The expression “tip top” has been commonly used in English speaking countries for several decades and, as with many expressions, its meaning has stayed the same over time. Tip Top means “point (tip) of the upper side “top”. It also means:
Adv: To the highest extent.
Adj: (Informal) Of the highest quality; excellent; most excellent, perfect.
Noun: (Tip end + Top) The highest or utmost degree; the best of anything. (Colloq)
Captain Rolf Wittmer
Captain Rolf Wittmer is the first man whose birth on Floreana Island has been historically documented. He was born in January 1933, a few months after his parents, Margret and Heinz Wittmer ended a long trip from Germany to the island of Floreana. The Wittmer family settled down on the island and with great endurance overcame incredibly hardships and sometimes an almost unbearable loneliness. They set up a new home on this heavenly island.
Mrs. Margret Wittmer was the central character in the heroic saga which is more fascinatingly dramatic than any fictional adventure.
This history can be read in her book “Floreana”, produced in 2010 by Editorial Galapagos, originally “Postlagernd Floreana”, published in Germany in 1960. Later translated into 15 languages and called “Floreana” in English. Margaret’s son, Rolf, was one of the pioneers and the first promoters of ecotourism, which is a well developed industry in the Galapagos Islands today. From 1962 to 1967 he brought scientists and the first tourists to the islands aboard the “Cologne”, his fishing boat.
In November 1969, he began to offer formal tourism activities on board a yacht he specially designed and built to accommodate 6 passengers: the motor yacht “Tip Top I”. This was the start of a business which grew very rapidly mainly due to the excellent services and personal attention that Rolf Wittmer was known to provide.
Rolf Wittmer Turismo Cía. Ltda. is a 100% Ecuadorian Family Company founded in 1982 by Captain Rolf Wittmer, pioneer of tourism in the Galapagos Islands. Rolf Wittmer Turismo is well-known for offering tailor-made and special interest tours around Galapagos Islands Ecuador.
As a professional and responsible tour operator, we are not only highly committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our operation, but also to ensuring the quality and safety of the service we provide as well as satisfying our clients’ needs and expectations. Our efforts are only worthwhile if we also support the island communities.
Nowadays, after 30 years in the market and more than 45 years in the tourism industry, Rolf Wittmer Turismo owns and operates the Tip Top Fleet in the Galapagos Islands and Tip Top Travel, a IATA/BSP travel agency in Ecuador Mainland, which operates Sabre & Amadeus, has very good connection with local and international airlines, access to hotels and it is a direct partner of Tip Top Yachts.
On July 1st 2011, Tip Top Travel was appointed as the first Lufthansa City Center in Ecuador
In 2006, the Wittmer Family created the Rolf Wittmer Foundation, an organizational initiative for social labor in the Galapagos Islands. The Family is also involved in the transmission of the human history of the Islands as a competitive factor to the Galapaguenian community.