Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano trained in Environmental Sciences in his native Ecuador and began his guiding career by bringing visitors to the jungle and highlands of Ecuador and the storied Galapagos Islands, where he worked as a naturalist. He later moved to Britain, where he lives with his British wife and their two children, and now divides his time between Ecuador and Europe. Santiago guides for us on the high trails of the Alps of France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland and into the epic fjords of Norway. “Guiding gives me the chance to be a link between cultures and to share my passion for nature. It also allows me to spend a lot of time in a place I really love—out in nature itself.” He is fluent in English, Spanish, and German.

Upcoming Trips:

Hiking Norway's Fjord Country, June 14-24, 2015
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country, July 30-August 9, 2015
Pilgrim's Way, September 15-22, 2015

Client Testimonials:


One cannot ask more of a Trip Leader. Santiago did a superb job leading our group through the Alps. He is extremely knowledgeable of the many cultures, languages, and geography of the area. He did an outstanding job caring for the many members of our group.  He helped make our trip a wonderful and memorable experience. Steve D., Morgan Hill, CA
Great Alpine Traverse
I can't imagine a better leader than Santiago. Elaine D., Newark DE
Great Alpine Traverse
Santiago gets the highest marks. He was personable, diplomatic, resourceful, attentive, flexible, conscientious—everything a guide or trip leader should be and more. He made the trip a success. Earle L., Alta WY
Great Alpine Traverse
Santiago was great. Passionate about the area, history, and different cultures, genuinely interested in making sure that everyone had a good trip. Bruce D., Newar DE
Great Alpine Traverse
Santiago was a true professional and a delight to be with. His knowledge of the trip, his ability to modify the trip (depending on the level of the hikers and the weather) were all attended to with great care and skill. We felt safe, comfortable, and enjoyed our time with him. A true pro. Marylou S., Cambridge, MA
Bavaria & the Tyrol
Santiago was a true professional and a delight to be with. His knowledge of the trip and his ability to modify the trip (depending on the level of the hikers and the weather) were all attended to with great care and skill. We felt safe, comfortable and enjoyed our time with him. A true pro. Marylou S., Cambridge, MA
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps
Santiago is a superb leader and traveling companion. His concern for each of us and his effectiveness were both at the top. Joe N., Seattle, WA
Granada to Sevilla
Santiago shines as a Trip Leader: excellent communication and linguistic skills; creative responses to constraints of weather and client abilities and preferences; detailed knowlege of alpine trails and towns; and effective decision-making. A most congenial and highly responsible leader who inspires confidence. Barbara and Don T., Windsor, Ontario
Great Alpine Traverse
Santiago was friendly, funny, and charming, yet professional and serious when appropriate. We thoroughly enjoyed him as a leader. Angela S., Wrightsvlle Bch, NC
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps
Fantastic—personable, hardworking, and enthusiastic. Laura T., Oakland, CA
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps
The trip itself was very good—well organized, interesting, and fun. But our guide, Santiago, and the group we traveled with made it an EXCELLENT trip! Elaine C., Zurich, Switzerland
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country
Santiago was a fantastic leader. He is optimistic, patient, insightful, and very good at explaining upcoming hikes/options, etc. I found him to be a delightful person, and thoroughly enjoyed conversing with him at dinner or on the hikes. Margot L., Superior, CO
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps