Columbus Travel Ltd.
Columbus Travel, which has become one of the most prominent tourism companies in Ecuador, began as a simple dream — a visionary idea to share this small country's beauty and the charm of its people with the rest of the world.
It all started back in 1994, when Norwegian-born Kjetil Haugan came to Ecuador to learn Spanish. While in Ecuador, Kjetil discovered all the wonders of this country and wanted to share them with the rest of the world. To do this, he opened a Spanish school to create opportunities for others to learn of the rich Ecuadorian culture and its language. Soon, as the school grew, the number of students who wanted to discover the wonders of Ecuador grew as well. This led to the creation of Columbus Travel, which was Kjetil's idea of a way to provide quality service on carefully designed tours to those who wanted to travel around Ecuador.
As pioneers in the world of online sales, Columbus Travel was the first tour operator in Ecuador to use the Internet for online bookings while also taking advantage of the opportunity to offer travelers a faster reply and the best service possible.
With each passing year, this seed of a company grew into one of the most groundbreaking companies in Ecuador's tourism industry, having expanded to other areas, such as luxury Amazon lodges and Galapagos cruises. Today, Columbus Travel holds its spot as one of the front-runners in travel, bringing its clients only the best service and incomparable journeys. The knowledge and passion that Columbus Travel's Destination Experts have for Ecuador and its beauty combines with their experience in online sales, resulting in guaranteed client satisfaction.
Columbus Travel Staff
Tourism is my passion! I have been working with Kjetil Haugan and Columbus travel since 1997 and I have witnessed how this once, small company has grown thanks to the commitment and dedication that each one of us puts in daily. I hope we can deliver a part of this passion and love to you that we share for Ecuador and make your tour a once in a life time experience.
When I was in high-school, I always wanted to become an architect and design houses and home interiors. But destiny had other plans for me, and I studied Tourism Administration at the university and now I design “dreams and experiences” for travelers, which I actually think is much better and more satisfying. I started studying tourism as a hobby, and I fell in love with my beautiful country, Ecuador. What started as a hobby became my life’s vocation.
Henry Miller said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Thanks to my career, I had the opportunity to visit a lot of destinations around Ecuador, observe the wonders of each one, learn different cultural aspects... and I definitely learned new ways of seeing things! Without doubt, the great biodiversity and the breath-taking nature sceneries we can find in the Galapagos Islands are my favorite things that I have seen so far, and I will always recommend our clients to not miss this destination.
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.
I chose to work in the tourism industry in my home country because I've always enjoyed exploring the many wonders that Ecuador has to offer! I have always felt great pride about our natural and cultural beauty and our resources, which I am thrilled to be able to share with the world as a Certified Destination Expert!
I particularly love the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle due to its mysterious beauty and amazing abundance of nature.
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.
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.
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.
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Our Main office is located in the Mariscal area (tourist district) in Quito, Ecuador on Foch street #265 and 6 de Diciembre Avenue, Sonelsa Building 5th floor.