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Lenin Ampudia

First, I was a tour leader running tours in most countries of South America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Colombia) and Cuba, many times openning new routes in remote areas. Then I decided to stay home, designing tours in Ecuador, and coordinating operations in mainland for Galakiwi, company that specializes in Galapagos island hopping tours.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Ecuador, specially Quito and surrounding areas and South America in general.
I specialize in adventure travel, and customizing tours according to personal interests."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've always been passionate about travelling whether it was for work or exploring new areas since I was a child with my family. So it's been a natural skill and that's how I started working as a Tour Leader for Gap Adventures, when they first started running tours in South America, then I worked for many different companies like EF Tours, Kumuka, Southern Exposure Tours, etc, running different style of tours for a whole range of visitors from all over the world of different ages too. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Besides working in tourism, I'm a musician and always bring my guitar along to share tunes along the journey with my guests. Once in Cuba we came accross other travellers who also played instruments or sang so we decided to go to a local studio, and recorded a couple of songs as the soundtrack of our tour. Music and travelling are universal languages that connect us all."

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