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Patricio Maldonado

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

Pato underwent all his primary and secondary studies in local schools on Santa Cruz, and after graduation he moved to Quito to attend college, where he studied hotel management. This was an adventure that lasted for only two years, since city life was too hectic for Pato, who missed his idyllic islands. He learned that the Galápagos National Park was opening a guide course and looking for new, fresh-minded applicants. He passed the entrance requirements and the intensive three-month course, and now finds himself in his dream job of leading visitors along the trails of the islands. He has taken such joy in this line of work that he is continuously striving to improve his understanding of the Galápagos Archipelago, to better share it with others. He is now continuing his studies, taking a new direction – a distance learning course in ecology.  Pato loves music, especially Andean music, and the first time he set foot aboard a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic vessel it was actually as a musician with a local band!

He received his Photo Instructor certification in a multi-day training workshop.  Developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers, the workshop helped him develop additional insight and skills necessary to help you better understand your camera and the basics of composition — to better capture the moments at the heart of your expedition.

My upcoming expeditions

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II

Jan 14 2023
Jan 21 2023
Jan 28 2023

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Dec 23 2022
Mar 3 2023
Jun 23 2023
Jul 7 2023

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

Feb 10 2023
Apr 7 2023
Apr 14 2023
Apr 21 2023
May 19 2023
May 26 2023
Jun 2 2023
Aug 11 2023
Aug 18 2023
Aug 25 2023
Nov 24 2023
Dec 1 2023
Dec 8 2023

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

Feb 10 2023
Apr 7 2023
Apr 14 2023
Apr 21 2023
May 19 2023
May 26 2023
Jun 2 2023
Aug 11 2023
Aug 18 2023
Aug 25 2023
Nov 24 2023
Dec 1 2023
Dec 8 2023

Wild Galápagos Escape

Dec 31 2022
Mar 2 2023
Mar 11 2023
Mar 16 2023
Jul 1 2023
Jul 6 2023
Jul 15 2023
Nov 4 2023
Nov 9 2023
Dec 21 2023