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Alfonso Tandazo

Why Travel With Surtrek

Custom-Designed Tours: Rather than offering simple “off-the-rack” tourist packages, Surtrek’s commitment is to design a travel plan that reflects your idea of a perfect journey after listening to and understanding your unique style and interests. By considering factors such as the sites, you wish to visit, the activities you want to experience, the season and duration of your vacation, and the category of hotels you prefer — all within the budget that works for you — we’ll provide you a tailor-made travel experience suited specifically for you.

Seamlessly Organized Travel: Surtrek trips are designed to let you focus on the very best of South America, while we take care of all the “little” details that can make or break a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. As you direct your attention on your travel experience itself, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that we’ve organized and are overseeing the whole array of travel logistics – from flights, transfers, accommodations and guides to authentic site excursions and the most savory of meals.

South American-based Insider Knowledge: Based here in South America for the past 25 years, Surtrek’s sole focus has been on South American travel. This means that the company’s staff frequently travels throughout the continent, which provides us an “insider’s” familiarity with each country’s most compelling destinations, as well as with their transportation, hotel and upmarket dining infrastructures. What’s more, our proximity to each city across the continent has allowed us to identify the most knowledgeable and personable local guides.

Commitment to Authentic-Yet-Luxury Travel: Surtrek travel avoids tacky tourist traps and staged cultural performances. Instead, we organize trips where travelers can experience what is unique, traditional and “authentic” about each destination. Connections with local residents, chance wildlife encounters, and intriguing off-the-beaten-track detours represent the key to our travel philosophy; and, though these might take you to remote and rustic destinations, we make sure that your accommodations, transportation and dining is always first class.

Environmentally & Community Responsible Travel: Surtrek’s core value is a commitment to making positive contributions to our destinations, thus offsetting any adverse consequences of travel. Concretely, this is through the creation and development of sustainable projects such as reforestation efforts and contracting with local actors who are certified in responsible tourism. In this same vein, we promote local economic sustainability by contracting with local businesses and employing local workers in each of the communities we visit.



Dear Friend,

Surtrek began 20 years ago with a guide and his dream of sharing his passion for authentic adventure travel. Moreover, his aim was to offer the best and most complete tour services in his country. So  as that guide was me  allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alfonso, and I’m the owner of Surtrek Tour Operator, based in Quito, Ecuador.

Over the years, my dream has evolved. What began as a tiny adventure travel company has grown to where Surtrek now operates in a half dozen countries, providing personalized, luxury services to tourists, agencies, and operators all around the world.

However, our vision hasn’t changed. We’ve kept our relaxed, personalized service philosophy, as well as our downhome desire to share the best of what our destinations have to offer. We are large enough to flawlessly coordinate even the most complex travel plans, yet still small enough to know our clients by name.

Surtrek has a firm commitment to the environment, emphasizing sustainable travel and community tourism. And we put our money where our mouth is, not stopping at green certifications alone. We strive to make a real difference in our corner of the world by actively sponsoring a host of locally sustainable ventures. Please browse our website for more information on our past, current and future projects. We’d love to tell you more in person about what we’re doing.

My company, Surtrek, also has an uncompromising dedication to authenticity, exceptional service and the “little details” that we believe make the difference between an ordinary vacation and an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You have a choice when it comes to planning a vacation, and here I hope to show you just a few of the reasons why Surtrek is your best option: We have firsthand, thorough knowledge of our destinations and their features. We offer unbiased recommendations and customized itineraries based on your individual needs and interests. And, just as important, we are in constant pursuit of the unique, the memorable, and the magical for our clients – always with an emphasis on consistently superior, personalized service.

We’ve constructed this website to give you an idea of what we offer and to hopefully inspire you to think differently about travel in South America.

I want to open the door for you to my world and share all the authentic and inspirational experiences my company can offer you, but without sacrificing the creature comforts. I have a passion for and believe in a more extraordinary type of travel. My team and I would love to share that passion with you.

Wander through our website, www.surtrek.com, and see even more examples of what makes us a leader in custom, luxury travel in South America. Then just give us a call or send us an email.

Our kaleidoscopic travel team — 50 members strong — is made up of native speakers of eight different languages. We’d love to chat, tell you a bit more about who we are, what we offer or answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to being able to help you organize a seamlessly exceptional vacation in Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands or beyond...

Wishing you happy travels from the “middle of the world.”

Alfonso Tandazo

Surtrek President

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