Our philosophy of community based tourism ventures
What it means to travel with Fairtrips
Our promises to you
Safe, Secure & Quality
Certified Quality by TourCert
What you will see
All of our team has a passion for community-based tourism. But don't take our word for it. Get to know the team and their descriptions, so you can see how much passion our travel specialists have for this topic. You truly are in good hands!
Executive Director of Platforms
Travel addict, polyglot, and paragliding fanatic
A true travel addict, Benno has ventured all over the world and speaks five languages (six, if you count Portuñol). When he discovered Galápagos in 2014, he immediately fell in love with the pristine archipelago far off Ecuador's coast, and founded Galapatours.com - a booking portal specialized on Galápagos Cruises on board small, sustainable expedition vessels. In 2020, he created Polartours.com - a booking portal specialized in Antarctica and Arctic Cruises on board expedition vessels. His third startup, Fairtrips.com, is a non-profit, aiming at providing indigenous communities all over the world a booking portal for their exciting touristic products. In doing so, his goal is to help those participate in the value chain created by tourism, who need it most and who oftentimes have the most authentic and exciting products. Write Benno: [email protected]
Commercial Services Lead
Adventurer at heart
Ever since she can remember, Kim was driven by a natural curiosity that brought her to new places and cultures. Always searching for the unknown, she has lived and worked in Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and the Canary Islands, before she finally settled down in France. Despite her adventurous heart, Kim loves when things are in order. As part of the Ventura team she can live out her two sides: organization geek and passionate adventurer.
CEO & Founder
Authentic Travel & Modern Entrepreneurship
Andre founded Viventura - the first Ventura TRAVEL brand - while still a student out of a desire to make trips more fun and show travelers the real South America. On the ground there, he set up different offices that took care of travel organization, trip development and customer service. He moved back to Berlin in 2012 and, three years later, he founded Ventura TRAVEL. Since then, he has been supporting tourism professionals who have a passion for a specific tourism niche to build their brands within Ventura. Through this construct, these "intrapreneurs" develop their vision for their destinations, while having an experienced team with professional infrastructure on the background for areas such as finance, marketing, IT, and HR. Privately, Andre enjoys spending time with his wife and son and tries to eat good ceviche as often as possible.
Marketing & Communications at Pure! Travel Group
Eager to keep discovering South America, the land of diversity!
Although Cristina was born in Ecuador, she moved to the USA in her teens. After her Senior Year of high school, she decided to continue her studies in Texas majoring in Marketing & Communications at the University of Houston, while volunteering at the local Fire Department. Fourteen years later, she decided to return to Ecuador for good, where she developed great joy for trekking, biking and climbing. This allowed her to set foot on magical places in Ecuador such as the Amazon rainforest or the summit of the Cotopaxi volcano. Following her passion for photography she discovered other amazing destinations in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, falling in love with the fascinating world of tourism. She got to hear what guests wanted, design travel itineraries and, most of all, put to use her marketing and communications skills. At Pure! Travel Group she combines her experience and knowledge to communicate the different possibilities South America has to offer and now through Fraitrips.com we invite you to discover the right experience for you.
Integrator, Head of Business Operations
U.S.-born, Ecuadorian bred, Berliner by choice
Erick works from our Berlin office as Integrator and oversees our company's business operations. From a very early age, he's been fascinated by new languages and cultures, and he especially enjoys getting to know countries' politics and history. Erick's family is from Ecuador and Peru, and he previously worked on economic development issues across different Latin American countries. He joined Ventura TRAVEL after working in Washington D.C., Germany, Belgium, and Costa Rica.
General Coordinator of Yunguilla Corporation
Germán Collaguazo has been a farmer for his whole life, he has worked for more than 20 years in the Yunguilla Microenterprise Corporation, and he continues to work on its management and execution. Being a native of this wonderful place, he has a great sense of belonging and involvement. He believes that thanks to empowerment and training many more successes have been achieved. The strategy includes reinvestment, education and implementation of organic farming techniques, community ecotourism, etc. German is a leader who contributes enormously to replicate the sustainable development model applied in Yunguilla in other communities. His charisma and leadership accompanied by his big smile open strategic doors for sustainable development.
Using technology to make life easier
I love tech things, and use this passion every day in my work with our IT team to deliver great value for Ventura Travel. I like to travel and enjoy riding my bike along unknown roads. However, above all things, I really enjoy spending my free time with my family and my daughter.
Executive President Saraurku Cia Ltda
The idea is that the visitor gets a real experience
His project Saraurku started as a dream that today provides a quality service that includes adventure, but also sharing with the community. He was one of the pioneers in the creation of the organization of indigenous plurinationalities of Ecuador, always looking for nature to have an important place in the tourism development. He is an innate lover of nature and culture, a dreamer and visionary, he knows that it is necessary to differentiate from private companies in the management, administration and work. His vision claims that it is necessary to focus on the benefit of the communities, on contributing to the development of sustainable community tourism with a more human face.
Sustainability Coordinator at Pure! Travel Group
Rainforest lover, conservationist, and living a zero waste life.
Lena discovered her interest in conservation while studying Ecology and Tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry since 2005 in various areas. She found her true passion working as a naturalist guide and dedicated ten years in the Ecuadorian Rainforest participating in a community based touristic project. Lena fell completely in love with the magic of the jungle, it’s flora and fauna, its diversity, and the people that ancestrally inhabit this ecosystem. At Pure! she is committed to ensuring the company offers responsible experiences, protecting the environment, its cultures, heritages and local communities. This is why Pure! and Fairtrips are a perfect match together!
Human Relations Director
Passion for travelling and discovering new cultures
Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia she is mad in love with the cultural diversity of her country. She loves working with people and found her passion working in Human Resources. In her spare time, she loves to read historical novels, travel and feels the happiest when she can get to know a new country, a new culture and new people.
Travel enthusiast with Berlin roots
Oliver was bitten by the travel bug at an early age and, after an exchange year in Canada, traveled to many countries around the world. There was no doubt in his mind that working in tourism would be his dream to pursue his passion: To create new journeys and to bring the beauty of the different regions of the world closer to other people. In the meantime, he is back in his hometown and is now responsible for the operations of our different tours.
Susana Ceron Baumann
CSR Manager & VSocial General Coordinator
"Feel the ground and touch the sky!"
Susana is one of our few native Berliners. She studied business administration with a focus on tourism management. With over 20 years of professional experience, she is a veteran in tourism, with a particular passion for charity. Her mind and soul have been shaped by her countless travels around the globe and the diverse cultures and people she met. As daughter of a Spanish immigrant, she does not consider herself German or Spanish, preferring instead to describe herself as a citizen of the world. Susana is in charge of CSR and responsible for Ventura's non-profit VSocial.
Regional Manager Proyecto TuriCom
Passionate about communities, nature and sustainable and responsible travel.
Since her professional beginnings, Verónica has had a marked tendency towards working with local communities and the preservation of their territories. She has 20 years of experience in sustainable tourism certification processes and in promoting sustainable livelihoods for local communities. During her professional career she has accompanied important processes such as the generation of the technical standard for ecotourism, the formation of the Plurinational Federation of Community Tourism, as well as the generation of training materials in sustainable tourism, among the main ones. In recent years, it has worked hand in hand with local communities in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia to create a certification standard for community tourism under the TourCert program. It also leads the TURICOM project whose main strategy is to support local communities in the implementation of sustainability criteria and support market access through the platform www.fairtrips.com, as one of the strategies to be considered by the communities.