Juan Carlos Izurieta is a tourism and conservation professional working as a researcher and practitioner in tourism and protected areas in South America and the Caribbean since 2005. In 2014 he started leading the Galapagos Observatory of Tourism. He is part of the technical staff behind the Naturalist Guides Monitoring Platform and other tools for monitoring tourism activities within the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.
More than 700 naturalist guides accompany tourists who visit the islands. They enhance the naturalist experience for the visitors and play a major role in monitoring impacts throughout the archipelago.