Unlike typical travel agencies, CTG’s fifteen years of expertise in sharing the Galápagos islands, its families, communities and livelihoods with guests have given our visitors the edge on their adventures, and always in an ecologically sound manner.
CTG tours are led by expert local naturalist guides who know the islands better than anyone else, bringing you to unexpected destinations with unexpected experiences that can only be described as spectacular.
Meet the Team
Rick & Christina Schleicher
Rick Schleicher – WhatsApp +1 (917) 733-3218
Christina Schleicher – WhatsApp +1 (415) 407-7736 (US) or +593 996-811178 (Ecuador)
Rick and Christina Schleicher are Residentes Permanentes (permanent residents) of the Galápagos. Rick founded Come To Galápagos in 2005, the first land-based, community-oriented tour company in the Galápagos. Rick pioneered fishing with locals and the involvement of local farms in not only agricultural production, but also directly in tourism. Additionally, he was involved in energy audits and conservation, wrote the first proposal to bring electrical vehicles to the islands, and promoted local, peripheral goods (such as beer, t-shirts, chocolate, artists and performing artists, coffee and souvenirs) to tourism economies. In 2010, Rick created the now semi-annual Come To Galápagos Marathon and running events. The events are held twice a year to minimize the number of runners and impact on the environment and visitor services. In response to the damage inflicted by COVID-19 on the Galápagos communities, Rick and Christina coordinated a pandemic relief fund–a fund instigated not by themselves, but by guests who had visited the Galápagos with them. Christina has streamlined Come To Galápagos reservations and coordination of local services, and she attends the bible study meetings with the wives of the mayor and pastor, hotel owners, fishermen, educators, the real movers and shakers. Rick and Christina have initiated the “Canoterapia” project, bringing trained dogs and personnel to service the emotionally or physically challenged in the Galápagos.
“We have not inherited the earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children.” — Unknown
Juan Carlos Zambonino (Zambo)
Naturalist Guide/Director of Services
Born and raised on Santa Cruz Island of the Galápagos, Zambo feels a deep sense of passion and purpose for his work as an expert Naturalist Guide for CTG. After earning a degree in Ecotourism (blending ecology, biology, and hospitality), Zambo became a photographer, surf instructor, SCUBA diver, naturalist guide, and cooking hobbyist, embracing the outdoors at every opportunity.
Zambo combines a decade of experience as a naturalist guide with a lifetime of Galápagos exploration to show guests the best that the islands have to offer. From mouthwatering local cuisines to must-see destinations, he knows the ins and outs of the archipelago like no one else.
“The Galápagos are a myriad of remarkable creatures and majestic landscapes. Through my work as a guide, I am living my lifelong dream of sharing this special place with visitors.” – Zambo
Naturally, Alexandra’s endeavors brought her to San Cristóbal Island where she has resided for the past 10 years. Her efforts include a shark conversation project for the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) exploring the economic impact of sharks on marine tourism. She also helped create the Darwin and Wolf Marine Sanctuary as part of an initiative from National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project.
Today, Alexandra can be found exploring the Galápagos with visitors as a naturalist guide for CTG, educating her tour groups every step of the way.
Jorge Washington Valencia
Quito, Ecuador Liaison
Jorge provides a rich look at the colonial old town area of Quito City, the equatorial line, and the world-renowned fare and history contained within.
Guayaquil, Ecuador Liaison