Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a master’s in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.
Carlos has illustrated various scientific papers, including the "Park Warden Manual," used in Ecuadorean National Parks since 1991. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and German. It was his interest in conservation biology that inspired him to become a naturalist and he started working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 1997. Carlos has been guiding, leading, educating and teaching travelers for more than 30 years. He is a certified “Trainer of Trainers” in Environmental Thematic Interpretation as well. As a trained interpreter, Carlos has been facilitating and encouraging thousands of guests to understand the natural world by proactively learning with fun and passion and by communicating science and conservation in an interesting, humorous and engaging way.
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.