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About Columbus Travel Group


Our mission is to offer travelers a seamless, top-shelf travel experience to Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru.

What you can expect when you plan your trip with Columbus Travel

  • The personalized assistance of local experts with in-depth knowledge of the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador, and Peru.

  • Hand-picked, best-of-the-best yachts, hotels and multi-lingual guides.

  • Best prices. We are one of the largest volume operators in Ecuador and can negotiate the best prices which we pass on to our clients.

History of Columbus Travel

Columbus Travel was born out of the collaboration of current CEO Luisa Cordova and former CEO Kjetil Haugan managing the Simon Bolivar Spanish School in Quito, Ecuador beginning in 1994. Columbus Travel started as a natural extension of the school’s mission, organizing highest quality cultural and wilderness experiences throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

From its founding in 1997, Columbus Travel grew rapidly, becoming one of the most respected and highest-volume travel agencies in Ecuador. Columbus Travel Group was established, bringing in the Haugan Cruises, La Selva Jungle Lodge, and GalapagosIslands.com brands under one group and then spinning off each of the brands between 2006 and 2016. Since 2016, Columbus Travel is once again an independent organization, 100% focused on providing high-quality trip planning services to our clients.


Our trip planners are the center of the Columbus Travel experience. Contact us with a booking form, email, or call 1-877-436-7512 US/CAN, or UK: +44 (20) 8638 0738

María Soledad

María Loaiza

Travel Expert

I believe that every time we travel somewhere new we grow, and I honestly love to be part of it. I am passionate about what I do, not only for the opportunity to meet new people but actually to have the chance to create a once in a lifetime experience for them. After all, most of us travel to different and far away destinations only once, and I want to be the person to make Ecuador and Peru unforgettable. If I had to choose one destination as my favorite, I would have to say that the Galapagos Islands hold a special place in my heart, and once you see them you will definitely feel the same way.

Pablo Rea

Pablo Rea

Destination Expert

I have been traveling in Ecuador since I was a child, but I discovered that it was what I wanted to do for a living after a trip showed me that traveling is what I really love. When I graduated from high school, I planned to go abroad to discover the world. While traveling, I understood that my passion would be found in showing other people the wonders of my own country.

Ecuador has breathtaking landscapes but the one which caught my heart is a lovely old Hacienda which has been completely restored. It holds a lot of Ecuadorian history and keeps the magic of old times. Hacienda Zuleta is like the oasis in the middle of the desert, a charming, small, luxury hacienda where you will feel and discover all the wonders that Ecuador has to offer.

David Estrella

Destination Expert

I have been working in the travel and tourism industry for the last 8 years as a Destination Expert. Additionally I have a degree in tourism and environmental conservation. Having visited the top destinations in Ecuador and Peru makes me feel very confident in giving the best travel advice to my clients. Over the years, my work in tourism has been focused on the Galapagos Islands, as this is my favorite destination in South America due its great significance in natural history. My experience has been developed throughout the constant research into new destinations and a continual sales training, as well as my passion for traveling. I truly love the opportunity to share with my clients the same emotions and excitement I experienced when I visited the wonders of Ecuador and Peru.

Gabriela Fuentes

Destination Expert

I chose to study tourism because we are in charge of creating experiences for a lifetime. I have worked in the Canary Islands, Key West and Ecuador. For me, my favorite destination is the Galapagos Islands. I was a cruise director for 8 months and traveling around Galapagos showed me that there is no better paradise than this one. Every day I used to take a picture of the most spectacular sunsets I had ever witnessed. I never got tired of this amazing landscape. Besides, every hike and each time snorkeling is unique and different. Galapagos is for nature’s lovers. It was one of my dreams, and it came true.

Sofía Valdivieso

Destination Expert

I have been working in the tourism industry since I graduated from University. I always felt a sense of wanderlust, a feel for discovering other places, landscapes, cultures and customs. Travelling is one of the most amazing experiences for one’s lifetime which makes us increase our knowledge and be more sensitive as human beings, and it is available for all budgets and ages. I have always felt very fortunate to live in a country that has it all, from the highest mountains in the Andes to the unique Galapagos Islands. It makes me happy to help people around the world have one of their best times in their lives.