Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and conservation at an early age. After majoring in history at Carleton College in Minnesota, and completing a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galápagos. These experiences gave him some amazing travel opportunities and strengthened his resolve to support environmental protection.
While producing the Charles Darwin Foundation's first videos to promote their Galápagos conservation message, Julio quickly fell in love with the archipelago's natural beauty and had the opportunity to promote the CDF's work aboard the National Geographic Endeavour on several occasions. Julio then pursued a master's degree in anthropology at KU Leuven in Belgium, conducting two months of ethnographic research on the environmental, political and economic difficulties facing the Cofán people of Zábalo in the Ecuadorian Amazon and making films to support their projects. After graduating, he conducted an environmental communications internship at the United Nations Environment Programme (CMS/AEWA) to support global conservation efforts.
When on land, Julio enjoys learning languages, writing, dancing, practicing his button accordion, supporting indigenous people and environmental conservation, or letting his wanderlust take him on a spontaneous adventure. As a video chronicler, Julio has his cameras at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with just one goal: to capture the essence of each expedition. Voyage DVDs are available at the end of each expedition—they often prove to be remarkable ways of remembering and recapturing the magic of these extraordinary journeys.