WHY NEOTROPIC EXPEDITIONS?
IT ALL STARTED IN 1991, AND WE HAVEN’T SLOWED DOWN SINCE. FROM THE AMAZON JUNGLE TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA, AND THE ANDEAN HIGHLANDS TO THE GALAPAGOS, WE PERFECTED THE ART OF NEOTROPICAL EXPLORATION.
For the past 25 years, we´ve pioneered new ways to explore. Our non-stop trailblazing makes us the undisputed leaders of specialty travel in the Neotropics.
Through our constant exploration, field research and interaction with local communities we´ve developed a system for creating in-depth, curated and sustainable journeys and active adventures in Galapagos, Ecuador and Colombia.
With headquarters in Quito, we´ve become the only multi-destination operator that combines exclusive adventure, community and foodie experiences in Ecuador. We´ve mastered the art of land-based Galapagos experiences, with stays at our premium and comfort hotels in the three largest Southern Galapagos Islands. In Colombia, we rank highest in the biking operator segment with three offices countrywide.
What makes us different?
WE FOCUS ON YOUR PERSONAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCE.
Field leaders founded our company – experts with vast knowledge of what adventurers anticipate in a high-quality expedition.
So we team with only the best and brightest. We believe the knowledge and storytelling qualities of our guides make a world of difference in your travel experience.
On the backend, our customer care and logistics managers ensure your trip is meticulously prepared long before you arrive. We thoroughly scout locations, using our first-hand knowledge to design itineraries filled with unique cultural and foodie opportunities.
So What is our Story?
It all began, over 25 years ago, when our co-founder Alfredo Meneses rafted the first whitewater gorges of the Amazon and Andean regions, falling in love with adrenaline and adventure. So in 1991, with sheer enthusiasm and quality rafting gear, Eco Adventure was born.
In 1993, we expanded our adventure activities to trekking and mountain biking, thus creating the well-known “multisport” concept. His brother Marcelo Meneses joined him as co-founder and the company became Ecuador Adventure, including sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking and bird watching tours to its line of activities.
In 2002 we created the first Multisport excursion in the Galapagos Islands, introducing sea kayak, horseback riding, trekking, biking, and developing the concept of land-based tours, changing the way travelers explored Galapagos since the mid 1970´s.
In 2007 we ventured into our first hotel operation in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. Today Opuntia Hotels is a network of 7 leading waterfront properties in three islands. In 2013 we added Colombia to our portfolio and developed the first high-end soft adventures and journeys in the Santander, Medellin and Santa Marta regions. Shortly thereafter, we changed our name to Neotropic Expeditions, and included a line of high-end luxury itineraries in all three regions: Galapagos, Ecuador and Colombia.
Alfredo and Marcelo still explore and travel together, searching for beautiful, unimaginable places to inspire their next adventure.
TRAVEL WITH THE EXPERTS
One of our most valuable asset are the people we work with. Your trip leader is the single most important factor in the quality of your travel experience. Over the years, we´ve worked hard to built a team of extraordinary naturalist and adventure guides to lead our trips.
SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Yes we “visit” beautiful places, but we actually seek to make a difference. We are committed to the preservation of our fragile and unique ecosystem along with the wellbeing of its people. This includes a leave-no-trace policy and a green footprint in the development of local communities.
We are sustainable:
- Our environmental practices stem from a lifetime of close contact with pristine ecosystems. Before environmental standards were deemed necessary, we surpassed industry and national standards.
- We process and recycle all waste in each Island’s processing plant.
- We are the first tour operator certified by Rainforest Alliance in Ecuador. This certification is not yet available in Colombia, yet our sustainable policies and processes mirror those of Ecuador.
- We are certified with “Marca Q”, a local certification for sustainability and quality assurance.
- We subscribe to TAP – Travelers Against Plastic and Leave No Trace standards.
We invest in communities:
As a travel operator, the wellbeing of our planet is our most important objective. It´s social and environmental welfare is critical to us – not just as a business, but as passionate humans who love what this world has to offer.
We believe in adding social value, hiring locally, using local resources, and committing 70% of all trip moneys to local families living in fragile ecosystems, such as the Galapagos Islands.
By traveling with us, you help us guarantee the places you visit stay beautiful and pristine for generations to come.