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Galeodan (Galeodanturis Cia. Ltda.) is a licensed national / international (dual) agency, based in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Galeodan provides custom-built vacations for small groups or families, in continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

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Maria Elena Ricaurte de Keegan is the principal of Galeodan, and holder of the  permits for Vivencial Fishing. Maria Elena’s mother is from Santa Cruz and her father from San Cristobal, where he is still an active fisherman. Maria Elena’s maternal grandmother (Marina Fuentes) was the first woman fisherman in Galapagos. Both sides of the family have deep roots in the Galapagos.

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In 1935, Maria Elena’s maternal grandfather, Luis Aguirre Lopez, an officer in the Ecuadorian Army, was exiled to Galapagos (in those days, it was a favoured destination for individuals that “bothered” the political establishment). His family was one of the first five to settle in the Galapagos. Luis worked for several years at the American air base situated on the island of Baltra (site of the airport that now serves Santa Cruz).

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Carlos Ricaurte Granda (Maria Elena’s father) was born in Babahoyo (near Guayaquil). After his father died, his mother met and married a fisherman from San Cristobal. Carlos was 18 months old when they moved to San Cristobal. The young Carlos was only an occasional fisherman and returned to Guayaquil for several years to pursue alternative commercial ventures. On returning to San Cristobal, he took to fishing for his livelihood.

For several years, Carlos Ricaurte was president of the Galapagos Islands’ first fishing co-operative: Cooperativa Copesan. In 1996 he parted ways to form a new co-operative: Copes Promar. During this period, Carlos conceived, and began to promote, the idea of “Artisanal Vivencial Fishing” (AVF). His new co-operative: “Marsubgal”, was specifically established for AVF and received ministerial approval in 1997. However, it took almost a decade to achieve concurrence between the fishing co-operatives, Charles Darwin Foundation, Port Authority, Galapagos National Park and other stakeholders.  Read more about the birth of Vivencial Fishing in <About Vivencial Fishing>.

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Maria Elena’s own childhood was spent schooling in Quito while returning to the Galapagos for holidays. After attending university in Quito, Maria Elena worked as a tourist guide before emigrating to Canada where she continued her technical studies, at the same time serving in the Canadian Forces Reserves.


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In 1996, Maria Elena secured a two year contract to work in the computer department of one of the premier banks in Bermuda. On returning to Canada, Maria Elena established her own technology company and took further diplomas in Business Administration, Travel & Tourism.

Sean Keegan, general factotum and chief bottle-washer, is the progeny of Irish, English and French grandparents. Sean’s parents met and married in Nairobi Kenya and the family lived in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya (again) and Italy, before returning to Ireland.

At various times, Sean has been quite fluent in Swahili, Italian and French. By the time he got to Galapagos there were only a few grey-cells to absorb Spanish - But that’s coming along too.


With a masters degree in Engineering Science and Economics from Oxford University, Sean spent some 20 years working in civil design and construction management before starting his own consultancy (www.SeanKeegan.com). Sean emigrated to Canada in 1982 where he later met Maria Elena and first learned that the Galapagos Islands had not only exotic animals and scenery, but also people. Sean and Maria Elena were married in Bermuda and their two sons, who were born in Canada, now enjoy Canadian, Irish and Ecuadorian citizenship.

Sean has always been mad keen on fishing. In Africa it was mostly, Bass, Tilapia and Perch. In Ireland: Brown Trout and Pike (back in the 70’s they had great fishing on the Shannon). His first taste of big-game fishing came during summer breaks in Mombasa and Malindi.

The Keegan Family has been returning to Galapagos every summer since 1996. In 2008, although Sean’s consulting business was thriving, Sean and Maria Elena decided that they would rather live and raise their young family in the Galapagos. The Keegans founded  Galeodan and moved permanently to San Cristobal in January of 2009.


While Maria Elena handles logistics and administration for Galeodan, Sean accompanies each fishing excursion to provide translation, photography, quality control and just for the pleasure of being out on the water and seeing his clients having a great time.


 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
 Isla San Cristobal
 Galapagos, Ecuador





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