About Us

Why travel to Dominican Republic with Espíritu Travel?

A little bit about us

Who are we?  We are a team of professionals who know the Dominican Republic inside and out, so you can trust that you’ll get expert recommendations. We’re also passionate about detail and service. Combine these three, and you have our one simple purpose: to encourage and indulge your curiosity about this enigmatic land to ensure that your trip to the Dominican Republic is a once in a lifetime.  We know that it’s incredibly important to spend your time off well, and we understand how every moment counts.  We are here to plan your trip so you don’t miss a single thing – down to the last sunset along Samaná

The difference

We take care of every single detail of your trip. Everything we do is customized, led by the needs and desires of our clients. When you arrive in the Dominican Republic, your trip will be handled by our expert partners on the island.  We believe that working with small businesses and companies based in the Dominican Republic not only creates a more immersive and enriching experience but has a positive impact for the wider communities.

An unforgettable connection

Our five-star guides bring the Dominican Republic to life through their personal stories and life experiences. These personal experiences allow you to really understand the daily life of the Dominican people. They are all about showing you the real Dominican Republic – to discover things you won’t find out about any other way.   In their safe and capable hands, you can be assured you’re being well looked after from start to finish –  you may even end up with a friend for life.  

What’s in a name?   

Espíritu: Clearly comes from the word spirit which we believe captures the essence of our company.

The spirit of traveling:  The sense of wanderlust. To explore beyond one’s comfort zone.

The spirit of friendship:  Friendship that knows no border.

A kindred spirit:  Having a deep connection to someone or even a place.

That’s the spirit:  To be vivacious and to embrace spontaneity.

In good spirits:  To be in a good mood.

A free spirit:  One who is not restrained by convention or obligation; a nonconformist.

Positive impact travel

At Espíritu Travel we are passionate about the Dominican Republic, so naturally we want to help maximize the benefits that tourism can bring to Dominicans. Positive impact travel does not mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. We strongly believe that our trips should directly benefit the communities we visit whenever possible through the principles of sustainable travel; minimizing environmental impacts and optimizing community benefits, without sacrificing comfort or the character of your vacation. In a place like the Dominican Republic, where sustainable tourism is just starting to make an appearance, these are no easy tasks. However, we want to be part of this process and, hopefully, contribute to speeding up the change of mindset.

Who is behind Espíritu Travel to the Dominican Republic?

Karin Eckhard

Company CEO

I’ll be the first to admit it, it is time consuming and challenging to plan a complicated trip. No biggie if you want to just head to the beach and chill out for the week but if your idea of travel is spending ten or fourteen days exploring a country, there are a lot of things to consider. We all have busy working lives and limited time or insight to research and plan a complicated travel experience, but yet still have a desire to make the most of each day.
We want to make each day of your trip count so that you don’t miss a thing. We’re inspired by our own desire to make each trip perfect and our passion for service that’s creatively shaped around individuals.

Marta Bermejo

Director of Operations

Espíritu Travel Director of Operations and Manager in Dominican Republic 

Although I am Spanish, and my residence is in Málaga (Andalucía), I have had the great opportunity of being able to live in various Latin American countries such as Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. I have traveled extensively for the last 25 years, visiting much of my own country of Spain, as well as Portugal and many countries around the world. I have learned to value what other cultures can offer and teach us. I look forward to sharing what I have learned about the Dominican Republic with you!

Although many people may not believe it, the Dominican Republic has much more to offer than just all-inclusive resorts. It is a country that I have been fortunate to know in-depth and where I have lived for some time. A place to which I keep returning, the island keeps surprising me every time I go back. I am fulfilling a dream, being able to share with you the passion that I feel for this country and its people.

Marina Courtaut

Senior Travel Consultant

I am Spanish by birth but my father is from France so my heart is always divided. My passion for traveling came from my parents, who have shared their trips around the world with me. Since then, I haven’t stopped, always looking for authentic experiences that help me understand the culture of the place I visit. I have had the opportunity to live in the state of Michigan, in Amsterdam and in Paris, and I have traveled through many of the corners of the world and in my country Spain, the cradle of the Flamenco Art.

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a short time. My job as part of the Espiritu Travel team is to ensure that after your trip, you will always remember that destination as another one of “your home”. I am passionate about designing trips that include the highlights of Spain and Portugal, including small places that go beyond the conventions and show the authentic culture of the destination.