Think Galapagos founders Rachel and Santiago.
Dedicated Specialists with top local guides
At Think Galapagos we have been creating exceptional holidays to the Galapagos since 1998.
We are an owner run business. This means company founders Rachel or Santiago will be working with you to create your ultimate Galapagos holiday. We listen to what you want and carefully design an itinerary to match your needs using decades of experience living and working in Ecuador and a network of local contacts. We will work with you to keep perfecting your itinerary until you are completely happy with it. After you have booked your holiday you can call or email us any time with any questions you may have. Our personal service continues after you have arrived in Ecuador and the Galapagos with our expert team on the ground who are there 24/7 to help and support you during your trip.
Six Reasons to Choose Think Galapagos
We are dedicated
Whilst there are lots of general travel companies offering trips to the Galapagos, Think Galapagos are unique in that we are specialists. Think Galapagos founders Rachel and Santiago will personally plan and create your tailor made trip with you, or in the case of the group trips, Santiago will lead the trip personally.
An incredible level
of personal service
Our ethos is simple and lies at the heart of everything we do: nothing is too much trouble for our guests. We take the time to get to know every guest personally and will go out of our way to ensure everyone who travels with us is as happy as can be, both pre and post-trip by providing as much help and support as needed.
to your budget
Our excellent relationships with yacht operators and hotels means we can secure the best rates available for our guests. This means our holidays are competitively priced and can be tailored to your budget as well as offering outstanding levels service and support throughout the planning of the trip and during the trip itself.
Top local guides
A good guide can make the difference between an average and an outstanding trip. Whether you’re cruising the Galapagos or visiting the wonders of Ecuador and Peru, you’ll be accompanied every step of the way by one of our hand-picked team of guides. Their job is to share their passion for their home with you to make your trip the holiday of a lifetime.
Responsible tourism is our most important commitment. Throughout our holidays we strive to inspire and educate, providing a deep understanding of the ecosystems you visit and their conservation value. We work with local communities to support them. We are actively involved with the Galapagos Conservation Trust and provide each guest with a 6-month membership.
security and Peace of Mind
We are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority under Air Travel Organisers’ License (ATOL) number 10266.All flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by ATOL. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed.
Find out how responsible travel is at the heart of everything we do.
Responsible travel is our most important commitment. All the holidays we organise are guided by its central principles – that our visit can and should benefit the local community, that we should leave places as we discovered them and that our visit is so much more than a holiday… Read more >
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Meet our team
Think Galapagos is run from the UK by husband and wife team Rachel Dex and Santiago Bejarano together with a team of specialist guides and tourism experts on the ground in Ecuador. Here is a bit more about us all and what we do here at Think Galapagos….
Santiago was born and raised in Ecuador and has worked as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos since 1992. His photography of the Galapagos has been published and exhibited internationally. A recognised specialist on the Galapagos, Santiago is regularly invited to give talks on the islands to groups and organisations across the UK. Santiago designs and leads all our small group trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Rachel, originally from Yorkshire, moved to Ecuador to work as a foreign correspondent for The Economist and Bloomberg News soon after graduating and stayed there for almost a decade. It was here she met Santiago and together they started organising expeditions to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Rachel heads up the UK office and designs the tailor made programs and will usually be your main point of contact before your
Irene, heads up our team in mainland Ecuador and Galapagos. With a degree in Tourism Administration and another in Marketing, Irene has worked organising trips on the ground in Ecuador for over two decades. Based in Quito Irene effortlessly manages the most diverse requirements and guarantees our seamless operations on the ground and is your local contact in Ecuador available
Andres de la Torre
Andres is a native of Quito and has worked as a naturalist guide helping to guide our guests during their time in mainland Ecuador since graduating in Biology over a decade ago. With an amazing knowledge of the culture, history and spectacular natural places in Ecuador he is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable guides in the country.
Daniel got his first degree in marketing, but his passion has always been the Ecuadorean wilderness and over a decade ago he began leading tours in Ecuador. Now one of the top guides in mainland Ecuador with a vast breadth of knowledge he is also works with NGO’s helping conserve the country’s native
Teresa ensures everything runs like clockwork in the UK office. Passionate about wildlife and with a background in financial services and keen eye for detail Teresa is responsible for maintaining the records of all of our guests and the financial records for the company. Teresa is usually the person who contacts you with your ATOL Certificate after you have booked!