THE TEAM

The Team

Awesome people, lovers of life, unique personalities, tour guides, tourism experts, bike activists and adventure travellers. Between us we have it all! We will show you how to discover Quito on a bike and ensure that you have a great time and a ‘wow’ experience! The Quito Bike Tours Team will show you how to rock Quito on a bike!

Our Mission

To have fun, learn and be happy ever after! To showcase Ecuador and Quito’s amazing history and culture, whilst promoting the use of bicycles in the city, contributing to the mobility and sustainability of the people and the environment.

Our Team

We all love adventure, we all love culture and we all love bike riding. Do you love cycling? If the answer is yes, then ride with us to explore Quito whilst discovering its history, culture and food. You’ll definitely meet great people and make new friends!

Catalina Leiva Naranjo

Co-Director / Owner/ Tour Guide
Catalina is an experienced, passionate and accredited National Tour Guide and business professional. With over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry in Ecuador and around the world, she understands exactly what people want, need and expect on a tour. Catalina is not just an avid traveller and a great tour guide but an entrepreneur with a great agile mindset. She loves her country and everything that has to offer. She's determined that you will have the experience that you deserve! "Come and explore this gorgeous country with me and our team!"

Jorge Bustillos

Adventure Seeker / Tour Guide
Jorge is a Tourism Engineer and a professional National Guide (like all of our guides). From a young age he has always been passionate about nature and extreme sports. This is what led him to pursue a career in tourism and environmental preservation. He loves Quito, the city where he was born and raised, and exploring every corner of all of its neighbourhoods. He has been showing travellers his ‘magical and interesting’ Ecuador for more than six years now. He wants them to see, experience and share the riches of his country.

Soledad Hernández

Co-Director / Owner / Tour Guide
Soledad, or Sole, as her friends call her is hails from Quito and speaks both fluent English as well as Spanish. Sole is an awesome cyclist and accredited National Tour Guide. She is an entrepreneur who fulfills her dreams. This great achiever has over 10 years of experience in the tourism industry. Tour guide, animal lover, traveller, cyclist, bike activist, foodie and eco activist, she is always looking for adventures ... especially if it involves a bike. "I want to show you my city on a bike and take you to the off-the- beaten-path places in Quito."

Carlos Gallegos

Quito Lover / Tour Guide
Carlos was born and raised in Quito. He loves everything about his city; its history, its culture and its gastronomy. Carlos is a ‘Quiteño’ through and through. He loves working with people of all ages, and has even spent some years working as an English teacher with kids. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his two dogs, running with them in parks or even just walking in the city . Carlos can often be found riding his bike in the city or leading tourists around his favorite Quito sites or pubs..

Esteban Guaña

Cyclist Extraordinaire / Volunteer
Native to Quito, Esteban became passionate about his bike and strengthening his love for nature and the protection of animals from an early age. Also from a young age, he began to share his passion for cycling with other people, which made him join and ride with various groups of people who shared his passion. He has also taught children how to cycle. His red bike follows him everywhere and accompanies him on his great adventures, all over Ecuador, in which he has met many people, from all over the world.

Fernando Silva

Urban & Mountain Cyclist / Tour Guide
For the last 20 years Fernando's passion of cycling has allowed him to travel both inside and outside of Ecuador, discovering the world and learning from each different culture. He loves sharing that wisdom with other travellers from around the world. “Knowledge is freedom, knowledge is power, but it is of no use if you don’t share it”. Fernando is a full-time cyclist and sees his bike as the perfect tool by which he can combine his biggest passion with his professional and personal life. He is also very proud of being part of the founding group of Ciclopaseos (‘bike strolls’) in Quito, an activity whereby a large part of Quito streets are closed on a Sunday so that Quiteños as well as foreigners can ride around the city. When not cycling he also likes to walk in the mountains looking for a new destination, a new route, a new road or that that place where no one has gone before.

Esteban Brborich

Bike Lover / Tour Guide
Esteban is an urban cyclist and tour guide from Quito. He has worked with people of all ages and nationalities. He loves to ride his bicycle anywhere, anytime and has experience riding in different cities all over Ecuador. He believes that the best way to learn about a new place is by bike, as it's easy to surf the the traffic jams, you get a different perspective of the city and you get to places that cars don’t get to go! He loves Quito's culture and diversity and wants to show it to you! He can be seen around the city playing bike polo, visiting a museum or library or just enjoying the nightlife of Quito ... on a bike!

Jode Piedra

Urban Cyclist / Volunteer
Student of tourism by chance, traveller and urban cyclist by decision. For seven years Jose has been traveling and learning new ways of seeing the world. He recently returned to Ecuador after four years of studying tourism in Brazil. Fluent in both English and Portuguese, this young man sees the bicycle as the change that big cities need to solve their mobility problems. More than a means of transport, the bicycle represents for him a way to overcome the sedentary and comfort-zone way of life of the 21st century. He sees it as a way to live a healthier lifestyle. “Jump on your bike, to first conquer the streets of Quito and then the world! Ride fast, die last!”

Ombretta Zanetti

Business Associate / Co-Founder of QBT / Content Management
Adventure and life-loving traveller/ adventurer Ombretta, or Ombi, is the Aussie (Australian) in the team. She is passionate about life, helping people, doing good, being happy, making people laugh, being kind and good coffee! Oh, and travelling and experiencing different cultures! She started backpacking way back in the late 80s when it really wasn’t common to not be in the same job for 10 years or more! It didn’t feel right for her then and it doesn’t feel right for her now! She has always done things her way! After visiting more that 90 countries she understand tourism and great travel destinations. Enter Quito Bike Tours, which she began with her Ecuadorian-born partner, Alex, who is also one of the co-founders. Her motto, "Life is for living!"

Alex Benavides

Business Associate / Co-Founder of QBT / Digital Consultant
Ecuadorian–Australian Alex heads our business strategy, digital presence, business modelling and website. He's a tranquil and passionate human being; a traveller who has visited more than 50 countries! He respects people’s thinking, culture and their environment. Photography is the medium he uses to showcase the amazing and diverse world that we live in. Many of the photos on this site are his. He loves getting out of his comfort zone as this gives him a sense of achievement. “I love cycling, hiking, travelling, entrepreneurship, technology consulting, startups and capturing images/ videos around the globe.”

Work With Us

At Quito Bike Tours we value people and we respect their time! We don't expect anything for free! Working with Quito Bike Tours, you’ll get paid to learn new skills, develop your career, meet interesting people, have an experience that will be with you for the rest of your life and have the opportunity to showcase your amazing city to the world.

Join a team of bike enthusiasts, travellers and lovers of life. We are always on the lookout for fun and energetic Freelance Bicycle Tour Guides who enjoy working with a wide range of people from all walks of life.

If you think your skills and personality suit our company, send us an e-mail.

We will ONLY accept applicants who have an accredited National Guide’s License and a current First Aid Certificate.

Do you want to learn new skills or volunteer by helping out in the tours? Do you know about Social Media and publishing? Are you a cyclist, traveller, backpacker or a tourism graduate that needs practice? Any other amazing tricks you can do? Let us know and get in touch with us!

Contact us to see how we can work together.

Lets us know if you want to be part of our team as bike mechanic business associate. You will work on a freelance capability to support and maintain our fleet of bikes and gear so our customer enjoy their ride. Please get in touch with us!

No vacancies available at the moment.

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