My name is Cátia and I was born and raised in the Azores. Since a very young age I was in a close connection with travel and tourism since my father worked on a nature lodge and I spent plenty of time there interacting with other kids.
When I went to college and it got the time of choosing my specialty field, it felt natural to choose Tourism as the right path to follow.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Since São Miguel Island is currently my home, I know this place as the palm of my hand. Also, the other 8 islands feel like "neighbors" to me so I can easily build a multi-island plan with the highlights and local tips for the best holidays ever."
How did you get involved in travel?
"Living on an island means that you are a bit "cut out" from the rest of the world and I always felt curious about all the wonderful world that is out there to explore. So since I was a young teenager, I felt the urge to travel and explore as much as I could. I started by traveling to visit family and friends on the other islands os the Archipelago and moved on to foreign countries by the time I was in college.
After graduating in 2013, I joined Picos de Aventura team and started working on a daily basis with people from around the world, helping them to organize their holidays."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"The best thing I can remember happened on the first weeks of my professional experience. I was on a whale watching tour with some guests and colleagues and out of a sudden, a humpback whale came close to the boat and started to show one fin, then the belly, the other fin like she was dancing for us. One of the guests on the boat came to me, hugged me with the the eyes full of tears and thanked us for the wonderful chance we gave her. This made me think that it is such a privilege to live here, being surrounded by all this beauty and how I would like to keep making people this happy by showing them the best we have to offer."
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São Miguel is the biggest of the 9 islands that compose the Azores archipelago, and you'll spend a week getting to know its lakes, towns, and geothermal calderas on this guided tour. From your base in beautiful Ponta Delgada, discover the island's highlights and hidden gems though hiking, cycling, and off-roading expeditions—with plenty of time to relax in natural hot pools and beaches along the way.
Recent trip reviews for Cátia
Trip to the Azores · the Azores - Sep 9 - Sep 15, 2018
Very happy with all activities booked by the specialist (note they work for one specific company, and all activities are booked through them). Had a great time, all guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. However logistical aspect could be improved.
Prior to arriving on the island the only information received about timing and where to meet was that someone from the company would pick us up from the airport. He then told us what time to be ready the next day, only to find out our... read more
Adventure Holiday · the Azores - Mar 8 - Mar 15, 2018
Everything about my KimKim experience was flawless, our planner Catia understood exactly the type of trip we were looking for, and booked us with guides that provided a unique experience in the Azores. When problems arose due to inclement weather, plans had to be canceled, bookings refunded, and other arrangements made, on the spot. This was all done seamlessly.
cycling in the azores · the Azores - Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2020
I really can't say enough about how much we enjoyed ourselves in the Azores. The islands are amazing and the tour took full advantage of their natural beauty. The agent who arranged the trip (Catia) did an excellent job and all the guides and activities were great. I would happily refer Kim Kim and Picos de Aventura to anyone who asks!
Catia was always friendly and prompt and answered all our questions with the right amount of detail. The trip she arranged was excellent from accommodations to activities.
Active Azores Experience · the Azores - Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2017
The tours and hotels that the travel partner arranged for were excellent. I was very pleased with the individual tour operators. There was a massive breakdown in communication between the tour company that I was communicating with and the tour provider due to the fact that there were two or three companies in between them. The meeting times on our trip vouchers did not always match the meeting times on our overall itinerary. The tour operators called us the "ghost clients" because they... read more
Aug 2017 · the Azores - Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2017
The schedule of activities felt oddly organized as our rest day was early in the week and prior to the more physical activities. The packed lunches with repetitive and monotonous. The trip was good but essentially we were paired with an agent from pico adventures so we were limited to activities only from their group even when we suggested an alternative it was dismissed. So essentially kimkim provided us with someone who made a hotel reservation for us and connected us to pico adventures.
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Hiking Azores · the Azores - Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2017
Thanks KimKim! This was an excellent trip and having KimKim back-up was comforting. You connected me with Picos de Adventura, a superb tour company and their "adventures" could not have been more fun or beautiful.
Catia was great -- I also worked with Tiago and they were both tremendously helpful with getting my trip organized and with any questions I had along the way. This is a great company clearly focusing on the best possible customer service.
Azores- Sao Miguel · the Azores - Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2017
If directions to the office were included, it would have been helpful for the 1st day. Also, having a dry, secure place to store phones/camera would be great for water adventures so we could have taken pictures. Alternatively, if there was a photo package, for the water adventures, we would have signed up for it.
Trip to the Azores · the Azores - Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2017
The trip was amazing! The people were wonderful, warm, kind and friendly, the island is incredibly beautiful, the activities were fantastic. We loved it!
What could have been better then? More detail in the information provided. After booking the trip, we received nothing to confirm and no more specific information than was provided in the initial trip plan description.
Why was this a problem? For example, on the afternoon we arrived in Ponta Delgada, we were scheduled to go whale... read more
hiking vacation for 2 · the Azores - Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2017
Our trip went very smoothly and was a wonderful experience. We didn't wind up doing the activities on the days of our trip planned, but all of them were covered and it fit very nicely based on weather, etc...
Catia was very prompt in responding to any questions that we had during our trip.