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 main goal of Andes EcoTours is to be a driver for conservation of Colombia's ecological & cultural heritage. In order to achieve this goal we need to promote healthy, vibrant, local communities that can afford to protect their natural and cultural resources. Throughout our numerous tours, not only are thousands of visitors discovering the true sense of Colombia´s magical realism but they also provide much needed income for the rural families we work 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

Andes EcoTours aims to be a driver for conservation of Colombia's ecological & cultural heritage by achieving sustainable tourism practices that strengthen rural communities and provide top rated services to visitors.

Vision

Andes EcoTours will be the point of reference for sustainable, top rated nature tourism services in Colombia.

Tour Director & Lead Guide

R. Andrés Umaña

Andrés was born and raised in Bogotá. He holds a degree in Biochemistry and a master´s in Environmental Management. With over 8 years experience guiding and a certification on Wilderness First Aid,  he is quialified to be our lead guide. He is also the director and co-founder of Andes EcoTours and speaks both Spanish and English fluently, having spent a significant amount of time abroad. He is very knowledgeable of the different terrains of the Andes region and has led numerous trekking expeditions to heights of up to 5200 m.a.s.l.

Experience Manager & Bird Guide

Chantelle du Plessis

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.

Transport & Logistics

Hector Mora

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. 

Office Assistant 

Ingrid

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. 

Design Wizard

Dani Osorio

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. 

ABOUT US

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