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our crew

our crew

Boasting local tourism and yacht industry experts, the Yachtgala crew has decades of experience combined. We pride ourselves on representing the best side of professionalism and hospitality in the Galapagos Islands. Learn more about the leaders of our special yacht agency crew.

The ship can’t sail without a skilled crew.

An expert in the Galapagos Islands, he has lived here since 1993. Johnny worked to become a qualified Galapagos nature guide and has been certified since 1996. Through the years, he has accompanied many cruise ships and pleasure crafts as a local guide.
In 1998, Johnny ventured to Australia where he gained further experience in the yacht industry. In 2000, he returned to the place that is so dear to his heart and founded Yachtgala S.A.. The goal of newly launched company was to provide a full spectrum of services for superyachts and sailboats.
As someone who is passionate about the yacht industry, Johnny’s overall objective continues to be assuring that every private yacht arriving from abroad receives the best service possible. For him, this means reliable, accommodating services always carried out professionally and with a smile.
Johnny considers him self an international citizen whose home is now in the Galapagos; he is fluent in English, French and German.

Johnny Romero Mejía

/ FOUNDER /

Johnny Romero Mejía

/ FOUNDER /
An expert in the Galapagos Islands, he has lived here since 1993. Johnny worked to become a qualified Galapagos nature guide and has been certified since 1996. Through the years, he has accompanied many cruise ships and pleasure crafts as a local guide.
In 1998, Johnny ventured to Australia where he gained further experience in the yacht industry. In 2000, he returned to the place that is so dear to his heart and founded Yachtgala S.A.. The goal of newly launched company was to provide a full spectrum of services for superyachts and sailboats.
As someone who is passionate about the yacht industry, Johnny’s overall objective continues to be assuring that every private yacht arriving from abroad receives the best service possible. For him, this means reliable, accommodating services always carried out professionally and with a smile.
Johnny considers him self an international citizen whose home is now in the Galapagos; he is fluent in English, French and German.
Javier joined the Yachtgala crew in 2006. His background includes a degree in Environmental Tourism and over 10 years of experience in the yacht industry. He is licensed by the Navy of Ecuador (2010) as a yacht agent.

He has been living in Galapagos since he was 8 years-old. Javier has a deep knowledge of the islands. In 2017, he also become a licensed naturalist guide certified by the Dirección del Parque Nacional Galapagos.

Javier is the first smiling Yachtgala crew member who you will meet. He welcomes our clients upon their arrival to these gorgeous islands and provides full support, coordination and logistics throughout the cruise. He also manages the formal paperwork for yachts requesting access which must be processed by the local government offices. Javier will be your main contact person and point of reference before and during your visit.

He is the public face of YG. He assist at numerous international boat shows and events trough the year.

Javier Plúa Rizzo

/ OPERATIONS DIRECTOR & BOARDING AGENT /

Javier Plúa Rizzo

/ OPERATIONS DIRECTOR & BOARDING AGENT /
Javier joined the Yachtgala crew in 2006. His background includes a degree in Environmental Tourism and over 10 years of experience in the yacht industry. He is licensed by the Navy of Ecuador (2010) as a yacht agent.

He has been living in Galapagos since he was 8 years-old. Javier has a deep knowledge of the islands. In 2017, he also become a licensed naturalist guide certified by the Dirección del Parque Nacional Galapagos.

Javier is the first smiling Yachtgala crew member who you will meet. He welcomes our clients upon their arrival to these gorgeous islands and provides full support, coordination and logistics throughout the cruise. He also manages the formal paperwork for yachts requesting access which must be processed by the local government offices. Javier will be your main contact person and point of reference before and during your visit.

He is the public face of YG. He assist at numerous international boat shows and events trough the year.
Roberta was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After spending five years in San Diego, California, she returned to Ecuador to study Marine Biology. She has been married a naturalist guide and living in Santa Cruz, Galapagos for the past 7 years. Roberta’s provisioning service is focused sourcing the best quality local produce and luxury specialty foods. Because she owns the transportation and equipment used, she is able to guarantee reliable door-to-door service. Products include refrigerated food, fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, wine, specialty liquors and spirits, cleaning products among other provisions.

Roberta Nebot

/ PROVISIONS /
Maria has been working with Yachtgala since 2013. She is fluent in English, has more than 20 years of experience in the tourism industry and is a resident of the Galapagos. Her passion for vacation planning, combined with a pride for providing service focused on punctuality, cordiality and honest communication, makes her a great asset. Maria assists yacht owners, crew and guests arriving from all over the world. She considers it a privilege to share her love of the natural resources and cultural diversity of Ecuador and the Galapagos with visitors. Yachtgala is able to offer visitors competitive prices for efficient and innovative services. Luxury excursion management includes accommodations, transfers and transportation, dining reservations and local tour booking.

María Dolores Maldonado

/ LUXURY EXCURSIONS /

María Dolores Maldonado

/ LUXURY EXCURSIONS /
Maria has been working with Yachtgala since 2013. She is fluent in English, has more than 20 years of experience in the tourism industry and is a resident of the Galapagos. Her passion for vacation planning, combined with a pride for providing service focused on punctuality, cordiality and honest communication, makes her a great asset. Maria assists yacht owners, crew and guests arriving from all over the world. She considers it a privilege to share her love of the natural resources and cultural diversity of Ecuador and the Galapagos with visitors. Yachtgala is able to offer visitors competitive prices for efficient and innovative services. Luxury excursion management includes accommodations, transfers and transportation, dining reservations and local tour booking.

Contact Yachtgala to learn more about our luxury yacht services or to start building a personalized itinerary for your upcoming visit to the Galapagos. Let our crew help yours!

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323 Seymour Ave.
Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz Island
200102 Galapagos