About Columbus Travel

Our mission is to offer travelers a seamless, top-shelf travel experience.

WORLD CLASS SERVICE

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

In 1994, Columbus Travel was established with the vision of redefining travel experiences in Ecuador, including the enchanting Galapagos Islands and the rich cultural heritage of Peru. Our inception was driven by the necessity to provide high-quality services and ensure safety for Norwegian students venturing into these regions. Today, we are the go-to provider of unique travel services for explorers worldwide.

Columbus Travel is not merely a tour operator. We are the architects of unforgettable journeys, meticulously crafting each expedition to exceed our travelers’ expectations. Our services extend from Ecuador’s culturally rich landscapes to the Galapagos Islands’ biodiversity wonderland and Peru’s ancient mysteries.

Our personalized itineraries are designed with an intimate understanding of these destinations, ensuring our travelers enjoy the most authentic experiences. Furthermore, our comprehensive accompanying support ensures a smooth and secure journey, making us the preferred choice for quality, safety, and memorable adventures.

Our Team

Elevate your travel experience to new heights, with our dedicated Destination Experts leading the way!
Reach out to us effortlessly by filling out a booking form, sending an email, or giving us a call at +1 (877) 212 5536 UK Number +44 (20) 8638 0738 

Maria Soledad Loaiza Columbus Travel Managing Director

Maria Soledad Loaiza
Managing Director

As the Managing Director of Columbus Travel, I infuse our mission with a deep-seated passion: crafting extraordinary, genuine, and memorable experiences for discerning travelers. Leading a team of devoted professionals who embody this ethos, our destination experts meticulously tailor each itinerary, ensuring unparalleled personalization. Our dedicated customer service representatives guarantee absolute satisfaction, while our dynamic marketing and operations teams propel us to the forefront of the travel industry. Together, we are steadfast in our commitment to transforming every journey to Ecuador, Galapagos, and Peru into an indelible adventure. We transcend mere trip planning; we sculpt experiences fueled by a collective drive for authenticity and excellence. Embracing the art of forging profound connections and cultivating a profound reverence for the destinations we traverse, we transcend conventional travel services to curate moments that resonate deeply with the soul, leaving an enduring imprint on every traveler we serve.

Pablo Rea Columbus Travel Sales Supervisor

Pablo Rea
Sales Supervisor

I’m Pablo Rea, a traveler, enthusiast, and your go-to companion for exploring the wonders of Ecuador. My journey began in Sacramento, California, where I spent my early 18s immersing myself in the language. This transformative experience fueled my passion for connecting with people and savoring unique cuisines and instilled a deep pride in my Ecuadorian roots. Upon returning to Quito, my hometown, I aspired to become a cultural ambassador, sharing the beauty of my homeland with friends from across the globe. Curating every travel experience is my commitment, ensuring that each adventure surpasses expectations. Having lived abroad, I comprehend the significance of hard-earned money and prioritize creating a journey that’s not only memorable but also mindful of your expenses. I believe in counting each day of your trip because every moment matters.

David Galarza Columbus Travel Destination Expert

David Galarza
Destination Expert

Since childhood, I have loved nature, especially sea life. While I was growing up, I decided to study Ecology and tourism at university and started working as a naturalist guide in the Amazon rainforest and all around Ecuador. Traveling has been my passion, and I discovered that one of the highlights of my profession was interacting with visitors worldwide. I learned a lot from all of them! Some of my hobbies came very handy with my profession: nature and landscape photography, bird watching, trekking, snorkeling, and diving. If you consider Ecuador as your upcoming journey, we will make your trip unforgettable.  I look forward to seeing you in Ecuador!

Cristina Lopez Columbus Travel Destination Expert

Cristina Lopez
Destination Expert

Travel has been a core aspect of my life since childhood, fostering a passion for discovering new cultures and languages. With 18 years in the tourism industry, I’ve taught Spanish to global visitors exploring South America, guiding them on tailored itineraries. This experience kindled my love for showcasing my country’s diversity and natural beauty. Assisting travelers in curating unforgettable journeys has become my true calling. I take immense joy in crafting trips that resonate with each visitor, ensuring they experience the best of what my country offers. It’s a privilege to create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Daniela Navarro Columbus Travel Destination Expert

Daniela Navarro
Destination Expert

My love for travel ignited in my early years, as I fondly recall embarking on car trips with my father and siblings to explore the mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. In 2014, I delved into trail running, fulfilling my dream of witnessing the majestic Andes from various vantage points. This athletic pursuit has taken me on exhilarating adventures, from running in the Chilean Patagonia and along the Inca Trail to summiting Cotopaxi multiple times, immersing myself in Amazonian communities, and listening to the haunting calls of monkeys in the beach highlands. As a Destination Expert at Columbus Travel, I have the privilege of assisting my guests in discovering these remarkable places while imparting my deep-seated passion for Travel.

Gabriela Panata Columbus Travel Operations Supervisor

Gabriela Panata
Operations Supervisor

What captivates me about Ecuador is its abundance of enchanting landscapes waiting to be discovered. Each trip I take leaves me with unforgettable memories and anecdotes, which I deeply treasure. My decision to pursue a career in tourism was fueled by my passion for helping others fulfill their dreams of exploration and adventure. As Operations Supervisor, I take great joy in serving as an ambassador and orchestrating memorable experiences for individuals like you, who dream of discovering new horizons, indulging in delectable cuisines, and connecting with remarkable people. Let’s embark on an unforgettable journey filled with new sunsets, tantalizing flavors, and incredible encounters.

Our Guides

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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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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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Fabricio Yepez

Fabricio Yepez was born and 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)

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