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About Columbusecuador.com and
Columbus Travel Ltd.

Columbus Travel started it's operation 1997 and has grown to become one of the major on-line travel agencies in Ecuador. We mostly sell trips to the Galapagos islands and the Amazon jungle, but we can offer any travel service you need.

We are affiliated with CETUR (Ecuadorian tourist board) and CAPTUR (the tourist board of the Pichincha province) and highly recommended by The South American Explorers club and Exito travel in The States.

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism is the idea of developing tourism in a way in which it does not damage the environment, nor the economy, or the wellbeing of local cultures. »Read more

 

Our Main office is located in the Mariscal area (tourist district) in Quito on Foch street #265 and 6 de Diciembre Avenue, Sonelsa Building 6th floor.

Management

Kjetil Haugan
Kjetil Haugan is the owner of Columbus Travel. He is a Norwegian citizen who has lived in Ecuador since 1994. Kjetil has a Graduate degree in Organization Development from England and an Undergraduate degree in Management from Norway. Kjetil has worked as Director of the Olympic Villages during the Lillehammer (Norway 1994) and the Atlanta (USA 1996) Olympic Games. He speaks Spanish, English and the Scandinavian languages fluently.

Luisa Cordova

Luisa has a degree in tourism and administration from UTE university in Quito. She is the Vicepresident of Columbus Travel Group. She works for Columbus since 1997. Luisa speaks English and Spanish.

Jessica Meza
Jessica holds a degree as Engineer in Tourist Business Administration and Management of Protected Areas, currently she is the President of Columbus Travel and she has created and manages Columbus Home Sales department. Jessica has worked in the tourism business since 1996 and in Columbus Travel since 2001, she is in charge of the Palmazul Hotel & Spa which is also part of the Columbus Travel Group.

Sales Department

Ivonne Zumárraga
Ivonne holds a degree in tourism administration from the University of Tourist Specialties (UCT) in Quito. She has been working in tourism since 2003 and has all the experience to work together to arrange a once in a life-time experience. Her professional training has given her the opportunity to visit the most outstanding places in Ecuador including Galapagos. She is charge of sales department.
Pablo Rea
Pablo is a tourist guide and has studied in Business Administration. He has been working in tourism for more than 8 years. His expert knowledge about the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru ensures the best experiences as his specialty is compiling specially made tours for families and adventure enthusiasts. When he is not organizing trips for his clients at the office, he can be found traveling around Ecuador searching for new and exciting adventures.
Vladimir Cruz

Vladimir was born in Ambato and raised in New Jersey. While in the United States he studied Marketing and holds a degree from Raritan Valley Community College. Vladimir is now one of the Sales Executives for Columbus Travel providing personal assistance to our clients.

David Estrella
David graduated in Eco-tourism management from UTE; and he has been working in local tour companies for more than 7 years as a travel consultant in South America destinations. David is part of the Columbus Travel destination experts team currently; and he is providing personal assistance to our clients.
Christian Jácome
Christian used to be a Guide. He also has over 13 years experience in arranging and selling tours. He has a wealth of knowledge on the Galapagos as well as the tours on the Mainland. Whatever your interests, he is sure to be able to tailor a complete vacation experience to meet your needs. Christian speaks fluently English, Spanish and French.
Francisco Vela
Francisco graduated from UTPL in Tourism Administration Management. He has over 11 years of experience in Destination Management Companies in Ecuador. He has extensive knowledge of tourism infrastructure and services in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Francisco also speaks English fluently. He provides personalized assistance to Columbus Travel’s exclusive clientele in our Sales Department by organizing their dream holidays.
María Soledad

Maria Soledad holds a BA in Hospitality Management from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. She has lived and worked in the United States in the service industry for many years and now is one of our Destinations Experts, making sure all of her clients have an spectacular holiday paying close attention to small details and always exceeding expectations.

Pedro Andrade
Pedro has a degree in Sustainable Tourism Management at the UIB of Mallorca. He has been working in different areas of the tourism industry in Ecuador which gives him an extensive knowledge of the industry. Pedro is head of Product Development for Columbus Travel which consists of designing new and existing tours combing the best products in order to create the best experience for you.

Sales Assistance

Augusta Granda

She graduated in Universidad Central del Ecuador. She’s been working for 4 years at Columbus Travel; she works in the Operation and Sales Department. She makes cruise and hotel reservations and she also assists Francisco & Christian.

Sonia Preciado

Sonia is a sales assistant in Columbus Travel.  She has expreience in sales and customer service.  She's very efficient and always ready to lend a hand when required..

Paola Cedeño

Paola is currently studying tourism at the Universidad de las Americas. She is 25 years old and works in Columbus Travel since last year,  she assists Vladimir, Pablo and Ivonne.

Nathaly Orellana

Nathaly Orellana comes from New York and has been living here for about 4 months. She studied communications and public relations for two years at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. She now assists in the Research and Development department, taking care of such tasks as setting up new products and keeping track of prices.

Marketing Department

Rodrigo Hidrovo

Rodrigo holds a degree in business and administration from the Universidad Salesiana in Quito. He is encharge of web development and marketing. and also is the Logistics director of Columbus Travel.

Andrés Trujillo
Andrés studied at the Metropolitan Institute of Design with a degree in Multi-Media Design and focuses mainly on projects which involve audiovisuals that include web, video, animation and illustration. Andrés has also completed other media courses at CIESPAL, and applies these studies in the Marketing Department for Columbus Travel, Simon Bolivar and the Simon Bolivar Fundación. Andrés also acts as Web Coordinator on specific sites

Operations Department

Veronica Barrera

Veronica studied Tourism & Protected Areas Management at Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial. Veronica worked as Coordinator in the Marketing Department for Columbus Travel Group for more than a year. Currently she is working in Operations with itineraries, travel documents and vouchers.

Javier Proaño

Is the first person you will meet! Xavier always offers a friendly smile, which you will see when he picks you up at the airport and takes you to the place you will be staying at.

Finance Department

Pablo Castillo
Pablo holds an MBA obtained at the IDE Business School, along with a Professional Degree in Commercial and Finance Engineering, Accounting and Auditing achieved at the ESPE University in Quito. Pablo has experience in the financial area with an emphasis on strategic management, financial planning, preparation and control of budgets, performance monitoring, knowledge of tax law, applicable accounting.
Nancy Alencastro
Nancy got a Commercial Engineering degree in Business Administration at the Polytechnic Xaverian School of Ecuador. She began working for the company in June of 2011. Her functions include managing hotel invoices, issuing checks, managing Human Resources and Sales budgets, and overseeing transfers, honorary payments, and commissions.
Ximena Almeida
Ximena studied accounting and audit at Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (UTE). She's in charge of the income of all the companies.


Marylin Brito
Marylin completed her degree in two years at Ecuador’s Central University and is currently working in Accounting, serving as an Assistant in Finance and Assistant Accountant for Columbus Travel Group.

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Marthe Orbe
Martha started in the company on December 2007 in the Financial Department. She holds a degree in Commerce and Administration. This is her first time working at a Travel Agency which she finds it very interesting.
Fernanda Ramírez
Fernanda graduated from high school with a concentration in Social Sciences from Colegio José Martí and plans to continue her studies focusing on a University degree in Psychology. Fernanda provides assistance to the Vice-President and Human Resources department of Columbus Travel Group.
Angelita Pérez
The person who mantains everything clean

 

Systems Department

Luis Avalos

Luis graduated from the ESPOCH with a degree in Computer Applied. He works at Columbus Group in web development. He is also responsible for the preventive and corrective maintenance of computers.