About US – Carpedm Adventures

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 as an existential cautionary term, much like “eat, drink, travel, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” with emphasis on making the most of current opportunities because life is short and 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 of also adding the element of “doing more ” (hence DM) in terms of giving back to the local community.



Vision: CarpeDM Adventures will be valued for its expertise in responsible tourism and its ability to positively impact the local community that it serves.

Mission: CarpeDM Adventures, is a adventure company committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time. In 2014, we will implement the 3% model.  3% of our profits will go to local community projects.  3% of our employees time will be dedicated to volunteer personal projects.  3% of our programs will directly impact local communities.

Taking a page out of “Small Giants” we hope to embody the philosophy of the Danny Meyers’ “Enlightened Hospitality”. Treating those who chose to book with us as part of the family. Unfortunately, sometimes it means that we can’t cater to every request that comes to us in a timely manner but those who have the patience and understanding will know that if you do get us on your side it normally we will do all we can to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.Our crew is small but we give 110% in everything we do.



Our Management

Paul Parreno – Founder of Carpedm Adventures is a proud Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Has come back to my ancestral roots to re-discover the essence of this wonderful country. Having the priviledge of being both Canadian & Ecuadorian heritage allows him to take the best of two worlds and create new travel experiences like no other. Having worked over 6 years for the No. 1 service leader among top five Canadian banks, he brings the corporate “know-how” to this industry.

Having had the priviledge to work with some of the best operators in Ecuador, Paul makes it a point when possible to personally experience everything offered. While there is still more to explore, he has been to the Galapagos at least 4 times, into the Amazon Region of Cuyabeno Reserve, Huaorani Territory & many times into Tena, not to mention has climbed the summit of Cotopaxi & most recently Chimborazo.

A firm believer in building the local talent of the country and giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills on an International platform.


Consuelo Robalino – Was our diamond in the rough. Her mother, runs a small business and had enquired whether we take Interns from the local Toursim program from the Central University. Two weeks later, Consuelo began as an Intern sharing her vast knowledge with tourists. At first, she was shy but over time, she has developed into a force to be reckoned with. Having been coached by four previous employees Miriam Hutter, Julia Haessler, Elise Nootebos & Ivan Carrera, she learned the ways of the warrior which she embodies today.

After graduating from University Central she came on board full time. Learning the Operation side of the business, she quickly adapted to the fast paced environment and has proven a great asset to the company. When not running the Operation side of the business, Consuelo can be found on the dance floor showcasing her dynamic salsa skills. Not to mention, she’s put a few men to shame Conquering Cotopaxi Volcano in record time.

She’s totally committed in everything she does and is always looking to enhance your skills. She’s without a doubt a top talent for Carpedm and we’ve delighted her mother decided to approach us 2 years ago.


Gabriela Segovia – Also, a local Tourisim University student, did her a short intership with us. Recommended via her father, who has worked with us as providing transport for our programs. Now as a full time employee with Carpedm Adventures, she heads the sales division. Always, willing to please and has a special flare to her that makes you feel like you are part of the Carpedm family. Always going above and beyond to ensure that no detail is overlooked and no request is too small.

Gabby had a baby when she was young and had to study very hard to graduate from her university UCT in Tourism. She is now a qualified guide and a proud member of Carpedm and has been for over a year, she works in the sales office and sometimes in operations. Gabby is Carpedm’s number 1 guide for the walking tours. Gabby has traveled throughout Ecuador and her favorite location in Ecuador is Galapagos, The Amazon and the Angel Reserve.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with the family and exploring the best that Ecuador has to offer.



Pamela Rivadeneire born and bred in Quito. Pamela studied Hotels and Tourism and graduated a year ago. She has focussed her attention on tourism as she loves Ecuador and loves sharing her knowlede of the country with people who want to explore the vast bio diversity that Ecuador has.

Her favourite place in Ecuador is Machaulla National park located in Manabi al know as the Isla de la Plata, Which is a place where you can see a variety of different animals some of which can also be found in Galapagos.

She started working for Carpedm in June 2014 loves working in a fast pace friendly atmosphere which is always the case here.

dorian cotopaxi

Dorian Turner – First came to Ecuador while he was traveling when he was 19 and didn´t plan to stay here more than a day but when he got here he fell in love with the country. He started taking Spanish lessons and was volunteering in the Secret Garden Hostel. Which soon turned in to a a real job. After 6 months in Ecuador Dorian had to go back to England but his heart never left Ecuador and after 3 months he was back working in the Secret Garden.

He met an Ecuadorian girl and fell in love. They went traveling in Colombia for a month and then were living in Ecuador for another year.They went back to England for 4 and a half years where Dorian was working as a Lab techincian. But after four and a half long cold years in England Dorian decided to come back to Ecuador.

Now he is part of the Carpedm Team and couldn´t be happier. Dorian helps in the sales office and also offers massages evenings and weekends.   He outperformed both Consuelo and Paul while conquering Cotopaxi and came back in a great time of 4 hrs 20 minutes!


Latest Developments

December 1st, 2013 – OPTUR Affiliation

News – Sept 11th, 2011 CarpeDM Adventures in the process of re-locating. Not that far, just inside the Secret Garden Hostal.

News – Feb 21st, 2009 CarpeDM Adventures will be present at ITB Berlin – the worlds biggest travel trade fair representing Ecuador. Look for us in Hall 3 – Stand 10.


News – Febuary 1st, 2008 Official Ministry of Tourism status granted.

News – December 15th, 2007: Effective immediately, The Secret Garden Hostal and CarpeDM Adventures have formed a new partnership aimed at providing its guests a fully-integrated offering. Ranging from: Galapagos, Jungle, Climbing, Cloudforest, Highlands, Rafting, Cycling, Daytours, National Flight Bookings, The Secret Garden Hostal in Cotapaxi and much more.

Our purpose is to provide the convenience factor by offering you the best of Ecuador just steps away from your room. Our prices are competitive, our programs cater to varying budgets and we pride ourselves with dealing with only the most reputable tour operators in Ecuador. We also pride ourselves in giving back to the community.


News – November 26th, 2007:
We are currently in talks with one of the most popular Hostals in Quito(The Secret Garden) to set-up shop next door. This partnership will set the stage as providing a full service experience by integrating; accomodations, restaurant services, Spanish lessons, volunteer programs and tours all over Ecuador (ie. Galapagos, Jungle, Coast and Highlands), all available in one location. As a side note, when I first came back to visit Quito, Ecuador after many years of being absent. I chose the Secret Garden as my choice for accomodation. Fast forward almost 3 years later and the place that open the doors to me to experience this country is now a building an alliance with CarpeDM Adventures to share this beautiful country on a grander scale. Stay tuned in the weeks to come to see how this partnership evolves. Don’t be surprised to see CarpeDM Adventures the next time you stay at The Secret Garden.

Official Opening Status: We currently have approval to operate as a Tour Operator from the Ministry of Tourism.

We are currently working on getting approval from the Ministry of Tourism which should be completed in two weeks. In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions regarding our programs and we’ll be happy to serve you.






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