About Galapagos Lastminutes

Galapagos Lastminutes is your Galapagos specialist, Service oriented and very knowledgeable!

In 2009 I started www.galapagoslastminutes.com and www.jungle-ecuador.com together with a Dutch travel partner. When she went back to the Netherlands, I started my own travel agency, Elwotravel.
Both websites Galapagos Lastminutes and Jungle Ecuador are part of Elwotravel.

“Ecuador has so many beautiful places and I prefer to share my enthusiasm about this with everyone. The fact that I can answer questions and allow people to make the most beautiful trips gives me great satisfaction.
Through my experiences in the travel industry, my life here in Ecuador, I have been able to help many customers with great pleasure on a trip to remember.”

Do you also want an unforgettable journey through the country that I fell in love with from the beginning?!

Please contact me. I can also become your travel specialist in Ecuador and help you prepare a suitable travel proposal through Ecuador (without obligation).

I am happy to help you book the (last minute) Galapagos cruise, an island tour and/or day trips on the islands.

Ellen’s story of how her journey in tourism started:

In the Netherlands I had been working for a number of years in the human resources department of a construction company. The beginning of 2002 the trip hit jitters.

The summer months I decided to travel for 3 months through Ecuador and Peru.
In Ecuador I learned Spanish with other Dutch at a language school in Quito. In Peru I traveled on my own from Lima to Cuzco and back to Lima. An unforgettable, beautiful, special trip!

Back in Quito

When I got back in Quito I was offered a job as a tour guide at a travel agency. A great opportunity to take advantage of this offer to be able to work in tourism in this way. With different groups I traveled through Ecuador. We visited  the Amazon region, the highlands, the coast and even the Galapagos Islands. During these trips I gained a lot of experience about the people and cultures in Ecuador.

After my experience of guiding I was able to work at a travel agency in Quito. I was involved in drafting tours through Ecuador and trips to the Galapagos Islands.

Travellers about Ellen and Galapagos Lastminutes:

Nienke Meijer (The Netherlands; July 2019):
I came across Ellen’s site by accident. From the first contact it felt good and familiar. Ellen is very knowledgeable and really involved. I really liked the fact that she is and speaks Dutch. Everything was well arranged and during the trip we could also contact her if we had a question. Really great service!

Michelle French (USA; February 2020):
We were already in Quito and walked into Ellen’s office. Very knowledgeable she helped us and arranged a diving cruise for us. Ellen takes that extra step than you expect and that is very pleasant.

Ana and Ignacio (Spain; December 2020):
We booked an 8 diving liveaboard across galapagos (including darwin and wolf) thanks to this company, owned by Ellen, and it was one of our best experiences in our lives. My sister and I, booked in November 2020, during the pandemic, and Ellen was very supportive since the beginning. We got an excellent price-quality equation. She attended all our doubts/requests before and during the trip.

Kattie (USA; April 2021):
Great agency, excellent rates, wonderful cruise experience. 

Todd (USA; December 2021):
We had a GREAT cruise and are very thankful for you help in making it happen.  The staff was outstanding, the boat top notch, and the itnerary spot on.