About SOLEQ.travel

SOLEQ.travel team

SOLEQ.travel

We are a family-owned company specializing in customized Ecuador tours. Whether you are traveling as a couple, by yourself or as a family, we will design the perfect Ecuador tour for you.

It is our goal to offer our clients a real and authentic encounter with Ecuadorian culture, people, traditions, and cuisine. Rather than standardized mass tourism, we promote a customized high-quality tourism that is ecological and socially sustainable. We think that a customized Ecuador tour is a great possibility to learn what’s Ecuador all about and have an unforgettable vacation.

At SOLEQ.travel we have all the special knowledge and abilities to help you realize your perfect Ecuador tour. We are absolutely flexible and ready to assist you at every step of your trip to Ecuador – from your first ideas to the continuous support during your tour through our Quito office. We offer you our extensive geographical knowledge and a wide range of insider information about our home country.

Jobs and Internships

We are currently looking for a person to support us in sales and marketing. Please check out the job description.

We offer a paid internship in our company’s Online Marketing department. You can find more information about the internship on this page.

Our history

SOLEQ.travel was founded by the Arias-León family in 2007. After their long experience in tourist transportation, guidance, tour agencies and airlines, Dayana and her brother Diego decided to start their own business. Their goal is to work as a family in order to offer a personalized service to our customers.

Xavier, Dayana’s and Diego’s brother, met his wife Dorit on one of his tours as a guide and followed her to Germany, where the two of them now successfully own and operate our German partner agency.

Our values

SOLEQ.travel stands for Solidarity, Ecology, and Culture. These three concepts are the basis for our company: solidarity with the hosts of the visited country, ecology in the conservation of the environment, and the cultures and traditions of the people living in this land. With all our tours we support a responsible, sustainable, and ecological tourism.

We offer a vision of tourism with a social conscience. Every tour is not only a new experience but also a contribution to the protection of the Ecuadorian environment, because parts of the proceeds go directly to different ecological and social projects in the visited areas.

Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.

We, in Quito, support a local social project called “Refugio de Los Sueños” (Refuge of Dreams). The Refugio which belongs to the Foundation Childhood and Life cares for children and adolescents whose rights are being violated.

The Ecuadorian people and their culture with all its values are always an important issue for SOLEQ.travel and its team. As the staff is usually mixed up with people from different countries, we try to make Ecuadorian food sometimes a varying contribution for intercultural exchange in our daily office life. We created a page for you that you can review some of these Ecuadorian recipes.

Mission

Clients: We offer our clients excellent and personalized service with the highest standards of professionalism, responsibility, and reliability. We continuously work to exceed our clients’ wishes in every way.

Ecuador: We commit to working responsibly with all the people involved in and affected by our tours. Our goal is that as many people as possible from the income generated by tourism in Ecuador. We want to limit tourism’s influence on local life and culture as much as possible. We ask of our clients that they respect local cultures, traditions, and beliefs.
Our team consists of motivated members who identify with the company’s values and goals.
We give back to the community by supporting a social project in Quito.

Pachamama (Mother Earth): Our tours should have the least negative effect possible on the environment. We aim to conduct all of our tours in a sustainable way, working with local partners and service providers with the same philosophy.
We ask of our clients to behave in such a way as to not cause harm to the environment in any way.
In our office we apply best practices for an eco-friendly work place.

Vision

SOLEQ.travel is one of the leading tour companies in Ecuador.

Meet the SOLEQ.travel team

Meet the team

Diego Diego studied accounting and tourism management. He has worked successfully in the tourism industry since 1996. He loves his country, meeting new people and learning about their culture. That’s why he especially cares about the well-being of the international visitors. Diego is interested in exploring and speaking new languages and enjoys sharing all of Ecuador’s facets and the experiences of his Latin-American way of life. Like all Latinos he likes Salsa dancing and playing soccer.

 

DayanaDayana studied tourism management and has worked for several leading tourism companies. She is an expert in Ecuador’s geography, negotiating with our service providers, and the coordination and organization of our tours. Dayana loves to combine (adventure) travel with exploring new locations to make sure our clients have the chance to visit them. She is also in charge of managing and constantly improving the area of operations and HR by motivating the team and developing new ideas. Through her many professional contacts she can often make the impossible possible.

 

Esteban

Esteban studied Bioengineering in Germany. He decided to work in tourism because of his love to travel and has worked in several tourism companies in the sales department. He has lived in Canada and Germany, and traveled around the world through Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, United States, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and of course his homeland Ecuador. He speaks Spanish, German and English. His understanding of different cultures helps him to find the best experience according to the clients’ expectations and needs. He wants to help others to find wonderful paradises in Ecuador.

 

MarthaMartha is not only Diego’s and Dayana’s mom, she takes care of the whole team. She was a high school professor for accounting and bookkeeping and is now in charge of bookkeeping and the contact with the different local service providers. Martha enjoys being with the guests and gives great tips about Ecuador due to her long experience in the tourism sector.

 

 

Staff of SOLEQ.travel

Susann has a Bachelor Professional of Tourism (CCI) and experience in working with Mexico, Cuba, Chile and now with Ecuador. She enjoys travelling and living in foreign countries and speaks German, Spanish, English and Italian. Susann supports us in sales, operations and marketing, especially creating and calculating new routes and programs for our clients is her preference. Here in Ecuador she is fascinated by the culture, the food, the lively cities and of course by the biodiversity of this amazing country.

 

Intern at SOLEQ.travelJana is our Austrian intern in the Sales and Marketing department. She studies Tourism Management in Vienna. To get a practical insight into the work of a tour operator she will be supporting SOLEQ.travel until November. She speaks German, English, Italian and is currently improving her Spanish skills. She enjoys travelling to new places, diving into different cultures and trying traditional local dishes.

Our Guides

Our guides serve as your hosts, showing you their country and its sights. They will make sure that your Ecuador tour is a unique and personalized travel experience, sharing their knowledge as well as their own stories, anecdotes, and experiences. All of our guides are licensed by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism and are fluent in Spanish and English, other languages upon request.

 

Heike BrieschkeHeike is a biologist from Germany and has come to do scientific research in Ecuador some 20 years ago. She has a PHD in ornithology and therefore is your perfect guide concerning nature and bird tours. Together with her Ecuadorian husband she lives in their private cloud forest reserve, putting effort in environmental education and enjoys sharing her knowledge about wildlife with visitors from abroad. Heike speaks German, English, and Spanish fluently.

 

Diego ToctaquizaDiego is very passionate about tourism. He has worked as a professional tour guide for 8 years, has a university degree in tourism, and is fluent in three languages (Spanish, English, and German). On a tour with Diego you will probably find out why his motto is “it’s always time for an adventure.”

 

 

Freddy MorejonFreddy was born in Quito and has worked in tourism for 16 years. His special interest is Ecuador’s beautiful nature and ways to conserve Ecuador’s different ecosystems. His native language is Spanish, but he is fluent in English and enjoys conversations with the travelers.

 

Efrain CentenoEfrain has a degree in Tourism and Environmental Studies. He speaks Spanish, English, and German and the personal contact with the travelers is his favorite part of his work. With them, he discovers the different corners and landscapes of this diverse country.

 

Jose NaranjoJosé loves nature, history and traveling, which makes him a perfect guide. He also has a degree in Tourism and Environmental Studies and is fluent in English. He has worked in different areas of tourism; he was, for example, cruise director in Galapagos. In the last years he has worked as a guide, showing his beautiful country to visitors from all over the world.

 

 

Luis AlbujaLuis has a degree in Business Administration, specializing in Tourism and Natural Resources. He speaks English fluently and enjoys discovering and re-discovering Ecuador with the travelers, knowing that they have come for Ecuador’s natural and cultural beauty.

 

Marcial VasquezMarcial started as a kid to climb up mountains. He is a certified high mountain guide and has taken climbers up the Ecuadorian volcanoes since he was 16 years old. He is a studied geologist and speaks English, making him the ideal companion for adventures in the Andes Mountains.