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MEET THE TEAM

    Our philosophy is simple: to provide the ultimate travel experience in Ecuador & Galapagos, and to bring fun and smiles to your trip here! No hassles, no worries!!!
    A travel company run by passionate travelers for like-minded clients.

HAPPY MANAGERS


Know more about John

  • John is the original founder of Happy Gringo
  • He is from London UK, and has over 20 years of travel and work experience within Latin America
  • He Holds both BA (hons) and M.Sc. degrees in business and management from UK universities.
  • John´s biggest passion in life is travel, having had the pleasure to visit more than 80 different countries worldwide
  • In his spare time he loves football & sports, reading and spending time in nature.

Company President

Know more about Eva

  • Eva is from Holland and is the joint owner of Happy Gringo
  • She speaks fluent Dutch, English & Spanish as well as a good working level of German.
  • She holds a degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Ecuadorian culture, and also an MBA.
  • Eva is also responsible for maintaining the excellent sales service of Happy Gringo
  • Eva has lived in Ecuador for the past 13 years and has two mischievous young daughters.

General Manager

Know more about Aaron

  • Aaron grew up in the picturesque city of Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. He proudly graduated from the University of Utah, earning a Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Economics.
  • Aaron is happily married to an Ecuadorian beauty, and together, they have three lovely girls. Through the eyes of his children, Aaron has rediscovered his love for travel, finding joy in exploring new destinations and creating cherished family memories.
  • Aaron's wanderlust has taken him to more than 30 different countries, enriching his life with diverse cultures and experiences. His deep connection with South America, where he even worked as a guide in Peru, has fueled his passion for adventure and exploration.
  • Since 2007, Aaron has been deeply involved in the vibrant tourism and hospitality sector in Ecuador, where his warmth and expertise have made him a beloved figure among travelers and locals alike.

General Manager

DREAM EXPERTS – TRAVEL GURUS


Know more about Daniela

  • Daniela graduated in Hospitality and Tourism Management at UDLA University, won a scholarship to study Chinese language in Beijing-China and had the opportunity to study a diplomate in Business Administration in Gold Coast-Australia.
  • Daniela has broad Experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, working in different countries around the world, always delivering outstanding customer service and creating memorable customer experiences.
  • She loves traveling and learning about other cultures and customs. Above all, she enjoy helping tourists to have the best experiences in Ecuador, which is a mega-diverse country, full of fascinating places and welcoming people.
  • During her free time, she loves the outdoors, spending time with family and friends as well as photography and exploring new places.

Sales Supervisor

Know more about Fabricio

  • Fabricio studied Tourism at Universidad Central del Ecuador, and has been actively working in tourism for the past 9 years. In particular he has been organizing travel experiences based on mainland Ecuador in coordination with Galapagos cruises for clients from UK and Asia.
  • In his free time, Fabricio enjoys walking in the mountains, and appreciating nature. He also likes photography, and sharing time with his family and friends. He has successfully reached the summits of both Cotopaxi and Cayambe volcanoes, which were some of his best life experiences.
  • Now part of the Happy Gringo team, Fabricio would love to help you enjoy the best possible experience in Ecuador, and it's marvelous attractions. Would you join us?

Sales Expert

Know more about Jonathan 

  • Jonathan was born in Ecuador but was raised in New York City. He decided to come back to his native country as an adult to promote all the great destinations that can be found in Ecuador.
  • He is passionate about traveling since a kid, growing up in a home with a tour guide father.
  • Jonathan has been working in the tour & travel industry for more than 7 years.
  • He enjoys spending time with his 3 dogs who are his family now.
  • Football is his passion and loves to play with his friends every week.
  • Jonathan owns a football jersey collection of over 150 jerseys from clubs all around the globe!
  • Jonathan is very proud about his country; he believes that Ecuador is home to the most delicious traditional cuisine and also the kindest people.

Sales Expert

Know more about Jacky

  • Jacky has been working in tourism since 2011, joining the Happy Gringo team early in 2023.
  • In her own words "I am in love with my country, and feel it's a privilege to show travelers the very best of Ecuador and Galapagos. My goal is for clients to feel that I'm their friend, not just a travel advisor."
  • Jacky loves wildlife, and is passionate about conservation. She has two cats, Molly and Roger, and plans to adopt some more in the future.
  • In her free time Jacky enjoys reading, watching movies, and enjoying happy moments with family and friends.

Sales Expert

PEOPLE & FINANCE WIZARDS


Know more about Natalia

  • Natalia joined the Happy Gringo team in December 2010 to work as an Accounts Assistant.
  • She enjoys music and sport, and above all loves to share new experiences with her young daughter.

HR Supervisor

Know more about David

  • David graduated in tourism at the Central University of Quito
  • He has been working in Happy Gringo since 2008 and loves his job.
  • His responsibilities are divided between operations tasks and invoicing.
  • David is a huge fan of football and supports Barcelona from the coast of Ecuador; he also enjoys nature and music.

Accounting

Know more about Fabricio

  • Fabricio studied business administration.
  • His hobbies are traveling and playing soccer..
  • One of his dreams is to be able to play soccer in all the provinces of Ecuador.

Accounting Assistant

Know more about Verónica

  • Verónica studied Commerce and Administration.
  • Her motto is: "You never lose, you always learn".
  • She is positive and always makes the best out of every work experience.

Accounting Assistant

Human Resources


Know more about Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth has over 15 years of expertise in the realm of Human Resources.
  • Elizabeth proudly describes herself as a genuinely warm, respectful, gentle, friendly, and delightful individual. She has a remarkable willingness to lend an attentive ear and extend a helping hand to those in her midst, creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere around her.
  • Elizabeth's hobbies include listening to music and watching the sunset accompanied by a cup of coffee.

Human Resources Coordinator

CREATIVITY CREW


Know more about Pamela

  • Pamela is a Advertising Graphic Designer.
  • Her goal since joining Happy Gringo is to help in all the graphic and publicity area
  • She enjoys spending time playing the piano, traveling and making music.
  • One of her goals is to travel as many countries as she possibly can.

Design & Adverting

PLANNING GENIUSES


Know more about Valeria

  • Valeria has 18 years of experience working in tourism in Ecuador and is very proud of her roots from Puyo, deep in the Amazon area of Ecuador.
  • Valeria is the person to thank for the smooth-running organization of our trips.
  • She loves sharing time with her pets and her hobbies are traveling, reading and doing yoga.

 

Custom - Made Tours & Operations Supervisor

Know more about Karla

  • Karla studied Tourism Administration, she has 10 years of experience in the tourism sector, in operations.
  • Karla enjoys traveling, she is passionate about being in contact with nature, and spending time with her family.
  • She likes to read books about personal growth and likes to watch movies in her spare time.

 

Operations Assistant

Know more about Andrea

  • Andrea is passionate about animals, family, and work.
  • Andrea also enjoys traveling, spending time in nature with family and friends.
  • In her free time, She enjoys doing sports like riding a quad or simply being at home with her family sharing good times.

 

Operations Assistant

Know more about Magaly

  • From an early age, I was passionate about history, nature and culture, which is why I studied Tourism at the Central University of Ecuador. A year ago, I completed my master’s studies in Planning and Management of Tourist Destinations at the Complutense University of Madrid.
  • I consider myself a responsible, creative, and innovative person. I take on the challenges and goals set in my professional life.
  • Discovering new places, landscapes, cultures, customs, gastronomy, music, etc. is the most pleasant thing I have been able to live thanks to my studies, now I am willing to share the different touristic destinations of Ecuador to our travelers.

 

Operations Assistant