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 level, 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.
We provide the highest level of multilingual out-door naturalist guides, who come from professional background and have been certified by the Ecuadorian Ministry of tourism and also have been cursed the WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid) International Certification. In addition of this, Adventure Journeys has trained our philosophy with the best skills to react to any possible situation and provide most unique travel experience of a LIFE time to our customers with stellar service level. Our guides focus in highlighting the beauty of LIFE, and how significant could that be in the richness of our programs.
CHRISTIAN VALENCIAI was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, since I was little I was very passionate about nature and culture, and that was one of the reasons I chose Tourism as a career, these for me was a great start to discover my own country, while visiting every single corner and learning about the fascinating diversity we have, just imagine living in country that has four different regions, from the sea level to 6310 meter, beaches, jungles, volcanoes, 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, nowadays I to continue on the same path and I just love this adventures.
I like the best The Amazon, but also I like very much leading our Biking, Rafting and Kayaking Expeditions, these are fantastic trips for people looking for specific activities, and I believe the multisport trips; are 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 EPL.
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 City in 1999 to complete my education at university level where I studied Ecology and Tourism.
I graduated in 2005 like professional Tour Guide and my first experience was Amazon naturalist tour guide for 3 years. I have been in the tourism industry since then.
Now I am 34 years old and I have been leading tours in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Galapagos Islands. I love Life and nature as one of my priorities and I also like to show all travelers the cultural richness of our countries.
THE ADVENTURE OF LIFE IS TO LEARN!
ESTEBAN TERANI’m Esteban, a 26 years old entrepeneur. Born and raised in Quito - Ecuador. Customer service specialized in America, into tourism industry since ’09.
When someone asks why I love tourism I can only say, who doesn’t? Being in this industry is more than travel around, it’s about feeling the passion that my country has to offer and get inspired with it.
Having the opportunity of traveled all around Ecuador and abroad gives me the chance to advise my clients with certain information that only experience can give.
THE BEAUTY OF LIFE IS TO LEARN!
JORGE TRUJILLOMy name is Jorge Trujillo and currently I’m 28 years old. I was born in Quito, the capital City 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 branch allows me to get to know different people, learn from their travels and culture + the advantage of making new foreign friends.
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 fell in love with it!
THE BEAUTY OF LIFE IS TO GIVE!
ISABEL ZURITAMy name is Isabel, I was born here in Quito - Ecuador, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, I have always been passionate about traveling and been able to know every region of this beautiful country has helped me to understand better what travelers seek; helping others to travel fills me with joy and satisfaction.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO GROW
ROBERTO CHASIPANTAHi I'm Roberto, known also as Chulla Quiteño.
After studying abroad I came back to Ecuador and developed the internal love and the compassion towards my country and the concern of its prodigious nature and unique inhabitants. I continued my studies at "UDET" (Universidad de Especialidades Turisticas)
As a Tourist guide I promote personal and professional goals as reading, sports, languages, meet people, nature protection, get rid of monotony, to know human reality. I'm proud to belong to this unique country in the world.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO GROW
PAUL AGUILARSince I was a kid I've always been amazed by the mountains and I think here in our country we have the most beautiful ones; all the nature in Ecuador is one of the most diverse and now I can combine the beauty of my country with my job, being outdoor 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 nature for 14 years, I graduated from college as a certified national guide in 2001 and the best way to go is to love what you do for a living. I like to make sure the tourist enjoy all the beautiful sceneries that we have here, so they can have the best travelling experience.
THE SECRET OF LIFE IS TO DARE
CÉSAR ROMEROMy name is Cesar Romero. I'm 33 years old. When I was 17 I rode my mountain bike a long Ecuador exploring new roads and learning about my culture that is how I started. I got graduated as National Tour Guide in The Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. I have been working for more than 10 years as an adventure guide (cycling, rafting, trekking, kayaking). I feel passionate for my job. Sharing with people all the things we have in Ecuador is the best experience.
THE SECRET OF LIFE IS TO DARE
DANIEL SOLANO RAMOSI was born in Quito City which its a bunch of natural and cultural experiences. I would say the best place to live. I have been a musician since a little kid and eventually 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, 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 flavours of my country. My hobbies are mountain bike rides, general extreme sports and my hard rock band. Come to visit my country with us and enjoy the pleasure of the Ecuadorian flavours, 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 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 area was at the Grand Canyon, AZ. It’s an honor for me to be able to show my country to our visitors and I like to share my passion every day; I love sports, nature and culture. Ecuador is a magical playground!
Our philosophy is based on the meaning of LIFE and how important is to truly understand this and feel it, we believe that with adventure traveling we can make a positive impact on lives of people and help to change your life perspective, is all about the achievement of happiness discovering your own planet and helping people to find the amazing feeling of LIFE.
BIKINGX-Caliber 9 It 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.
CAMPING & TREKKINGEureka, 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 airmats. We also transport all dining & kitchen gear (kitchen, coolers, chairs, tables, etc) For trekking we use Black Diamond poles.
HIKINGBlack 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