Sustainable Tourism Bogotá

The Team

In the beginning...

In 2010 the idea for Andes EcoTours was born. This was at a time when destinations like Cartagena were already positioned on the tourist map and the city of Bogotá was largely ignored. Travelers were quick to fly in and out of the capital city without paying much attention to the nature that surrounded them, while the conflict of previous decades had prevented locals from exploring their mountains.

 

We transformed this challenge into an opportunity to develop responsible and sustainable nature tours around our region, allowing both international visitors and local residents to experience the rich diversity of Andean ecosystems. 

 

We led our first tour in 2012, and we have since focused on developing top-quality ecotourism options for visitors to Bogotá. Today, our capital city is the home base for millions of travelers wanting to explore the rich diversity of natural and cultural treasures that Colombia holds.

Hiking up Monserrate on our first tour,

August 2012

Our Commitment

The ultimate goal of Andes EcoTours is to become an agent of conservation for Colombia's ecological & cultural heritage, and we understand that in order to preserve nature we need healthy, vibrant local communities that can afford to protect their forests. Throughout our numerous tours, not only are thousands of visitors discovering the true sense of Colombia´s magical realism, they are also providing much needed income for the farming families we collaborate with.  

 

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught" 

Baba Dioum, Senegal

 

 

Mission

To promote environmental conservation in the Colombian Andes by strengthening rural communities that provide tourism services to international visitors.

Vision

To be the main provider of ecotourism related services in the Bogotá region for visitors to our capital city.

Andrés was born and raised in Bogotá and holds degrees in both Natural Sciences and Environmental Management. He is the director and co-founder of Andes EcoTours and has 7 years experience guiding in the Andes mountains, qualifying him to serve as our lead guide for high-altitude and multi-day treks. He is a certified Wilderness First Aid Responder and speaks both Spanish and English fluently, having spent a significant amount of time abroad. He is very knowledgeable of the different challenging terrains of the Andes region and has led numerous expeditions to heights of up to 5200 m.a.s.l.

Tour Director & Mountain Guide

R. Andrés Umaña

Growing up in South Africa, Chantelle was trained to spot wildlife at a young age. She is our Birding & Wildlife Specialist and co-founder of Andes EcoTours, with degrees in both Hospitality Management and International Development. Chantelle speaks both English and Spanish fluently and has lived in Colombia for over 8 years. She is a certified First Aid Responder, avid E-birder and member of the Bogotá Association of Ornithology (ABO). With 7 years of experience guiding in Colombia, Chantelle is qualified to take you on your next Colombian adventure. She has led numerous multi-day birding & wildlife expeditions for up to 15 days covering ecosystems from 200 to 4000 m.a.s.l.

Experience Manager & Bird Guide

Chantelle du Plessis

Hector grew up (and still lives) in the high Andes mountains of Choachí, surrounded by pristine cloud forest and fertile farmland. He comes from a long line of potato and dairy farmers and has a wealth of local knowledge about native flora and fauna passed down through generations. He also has an eagle's eye for spotting wildlife. Hector started out as one of our local community guides and has since become an irreplaceable part of our team, driving everyone safely to their destinations, leading visitors along the trails and making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. 

Transport & Logistics

Hector Mora

Ingrid is a native resident of Bogotá with a technical degree in tourism information and guiding from SENA. She has an interest in advancing her bilingual and design skills so that our back office runs efficiently. 

Office Assistant 

Ingrid

Daniela is a designer, athlete, artist and artisan who puts her heart into every piece she makes. She studied design at Los Andes University and is in charge of all our advertisement, graphic design and production. 

Design Wizard

Dani Osorio

ABOUT US

+57 316 438 7621 
WhatsApp: +57 310 559 9729 
andesecotours@gmail.com
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