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About GalapagosIslands.net and Columbus Travel Ltd.

Columbus Travel Ecuador, 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. While in Ecuador, He discovered all the wonders of this country and wanted to share them with the rest of the world. This led to the creation of Columbus Travel Ecuador, a tour operator with a straightforward idea: 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 Ecuador 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. Today, Columbus Travel Ecuador holds its spot as one of the front-runners in travel, bringing its clients only the best service and unique journeys. The knowledge and passion that Columbus Travel’s Destination Experts have for Ecuador and its beauty combined with their experience in online sales, resulting in guaranteed client satisfaction.

Columbus Travel Staff

Our specialists are at the heart of Columbus Travel. They have all travelled extensively and documented it perfectly so you can enjoy your adventures.

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.

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.

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.

Sofia 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.

Cristina Pineda

Destination Expert

Being part of the Travel & Leisure industry has taught me over the years that the perfect holiday is a combination of three important points: a magical destination, a trust-worthy company and passionate people. I think of myself, as a fan of traveling around Ecuador and abroad, for me there is no better way to live life! I have been at the service of travel agencies and direct customers for many years and being able to share with them my experiences, my passion in traveling and knowledge in planning an unforgettable holiday is what I enjoy most about my job.

When I refer to magical destinations, the first place that comes to my mind is Ecuador and all its uniqueness. If you ask me about my favorite destination, I would have to split my vote between the Galapagos Islands and the Andes – both breathtaking places, which I cannot compare to any other.

Partners & Memberships

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.

Office Location

Our Main office is located in Quito, Ecuador on 6 de Diciembre Avenue 33-55 & Eloy Alfaro Avenue. Torre Blanca Building, 8th floor.

Why Book With Columbus Travel?

When you book a Galapagos trip with Columbus Travel, you are assured:

World Class Service
Expert Advice
The Best Value

Contact us today for a free personalized itinerary and quote:

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