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
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.
I'm happy to hear that with Elyas we've chosen the correct guide for you and you enjoyed the tour in its full extent.
Hope to see you soon here in Ethiopia again,
Marco, Elyas and the rest of the team
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.
thanks for 5 stars!
I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the time with Mihiret.
Hope to see you again...
Jul 9 - Jul 16, 2018
My experience in Ethiopia was great. Our guide, Tadele Molla, was very accommodating and tried his best to to meet our needs. Since we did not eat all the meals we asked for our laundry to be paid for instead which worked our great.
There were a few miscommunications which were frustrating. When corresponding with Marco I asked about tipping and how much money I should bring. He said everything was covered and all we needed was for things I wanted to buy. Tadele had us tip the daily... read more
It is nice to know that you have enjoyed the trip. It is also great that you had two fantastic events,despite the fact that there has been some disappointment which will be a good feeback for us. We wish you had an opportunity to meet those jewish family in Addis and we will be aware of that in the future, if we receive the same kind of people like you, having the same interest.
Thank you very much for all
Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018
Marco was so helpful and always responded very promptly. All the guides and drivers were great, especially Haile.
Hi Jen, I'm glad you enjoyed the time with Haile and that it was a good decision to take him as driverguide.
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.
Hello Virginie and Genevieve,
thanks for the positive feedback. I don't see the need to add anything to it :-)
All the best,
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.
if you check my previous communication I wrote:
"...yes, a guide is mandatory and about 400-600 Birr, depending what you're seeing. For entrances you can consider 500 Birr per person, maximum."
I checked again with our driver and other people the prices and the entrances are as follows:
monastery: 200 Birr per person
portuguese brige: 45 Birr per person
total: 245 Birr per person
The guide fees are:
monastery: 200 Birr
portuguese brige: 200 Birr
total: 400 Birr
So you see... read more
Very Short Time but want to see some of your city!!
May 20 - May 20, 2018
Marco and his assistant were really quite perfect for what we were looking for---10 hour lay-over, we were met outside and taken care of by Marco, who showed off his Ethiopian pride by showing us a capsulated version of the vibrant city. We feel that he sensed what we were looking for and was generous with his knowledge and money---we had little cash, so Marco paid for some souvenir with his cash and we settled up at the end. We loved the enculturation of hanging with local people, coffee... read more
Hi Stephen and Jeanne,
you had very short time, but I'm glad that you fully enjoyed it.
Hope to see you back in Ethiopia so that we can show you the rest of the country...
Trip to Ethiopia
Apr 7 - Apr 18, 2018
I had wanted to go to Ethiopia for sometime, when it was decided I searched the internet for a company that could deliver the tour that I wanted.
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
wow, what a long review full of enthusiasm! This shows me you really enjoyed the tour.
I'm happy to hear that your expectations, especially in terms of the Lucy site, have been fully met.
There are also other archaeological sites that you still haven't seen. So we're happy to see you again here... ;-)
Marco & Yirga
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!
it's good to hear that you enjoyed your trip and have been satisfied with our services.
Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2017
Marco was disorganized and did not have your stereotypical tour guide personality. He constantly couldn't answer basic questions like "what do locals eat" or "what church are we touring?" Then there was no one waiting for us when we arrived at the airport in Lalibela. I was expecting to book a LOCAL guide, but all the places we were taken to in Addis Ababa were what we would call "tourist traps" - buffet dinner for tour groups and shopping stops for major tour companies. Definitely not what we signed up for!
I didn't enjoy Addis Ababa, but the local guide in Lalibela was great.
I'm sorry that not everything went as you expected.
On the other side I see you focus only on the negative aspects and do not mention the things you liked. I don't find the vote of 1.5 out of 5 fair for a 3.5 days tour in which you enjoyed the 2 full days in Lalibela while only the first half day was below your expectations.
We tried to satisfy you as much as possible and will continue to do this with our customers in the future.
Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2017
I have been traveling internationally all my life, and have been to 50+ countries and counting. In my experience, there are 2 kinds of tour companies - the big bus kind, where everything is regimented - you stay at hotels and eat at restaurants that cater to tours, and are given a strictly regimented, one-size-fits-all itinerary, where you get picked up and bused around all day, passively being fed information by a guide who recites factoids over a microphone at each known tourist spot, and... read more
thanks for your long review and time spent in pointing out everything in detail. Let me explain to you how I see these things.
- Reviews: I can guarantee and the Kimkim staff can confirm that all previous reviews are from real (and satisfied) clients and not fake or written by friends and family as you're supposing.
- Phone registration: the registration of the mobile phone (which still now is unclear if it's necessary or not) was a news that came up in the very last moment and no... read more
Aug 18 - Aug 27, 2017
Even though there were some mild challenges, Marco was able to rectify everything which made the experience better than what my boyfriend initially anticipated.
Marco was ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would recommend him to any and everyone.
Thanks Camille for the feedback, and Nigel for travelling with us.
I'm happy to hear that Nigel was satisfied and that we could overmatch his expectations :-)
And maybe one day you, Camille, are able to visit this beautiful country.
Explore Ethiopia out of Addis Ababa
Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2017
The attention from Marco during all the searching and booking process was great, and the fact that you could pay all the travel costs through one platform made things very easy.
He developed different travel proposals for me and give me all kind of recommendations and advice.
Hi Macarena, thanks for the nice feedback.
That's what kimkim is about, tailor made tours, flexibility, responsiveness...
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May 5 - May 15, 2017
The trip allowed us to visit many exceptional sites accompanied by professionals, exploring and learning as we went. We especially appreciated the attention to our interests and the design of a trip that met our needs. Highlights were too many to mention but included - great visits to the Blue Nile, the Simien Mountains with opportunities to visit with the Gelada, Lalibela, and Addis. The guides were consistently pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful.
Marco has a great understanding of the... read more
Thanks a lot Jeff!
I hope to have you back in Ethiopia soon...
AA-Bahir Dar-Gondar-Simien Trek-Lalibela-Trek-AA
May 5 - May 15, 2017
Really enjoyed our trip and our experience with the guides was fantastic. The whole experience went smoothly and SimienEcoTours and their guides are a large reason for our ability to immerse ourselves into the Ethiopian natural and cultural environment.
Marco was very responsive before the trip, kept track of our experience to make sure all was well along the way, and served as a local guide in Addis as well.
I'm glad to hear that you and Jeff have been fully satisfied with our services.
All the best for the future, Marco
May 8 - May 13, 2017
Really loved using kimkim. Made everything really simple and convenient. All aspects of the trip were great. The highlights of the trip were the guides - both Bekele and Tadele were awesome to hang out with. I liked pulling over to talk to random people on the street and going on spontaneous adventures. It felt like a bunch of friends hanging out rather than a guided tour.
Hi Jonny and Rio,
it's great to hear that you fully enjoyed the tour. Don't forget to promote Ethiopia abroad...
Best for you and Rio,
Marco, Tadele and Bekele