Meet the Team
Roberto has two decades of experience working as a birding guide in Ecuador, and is one of the top guides. Having studied tourism, and specialised in guiding in protected areas, Roberto’s professional experience includes guiding birders across all of Ecuador, with a particular expertise in the Amazon Rainforest. Experienced as an ornithological instructor he has also worked as a research assistant on a number of biodiversity studies of Ecuador and is a keen amateur photographer. Apart from guiding in birds Roberto has excellent knowledge of nature and culture.
Rudy Gelis began his career in ornithology when he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1997. After studying nesting Andean Condors in Argentina and penguins on the Falkland Islands, he settled in Ecuador. He has collaborated in numerous ornithological publications and in Ecuador has studied the nests and breeding behavior of Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Fiery-throated Fruiteater,five species of Antpitta, and Barred Hawk, amongst others. He has assisted in breeding bird surveys in the U.S. and clay-lick use by parrots and macaws in Peru. Rudy leads birding and natural history tours throughout much of Ecuador and Peru, as well as instructing university-level natural history courses in Ecuador.
Edwin is a successful guide, with a great sense of humour, whose knowledge and passion for wildlife and birds has made him very popular in the six years he has been guiding. Edwin's interest and involvement in nature and guiding are in large part thanks to his brother, William Pérez, who trained him in all aspects related to birds, as well as general natural history. Edwin has extensive experience of guiding birding groups particularly in the Amazon Rainforest and Cloud forest regions of Ecuador, as well as across all the different ecosystems that Ecuador has.
Andres is a knowledgeable guide with a background in ecology and tourism. His passion for birds started more than a decade ago when he began guiding in the amazon rainforest as a naturalist and bird guide. He has since covered the country doing Galapagos, Amazon, cloud forests, and the Andes region. He has done several trips as a bird guide to Colombia in recent years, and has travelled to Cuba and other countries to watch birds. Andres has a great sense of humour in addition to his birding knowledge and will make any trip fun.
Marcelo was the first trainee bird guide at the Cabañas San Isidro, part of a development programme to support people from the surrounding communities. He was extremely quick to start identifying birds and their calls and hasn’t looked back since. Marcelo has built up a strong reputation as one of Ecuador’s top Spanish-speaking birding guides. With countless hours in the field with clients and studying English in his spare time, his language skills are improving hugely too.
Andres de la Torre
Andres is a native of Quito and has worked as a naturalist guide since graduating in Biology over 10 years ago. An expert in the flora and fauna of Ecuador, in recent years he has focussed his attention on the amazing birdlife of Ecuador. With an enviable knowledge of the spectacular natural places in Ecuador he is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable guides in the country.
Santiago was born and brought up in Ecuador and has spent much of his working life as a naturalist guide in the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos. He has been designing and leading trips in the region since 1988, and over that time his guests have included institutions like Kew Gardens and the Smithsonian. One of his passions is photography and his photos of Latin America have been published and exhibited all over the world. He personally leads some of the escorted group trips we organise and many of those combine seeing the stunning wildlife of Galapagos with the culture and scenery of the Andes and the biodiversity hotspots of South America.
Originally from Yorkshire, Rachel first discovered Latin America when she moved to Ecuador to work as a foreign correspondent for The Economist and Bloomberg News after graduating. It was on a trip to Galapagos in 1997 that she met her husband Santiago and not long after that, she started to organise their own expeditions to Latin America. In 2003 they moved back to the UK and launched their company Think Galapagos Ltd which specialises in creating tailor-made holidays to Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos. Rachel will be one of the people you speak to at Thinkbirding, working with you to create your perfect birding holiday.
Teresa makes sure everything runs like clockwork in the UK office. Based in rural East Yorkshire, her love of wildlife brought her to the Think Galapagos team in September 2011. As well as being the in house scuba diving specialist for our Galapagos guests, her background in financial services and keen eye for detail means she is responsible for maintaining the records of all of our guests and the financial records for the company. She will be the person who contacts you with your ATOL Certificate after you have booked!
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