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Marielisa Terán

Suffering from a debilitating case of wanderlust since my teens, I have been fortunate to visit some of the most on incredible places on Earth. During my travels, however, I always seemed to be talking up the awe-inspiring natural and cultural beauty of my own home country, Ecuador. Now I get the opportunity to help fellow wanderers design a one-of-a-kind adventure to this unique corner of the world. My hope is that your experiences in Ecuador give you a lifetime of memories and an unrelenting desire to return.

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"As a Galapagos travel expert, I am your one-stop shop for all you need to know about the Enchanted islands."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Based on my personal experience, I believe that travel is not just about checking places off a list. It’s about soaking in everything that a destination has to offer: culture, food, local idiosyncrasies. True travelers delve into the nooks and crannies of their destination and manage to come out the other side as a person who is forever changed.

There is no other place on Earth like Ecuador. I have ambled through its beaches and cloud forests, sailed its seas and canoed down its rivers, climbed its snow-peaked mountains and met the incredibly diverse and exceptional peoples that call this magnificent country home. I wanted to share my love for discovery and immersion in this small but splendid country."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget the first time I saw the sunrise over the Yasuní National Park's rainforest canopy. We woke up before dawn and trudged through the muddy jungle trail in complete darkness and silence. We then climbed the 40-meter tall kapok tree to the observation tower and sat, waiting patiently. As the light began to filter into the sky, the fog hovering on the tree line started to lift, and then, as if led by an invisible conductor, all the different animals began their morning ritual, filling the air with a beautiful cacophony, and me with a sense of awe. "

Featured trips & expertise

Viewing giant tortoises in their native habitat is a highlight of the Galapagos.
Galapagos Cruise: Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling & Hiking - 11 Days

Cruising around the Galapagos Islands — viewing extraordinary wildlife and natural sights by day while motoring between islands at night — is one of the best ways to experience these magical islands. On this tour, you'll visit 11 islands in the famed archipelago, observing birdlife, sea lions, marine iguanas, sharks, giant tortoises and an array of other creatures.

Pelican and a Galapagos Cruise Ship.
Galapagos Cruises: Suggested Itineraries

From snorkeling with sea turtles and hiking up a dormant volcano to spotting giant tortoises and penguins, a journey to the Galapagos brings an array of incredible sights and activities. With a cruise, you’ll get further from the main islands, and there’s no need to pack each day for a new hotel as your accommodation and transportation are combined. Use this guide to get the most out of your Galapagos cruise.

Recent trip reviews for Marielisa


One week in ecuador: 5 great itineraries , Ecuador - Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018

Traveler: Irene H. - Local specialist: Marielisa Terán

Marielisa was planned a wonderful vacation for me and my husband. We loved our guide, the itinerary, and her responsiveness when there was a challenge or question. Thanks so much for making our trip to Ecuador one to remember!

Marielisa Terán, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am so happy you enjoyed your time in Ecuador, Irene! Glad I could play a small part in your incredible adventure.