About us Carpedm

Tour Operator  / Agency

Seize the Day: Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace (Odes 1.11). It is popularly translated as “seize the day.” An interpretation of the phrase might be an existential cautionary term, much like “eat, drink, travel, and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” emphasizing making the most current opportunities because life is short. Time is fleeting.

Carpe diem has been modified to CarpeDM to reflect an evolution in meaning that not only encompasses the idea of “seizing the day” but also adding the element of “Doing More ” (hence DM) in terms of giving back to the local community in which we operate. Travel is a great way to provide unique life-changing experiences while leveling the playing field for wealth distribution.  

Previously this was accomplished via our 3.3.3 program.  3% work hours are dedicated to volunteer programs, 3% to Community projects, and 3% to environmental initiatives. 
However, since the pandemic we had to rethink this program as we are starting again with a much smaller team, less resources and time, so we created the GOFAR Project, which encompasses the 3.3.3 but on a smaller scale yet will still encompass the core values of the CarpeDM Adventures & still thinking big.  Stay tuned as we show you how we are delivering on this initiative through our 3 P's of the GOF.A.R Project.

Planet - This refers to the need to protect the planet, its natural resources, and the environment for future generations. Which represents the Green head in the heart. All the elements that make up nature. This includes protecting forests, oceans represented by the Blue, Yellow for Sun and Energy, as well as reducing pollution and addressing climate change. It also involves protecting the health and well-being of people and communities, by ensuring access to clean water, air, and healthy food.

Participation - This refers to the need for people to participate in a better experience for all, it starts with you. The silhouette of Red.  We can all make a difference.  What are the full nature of your transactions? We will work hard this year to bring you "more better for you" and "good for you travel experiences" vs "just fun for you experiences".  Together we can ensure the programs we offer are made in a way that benefits everyone, and that the needs of the planet are taken into account.

Prosperity - This refers to the need to create sustainable economic systems that support the planet, people, and communities. The Yellow hand in the heart. This includes promoting sustainable business practices, such as reducing waste and carbon emissions, as well as supporting local businesses and economies. By creating economic systems that are in balance with the planet and support the well-being of people and communities, we can ensure a prosperous future for all.

C – Changing lives through authentic experiences & wealth distribution.
A – Aiming high, being accountable, expecting the best of ourselves, the community, and our travelers.
R – Re-directing, transforming, and transferring negative situations into the possibility
P – Protecting & respecting destinations for future generations.
E – Exploring, Inspiring, and teaching people why “Sustainability matters.”
D – Doing the best possible for our community, clients, and our personal.
M – More opportunities to grow and promote sustainability

Take the Travel Better pledge to join the movement and voice your commitment to responsible tourism:

I pledge to “Travel Better” by making a conscious effort to:
LIGHTEN the footprint of my travels
CONSERVE the wild places I explore
SUPPORT the people and communities I visit
RESPECT the wildlife I see
CELEBRATE cultures authentically and respectfully
ADVOCATE for sustainable tourism

Our team

Pablo Vivas

In 2006, Pablo Vivas returned back to his ancestral roots in Ecuador. A series of serendipitous events resulted in founding the Travel Company of CarpeDM Adventures.

After more than 6 years of working at one of the top Canadian Banks, Paul as most of his friends know him decided to spend a few months in Ecuador with his mother. Worked first as an English Teacher, then as a salesperson for one of the most reputable Travel Agencies in Ecuador. After enjoying his time with family & working in Ecuador, it was time to head back to Canada. But one thing lead to the next and the decision to head back was delayed and CarpeDM Adventures was born. 15 years later, we are happy to continue to be the top choice for thousands of independent and small group travellers, while working and investing in local communities.

Dorian Turner

Dorian has lived in Ecuador for over 9 years now and for most of that time, he has been working with Carpedm Adventures. He has a passion for travel and new experience that he loves to share with others. His first Love in Ecuador is the Amazon rainforest, he has his own reforestation project reforesting 17 hectares of deforested forest and protecting it for future generations! Exploring the forest and working to improve the lives of Indigenous communities. His second love is the mountains, Hiking in the mountains is his family hobby. With his experience and knowledge of this great country, he will be able to help you plan a tip of a lifetime for you!

Alejandro Gavilanez

Alejandro Gavilanez came to us via the Instituto Superior Tecnológico de Turismo y Patrimonio Yavirac as a Intern for CarpeDM. Alejandro also known as Ale G is outgoing, enthusiastic & a great problem solver. He loves exploring the Andes and doing his best to provide a quality experience for those who chose to visit Ecuador. If he’s not guiding Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Mindo, Otavalo or one of our free walking tours of Quito, you most likely will find him in the CarpeDM Office with a smile, ready to give you the best advice on Ecuador.

Gerda Menzi

High in the mountains of Switzerland is where Gerda Menzi can be found when not travelling around the world. She loves to hike, bike, salsa, experience new cultures and travel to places that peak her interest.  
Prior to studying her degree in Social Work, Gerda decided to take some time off to explore the Ecuadorian Andes and fell in love with the nature, diversity and it's people.  
Today we are proud to have her part of our team promoting the wonders of Ecuador across Europe and other countries where the name CarpeDM Adventures rings loud and clear. 

Elena Odintcova

From small north city in Russia ( Murmansk), she started her journey in Sweden, where she studied International Marketing and Business development. By the will of fate, she spent her vacation in Paris and finally decided to stay to learn French and continue her Master degree. After words, Elena started her career in Diamond industry in Paris, where she used to meet foreigners around the world. 
Always passionate by new places, countries and cultures, finally she decided move to tourism after her 5 month trip to Latin America countries .And nowadays she is very happy to be a part of CarpeDM and transmit our value and culture.
Her mantra is “travel allows you to get to know yourself better”