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Socrates Tomala

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

Since an early age, Socrates has been involved in science, from tagging Pacific Green Sea Turtles to putting transmitters in sharks to track their migration around the Eastern Tropical Pacific. He was one of the few teens selected from the local schools to participate in the most successful Biological Control Agent Introduction project in the Galapagos conducted by the Entomology Department of the Charles Darwin research Station.

He studied Biology at the School of Environmental Sciences at Universidad de Guayaquil and later decided to pursue his passion for nature by becoming a licensed Naturalist guide in the Galapagos, working and living there since. Socrates has been documenting the Galapagos wildlife and his extensive travels to wild places with his camera to create awareness about our planet to citizens of the world.

He received his Photo Instructor certificate 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

Wild Galápagos Escape

Jun 8 2023
Jun 17 2023
Jun 22 2023
Jul 29 2023
Aug 3 2023
Aug 12 2023
Oct 7 2023
Oct 12 2023
Oct 21 2023
Nov 18 2023
Nov 23 2023
Dec 16 2023
Dec 21 2023
Dec 30 2023

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Jun 9 2023
Jul 21 2023
Aug 4 2023
Oct 13 2023
Nov 10 2023
Nov 24 2023
Dec 22 2023

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

Sep 1 2023
Sep 8 2023
Sep 15 2023
Sep 22 2023