Correia's local connections take visitors with an interest in sustainability and conservation behind the scenes. She once set up a tour of the Galápagos Ecological Airport — the first in the world to run exclusively on solar and wind power — and arranged a rare talk with the scientists at the Charles Darwin Research Station. She knows that travelers are more educated on destinations than they ever have been in the past, which explains why Correia uses her years of experience and on-the-ground experts to suggest trips that can't be found anywhere else. This Galápagos expert makes a point of working with outfitters that give back to the local communities and can arrange for visits to less-populated areas for the best wildlife viewing.
"Our locally-owned and operated office in Quito, Ecuador is incredible at connecting travelers with the local culture and history," she says. "In the Galápagos, we support ship operators that give back to the local communities and visit less-populated areas." Her specialty extends to Peru as well. On a past trip, she arranged rainforest bird-watching to spy macaws, toucans, and parrots, tropical fruit tastings at a working jungle farm, and even a llama trek.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Antarctica, Patagonia, and Peru
Languages Spoken: English
Minimum Daily Spend: From $400 per person per day
Trip Planning Fees: None
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