ADVENTURE JOURNEYS was created by two knowledgeable expert leaders in order to offer the most amazing group adventure experiences and tailor-made trips adjustable to the needs and requests of our guests. Our mission is to achieve customer satisfaction through our unique client-centered philosophy. Our clients' happiness, enjoyment and education are the cornerstones of the company's reputation and success. Our advantage is the team of Ecuador experts who have the ability to design and create life-changing experiences and guarantee personalized, upscale service according to individual budgets and needs. We focus on highlighting the beauty, environmental significance, and astounding cultural diversity of the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands. In addition, our approach to tourism and the local community is to offer sustainable and responsible programs tailored to each individual client.
Our people are our brand and our success.
Adventure Journeys’ Staff have each been carefully selected by our founders to provide the best professional service in the industry. Each member of our team displays the highest performance and skills within each activity; this kind of customer service is naturally exhibited simply by the passion and enjoyment in what we do. We provide the highest class of multilingual, expedition leaders and naturalist guides. Our experts have professional backgrounds and are certified by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism and trained and certified in WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid) International Certification. In addition, Adventure Journeys staff has been trained with the skills to provide the best personalized and upscale service for our customers. They go above and beyond to focus in every small detail of the trip to create the unique travel experience of a lifetime
CHRISTIAN VALENCIAI was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Since I was young I had been very passionate about nature, the outdoors and culture – for these reasons I chose tourism as a career. This was a great start to discovering my own country, visiting every corner of the country and learning about the fascinating diversity we have. Just imagine living in a country that has four different regions, from the sea level to 6310 meters, beaches, jungles, volcanoes and islands.
When I started guiding in 2005, I started feeling very lucky for the kind of job I got, leading expeditions and teaching our guests about our people and our environment. Today I continue on the same path and just love these adventures.
I enjoy the Amazon the most. I also very much like leading our biking, rafting and kayaking expeditions. These are fantastic trips for people looking for specific activities, and I believe the multisport trips; are a great combination of outdoor activities for any kind of explorer that is looking for a group or family friendly holiday.
I invite you to come visit Ecuador and have and adventure of a lifetime while traveling with AJ.
THE SECRET OF LIFE IS TO DARE
HENRY SISAMy name is Henry Sisa, I was born in north Ecuador, in a small city called Ibarra. I moved to Quito in 1999 to complete my university education where I studied ecology and tourism.
I graduated in 2004 as a professional tour guide and my first experience was Amazon naturalist tour guide for 3 years. I have been in the tourism industry since then.
I worked as a guide and tour leader until 2014; my experience leading expeditions was in destinations like Ecuador – Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Bolivia, My expertise as biologist are nature, wildlife, culture and specialized in Adventure. I have manage all type of customers including group traveling, FITs, private adventures, family holydays and Luxury trips. I love life, people and nature, my priority is to share our countries and create meaningful connections in between the traveler and the destinations promoting real encounter with local people and nature.
All this passion for what I do push me I found Adventure Journeys in 2012, focused on delivering real experiences with high quality service level and taking care of every small simple detail. Nowadays AJ has become a leader the Adventure and luxury travel in Ecuador and The Galapagos islands
THE NETURE OF LIFE IS TO CHANGE
JORGE TRUJILLOMy name is Jorge Trujillo and currently I’m 28 years old. I was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. I’m a mix from an Ecuadorian mother and a Colombian father.
I have been working in tourism for 9 years and it’s one of the things that I’m most great-full for since this industry allows me to get to know different people, learn from their travels and culture and make new friends from around the world.
I’m really passionate about my country with all that it has to offer! I have never met anyone who has came down to visit and has not fallen in love with it!
THE BEAUTY OF LIFE IS TO GIVE!
GABRIELA HIDALGOI am pretty much a citizen of the world, dog lover, born in Quito – Ecuador, with a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Management. Currently, I am getting a Marketing and Sales Master’s degree. I ended up in tourism because how can anyone not take advantage of the wonderful country you were born in? Plus, sure, sales are the best way to explore it. I have a passion for traveling and cooking, always trying to find the most beautiful countries to visit and most of time trying to find the best places to go to eat, from popular markets to Michelin awarded restaurants. Can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure! “I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.” -Steve Jobs-
AMPARITO ZARUMAHi! My name is Amparito Zaruma and I was born in Loja – Ecuador. I graduated as a CPA at UTPL university in Loja, I am very happy to work at Adventure Journeys and I am very glad to be able to support this company and do my best to keep good business and personal relationships. I am also grateful for their opinions and suggestions that will allow me to grow. This office has a great environment!
The Purpose of life is to Grow.
PAUL AGUILARSince I was a kid I've always been amazed by mountains and here in our country I think we have some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The geography, along with the all the nature in Ecuador makes it a fantastically diverse country. I combine the beauty of my country with my job, being outdoors all the time, doing all the sports I like and sharing the adventure and amazing things that our beautiful country can offer with all the visitors coming here.
I've being guiding in the outdoors adventures for 14 years now. I graduated from college as a certified national guide in 2001 and the best way to live, is to love what you do for a living. I like to make sure the tourists enjoy all the beautiful characteristics of Ecuador, so they can have the best traveling experience possible.
THE SECRET OF LIFE IS TO DARE
DANIEL SOLANO RAMOSI was born in Quito, which is a special mix of natural and cultural tones. In my opinion, the best place to live. I have been a musician since a little kid. I graduated with an ecology and tourism degree. I decided to ensemble all my feelings, skills and knowledge to give the best time to our visitors. My experiences as a music teacher in the Galapagos Islands and as a tour guide in Peru and Bolivia have helped me to find the perfect methodology to explain every small and big thing about nature, culture and flavors of my country. My hobbies are mountain biking, general extreme sports and my hard rock band. Come to visit my country with us and enjoy the pleasure of the Ecuadorian spirit, sounds and nature.
FATIMA HAROI’m a quiteña, 36 years old and a mother of 2 who loves Ecuador and traveling. After graduating from a local university in tourism, I have worked for 15 years as a National tour guide and have loved every minute of it. My parents transmitted the passion for our country since a young age and guiding has continued to be one of my greatest joys in life. My favorite area of my country is the rainforest, although I enjoy visiting every part of Ecuador. I love photography, the outdoors and working out, still girly nevertheless.
JOSE NARANJOMy name is Jose Naranjo. I’ve been passionate about tourism all my life. I studied eco-tourism in college and my first real job in the field was at Grand Canyon, AZ. It’s an honor for me to be able to show my country to our visitors, and I enjoy sharing my passion every day; I love sports, nature and culture. Ecuador is a magical playground!
BIKINGX-Caliber 9 Packs all of Trek’s XC race hardtail experience into a light, fast bike that pairs the right wheel size with each frame size.
Nothing beats the efficiency, simplicity, and straight-up fun of an X-Cal hardtail in 29er or 27.5". Great for XC racing, or simply shredding singletrack.(Trek, 29er, rock shock front suspension, Shimano Deore, 10 speed, Shimano M365 hydraulic disc, gloves and helmets.)
Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, mechanically formed & butted tubing, race geometry, internal front derailleur routing, rack & fender mounts, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Front suspension: RockShox Recon Silver RL, Solo Air spring, TurnKey lockout, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset on 29ers, 100mm travel (13.5: 80mm travel)
Wheels: Bontrager sealed bearing hubs; Bontrager Mustang Elite Tubeless Ready 28-hole rims
Front Hub: Bontrager sealed bearing
Rear Hub: Bontrager sealed bearing
Rims: Bontrager Mustang Elite Tubeless Ready 28-hole
Tires: Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20" front, 29x2.00" rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20")
Shifters: Shimano Deore, 10 speed
Front derailleur: SRAM X7
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore XT, Shadow
Crank: Race Face Ride, 36/22
Bottom bracket: Sealed cartridge
Cassette: Shimano HG50, 11-36, 10 speed
Chain: KMC X10
Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 1.5
Seatpost: Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Brakeset: Shimano M365 hydraulic disc
RAFTINGAire, NRS & Advanced Elements A true "play" raft, the Puma lets you test your whitewater skills on local river sections or use it as a paddle raft to run technical water with an up to 3-person team.
Features.- Length x Width x Height: 11'6" x 5'6" / Tube Diameter: 18" / Bow Rise x Stern Rise: 12" / Weight: 89 lbs. / 2" Waterline: 87Aire Chambers: 3 / AIREcell Material: Urethane / Fabric Denier x Material Weight: 1670 x 37oz.
KAYAKINGThe StraitEdge2 ™ Kayak is a thirteen foot sit-on-top tandem kayak that incorporates an aluminum bow and stern frame to improve tracking in open water conditions. Its self bailing ports can be opened in rough conditions and closed in calm or cold conditions making a kayak that can be paddled in up to class III whitewater with improved trackability on open water. Three seating positions allow for the kayak to be set up in solo or tandem mode
Hull Design: Built-in aluminum ribs define the bow and stern and improve tracking. / Versatile: Set-up as Self-bailing in bigger waves and close ports in calm or cold water. / Easy To Set Up: PreAssembled at the factory. Simply unfold, inflate and attach the seat. / Comfortable: High support, adjustable padded seat provides comfort for hours of paddling. Durable: Heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin material for extreme puncture resistance.
CAMPINGEureka, Black Diamond; Coleman & NRS Lightweight, compact, and built to withstand the elements, the two-person Apex 2XT tent is ideal for backpacking and wilderness camping. This versatile three-season tent assembles easily with a free-standing fiberglass frame. Durable waterproof fabric, raised floor seams, bathtub floor, and a full coverage fly, provide reliable protection from the elements. Two opposing, extra large D-shaped door openings allow easy access to the tent from both sides. Zippered mesh windows in the doors, plus two mesh panels in the ceiling, provide proper ventilation, keeping you and your gear nice and dry. The no-see-um mesh fabric lets you peek out at the stars and keeps mosquitoes and even the smaller bugs out. Interior side and corner pockets keep gear organized. We provide individual air mats. We also transport all dining & kitchen gear (kitchen, coolers, chairs, tables, etc).
HIKING & TREKKINGBlack Diamond First Strike Trekking Pole.- A 4-season, full-featured adjustable kids' pole, the Black Diamond First Strike Trekking Pole features a FlickLock® adjustment that allows the pole to grow with its owner or as the terrain dictates.
- Rubber grip sized for small hands with adjustable nylon webbing strap
- Single FlickLock offers visual security that the pole is locked
- 2-section length adjustability allows the pole to grow with the user, or as conditions warrant
- Steel safety tip, low-profile Trekking Baskets and winter Freeride Baskets for 4-season use