I was born in 1979 in Bruneck, Province of Bolzano, in northern Italy and speak fluent German, Italian and English. I worked as project manager in Bolzano for almost 10 years (PMP certified), and I'm an enthusiastic mountain climber and marathon runner. It was precisely because of my passion for running that I discovered Ethiopia. Since 2009, I'm traveling and since 2014 living there, managing an ecotourism company.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Trekking and hiking tours, adventure, MTB and cycling tours, cultural and historical tours, coffee tours, birdwatching, outdoor activities, camping trips, group tours, special interest tours, photography, press and media."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I'm enthusiastic mountain climber and marathon runner. And it was precisely because of this that I discovered Ethiopia and got a passion for it. On my fists travels to Ethiopia in 2009 I knew and got friend with some Ethiopians already working in tourism, and we decided to establish our own company."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Hiking for 2 days to a remote Ethiopian monastery and spending the night there with the monks and priests sharing food and their local wine :-)"
Marco's favorite itineraries and travel advice
Top itineraries and travel advice
Drive through the Simien Mountains and visit four UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites, along with the other main highlights of the classic historical northern route, like Bahir...
Whether you have an extended stopover or simply want to add some sightseeing to your business trip in Addis Ababa, this is the ideal tour if your time in Ethiopia is limited....
Looking for a list of great day trips around Addis Ababa? While starting and ending in Addis Ababa each day, you're still able to get away to explore the natural beautiful and...
Recent trip reviews for Marco
The tour was great, and Mihiret was perfect....
Jul 7 - Jul 13, 2023
The tour was great, and Mihiret was perfect. I am always looking for partnerships that allow me to send my travelers to countries where I don't have to be present to engage with them the entire time, and she took care of that. She made everyone feel welcome, she treated us like family, and, OMG I could go on and on. I've traveled all over Africa, this was by far one of my greatest experiences. We all felt like we were among family. Our drivers took care of us and met all of our needs. Everybody was so welcoming to us upon arrival. Great experience all around!
Sep 29 - Oct 9, 2018
Our guide Elayas was simply superb. We were greatly surprised and excited about the rich scenery, history and traditions in Ethiopia . Evenings of traditional dancing, and foods were an unexpected bonus. The ritual coffee ceremony almost every day was most appreciated, giving us a welcome boost. Local markets were festinating & robust , especially in Lalibela. The people everywhere were friendly and helpful.
Sep 23 - Oct 4, 2018
Its has been amazing 12 days trip with Mihiret being a tour guide and organized by Marco.
Ethiopia is not an easy country when it comes to street and people photography. However every visit to a location was organized with much knowledge, expertise and love., and as a result I got thousands of great photos.
Mihiret speaks local languages, knows, traditions, all do's and what is also very important - dont's.
Jul 9 - Jul 16, 2018
May 25 - Jun 2, 2018
My mother and I had a brilliant time in Ethiopia, and the quality of the trip exceeded our expectations. Marco and Yirga were very helpful, flexible, with a constant smile, and looked after us the whole time. Every day was different and captivating, with knowledgeable local guides who also helped us understand the local life and the people of Ethiopia.
We highly recommend a visit to Ethiopia, and Simien Eco Tours. You will not be disappointed.
Day Trips from Addis Ababa
May 26 - May 26, 2018
The tour was good however the guide and entrance fees were more than previously stated by email from the company. Considering the tour only pays for transportation and not the guide, entrance fees, or food it was quite expensive. Marco was fairly prompt in answering my questions by email. Debre Libanos Monastery was quite interesting and the highland views minus the pollution are quite pleasant. The red terror museum was a very and eye opening interesting experience and the driver was kind and helpful.
Very Short Time but want to see some of your city!!
May 20 - May 20, 2018
Trip to Ethiopia
Apr 7 - Apr 18, 2018
I found kimkim and through them found Marco from Simien Eco Tours.
I also looked at least 3 other tour operators. I had a specific list of things I wanted to see and was open to suggestions of what else Ethiopia had to offer. I specifically wanted to go to Aksum, Lalibela and the archaeology site where 'Lucy' was found. I emailed Marco stating as... Read more
Dec 7 - Dec 16, 2017
Visited Addis Abbaba, LALIBELA, Gondar, Simien Mountains. The places were in an itinerary suggested by Marco after evaluating my personal interests. I saw amazing churches with amazing architecture, sat with wild baboons, tried cultural foods and unexpected dancing! This trip was amazing. I would recommend Ethiopia for a unique travel experience and definitely recommend this company!