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Alvaro Pereira

Traveling and getting to know new and exciting places have always been my biggest passion. I believe that Ecuador, Galapagos, Colombia and Peru are such vast locations filled with special sites, though we're so small, we're so rich in culture, breathtaking views, and wildlife which makes visiting us such an exciting experience, so I´ve made my mission to make every single traveler have an amazing time and take in their heart a little bit of our beautiful country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"From the North, South, East, and West of beautiful Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and of course the Enchanted Islands: Galapagos, I mainly specialize in creating a one-of-a-kind experience, not something bought off the rack, I love to create off-the-beaten-path travel adventures for solo adventures, couples, group of friends or families wanting to discover this beautiful country."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I got involved in travel early on in life, from going to simple places like the beach with my whole family to travel thousands of miles abroad alone, each place I've been has given me such much, it made my life and the whole world feel so much wider and richer, so through years of experience and learning, I am able to be part of great travel company, which far more than a company, we're family. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I can't name just one experience, but if I had to, and I think everyone can relate to is the first trip I made with my own money at 15 years old, and after months and months of planning, using up all my savings, getting to that special place made life feel extraordinary, this place is Cuenca, a small town south of Ecuador, so I always recommend everyone that comes to Ecuador, make it part of their visit, because their people, their food and almost every corner is filled with magic. "

Alvaro is part of the following groups: Galapagos Islands Travel Agents, Ecuador Travel Agents
Green turtle swimming underwater in the Galapagos Islands
Best of The Galapagos Islands: Top Places To Visit

The Galapagos Islands are a diverse set of islands off the coast of Ecuador full of distinct wildlife, idyllic beaches, and incomparable visitor sites that offer a range of interesting activities—from hiking, to snorkeling, close-ups with pre-historic looking animals, kayaking and treks across volcanic islands—to name a few of the endless possibilities. This one-of-a-kind destination is a must when visiting Ecuador.

Boy riding a horse at Quilotoa lake in Ecuador
10 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itineraries

Locals are fond of saying that Ecuador is four countries in one: coast, highlands, jungle, and the Galápagos. Whether you want to relax on the beach, climb volcanoes, hike around Andean lakes, zip-line in the cloud forest, canoe up an Amazon tributary, or cruise the Galápagos, there is a perfect itinerary for everyone.

Río Napo in Ecuador
Best of the Ecuadorian Amazon: 7 Days

Leave the cold climes of Quito and descend to the sinuous rivers and sticky jungle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. On this 7-day itinerary, you will wildlife-spot along mighty waterways, climb into rainforest canopies, brave some of South America’s best white-water rapids and bathe in beautiful thermal pools. If you are set on exploring the Amazon, Ecuador is one of the best places to do it.

Vicuñas in front of Mount Chimborazo
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Quilotoa, Baños, Cuenca, & Guayaquil - 8 Days

This eight-day itinerary is perfect for travelers hoping to see Ecuador's most notable national parks and explore the country's most populous cities. You'll begin your trip with a free day in the capital of Quito before heading off to hike the Quilotoa and Cotopaxi Volcanoes and explore Ecuador's gateway to the Amazon. Then, make a stop at Mount Chimborazo, take a scenic train ride through the Andes, and take a walking tour of the historic port city of Guayaquil.

Favorite experiences

A Taste of Cusco: Chocolate, Coffee and Pisco Tour

This tour in and around Cusco's city center highlights three Peruvian specialties: chocolate, coffee, and pisco. The tour begins at the Coffee Museum where visitors will learn all about the unique characteristics of Peruvian arabica beans and why they make such a fine cup of Joe. There will also...

Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) Hike

It's a 3.5-hour drive from the city of Cusco to the trailhead leading up Vinicunca, known as the Rainbow Mountain. Also called the Montaña de los Siete Colors (Mountain of the Seven Colors), Vinicunca's colorful look is the result of ice melt over its surface a long time ago. The water mixed with...

Recent trip reviews for Alvaro

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We are so...
Galapagos Islands | Nov 12 - Nov 27, 2022

Patricia
Patricia K.
Bensalem, PA | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
We are so glad we found kimkim to help book our trip to the Galapagos Islands. I have only great things to say about Daniel, Alvaro, and Daniela who made our trip such a success. Initially, we provided them information regarding our budget, timeline (two weeks), and level of activity and preferences, and they worked diligently in creating a detailed and personalized itinerary that worked best for our group of four. Our trip began in Quito and then had... read more

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
We are so glad we found kimkim to help book our trip to the Galapagos Islands. I have only great things to say about Daniel, Alvaro, and Daniela who made our trip such a success. Initially, we provided them information regarding our budget, timeline (two weeks), and level of activity and preferences, and they worked diligently in creating a detailed and personalized itinerary that worked best for our group of four. Our trip began in Quito and then had stops in the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela. Alvaro and Daniela ensured that everything about our travel arrangements was absolutely seamless! It was so nice not to worry about transportation. All of our taxis, boat transfers, entrance tickets, travel guides, and hotel stays were taken care of. Every single excursion and activity the kimkim team planned for us was an amazing experience, we loved all of our snorkeling trips! All of our tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and provided us with detailed information about the islands and the animals. Daniela and Alvaro also kept in touch with us during our entire trip and were available in case we had questions or concerns, we were very grateful for their quick responses and consistent communication! Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is an amazing place to visit. I loved being so close to all of the animals, seeing such different plants and landscapes, eating all of the food (trying the seafood is a must!) and meeting all of the welcoming and friendly people. We had the trip of a lifetime and I would definitely book my next trip with kimkim because of our positive experience. Thank you!! :)

Hotel Review
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Great location and awesome breakfast. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful.

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Activity Reviews
Exploring and Kayaking at Quilotoa Lagoon
Ecuador

Such a beautiful place, the view is incredible. The walk down to the lagoon is fairly easy, however the walk uphill is a bit strenuous, you may want to consider renting a mule for $10 a person :)

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Daniel was a great guide!
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Sierra Negra volcano - Speedboat to Santa Cruz
Galapagos Islands

The views are worth the long walk, it was so neat seeing the crater of a volcano and the various lava formations. It looked like you were walking on the surface of the moon!

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Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

The best snorkeling experience of my life! We got to swim with a Galapagos penguin!! The trip was on a beautiful and comfortable boat with a chef who prepared a delicious lunch for our group. The location for snorkeling was absolutely ideal. It was the best day on our trip!

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Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for breakfast, and fish, rice, pasta, and beet salad for lunch.
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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hello Paty!

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review and it warms my heart to know that you created everlasting memories discovering the Enchanted Islands.

Getting to meet you in person and laughing was great too! I truly wish that you and Rob can make a little bit of time on your agenda next year to visit other great Ecuador destinations!

Warm hugs,
Alvaro

A Fantastic and Unforgettable Trip to Ecuador
Galapagos Islands | Nov 12 - Nov 27, 2022

Michal
Michal G.
Bethesda, MD | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Alvaro, Daniela, and Daniel did an outstanding job with the planning and execution of our trip to Ecuador (Quito and the Galápagos Islands). They were available (even checking up on us during the trip!) and willing to go above and beyond to make our experience the best it could be.
They connected us with very knowledgeable and passionate guides like Daniel in Quito, Wilson in San Cristobal, and Enrique in Santa Cruz.
I especially enjoyed the hike down to the Quilotoa Lake, the unforgettable... read more

Alvaro, Daniela, and Daniel did an outstanding job with the planning and execution of our trip to Ecuador (Quito and the Galápagos Islands). They were available (even checking up on us during the trip!) and willing to go above and beyond to make our experience the best it could be.
They connected us with very knowledgeable and passionate guides like Daniel in Quito, Wilson in San Cristobal, and Enrique in Santa Cruz.
I especially enjoyed the hike down to the Quilotoa Lake, the unforgettable and breathtaking views from Bartolomé Island, and the hike to the expansive crater of Volcano Sierra Negra.
We also loved all the animals we found along the way on land and in the water. The trips to los tuneles and las tintoreras allowed us to get extremely close to blue-footed boobies and whitetip reef sharks. We snorkeled as much as we could and were even joined for a swim by a couple of playful sea lions! It was an amazing experience. The free snorkel experience at Concha de Perla on Isabela Island was also well worth it - we saw sea turtles and sting rays!
Our hotel hosts were also very kind and the food provided at breakfast was delicious. Shout outs go to Casa de Nelly in San Cristobal, Hotel La Isla in Santa Cruz, and Casa de Marita on Isabela.
Overall it was a 5/5 star experience in every way. With quick communication, connections and transfers from airports to hotels to boats made easy the trip went as smoothly as possible. Thank you for your hard work and for making this such an amazing experience!

Hotel Reviews
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Great location and delicious food!

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Casa de Nelly
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Very kind host who made us delicious meals and provided towels for snorkeling!

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La Isla
Puerto Ayora

Amazing hotel and kind staff and beautiful rooms.

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La Casa de Marita
Puerto Villamil

Loved the access to the beach and views from the second floor breakfast area!

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Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Very nice hotel with a great option of buffet style dinner that is available until late - great for travelers coming in late. Don’t be fooled, the food is amazing!

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Activity Reviews
Exploring and Kayaking at Quilotoa Lagoon
Ecuador
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Welcome to San Cristobal Island! Visit to the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands
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The Treasure of Galapagos: Scuba Diving at Kicker Rock
San Cristobal Island

Loved the trip to Kicker Rock. Our dive guide Michael was awesome and he showed us how to navigate around the rock and currently safely.

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Santa Cruz Island: Highlands Tortoises & Charles Darwin Station
Puerto Ayora
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Sierra Negra volcano - Speedboat to Santa Cruz
Galapagos Islands

Awesome views of Sierra Negra volcano are well worth the strenuous hike. The weather cleared up quite a bit on our hike which made it all that much better.

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Excursion to Los Tuneles
Galapagos Islands

Awesome way to get up and close and swim with sea turtles and whitetip reef sharks! Let’s not forget the seahorse and penguins!

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Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

Really awesome and breathtaking views from Bartolome Island. Highly recommend the snorkeling with hundreds of fish surrounding the area.

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Free Day in Isabela Island
Puerto Villamil

Snorkeling at Concha de Perla was a great way to spend some free time on Isabela Island.

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Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet
Galapagos Islands

Loved getting up and close with the animals in las Tintoreras.

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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hello Michal!

So happy to read your review and thank you so much for trusting us to craft and put together an amazing journey. I will make sure to share with all my local providers your kind words, and I hope that you can come back to the Middle of the World!

Warm hugs from your local friend in Ecuador,
Alvaro

Amazing experience
Galapagos Islands | Nov 3 - Nov 13, 2022

Silvia
Silvia S.
Rochester, NY | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Alvaro booked a series of wonderful tours for me. With one exception, the Galapagos partners and guides were reliable, knowledgable and personable, with a true interest in sharing their knowledge of the island and its wildlife and ecology, willing to share of themselves and make a personal connection, as well as get me to and from destinations safely and on time. Particular standout guides were Danny (for the introduction to the Island), Solange (everyday assistance and San Cristobal... read more

Alvaro booked a series of wonderful tours for me. With one exception, the Galapagos partners and guides were reliable, knowledgable and personable, with a true interest in sharing their knowledge of the island and its wildlife and ecology, willing to share of themselves and make a personal connection, as well as get me to and from destinations safely and on time. Particular standout guides were Danny (for the introduction to the Island), Solange (everyday assistance and San Cristobal Highlands visit), Christian (for Espanola), Patricio (for Santa Cruz), Freddy and the crew of the Nautilus (for Bartholome), Rita (Santa Cruz), for getting me to and from places on time and helping me search for my phone, and the crew of Wreck Bay Adventures.
Best trips, in my opinion, were Espanola and Bartholome, with the service and comfort on the Nautilus exceeding all expectations. Occasional miscommunications did occur, but the overall experience was wonderful.

Hotel Review
Isla Azul Eco Hostal
Puerto Ayora

This hotel was a good fit for me. I like a comfortable bed, a hot shower, and a nice common areas, but don't need much in terms high luxury. The rooms were clean and nice and the owners and staff were very interesting to chat with and very accommodating to my dietary needs. overall I had a wonderful stay at Isla Azul.

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I liked the use of wood in the rooms and the building, it made it very cozy and pleasant to sit in. There is a semi-outdoor common area/lobby that was very comfortable and stocked with books. The owners had interesting stories to tell
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It's an average location, felt safe, some stores and bars nearby, about 10 min walk to the "strip"
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Very helpful and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
rooms were cleaned daily, water refilled every other day.
Activity Review
Wildlife Encounter in San Cristobal: Española Island
San Cristobal Island

This was a fantastic trip -- the amount of wildlife we saw was mind-blowing and Christian was a wonderful guide. The crew on the boat was very personable and even found my lost waterbottle! Should have brought a better wetsuit for the snorkeling. The water was really chilly!

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All of it
Food
The food was good. I liked the fresh fruit. Overall the boat lunches are so -so, but they always have rice, so great for gluten-free dietary needs.
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So helpful, communicative, and personable. The guide knew a lot!
Transport
We were lucky with the ocean not being too choppy that day. The boat can be a little crowded for longer trips
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Hello Silvia!

I am so happy that the Galapagos Islands exceeded your expectations!! 🥳

The wildlife and landscape of the Archipelago are truly phenomenal and you got a beautiful experience.

Next time: The Ecuadorian Amazon! haha 😁

Warm hugs from your friend in the middle of the world!
Alvaro

Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador
Galapagos Islands | Aug 12 - Aug 23, 2022

Thomas
Thomas R.
Huntington, NY | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Alvaro named this trip "Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador" and he was totally accurate. Our trip was 12 days in total and it was full of memorable and magical experiences, breathtaking nature and fun and excitement. The hotels were all fantastic and each and every guide along the way was terrific. There was not one glitch in any of our transfers, travel arrangements or tours. We were treated like special guests in this magnificent country. Alvaro was a pleasure to work with and he... read more

Alvaro named this trip "Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador" and he was totally accurate. Our trip was 12 days in total and it was full of memorable and magical experiences, breathtaking nature and fun and excitement. The hotels were all fantastic and each and every guide along the way was terrific. There was not one glitch in any of our transfers, travel arrangements or tours. We were treated like special guests in this magnificent country. Alvaro was a pleasure to work with and he worked closely with us to make sure he put together the exact kind of trip that we were hoping for. He used his expertise to guide us to the right choices for us and, after getting to know us through our conversations, even made sure to include several wonderful surprises along the way. We feel very lucky that we were matched up with Alvaro and we don't have a single bad or negative thing to say about our trip. Don't hesitate to book with Alvaro...you will be so happy you did.

Hotel Reviews
Patio Andaluz
Quito

The hotel is beautiful and has old-warm charm. The staff is extremely friendly and professional. Our two-story room was wonderful. The breakfast was quite nice.

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Napo Cultural Center
Quito

This was an amazing experience. It's situated in the jungle but every care has been taken to ensure a comfortable and memorable time. An on-duty chef prepared fantastic meals...even including a beautiful birthday cake for my birthday. Our guide, Tyson, was the greatest guy. He was tireless in making sure we saw as much wildlife as possible. Every time we came back to the lodge we were greeted with a different ice-cold juice and a cold, damp hand towel. The rooms themselves were very nice and comfortable.

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A truly educational experience.
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Hotel Rincon de Puembo, BW Signature Collection
Puembo

We were only here for a night, because of its proximity to the airport. It's a very nice hotel and the staff was very professional.

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Galapagos Sunset Hotel
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

This hotel is exceptional. Our beautiful room had a breathtaking view of the harbor and sunset. Susanah found out it was my birthday and she brought me a complimentary bottle of wine. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough.

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Isamar Hotel
Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela

Right on the water, our ocean front room was lovely and had a spectacular view of the beach. The restaurant (across the street) prepared a wonderful dinner for us and had a beautiful breakfast. Ava did everything to make sure that we had a wonderful stay in this beautiful hotel.

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Hotel Sol y Mar
Galápagos

This hotel is in the perfect spot in Puerto Ayora. The room was lovely and the view of the pool and harbor was beautiful. The restaurant served a fantastic breakfast.

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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo - Middle of the World
Quito

Marco was our guide for all of our time in Quito and he was simply wonderful. Such a kind gentleman and very informative. We feel like we actually made a friend in him. The walking tour of Colonial Quito was terrific and we loved the Mitad del Mundo.

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Marco was exceptionally great.
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Welcoming Cocktail Class at Night
Quito

We LOVED this experience. So much fun and we made delicious drinks and were served fantastic food. Edwin was truly a wonderful host and his assistants, Josue and Karen, were so sweet.

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Edwin is fantastic. We highly recommend this.
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Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

Another wonderful day with Marco. The hike in Mindo was beautiful. We loved stopping at the Alambi Reserve and seeing the scores of hummingbirds feeding.

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Marco is the best!
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Quito - Yaku Kausay Indigenous Experience in the Amazon
Ecuador

This was a very interesting and unique and educational experience.

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Indigenous Encounter and Hike to Mama Cuna Path (Yaku Kausay Experience)
Yasuni National Park

Everything we did with Tyson in the rain forest was amazing. The hike to the lookout tower, a paddled canoe down the Black Creek, watching the macaws drink at the sulphur pond. Everything was incredible.

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Tyson was an amazing, caring guide throughout our time in the jungle.
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Sacred Wayusa Ritual, Goodbye and return to the City (Yaku Kausay Experience)
Yasuni National Park

We opted not to do this ritual.

Cooking Class Experience in Quito
Quito

Back with the fabulous Edwin, this time with Josue, Karen and Mishelle assisting him, we LOVED this experience. So much fun and very informative. We were given drinks and watched so much wonderful food being prepared and then we got to eat it all. Delicious! A very memorable afternoon.

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The food was truly exceptional.
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Edwin is the best!
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Afternoon Adventure to Teleferico Cablecar
Quito

Another terrific afternoon with Marco. We loved the spectacular Telefrico ride and the view from above. We got fantastic pictures on the swings that overlook the valley.

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Marco is so great!
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Welcome to San Cristobal Island! Visit to the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands

This was a great overview of San Cristobal. Lenin was a very informative guide.

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Dinner by the Sea on the Enchanted Islands
Galapagos Islands

This is a very nice restaurant and they prepared a lovely meal for us.

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Explore Tintoreras Islet
Puerto Villamil

Our guide was terrific. The area where we kayaked wasn't the most exciting but it was a lot of fun. The snorkel area was nice but a little cold and murky.

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Terrific guide
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Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

We loved this experience. We learned so much and had a wonderful afternoon with our terrific guide, Daniel, and the tortoises.

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The restaurant at Rancho Primicias is really fantastic. We had a delicious lunch there.
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Daniel was great
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Kayaking Adventure in Tortuga Bay & Afternoon Bay Tour of Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora

The kayaking trip in Tortuga Bay was really wonderful. We saw SO many sea turtles around us, reef sharks, a nest with baby great blue herons. This is a spectacular place to spend the afternoon.

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Jose was a terrific guide
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Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

This trip was truly spectacular. The Altarmar is a gorgeous boat, the crew was friendly and Felipe was an excellent guide. We saw many blue-footed boobies, frigates and such when we pulled alongside Daphne Major Island. We loved exploring the uninhabited Bartolome' and learned so much from Felipe there. Then the snorkeling off the beach at Santiago was fantastic...we saw sea turtles, a reef shark and many beautiful fish. Lunch back on the boat was excellent. As was the trip back. An awesome day.

Quality of Experience
Well worth the money
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Felipe and the boat staff were excellent
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Transfer to Airport on Baltra Island
Puerto Ayora

This was very smooth. Just like everything else that Alvaro set up.

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Every single driver we had on this trip was great
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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Hello Thomas!

Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean the world to me and thank you again for a such detailed review of your experience in our megadiverse country: Ecuador

Helping you and Matthew was truly unique, and being able to help you be part of such an important birthday was magical. You now have the 4 wonders of Ecuador in your heart!

My best and warmest hugs from the middle of the world and looking forward to seeing you again!
Alvaro

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short tri...
Galapagos Islands | Aug 24 - Aug 30, 2022

Wynette
Wynette Y.
Takoma Park, MD | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short trip to the Galapagos in August 2022 and Alvaro at kimkim set up every detail. Through Alvaro, kimkim continues to provide a wonderful, small group, personalized trip. We had the luxury of being met at airports and ports, and taken to comfortable, well-located hotels. Whenever I had a question or there was a problem (in our case, in the form of a cancelled flight that threw the schedule off), Alvaro was there and worked intensely to help. ... read more

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short trip to the Galapagos in August 2022 and Alvaro at kimkim set up every detail. Through Alvaro, kimkim continues to provide a wonderful, small group, personalized trip. We had the luxury of being met at airports and ports, and taken to comfortable, well-located hotels. Whenever I had a question or there was a problem (in our case, in the form of a cancelled flight that threw the schedule off), Alvaro was there and worked intensely to help.

Before the trip, Alvaro worked through several different itineraries with me, as I tried to figure out what would work. He was, throughout, friendly, cordial, responsive, and full of suggestions that might fit. He listens well, and never seems to get impatient. I'll always associate our memorable trip with his benevolent presence, and would highly recommend both him and kimkim!

Hotel Review
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

Hi, this hotel is clean and stylish, and the staff go out of their way to be helpful, in a quiet, intelligent way. The breakfast was also fresh-cooked and very good!

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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Dear Wynette!

You are so amazing and I loved planning a journey for you and Arielle to the Galapagos Islands. I appreciate very much your kind review, I still have lots of plans for you to get to know the other hidden wonders that Ecuador has to offer you.

Warm hugs from your friend in the middle of the world!
Alvaro

Meet the Galapagos sharks
Galapagos Islands | Jul 23 - Aug 2, 2022

J
Jonathan N.
Summit, NJ | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

This trip was fantastic. Exceeded expectations. We swam with so many sharks (totally safe). My wife and I went for our honeymoon. Alvaro tailored the trip to our budget and special requests even last minute requests were accommodated.

The discovery dive is great for beginner divers and was definitely worth it. All the fish and shellfish based specialties were the best foods and we had fun hiking and sampling the local beer.

Who knew sharks at Galapagos would be friendly! read more

This trip was fantastic. Exceeded expectations. We swam with so many sharks (totally safe). My wife and I went for our honeymoon. Alvaro tailored the trip to our budget and special requests even last minute requests were accommodated.

The discovery dive is great for beginner divers and was definitely worth it. All the fish and shellfish based specialties were the best foods and we had fun hiking and sampling the local beer.

Who knew sharks at Galapagos would be friendly!

Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Dear Jonathan!

I am so happy you enjoyed a beautiful time in the Galapagos Islands with your wife! The Galapagos wildlife is so unique too!

I am looking forward to receiving you back in Ecuador for another adventure!

Warm hugs from the middle of the world!
Alvaro

Adventures in Galapagos by Alvaro
Galapagos Islands | Jul 23 - Aug 2, 2022

Stephanie
Stephanie A.
Ocala, FL | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

What a wonderful experience we had in Galapagos!

Alvaro was super attentive and responsive to all of our questions and had great insight on local activities. We felt very safe in our travels. Safe even to walk at night dressed like a tourist honestly. In all the places we visited in the Galápagos Islands. We speak Spanish but in all honesty the trip was so completely planned from start to finish with transportation and quick support that it really didn’t matter. I would definitely... read more

What a wonderful experience we had in Galapagos!

Alvaro was super attentive and responsive to all of our questions and had great insight on local activities. We felt very safe in our travels. Safe even to walk at night dressed like a tourist honestly. In all the places we visited in the Galápagos Islands. We speak Spanish but in all honesty the trip was so completely planned from start to finish with transportation and quick support that it really didn’t matter. I would definitely recommend the planning service to my friends who speak no Spanish. We wish we had done our scuba certificate because this is an incredible place to dive, but we did get to do a beginner/non-certificate “discovery” dive which was an amazing experience.

Some favorite places we visited below:

Isabella: smallest town we visited but the tours were WOW

Hotel- Casa de Marita - beachfront boutique hotel with an incredible view walking distance from the doc/ snorkeling/ beachfront dining. Walk the boardwalk and explore the seaside. =]

Volcano (Sierra negra) 10 mile hike in Isabella - Visit to the second largest crater in the world. This was an intense, gratifying hike. Definitely bring hiking boots (not sneakers) and a camera. Incredible view, and and quite satisfying.

Tintoreras: This tour was rather short compared to some others but we saw the most penguins, blue footed boobies, and sharks (in just a snorkel) than any other tour! Also lots of sea lions and marine iguanas.

San Cristobal:
Here the sea lions are everywhere along the boardwalk area (the most we saw anywhere). Go for a walk and greet MANY sea lions on the way on the park benches and sidewalks.

Casa Blanca- ADORABLE boutique hotel with incredible view (on the bay) and just in front of the main doc which was very convenient for our tours that left from there. Restaurant there is superb. Hostess was incredible.

Tijeretas- easy paved hike with a favorite snorkel spot. Up close and personal experience with playful sea lions and tortoises! Interpretation center is a great family activity.

Santa Cruz:
This is a fun island with lots of food, shopping, tours, and activities! The below 2 favorites are great family activities!

Acacia hotel - beauuuuutiful eco hotel that definitely felt like a treat with a private pool and modern/tasteful amenities.

Exploring and uninhabited island- Bartolomé. I wasn’t sure what to expect here but this was a great package because it was a larger boat with a great crew/ tour guide. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and champagne included with a rather easy hike and beautiful snorkel. We saw new and different creatures such as a manta ray and puffer fish in the reef, as well as tortoises, playful sea lions and parrotfish up close.

Highlands tortoises farm- a beautiful home for the tortoises and we were able to see them up close, watch them eat their fruits freely and had a wonderful tour guide who was passionate about her work. Wonderful restaurant was there too.

Hotel Reviews
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

This was so wonderful and charming. Beauuuuutiful eco hotel that definitely felt like a treat with a private pool and modern/tasteful design and amenities. The had robes hung up for us and several beautiful lounge areas. Also the hostess was wonderful, helpful, and inviting. Breakfast was fantastic!

Authenticity & Character
Modern eco style was very tasteful
Location
Central location
Staff
Warm, inviting and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable. Lived the robes and also the bathroom was no the stylish and clean.
La Casa de Marita
Puerto Villamil

This place was very impressive. One of our favorite hotels! The waterfront view was incredible. The garden was also so charming! Water front tapas for happy hour was a classy treat and dinner was also very good. Staff made us feel very taken care of as well.

Authenticity & Character
This place was very charming and definitely had a proud Latin American personality.
Location
This is located on the end of the beach where it’s quieter, but also just a few steps down the beach are many waterfront restaurants and also pharmacy/essentials in walking distance.
Staff
Welcoming, warm, and took great care of us!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Areas were clean, comfortable, and beautiful.
Casa Blanca
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

We stayed at the top floor suite and it had a great view, and a huge private patio. We could see the sunset from their incredible restaurant downstairs. Hospitality was wonderful and we felt well taken care of as well as safe in the area. Overall very impressed. This place is right near the bay doc which is both convenient and provides a great view!

Authenticity & Character
Lots of personality- was quaint and charming.
Location
Very convenient and beautiful sunset waterfront view .
Staff
Very attentive and took care of us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable. Loved the privacy of the top floor suite.
Activity Reviews
Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano
Galapagos Islands

This was an intense, gratifying 10 mile hike. Definitely bring hiking boots (not sneakers or hiking sandals) and a camera. Incredible view, and and quite satisfying. Tour guide was very energetic and knowledgeable.

Quality of Experience
Was the kind of challenging hike I was hoping for!
Food
Bagged lunch provided was good!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very knowledgeable
Transport
Dinner by the Sea on the Enchanted Islands
Galapagos Islands

Isla Grill was incredible. There were small sharks by the foot of the restaurant in plain view which was an added bonus for us! It really felt like a special occasion place. We had a bottle of the Isla Grill wine which was so good!

Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

I wasn’t sure what to expect here but this was a great package because it was a larger boat with a great crew/ tour guide. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and champagne included with a rather easy hike and beautiful snorkel. We saw new and different creatures such as a manta ray and puffer fish in the reef, as well as tortoises, playful sea lions and parrotfish up close.

Quality of Experience
Staff was so attentive and friendly! Also so many amenities. Very relaxing yet eventful day.
Food
Salad and dressing, fish, fried/battered bananas, huge breakfast, champagne, flan, everything was great and they thought of everything!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very friendly and attentive.
Exploring the Underwater World: Discovery Basic Diving Day in Santa Cruz
Galapagos Islands

We did the discovery tour and felt very well taken care of. We had an instructor walk us through instructions (just 2 students:1 instructor) and our instructor was very attentive. He made me feel safe and comfortable and took great go pro pictures and videos which were provided to us for free!

Explore Tintoreras Islet
Puerto Villamil

This was a favorite tour for sure. This tour was rather short compared to some others but we saw the most penguins, blue footed boobies, and sharks (in just a snorkel) than any other tour! Also lots of sea lions and marine iguanas.

Quality of Experience
Food
Gave us tangos (local chocolate covered biscuits kind of) after our snorkel =]
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Super knowledgeable and friendly, enthusiastic, and funny =]
Transport
Kayaking on Tortuga Bay
Puerto Ayora

This tour was rather self paced which was good for fitting different schedules. A long simple walk through town and on a beach, then kayaking was so much fun!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Self paced and more hands off large group tour
Transport
This was a lovely walk to the beach through town
Exploring the Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Beautiful family friendly experience with wonderful guide and ability to get up close and personal with land tortoises free range style. They seem very happy here. It was a beautiful tour.

Quality of Experience
Food
Cafe we visited on site was a delicious 3 course meal. So good!!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Amazing tour guide. Passionate about her field, educated, and an obvious live for the wild life.
Transport
Cabs
Welcome to San Cristobal Island! Visit to the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands

This was our first real tour. We actually were offered to do both areas to snorkel but elected to do just the first (tijeretas). This was a wonderful snorkel with an easy paced hike beforehand. Sea lions were very playful and friendly. Tortoises also were happy to swim with us! Snorkeling go pro pictures were included for free =]

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Dear Stephanie!

Working together on creating a fantastic adventure in the Galapagos, especially for such a special occasion was gratifying for me, and so awesome that you were able to discover the beautiful country of Ecuador.

It really warms my heart to know that you forged one-of-a-kind memories and that your expectations were fulfilled.

Remember, you have gained a new friend in the middle of the world!

I wish you all the best!
Alvaro

17 amazing days in Ecuador
Ecuador | Jul 13 - Jul 31, 2022

Sandra
Sandra S.
Spain | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

I can only highly recommend travelling to Ecuador with kimkim. My local agent, Alvaro, was absolutely incredible. There was no wish that he left unfulfilled and no question that he left unanswered- he was constantly available and I felt very much pampered and cared for. Moreover did the itinerary that he designed cover the best that this beautiful and diverse country has to offer: nature, wildlife, culture and history.
My local guides , who gave me exclusive tours and were shining bright... read more

I can only highly recommend travelling to Ecuador with kimkim. My local agent, Alvaro, was absolutely incredible. There was no wish that he left unfulfilled and no question that he left unanswered- he was constantly available and I felt very much pampered and cared for. Moreover did the itinerary that he designed cover the best that this beautiful and diverse country has to offer: nature, wildlife, culture and history.
My local guides , who gave me exclusive tours and were shining bright with an impressive wisdom of their country's history, local customs, and nature's wonders enriched my travel experience tremendously. They made sure that I got the best shots of the sights and wildlife, since I love photography, but also ensured that I learned a lot and broadened my horizon.
Thank you to the kimkim team for making this trip unforgettable, and most importantly, thank you Alvaro, for exceeding all my expectations on customer service.

Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Dear Sandra!

I am so happy to read your review as your trip came really close to my heart being a solo traveler myself.

I hope that you were able to take a little bit of this country deep in your heart, and I wish that you come back soon!

Remember, I am a text way from a fantastic new journey!

My warmest regards,
Alvaro

Trip of a lifetime
Ecuador | May 29 - Jun 13, 2022

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Elena A.
Aurora, CO | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

The trip was a gift for my son's 13th birthday who wanted a trip of a lifetime. It was amazingly organized by the local specialist Alvaro. First, he spend the enormous amount of time with us planning the trip and provided us various options to choose from trying to accommodate our needs and beyond. And we were not easy customers because we were trying to go to so many different places in a short period of time and we had 2 kids of different ages and multiple culinary restrictions. All of that... read more

The trip was a gift for my son's 13th birthday who wanted a trip of a lifetime. It was amazingly organized by the local specialist Alvaro. First, he spend the enormous amount of time with us planning the trip and provided us various options to choose from trying to accommodate our needs and beyond. And we were not easy customers because we were trying to go to so many different places in a short period of time and we had 2 kids of different ages and multiple culinary restrictions. All of that was taking into consideration and finally we agreed on a schedule. We don't know what we would do without Alvaro because during the trip we had multiple situations where his involvement was required. It's South America after all and unpredictable things happen. For example our flights were changed or cancelled many time, and Alvaro went out of his way to adjust the schedule very quickly, making additional provisions for vans, hotels, boats etc.
First we went to Peru where we went to Palcoyo Mountain (substitution of Rainbow Mountain) and Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was amazing, and we had an awesome local guide Andre who is from the local tribe and we learned a lot about the local tribe traditions and history. Even my 6 year old loved it. I would strongly recommend to skip the Palcoyo Mountain though because it took 4 hour drive one way (half of it on a gravel road) to get there. The kids were throwing up all the way. Then you arrive to 17500 ft and have to hike up for about an hour. We are from Colorado so the mountain was not that impressive to us. My little one was so tired that the local guide carried her up the mountain.
Then we flew to Ecuador. That's a completely different country, more civilized, they used American dollars as their currency. We spend several days in Quito that is really beautiful and has a lot to do. We had a great guide Christian there too that was picking us up every day in the hotel and driving to multiple destinations. We loved the city tour and the cooking class. It was a unique experience where the whole family was cooking a lunch that was served to us later in a beautiful courtyard.
After that we went to Ecuadorian jungle at Napo Cultural Center. Despite the usual belief that jungle is scar it was a very comfortable, safe and even luxury experience. The only negative thing was that they didn't have a conditioner in the cabins but they tried to accommodate us as much as possible by giving us a second fan. There was no mosquitos at all!!! They fed us 3 times a day with exquisite dishes, met us after each jungle trip with a cold towel and exotic juice, even tried to feed us with a local delicacy (some beetle's larvae, which we didn't eat). The local guide Juan was a true jewel who knew jungle up and down, took us to a day and night walks, canoe ride, showing multiple animals on a way. We saw different monkeys, sloth, giant otters, parrots, herons, opossum etc.
The last stop in our trip was Galapagos Islands. We visited 3 islands and had a boat tour to the fourth one. Since the flights between the island were cancelled, Alvaro had to book speedboats to transfer us and applied the money left to the dinners we had on the islands. The nature is amazing there. We saw giant turtles, penguins swimming around us, sea lions, marine iguanas, flamingos and others. The best island was Isabella, and I would recommend to stay there more because they had real beaches and the little one had a chance to swim (not just snorkel) even though the water was very cold.
Overall, we were very pleased with a trip. We travel a lot and usually plan everything ourselves. With this trip we benefited so much from working with KimKim and Alvaro because they helped us with unpredictable changes in itinerary that would be very difficult and stressful to organize without them.
Thank you Alvaro and KimKim!! We recommended you to many friends and relatives and will travel with you in the future!

Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Dear Elena,Mikhail, Levi & Aviva!

It was truly my pleasure to work together on creating an amazing trip for you! All these challenges that we overcame together were oriented for you to enjoy a beautiful and hazzle-free journey.

I am so happy for you and your family had a wonderful time with long everlasting memories.

Remember and I am one text away from your next adventure!

I wish you all the best!
Alvaro

One week in Ecuador with one week of preparation!
Ecuador | Apr 9 - Apr 16, 2022

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Susan W.
Marion, NC | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Christian was an excellent driver and wonderful guide. He maximized our time in Ecuador to the fullest extent possible. He knew just where and when to take a break and found the most wonderful places for a meal or snack. He had a great knowledge of history and answered all our many questions about Ecuador from nature to economics to ecology and more. And he was a lot of fun to be around- game for anything and even pushed us to do a few things we weren’t sure about but greatly enjoyed!
Most... read more

Christian was an excellent driver and wonderful guide. He maximized our time in Ecuador to the fullest extent possible. He knew just where and when to take a break and found the most wonderful places for a meal or snack. He had a great knowledge of history and answered all our many questions about Ecuador from nature to economics to ecology and more. And he was a lot of fun to be around- game for anything and even pushed us to do a few things we weren’t sure about but greatly enjoyed!
Most memorable was the Quito teleferico, Quito cooking class, Mindo hummingbirds even though we aren’t birders, Banos waterfalls and hot springs, horseback riding in Cotopaxi and visiting the lovely Quilotoa crater. The hacienda stays were exceptional.
Main thing was that Alvaro pulled off planing our trip with a one week notice!! Awesome job!!

Hotel Review
Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo

Outstanding service and beautiful rooms. Lovely surroundings. Very quiet and comfortable. Excellent food.

Authenticity & Character
The interior
Location
Quiet but near town and national park
Staff
Personal and prompt service
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fireplace in bedroom
Activity Review
Otavalo - Cloud forest of Mindo
Otavalo

Hummingbirds we’re amazing

Quality of Experience
Food
Outdoor dining
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Hello Susan & Christopher!

It was truly my pleasure to work together on creating an amazing trip! I´m so happy to know that you and Christopher had an amazing time in Ecuador and that you experienced firsthand that in such a little country you were able to experience so much!

We will welcome you with open arms on your next trip to our beautiful country.

Alvaro!