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About your guides
Scott Henderson is a conservation and marine management practitioner with field experience as a researcher and consultant, primarily in Latin America. He leads CI’s Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape program out of Galapagos, Ecuador, where he is responsible for developing multi-country marine strategies, building teams to deliver on those strategies, fundraising and communicating results to build awareness of marine conservation issues.
Scott founded the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape program, which has been recognized by the United Nations as a global model for supporting nations in improving their regional marine management. He also was heavily involved in the creation of over 2.5 million hectares of marine protected areas in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. He has co-published several research articles regarding ocean conservation and threatened marine life.
Prior to joining CI in 2003, Scott worked as a naturalist guide and divemaster in the Galapagos Marine Reserve and as a graduate student with teaching responsibilities at the University of Oxford. He earned his MSc at Oxford with honors in environmental change and management and his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University with magna cum laude honors in biology and English.
His main hobby is managing his own 30-acre sustainable coffee farm in the Galapagos Islands with his wife and son. In his free time, he is an avid scuba diver and ultimate Frisbee player.
Born in Schellinkhout, Netherlands, Jan's entire childhood centered about sailing, windsurfing, birding and, when possible, ice skating. After graduating in 1989 from Werenfridus College in Hoorn, Jan developed a passion for high-end restaurants and entered school again, graduating in 1994 as a chef.
After successful positions across Europe, Jan's culinary career eventually led to a position as chef aboard a private sailing yacht in 1998. It was during the following years sailing the world that Jan developed an interest in zoology, bio-geography and geology. After 5 years of sailing, Jan met Paulina Aguirre, a naturalist guide from the Galápagos. She convinced him to come to the Galápagos, where they eventually married and started a family. Jan commenced Galápagos naturalist guide training and has been leading trips ever since. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, Jan enjoys sharing his love of the islands with guests.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weather like in Galapagos in June?
June is a month of transition between the warmer, rainy season and the cooler, garua season, known for the blanket of low clouds that surround the Islands and gives the season its name. June can be considered one of the ideal months to visit Galapagos because the air temperatures are cooler, the sea temperatures still relatively warm, and the skies mostly clear.
What wildlife will I see?
Galapagos wildlife are known for most species being present year-round. One exception is the Waved Albatross. These graceful in the air but comical on land large seabirds only come ashore one place on the planet, Española Island in Galapagos, and only between April and November. By June, most Waved Albatross have found their mates and have laid eggs. You will see nesting albatross and still likely bonding displays between the mated-for-life couples.
On the Eastern Route, you will see Red-footed Boobies at Punta Pitt and Genovesa. You will not see Flightless Cormorants as their range is only Fernandina and western Isabela. You are very likely to see almost all the famous Galapagos species.
How fit do I need to be?
Your Galapagos Sojourn is best enjoyed when you are fit and active. Your days will be spent on shore visits walking over varied and often rough terrain for up to three hours. The pace of the walks is not super fast—there is too much to see, share and learn—but the surfaces are challenging. On the Eastern route, there are four landing sites that require ability to climb steps hewn in lava or tuft, or master over 325 wooden stairs. Galapagos National Park rules require all visitors to stay within listening range of their guide at all times.
You may elect to stay aboard INTEGRITY during any activity. Please note that if your guide deems your participation in any activity to be a hazard to yourself or to the group, your guide will require you to stay aboard for that visit.
I have never snorkeled before. Is this a problem?
Snorkeling is one of the highlights of any Galapagos cruise and is especially important on your Conservation International Sojourn to see what CI is working so hard to preserve. You do not need to know how to snorkel in advance, but you do need to know how to swim. We recommend practicing with a mask and snorkel in advance so you become comfortable with how to secure the mask properly with a good seal and how to breath through the snorkel tube.
Are there kayaks?
INTEGRITY carries eight 2-person kayaks. Kayaking is a regulated activity by the Galapagos National Park and may only take place at defined locations when accompanied by your naturalist guide.
Are there wetsuits? Do I need to bring my own?
We have scheduled a stop at a dive shop in Puerto Ayora where you will be able to rent a wetsuit for the cruise week for a nominal fee.
Can my special diet be accommodated?
INTEGRITY and Galapagos Safari Camp chefs are accomplished in accommodating almost all food allergies and special diets, with the exception of strict kosher. Some examples are vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low salt, nut allergy, shellfish allergy, nightshade allergy. Please contact us for more information.
How am I helping Conservation International?
CI is raising awareness about the importance of Galapagos within the eastern Pacific seascape. A portion of your trip price (non-deductible) will go to CI to help with their Galapagos and seascape programs.
I love this trip, but I would like a private group.
Please contact us at +510-420-1550 or Ali Phillips at Conservation International +703-341-2630 to arrange your private Galapagos Sojourn aboard INTEGRITY.