About Columbus Travel Group

WORLD CLASS SERVICE

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.

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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.

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Destinations Experts

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

Sofía Valdivieso

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.

Pablo Rea

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.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (native)

Tannya Merizalde

I absolutely love tourism! I love traveling around Ecuador and to different destinations around the world, too. I feel very fortunate to be able to help so many people organize the trip of a lifetime based on my own experiences and passion for travel and customizing trips.

I’ve specialized in the Galapagos Islands since the day I learned about their vast tourism potential and was fascinated and thrilled by the numerous endemic species and flora both on land and beneath the waves!

Ecuador is well-known for being a small country that is home to 4 completely different regions: the Andes mountains, the Amazon rainforest, the Pacific coast, and the Galapagos Islands. This means that your visit to Ecuador will be truly unique, filled with stunning landscapes, heritage cities, towering churches and a rich cultural tapestry filled with exotic flavors and wonderful people! From the center of the world, I’m excited to invite you to visit Ecuador, my small paradise, hand in hand with a professional who, just like you, loves to travel!

Our Guides

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

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Pablo Nasevilla

Pablo believes that “being a Tour Guide is more than a profession, it is an opportunity to share your passion about nature, culture, tradition, within one’s hometown.”

Expect nothing less than a magnificent adventure along your  Ecuador journey; of course, you should expect great jokes and caring service from one of our most experienced guides.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), Spanish (native)

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Ramon Andrade

Ramon graduated with a degree in biology from the Catholic University of Quito. His passion for service helped him discover his lifelong career as a tour guide back in 1983.

Born and raised in Quito, he has deep knowledge of Ecuador in a wide range of aspects, ranging from nature, history, and culture.

With over thirty-seven years of experience on nature and culture tour guiding, he conducts special interest groups around Ecuador and Peru.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), Spanish (native)

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Isabel Ramos

Isabel, born and raised in Quito has been helping guests discover Ecuador’s wonderful treasures for almost 30 years.

She describes Ecuador as “a little country with one of the highest biodiversity on the planet.”

Isabel will be happy to share all her stories about swimming with pink dolphins and piranhas, walking around giants tortoises, diving with hammerhead sharks, and hiking around Andes’s active volcanoes. 

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (native)

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Juan Vizcaino

Juan Vizcaino has been leading guests around Ecuador for 23 years. Since he was a young boy he enjoyed traveling around Ecuador especially through the Andean mountains and volcanoes.

A well-organized, Knowledgeable,  and methodical person, he will be able to adapt to any scenario and always give the best of himself in any project.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), Spanish (native)

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Romy Bustamante

Romy has been working in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as a tour guide and tour director for English and German-speaking groups for over 20 years. Her field of expertise is Anthropology and Art history. In her early years, she worked for the Museum of Colonial Art of San Francisco de Quito, where she witnessed the restoration process of several masterpieces. During her free time, she loves traveling abroad to learn from other cultures.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), German (fluent), Spanish (native)

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Fabrizio Yepez

Fabrizio Yepez was born and is raised in Quito. As a National Tour Guide, he has helped uncountable guests experience Ecuador’s most unique and remote destinations. With more than 20 years in the tourism industry, Fabrizio is very passionate about his job, expect him to get on his knees to take the best pictures of your adventures. He enjoys outdoor bike rides, preferably downhill. He also likes horseback riding, hiking, and taking pictures.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), Spanish (native)

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Robby Delgado

Robby has 23 years of experience leading trips to many natural and cultural areas, especially the Amazon Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands. His passion and dedication to explore nature and conservation have taken him to places like Iceland, continental Europe, and many countries in America.

Languages Spoken:
English (fluent), Spanish (native)