Advice for film and photo crews


These activities invariably require a special National Park permit** 

I Guarantee:

discretion regarding your 

project ideas & proposals.

 I am well versed in working in confidence, with signed MOU & NDA agreements where applicable…

** I can also give preliminary advice on Galápagos National Park processes & requirements, and make recommendations with whom to directly correspond regarding your project.


Planning and Field assistance

My consultancies may include:

— Best seasonal activity according to subject

— Little-known wildlife interactions

— Best locations for certain behaviours

— Weather patterns and ideal landscapes

— Preliminary recce trip(s) to assess feasibility

— Field assistance to ‘get the shot in the can’

— Find the right fixer for your needs

— Recommend boats for charter, see example

— Third party contacts for local services

Listen to my podcast 

excerpt about climbing into 

an active volcano for the landmark BBC documentary 


With decades of field experience and all the necessary local contacts, my forte is filling in the blanks on all aspects of planning & execution


Create your own special project

the opportunities are endless

I can help bring your ideas to fruition, whether it’s a book, 

a special assignment, an exhibit or a personal dream

I’ll advise on locations and seasons, find the boat to match your plans, and set you up with the fixer and logistics you need **


Fixer, guides, transfers, boat charters, etc

access to a variety of seasoned support services available on request

With my extensive network of local friends and business contacts, I have the capacity to identify the right person for the right job according to all your particular needs — just ask me…


and related services available on request


the ship that goes anywhere, anytime

Lenin Cruz

Captain, Local expert & 

Owner of ‘PIRATA’ 

Born on Floreana Island, and with decades of experience taking specialised teams of researchers and film-makers to the remotest corners of the archipelago, Lenin is well-known for his knowledge, competence and reliability.

At 13 m, the PIRATA is a sturdy and well-equipped wooden vessel, delivering an economical yet comfortable service for working teams in the field. Fitted with solar panels, generator, ample fresh water supply, inside shower and toilet, and wholesome cuisine, she is the perfect platform for extended expeditions. Open plan living provides accomodation for seven passengers and three crew.

PIRATA is specifically designed for small

professional working groups. 

Other boats, more tourism oriented, are also available for charter.


 and story packages for timely coverage

though I normally work freelance, assignments are welcome

For 50 years I’ve been shooting Galápagos 

nature and wildlife conservation,

including ground-breaking giant tortoise rescue efforts.

Sample Image Selections Available

Exploring the tantalising world of timelapse sequencing

whether above or below sea level, I know just

when, where and how to get the best shots

New Zealand assignment for TERRA MATER magazine (Austria)  see article in German

(working under special permit with Department of Conservation specialists)


examples below

Assignment for Citizen-Global  Promaster dive watch

Check out my recent KIWI story for kids in RANGER RICK magazine click here

Incredible tuna-herding sea lions

Many more amazing story possibilities…

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