen was born and live in Guayaquil and has always had a passion for travel. Shortly after finishing her studies went to work for bank for a couple of years. After this she got a job in sales with American airlines for quite a while. About three years ago she got married and this year she joined the Galapagos Best team and now she is responsible for for the Galapagos and Ecuador sales. Her love for boats and wildlife soon introduced her to the Galapagos Islands.
Our mission is to provide quality, sustainable tours throughout the Galapagos and Ecuador to educate tourists about the environment, history, and communities in which we operate. In order to minimize our carbon footprint, we work closely with our clients to tailor our tours to their specific interests, while at the same time partnering with local organizations, sustainable companies, and indigenous communities.
By supporting the research and conservation efforts by organizations like the Charles Darwin Research Station and The International Ecotourism Society, we are working to make our world a better place. We practice sustainable tourism in the hopes that the pristine environment of our archipelago, and our country, can be enjoyed for generations to come.