Galapatours: About Us
World Leader in Galápagos Cruises
If you're looking for a Galápagos Cruise, you will have quickly noticed how difficult it is to find out which ships offer spaces for a given date and price range. At Galapatours, we host the only independent database of all 82 approved Galápagos cruise ships, bringing together every departure date and every route, with daily updates on availability and pricing.
This means, if you're looking for a Galápagos Cruise, you can filter through all departures - by date, cruise length, price or even by the islands or animals you will see, and find your perfect cruise in just a few simple steps.
Meet Benno, the founder of Galapatours. When Benno first traveled to Galápagos in 2016, he came in order to organize a photo- and video shoot for a South America travel agency. Benno quickly noticed that the more interesting and pristine Galápagos Islands cannot be discovered with day tours, based off a hotel. The only way to discover these remote islands (Genovesa, North Isabela, Española etc.) was and is on board of a multiday Galápagos Cruises. He was surprised, however, to find out that there was not a single webpage to list all the ships, their sailing dates, routes, available cabins and prices! A business idea was born.
Immediately after founding Galapatours, Benno moved to the Galápagos and started personally exploring the whole archipelago, building long-lasting relations with the shipowners, who are our partners (and friends in many cases) to this day. Today, what started as a crazy business idea, has become arguably the world's most complete booking platform for Galápagos Cruises.
What it means to travel with Galapatours
Our passion for Galápagos results in going the extra mile for our customers. To travel with Galapatours means that you will get an exclusive service from one of our Galápagos specialist who will ensure to help you find the ideal Galápagos cruise for you and your family. That special service starts the very day you contact us and ends the day you step off the ship and return to your home destination. We will be making sure you have all the services on board that you require and get you the best accommodation on the perfectly fitting ship for your desires.
And the best thing yet? Thanks to your trip, good things are happening in the destination. Your trip is an investment in the country and the islands. Also, animals and nature get protected thanks to the economic benefit of preserving them for travelers. You will not just have the vacation and cruise experience of a lifetime, but will also be able to feel good about your contribution to Ecuador and the amazing Galápagos Islands.
Our promises to you
100% Carbon Offset
Best Price Guarantee
What you will see
We are a young team of travel fanatics and all share a common passion for Galápagos. Our love and experience around this pristine archipelago is what makes us real experts in the field. Our main office, which we share with our mother company, ventura TRAVEL, is in Berlin, but all Galapatours team members are free to work from where ever they please. So, if you speak to us on the phone, do feel free to ask us on the phone where we are at the moment. You might catch us in Quito. Or Costa Rica. Or maybe during one of our yearly off sites, such as in South Africa, Morocco or Colombia where we went last. What can we say: We all love traveling!
Executive Director of Platforms
Travel addict, polyglot, and paragliding fanatic
A true travel addict, Benno has ventured all over the world and speaks five languages (six, if you count Portuñol). When he discovered Galápagos in 2014, he immediately fell in love with the pristine archipelago far off Ecuador's coast, and founded Galapatours.com - a booking portal specialized on Galápagos Cruises on board small, sustainable expedition vessels. In 2020, he created Polartours.com - a booking portal specialized in Antarctica and Arctic Cruises on board expedition vessels. His third startup, Fairtrips.com, is a non-profit, aiming at providing indigenous communities all over the world a booking portal for their exciting touristic products. In doing so, his goal is to help those participate in the value chain created by tourism, who need it most and who oftentimes have the most authentic and exciting products. Write Benno: [email protected]
Integrator, Head of Business Operations
U.S.-born, Ecuadorian bred, Berliner by choice
Erick works from our Berlin office as Integrator and oversees our company's business operations. From a very early age, he's been fascinated by new languages and cultures, and he especially enjoys getting to know countries' politics and history. Erick's family is from Ecuador and Peru, and he previously worked on economic development issues across different Latin American countries. He joined Ventura TRAVEL after working in Washington D.C., Germany, Belgium, and Costa Rica.
Delphine works remotely from Costa Rica as a Travel Specialist. With her knowledge of the Galápagos and Polar regions and her friendly customer service, she is passionate about selling unforgettable cruises to eager clients. She is responsible for selling cruises to the Galápagos and the Polar regions. The name Delphine originates from "dolphin" and suits her perfectly. She feels most at home in any body of water and loves to surf!
Commercial Services Lead
Adventurer at heart
Ever since she can remember, Kim was driven by a natural curiosity that brought her to new places and cultures. Always searching for the unknown, she has lived and worked in Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and the Canary Islands, before she finally settled down in France. Despite her adventurous heart, Kim loves when things are in order. As part of the Ventura team she can live out her two sides: organization geek and passionate adventurer.
Enthusiastic Guatemalan Engineer and Travel Addict
Abner was born in Guatemala City in 1990. He always enjoyed IT topics and learn about new technologies, coding languages, architectures and a lot of crazy geek stuff, after he finished his studies in Guatemala, he moved to Taiwan in 2017, when he was living in Asia he discovered one of his real passions which is traveling around the world to make new friends, he truly enjoy visiting new places and learn about their culture and of course try local food, other hobbies that he has in his free time are learn more about clean code, self-motivation, best practices, and technology trends, and also enjoy playing video games and meet up with his friends for some beers.
CEO & Founder
Authentic Travel & Modern Entrepreneurship
Andre founded Viventura - the first Ventura TRAVEL brand - while still a student out of a desire to make trips more fun and show travelers the real South America. On the ground there, he set up different offices that took care of travel organization, trip development and customer service. He moved back to Berlin in 2012 and, three years later, he founded Ventura TRAVEL. Since then, he has been supporting tourism professionals who have a passion for a specific tourism niche to build their brands within Ventura. Through this construct, these "intrapreneurs" develop their vision for their destinations, while having an experienced team with professional infrastructure on the background for areas such as finance, marketing, IT, and HR. Privately, Andre enjoys spending time with his wife and son and tries to eat good ceviche as often as possible.
IT Applications / AP Accountant
Taiwanese girl starts her adventure in the Western World
With a background in mathematics and accounting, Anny loves to work with data and numbers. Before moving to Berlin, she worked as a Finance Specialist for around 5 years in Taiwan and China. She took the night train from Vienna to Venice but still has a lot of places to discover. Anny is also a crazy lover of super spicy food.
From Backpacker to Junior Marketer
After two years of backpacking around the world, Emely's passion for sustainable travel was ignited. She wanted more! Her goal was to convince others that sustainable travel is possible and to show the beauty of our earth. Having worked in the Marketing Department before, she was very interested to learn more about it. That's why she is very happy to be able to support our marketing team as an apprentice for the next couple of years.
Using technology to make life easier
I love tech things, and use this passion every day in my work with our IT team to deliver great value for Ventura Travel. I like to travel and enjoy riding my bike along unknown roads. However, above all things, I really enjoy spending my free time with my family and my daughter.
Marketing Brand Specialist
Peripatetic on the hunt for good stories
Johanna joined Ventura TRAVEL as part of the marketing team in Berlin and is responsible for its brands. She is a creative storyteller and always on the lookout for a new photo to take or a new picture to paint. At Ventura, she is able to combine her interest in travel with her passion for authentic experiences and sustainability.
Performance Marketing Specialist
Always open to novelty
Specialist of performance marketing, he is a big fan of sports and gastronomy. After an MBA in Paris and first work experience in Berlin, he decided to move to Asia for several months and took Japanese classes to increase his immersion. In charge of performance marketing in the marketing department of Ventura Travel, he is able to combine two things he enjoys: numbers and writing.
Human Relations Director
Passion for travelling and discovering new cultures
Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia she is mad in love with the cultural diversity of her country. She loves working with people and found her passion working in Human Resources. In her spare time, she loves to read historical novels, travel and feels the happiest when she can get to know a new country, a new culture and new people.
Travel enthusiast with Berlin roots
Oliver was bitten by the travel bug at an early age and, after an exchange year in Canada, traveled to many countries around the world. There was no doubt in his mind that working in tourism would be his dream to pursue his passion: To create new journeys and to bring the beauty of the different regions of the world closer to other people. In the meantime, he is back in his hometown and is now responsible for the operations of our different tours.
A native Brit, Simon is responsible for all the English language text on our website. Passionate about using words to convey emotions as well as facts, he always aims to make every page a pleasure to read. Whether it's describing the wonderful ships and the amenities they offer, writing about the amazing wildlife and habitats you will see, or making sure our terms and conditions and policies are clear and easy to understand, his goal is for the words to enhance your time on our site, not get in your way.
Susana Ceron Baumann
CSR Manager & VSocial General Coordinator
"Feel the ground and touch the sky!"
Susana is one of our few native Berliners. She studied business administration with a focus on tourism management. With over 20 years of professional experience, she is a veteran in tourism, with a particular passion for charity. Her mind and soul have been shaped by her countless travels around the globe and the diverse cultures and people she met. As daughter of a Spanish immigrant, she does not consider herself German or Spanish, preferring instead to describe herself as a citizen of the world. Susana is in charge of CSR and responsible for Ventura's non-profit VSocial.