Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

Combining his passion for the sciences and his joy in explaining facts about nature, he completed the naturalist guide course presented by the Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station. He is also a certified photo instructor trained by the National Geographic Society and has developed a photography field guide to promote understanding of the islands’ wildlife. 

Throughout the years he has been involved in many important and unique events and has assisted on several movie productions, documentaries and educational films.  Celso has also produced his own movies about the places he visits around the world that he presents at local schools in the Galápagos.

In addition to the Galápagos, Celso has explored Alaska, Antarctica, Egypt, West Africa, and South America and he has visited many states in the U.S. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Celso is currently living in Tampa, Florida. He commutes to the Galápagos every other month.

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Oct 04, 2019
  • Oct 11, 2019
  • Oct 18, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Nov 29, 2019
  • Dec 06, 2019
  • Dec 13, 2019
  • Dec 20, 2019
  • May 01, 2020
  • May 08, 2020
  • May 15, 2020
  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Jun 19, 2020
  • Jun 26, 2020
  • Jul 03, 2020
  • Aug 07, 2020
  • Aug 14, 2020
  • Aug 21, 2020
  • Aug 28, 2020
  • Sep 25, 2020
  • Oct 02, 2020
  • Dec 04, 2020
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Oct 11, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Dec 06, 2019
  • Dec 20, 2019
  • May 08, 2020
  • May 15, 2020
  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Jun 26, 2020
  • Aug 07, 2020
  • Aug 21, 2020
  • Aug 28, 2020
  • Oct 02, 2020
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Feb 15, 2020
  • Feb 22, 2020
  • Feb 29, 2020
  • Mar 07, 2020
  • Feb 15, 2020
  • Feb 29, 2020
  • Mar 07, 2020

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