Founded in 1994, Tropic Ecuador is an award-winning DMC and ecotourism company specializing in custom-designed adventure, nature, and cultural travel in Ecuador. Tropic provides exclusive encounters and unique experiences for travelers with a spirit of discovery and who are keen to explore the variety of landscapes, cultures and adventures Ecuador has to offer: The enchantment of the cloud forests with their profusion of animals and birds; the lushness of the Amazon with its rivers and ancient forest peoples; the high Andes and their spectacular snow-capped mountains, clear lakes and traditional hospitality; and the incredible wonder of the Galapagos Islands, and their incomparable geography, flora and fauna.
Travel with Tropic is also about people and environments. Guests will make a connection with locals, contribute directly to conserving precious and threatened environments, help foster respect for native and traditional peoples and cultures, and support projects that provide benefits for the communities visited.
The Kusini Collection is proud to represent a group of like-minded businesses in Africa and Latin America, who believe in having a positive impact on our world. They collaborate with local communities and conservation organizations within their destinations with the belief that empowerment of people and place and being a voice for wildlife and natural areas will result in healthy ecosystems and communities. Here’s just a taste of what they are up to…
JASCIVAN CARVALHO – General Manager and Owner
Jascivan (Jasci) was born in Quito to an Ecuadorian mother and Brazilian father. He grew up in Guayaquil and then spent his teenage years in Brazil. He returned to Quito to attend Catholic University to study business and marketing, then moved to Barcelona to earn a Masters in tourism management and destination planning. After returning to Quito in the early 2000’s, Jasci started working as tourism consultant and met Andy Drum, the founder of Tropic. He joined the company as GM in 2004 and then became sole owner in 2011. Jasci also the founded Waponi, the first ecotourism incubator and sustainable tourism consulting firm in Ecuador. Jasci has spent nearly 20 years in tourism, and continues to bring innovation to Ecuador’s travel industry.
ANDREA FIERRO – Sales Manager
Andrea was born in Quito, Ecuador. Since childhood, she has loved nature, meeting different people and traveling. That is why she didn’t hesitate when choosing my career and chose to study tourism administration at Catholic University in Quito. During her studies, she fell in love again completely with her country and all its wonders. Andrea began working in tourism in 2006. From the beginning she was attracted by the commercial area because she felt it was the best chance to inspire many people to visit Ecuador and fall in love with it. She has been working with Tropic for seven years, and through her excellent work has reached the position of Sales Manager. She is thrilled with how much she has learned in her work, and especially how Tropic has taught her to do things differently when creating unique sustainable experiences in her country.
CRISTINA SERRANO – Sales Consultant
Cristina was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She is very proud to live in a biodiverse country – one that’s full of natural resources and ecosystems. Cristina has spent more than a decade working in tourism, holding positions in travel agencies, airlines and tour operators. She loves her work with Tropic and is proud to be part of a team that offers innovative and unforgettable experiences to a variety of travelers across the globe. Cristina’s personal goal is to provide people with unforgettable experiences that they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives during their visit to Ecuador.
SILVIA FIALLAOS – Operations Manager – Mainland Ecuador
Silvia was born in Quito. She studied Tourism at INSTUR now UDET (University of Tourism Specialties). With more than 2 decades in tourism, Silvia brings an amazing skill set to Tropic. She began her career working for tourism operators. The first one was dedicated to offer rafting trips. From there, she continued her career with another tour operator where she spent 17 years, gaining invaluable operations experience throughout the whole country, with a special focus on the highlands and Galapagos.
MONICA PAEZ – Operations Manager – Galapagos
Monica Paez is well known for her extensive experience in Ecuador’s tourism industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge to Tropic in her role as Operations Manager for Galapagos. Monica was born and raised in Quito. She has studied Hotel & Tourism Administration, as well as English, French and Portuguese. She has worked as a naturalist guide for the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Galapagos and also in Yasuni National Park in the Amazon. Monica is a certified scuba diver and certified crew member by the International Maritime Organization.