Corporate

Santiago Dunn

EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT

Born and raised in Guayaquil, Santiago studied finance at Boston College before earning a master’s from Montreal’s Concordia University. He’s an eco-warrior as he is an active member of the Charles Darwin Foundation and Ecuador’s National Council of the WWF. His contributions to conservation led Rainforest Alliance to name him an Individual Sustainable Standard-Setter in 2005. He’s now back in Guayaquil, where he lives with his wife and four sons.

Daniel Plaza

VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO

Daniel joined Ecoventura in 1998, after years working in the banking industry. His experience and education in economics, banking, and finance makes him especially well-positioned to manage Ecoventura’s finances, allowing us to give back significantly to the Galápagos. He lives in Guayaquil with three children and enjoys surfing, weightlifting, and playing tennis.

  • Mariuxi Medina

    Hotel Manager

    At 18 years old, Mariuxi began her long career in the Hospitality business. She studied “Hospitality and Tourism Management” at the Catholic University of Guayaquil, and then she obtained her second diploma in “Culinary Arts” at the University of Guayaquil. She then worked for the best hotels in Guayaquil, taking different positions until becoming part of the Ecoventura in 2019.

  • Luisa Perez

    Administrative Assistant

    Guayaquil-born Luisa worked with the city’s airport and tourism chamber prior to joining the Ecoventura team in August of 2017. She assists both executive president Santiago Dunn and CFO Daniel Plaza, and can often be found enjoying outdoor activities.

  • Rafael Albuja

    Operations Manager

    A former Ecoventura captain on both Eric and Galapagos Sky, Rafael is now in charge of managing the entire Ecoventura enterprise. He has expertise in both the mechanics of our vessels and the business of our company, making him uniquely positioned to monitor our operations.

  • Juan Carlos Leon

    Operations Department Assistant

    Juan Carlos is responsible for securing certifications and paperwork from the Maritime Authorities and Galápagos National Park. An avid sportsman, he plays soccer and tennis, loves surfing, and practices martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu every day.

  • Jorge Jurado

    Chief Engineer

    Jorge has three decades of experience with everything from container ships to passenger ships and tourism motor yachts. He has been with Ecoventura since 2011.

  • Alexandra Cardenas

    Quality Control and Environment

    Guayaquil-based Alexandra works to make Ecoventura’s operations increasingly sustainable. She doubles as a diving guide and an expert in administration of natural resources and ecotourism.

  • Maria Fernanda Benites

    Reservations Specialist

    Calling with questions about your upcoming expedition with Ecoventura? You may very well find yourself on the phone with Maria Fernanda—her forte is customer service,  as well as communications and public relations expert, based in our home office.

  • Juan Pablo Bastidas

    IT Systems Coordinator

    Juan Pablo is responsible for everything in Ecoventura’s state-of-the-art IT Department. An expert on all things computer-related, he’s also a lover of soccer and music.

  • Rocio Larco

    Personnel Manager

    Rocio is responsible for building Ecoventura’s team, searching Ecuador and beyond for the most talented and qualified crew members and guides. Her background in business administration and human resources makes her especially adept in this position.

  • Johanna Leon

    Personnel Assistant

    Working with the human resources department to build and maintain Ecoventura’s team of industry experts, Johanna considers human capital the key to any successful organization.

  • Accounting Department

    Since 1991, Renzo Luque has been managing the accounting department at Ecoventura. His team consists of Jimmy Reinoso, Pamela Pinto, Hugo Inga, and Angie Asencio.

  • Jorge Lombeida

    Guayaquil Airport Coordinator

    With more than two decades experience working with airlines and tourism operations, Jorge accompanies travelers on the flight from Guayaquil to the Galápagos. He studied hotel management in Switzerland, and is a global citizen at heart. Jorge is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian, and also speaks some Dutch.

  • Lourdes “Luly” Mena

    Sales Manager

    Luly has been working with Ecoventura since 1993, when she was drawn to the company’s mission to provide excellent service while fostering an appreciation for the Galapagos Islands. Before joining the company, she studied advertising and PR, and worked as a ship administrator and French translator. She spends weekends at her family farm outside of Quito, and loves to spoil her two English spaniels.

  • Elena Cordova

    Sales Associate

    Since 2010, Elena has been collaborating with the Ecoventura sales department, based in Quito. She has a diverse background in hospitality administration, guest services, and sales. Outside of the office, she spends time with her daughter, going to the movies, riding bicycles, walking the dogs and relaxing at home.

  • Doris Welsh

    Vice President and Director of Sales & Marketing

    Since her first trip to the Galápagos in 1986, Doris has made the pilgrimage more than 30 times. Based on the Florida Keys, she has a passion for ecotourism, which arose during a summer abroad in Costa Rica—where she also picked up Spanish. She’s an avid birder, snorkeler and boater, and enjoys growing orchids.

  • Paulina Cevallos

    Galápagos Network Reservations Manager

    Born and raised in Long Beach, California, with her Ecuadorian parents, Paulina studied tourism and work as a tourist guide in Ecuador and joined Galapagos Network in 1999. Nearly three decades on, she’s a complete island expert and works with Ecoventura passengers to plan their journeys to the archipelago.

  • Amy Lesh

    Galápagos Sky Sales and Marketing Manager

    Based in Jupiter, Florida, Amy oversees the daily operations of our luxury live-aboard dive vessel, the Galápagos Sky. She is a master scuba trainer with more than 20 years of experience in the field, and she has a number of advanced certifications. As a dedicated ocean and beach conservationist, she organizes regular clean-ups, and enjoys educating divers about marine ecosystems.

  • Purchasing Courier Department

  • Iliana Valdes

    Office Manager

    Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Worked at Florida Department of Revenue for 38 years until I retired in 2016. Started to work at Miami office of Galapagos Network on July 2018, as office manager, handling accounts payable and receivables. Married, one son, three granddaughters.

  • Sebastian Bravo

    Quito Airport Coordinator

    I am a happy person and committed to the assigned responsibilities. I love music and in my free time I play the drums. Giving service with excellence is one of my greatest virtues

  • Luisa Roca

    F&B

    My passion has always been cooking, that's why when I was 17 years old I decided to study Food Engineering at UEES. Afterwards, I got my second degree in pastry at the Mariano Moreno Institute in Miami. I really enjoy cooking and reading mystery books.

  • Jonathan Ogilvie

    Quality & Marketing Manager

    Jonathan fell head over heels in love with the Galapagos Islands during his first voyage in 2005. Since graduating he has worked for some of Europe’s most prestigious tour operators, and before joining ecoventura Jonathan worked an adviser to the Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism.

  • Soledad Cepeda

    Reservations Specialist

    My passion for serving others was born in church helping and teaching people, but it wasn't until I studied Hospitality and Tourism that I put it into practice working in passenger service for airlines such as Iberia and Avianca. I believe that part of my calling is to give others what I have learned and I am happy to do it here, helping our guests to plan their cruises to the enchanted islands.

WORLDWIDE SALES AND RESERVATION OFFICE: GALAPAGOS NETWORK

5805 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 160 Miami FL USA
Telephone: (305) 262-6264
Toll-free: (800) 633-7972 USA & Canada
Facsimile: (305) 262-9609
info@galapagosnetwork.com

If you are en route to Ecuador and need assistance or have an emergency during your trip after office hours, please contact us.

After hours email:
help@ecoventura.com

24/7 telephone
+593 98-502-5615
Elena Cordova (Quito)

24/7 telephone
+593 96-977-2721
María Fernanda Benites (Guayaquil)

ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS: ECOVENTURA

Km 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondón Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Guayaquil – Ecuador
Telephone: +5934-283-9390 (M-F 9-5)
Facsimile: +5934-283-9019

ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH OFFICE: ECOVENTURA

La Nina E8-52 y Diego de Almagro
(Edificio Royal Business) – #202
Quito – Ecuador
Telephone: +5932-323-7393 (M-F 9-5)

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