Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures


Barefoot Expeditions

Barefoot Expeditions was founded in 2005. Barefoot is a travel agency and tour operator with Ecuadorian/American management based in Quito, Ecuador and in Silicon Valley. Barefoot Expeditions offers unique trips in Ecuador, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands.

We operate in order to help you find the best Galapagos Tour for you.

Barefoot Expeditions specializes in adventure travel (whitewater rafting, kayaking, biking, trekking, hiking) and offers tailor-made tours for individual travelers, families or groups according to your needs.

Our priority is to provide personalized and reliable service before, during and after our tours. Barefoot Expeditions helps you make your vacation in South America a reality –– we want to bring you close to wonderful nature and help you experience the local culture with authenticity.

Diego Altamirano, Founder

Diego Altamirano
Diego Altamirano

Diego has a passion for life, adventure, and nature. He has worked and practice professionally running adventures for over 15 years in Canada, Venezuela, United States of America, Peru, Brazil, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Korea, Argentina, Hungary and Ecuador in a very diverse range of adventures including Rafting, Mountain Climbing, Zip-Linning, Canyoning, Whitewater kayaking, Trekking, Cooking, Business Training, Photography, Videography, Diego learned from every outfitter and expedition he actively participate

Diego also in his young age climbed the highest mountains in Ecuador and did some international expeditions to climb in Venezuela and the Alps in Germany and Austria with his climbing club at Escuela Politecnica National and was part of the instructor’s team.

He headed the Ecuadorian National Rafting  Team in the Whitewater Rafting World Cup in Prague, the Czech Republic in 2003 and in Inje, South Korea in 2007. Diego is part of the IRF (International Rafting Federation) and ACA (American Canoe Association) where he was trained in whitewater techniques as well as safety and rescue courses (Rescue 3).

He also liked to learn languages and now he is able to speak English,  fluent spoken French and Portuguese, and now a basic level of German, besides his beautiful mother tongue Castellano (Spanish).

Diego Studied Geology Sciences at Escuela Politecnica Nacional and then at the Universidad Centra Del Ecuador, he also took professional driving classes at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Rescues Techniques at Rescue 3, Wilderness First Responder at National Outdoors Leadership School, Kayak Instructor at American Canoe Association, Rafting Class V guide at International Rafting Federation and a business class at Stanford University in California.

Diego has trained the many Ecuador Adventure Guides and gave kayak classes at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

Diego worked for the Ecuador Tourism Ministry developing a guide for water adventure sports in Ecuador and is a trainer for the new Barefoot pathfinders that will lead your way.


Barefoot Expeditions Story

Diego’s passion for nature and outdoor activities made him study geology, which leads his way to explore the unexplored. Soon after he joined the climbing club of his university and becoming an avid climber summiting most of the top mountains in Ecuador.  A few months later, Diego started training as a professional river guide which took him around the world competing and representing Ecuador in international rafting competitions.

During this journey, Diego learned English, French, and Portuguese. All of these experiences inspired him to build Barefoot Expeditions as a tour operator with a different approach to tourism. Diego loves to paddle and to be in touch with nature. He loves the feeling of being the first to run down a river or exploring the Galapagos Islands by Kayak. This love for nature and adventure is reflected in every single one of our tours. He aims to provide a happy and different experience to every single traveler that is serviced by Barefoot.

Since then,  Barefoot Expeditions has made a considerable development to one of Ecuador’s top adventure travel companies cooperating with GAP Adventures or Adventure Life. Being a pathfinder, his aim is constantly offering new adventures off the typical tourist tracks to show you Ecuador from a different point of view.

Our Reviews

We have had dozens of satisfied clients that wrote five-star reviews  and through the years really happy customers, We are confident that our level of experience and commitment to providing a great tour for you and your family is difficult to match. Also please check us out on facebook where we have thousands of likes but most importantly where you can reach us if you prefer to communicate via Facebook.  We have an extensive archive of travel pictures on Flickr and a strong presence on Twitter where Diego tweets as @travelecuador

Our best reviews are their happy faces during and after the awesome new experiences, new friends, delicious dishes and the discovery of a new place in this world.

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