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About Us

Elisabeth Gschösser and Jaime Vargas are smiling in red and blue jackets

Guiding excellence meets business professionalism.

All started back in 2013, when Jaime and Elisabeth summited Cotopaxi together. Now, as ASA TRAVEL, the couple creates premium outdoor and adventure tours in Ecuador and beyond.

The joint passion for unique outdoor adventures, and their strong focus on customer service, make Elisabeth and Jaime with their world class guiding team at ASA Travel your first choice, when it comes to the preparation of your next exceptional outdoor experience in Ecuador and Southamerica. For all levels of proficiency as well as difficulty, they have high quality tours and expeditions on offer. Enjoy the offers and abundant information on our website or reach out to us for working out your individual adventure tour package.

THE ESSENTIALS IN SHORT

20 Years Of Guiding Experience

World Class Multilingual Guiding Professionals

Highest-Quality Gear

Trusting In Top Brands For Top Performance

Sustainable Approach

Environmentally Conscious Operation Of Our Outdoor Adventures

Superb Planning and Support

Extensive International Business Experience
Certifications of ASA Travel

CERTIFICATIONS

All our guides and staff are true experts in their fields. Highest national and internationally renowned certifications combined with many years of experience equip the team perfectly to lead your outdoor adventures and expeditions. The common base for all who form part of ASA Travel is an unconditional commitment to the highest safety standards, superior quality and exceptional customer service. Additionally, many of our team members have academic backgrounds and invest constantly time and efforts into continuous education for maintaining a top level of knowledge. Absolutely all of our guides are up to date when it comes to first aid and rescue training.

LICENCES AND COMPLIANCE

As an international tour operator and travel agency, compliance with all legal requirements is an essential base for smooth operations. We maintain excellent professional relationships with authorities in our home country and are up to date with all our obligations. For international operations we trust in highly reputable partners, assuring our level of quality in all destinations we have on offer. In our operations we strive for excellence, therefore, our processes and services usually over fulfil minimum requirements, all that for our clients’ comfort and safety. ASA Travel is fully registered and licenced with all relevant institutions in Ecuador, as you can see just nearby.

ecuadorian Licences of ASA Travel

Meet The Management

Elisabeth Gschösser with a yellow jacket, red sunglasses and orange mountaineer helmet

Elisabeth Gschösser

CEO & Co-Founder
Jaime Vargas with black sunglasses and mountaineer equipment

Jaime Vargas

President & Co-Founder
Andreas Raggam with black sunglasses and leather jacket

Andreas Raggam

Marketing Manager

Meet The Guides

Jose Salazar with a white helmet, grey jacket and a rope around his neck

José Leonardo Salazar

IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA Mountain Guide

Jose Leonardo is known for his vast experience in the mountaineering and guiding field. In over ten years as working as a full certified mountain guide he summited the Cotopaxi and the Iliniza Norte over 100 times and the Chimborazo over 80 times. Further, Jose Leonardo is recognized for his empathic and composed personality and his professionalism in his expeditions. His desire to advances his technical and personal skills continuously brings his clients the highest safety and ethical standards.

Jose Leonardo’s passion for mountaineering expresses also in his various international ascents like the South Face in Bolivia, Aguille du Midi in France and the Quitaraju in Peru.

Diego Zurita with sunglasses, red helmet, and blue jacket

Diego Zurita

IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA Mountain Guide

With over 30 years of guiding experience, Diego Zurito is one of the most experienced and skilled guides in Ecuador. Diego is certified IVBV – UIAGM – IFMGA mountain guide and is also executing courses for ASEGUIM’s mountaineering school. The drive to advance his professional skills and guiding quality lead him to numerous international trainings and coaching’s all around the world.

His quality as a mountaineer reflects in the various summits in South America, North America and in Europe. He ascended in Peru the Alpamayo, Quitaraju and Artesonraju, in Bolivia the Sajama, Illampu, in Argentina the Ancohuma, in the USA the Denali and in Europe the Mont Blanc. Combined with his broad expertise in Ecuadorian culture, history and nature Diego brings a complete guiding package to our clients.

 

Juan Espinosa with a green jacket and a blue hood

Juan Espinosa

IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA Mountain Guide Candidate

Juan Espinosa’s guiding career and passion for mountaineering started at University when he came in touch with an Andinism club. Later he was part of the team of Ecuador’s Instituto Geofisico, where he helped to supervise the Cotopaxi area. By guiding numerous expeditions in the highest and most difficult Ecuadorian mountains, Juan gained expansive guiding experience. Further he is recognized for his Altar’s Obispos ascents, which is known as the hardest Ecuadorian mountain to be climbed.

Juan is also IVBV and UIAGM certified and currently he is finishing the IFMGA Mountain Guide Certification. His clients value his empathic personality, professionalism and his broad knowledge about Ecuador’s culture, people and nature. Beside his passion for mountaineering and rock climbing, Juan loves to do other outdoor activities like trail running, horse riding and mountain biking.

Daniel Milla with a white Helmet, black glasses and a yellow jacket

Daniel Milla

IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA Mountain Guide

By growing up near the Huayhuash Mountain Range, which is considered as one of the best mountaineering destinations in Peru, Daniel was born to be a mountaineer. From a young age on he was part of the expeditions of his father which lead to the decision to start guiding groups by himself. Now he is a certified IVBV, UIAGM and IFMGA Mountain Guide and climbed numerous mountains throughout Latin America. Beside guiding international expeditions, he is working in the Secretary of the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association AGMP and attends regularly international coaching’s to enhance his guiding skills.

Daniel also holds two speed-records on Alpamayo and Quitaraju. He made the impossible possible and mastered this ascent in 32 hours and 16 minutes, where the normal tour time lays between 6 – 7 days. The combination of profound guiding experience and an empathic personality makes Daniel for us the perfect partner for our tours and expeditions in Peru.

Lorena Ramirez with a white hat and black sunglasses

Lorena Ramirez

National Guide

Already in 1990 Lorena Ramirez turned her passion into a profession and became a certified national guide. Since then, her clients have been able to benefit from her excellent English and German language skills as well as her profound knowledge of Ecuador’s history, geography and fauna and flora.

She also has a strong interest in archaeology, where she has worked on numerous projects over the years. Furthermore, she has spent part of her life in an indigenous community where she has learned a lot about indigenous cultures, which she can share now with her clients. 

 

National Guide Moni Moran wearing a pink t-shirt

Monica Moran

National Guide

With 25 years of guiding experience in the tourism field, Monica has extensive knowledge about the history, geography, archeology and art of Ecuador. She has gained her great experience over the years through numerous works and projects in tourist fairs, site museums and in travel agencies. In addition, with her excellent German and English language skills she is a high valued guide for international clients and tours. 

She spends most of her leisure time in the different marvelous regions of Ecuador, where she loves to do trekking, horse riding or just to observe the Ecuadorian flora and fauna. 

Marcial Vasquez

Marcial Vasquez

IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA Mountain Guide

Already with the age of 16 years Marcial Vasquez started his mountaineering and guiding career. Since them he got IVBV – UIAGM – IFMGA certified and worked also as the president of the Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association. Now, he got over 25 years of mountaineering and guiding experience on his back which brings you safety and enjoyment in every ascent.

Further by attending a tour with Marcial you will experience his professionalism, his excellent tour organization and his fine company with his clients. Worth mentioning is also his work as Geologist, which gives you interesting insights about Ecuador’s mountains, fauna and flora.

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