Guamanchi Expeditions is the creation of John Peña. John worked for the mountain rescue services of Mérida when adventure tourism was undeveloped.
Mountains were his passion, and so this seemed like a good excuse to visit them often! But soon John was restless for adventure, and moved to the Ecuadorian village of Baños, near Quito, where tourism was more developed. Between 1987 and 1989 he worked as a mountain guide for 2 different companies, and observed first-hand how to run a small outdoor adventure company.
John decided then that he didn't want to work for anyone else but himself, and set his heart on opening his own guiding business in Mérida.
"Guamanchi" means "Our Eagle" in Quitchua - a language of the native of Ecuador.
Initially, John was doing all the guiding himself. But it quickly became apparent that demand for his services was outstripping supply, and this quickly led to the employment of additional staff in the areas of sales, mountain guiding, paragliding pilots, drivers, etc.
Today, Guamanchi Expeditions is never closed! We open every day from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, all year long. We are licensed Venezuelan operators for "viaje y turismo" (travel and tourism) and for "transporte" (tourist transport).
Our team works with passion. Each guide specializes in his field and you will always feel secure and comfortable!