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Bernardo Jacome

Bernardo, known by his friends and family as Bernie, was born In the Andean city of Quito, located in the highlands of Ecuador. His grandfather, however, moved to the Galapagos Islands in the mid-70s, and worked as one of the first Naturalist Guides, living in the town of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, to this day.

Bernie did his schooling in Quito but would spend every holiday in the islands since the age of 5, when he learnt to swim and fell in love with the nature of this magical archipelago.  By experiencing the contrast between life in a big city and in the small town of Puerto Ayora, he realized that his heart lay with the simplicity and beauty of a life surrounded by nature, and the ocean in particular, which led him to move to Galapagos permanently as soon as he could. As he grew older, he learned to sail, snorkel and eventually became certified as a PADI free diver, allowing him to explore further and deeper.

In 2017, Bernie jumped at the opportunity to take the rigorous exam to get into a highly coveted Galapagos Naturalist Guide course run by the Galapagos National Park Service and is now overjoyed to be living his dream and following in his grandfather’s footsteps. When not in Galapagos, he also works with his father in Lita, a little village located in the north of mainland Ecuador where his family owns approximately 200 acres of protected rainforest, promoting the growing, harvesting and use of bamboo as a sustainable material for construction.

Bernie is a huge fan of martial arts, music production, photography and surfing, and is always up for any marvelous adventure that comes his way, such as leading visitors through his beloved islands.  His biggest wish is to raise awareness so that one day the human race will finally learn the importance of cohabiting in harmony with the other species that inhabit our planet.

My upcoming expeditions

Wild Galápagos Escape

Dec 17 2022
Dec 22 2022
Mar 11 2023
Mar 16 2023
Apr 13 2023
Apr 22 2023

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

Jan 6 2023
Jan 13 2023
Feb 3 2023
Feb 10 2023
May 12 2023
May 19 2023
May 26 2023
Jun 16 2023
Jun 23 2023
Aug 18 2023
Aug 25 2023
Sep 15 2023
Nov 3 2023
Nov 10 2023
Dec 8 2023
Dec 15 2023
Dec 22 2023

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II + Peru's Land of the Inca

Jan 6 2023
Jan 13 2023
Feb 3 2023
Feb 10 2023
May 12 2023
May 19 2023
May 26 2023
Jun 16 2023
Jun 23 2023
Aug 18 2023
Aug 25 2023
Nov 3 2023
Nov 10 2023
Dec 8 2023
Dec 15 2023
Dec 22 2023

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Mar 17 2023
Apr 14 2023