What it means to travel with Galapatours
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]
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!
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.
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.
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.
Jose is a person passionate about technology, who likes challenges and creating software and tools that facilitate the work of others and people's daily lives. In his spare time he likes to spend time enjoying nature.
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.
Winston Churchill "Never waste a good crisis!"
My finance team and I manage all the financial aspects of ventura Travel. Our mission is to deliver accurate, prompt and useful financial information to the different stakeholders.
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.