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Daniel Larrea

During my whole life, I have been traveling and adventuring everywhere. This is because my family was always in aviation. One of the first memories in my life are on a plane and traveling, but what I've learned from this lifestyle is that I love connecting with people from all around the world. I was born in Ecuador, raised in the United States, and back in Ecuador. I truly have a passion for showing everyone this small yet huge country and help them create unforgettable memories of it!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"My specialty would be my own country, Ecuador!
I love adventure trips balanced with some well-earned leisure and relaxation. The cool part about Ecuador is that it is a country that has so much to see in such a small area, from towering mountains and volcanoes, beautiful beaches, to lush rain and cloud forests. Of course, we cannot forget the Galapagos Islands. My specialty is to connect with people and showing them the beauty of this country, the rich culture, delicious food, wildlife, and amazing landscapes to explore."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been traveling my whole life, inside Ecuador and around the world. I also had many multicultural experiences with a thirst to learn more about other cultures while showing my own. As a former Scout, I love exploring. I always liked meeting up with friends visiting from other countries and showing them around. I also used to work in the aviation industry however I discovered that my passion is showing the world to the world and creating unforgettable memories for people that come here. That's when I decided that the traveling industry was for me!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"To me, it's impossible to choose just one experience because all of them have their magic and are unique in their own ways. From family adventures to crazy escapades with friends has been a key part of my life, with unforgettable sensations and memories. There's one I enjoyed very much, where some friends from an Online Videogame came to Ecuador and we had a blast traveling together as I tried to show them the many things this country has to offer.
I also got to see my favorite band at a concert in Peru, a month before it disbanded. It was amazing how you can collectively connect with people with music, no matter the nationality.
Another amazing experience was backpacking in Europe with my wife on a trip filled with adventure and relaxation where we connected with truly amazing people."

Daniel is part of the following groups: Galapagos Islands Travel Agents, Ecuador Travel Agents
Rafting in Eduador
Epic Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour - 8 Days

This challenging, magical tour of the Ecuadorian mainland was tailor-made for you. Explore the largest biodiversity on earth along the Equator, bike down the slopes of the Andes, climb through rainforest to hidden waterfalls, trek to the shores of Cuicocha Crater Lake, and soak in Papallacta’s volcanic waters.

School of Fish in the Galapagos
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Amazon, Cotopaxi, & Galapagos - 14 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador while getting to know its three main ecological regions: the Amazon rainforest, volcano highlands, and Galapagos Islands on this 14-day itinerary. Start the trip in Quito to see the UNESCO designated colonial city center, then head to the rainforest for three days at an ecolodge. Hike near volcanic lagoons and browse mountain markets, then catch a flight to Santa Cruz for three days of exploring uninhabited islands and spotting endemic wildlife.

Artisan Market
Culture & Nature in Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon, Chimborazo, & Cotopaxi - 14 Days

The landscapes of Ecuador's mainland are as varied as the people who live there, and you'll get to experience both nature and culture on this 14-day itinerary. Meet the locals who call these regions home and learn about their history, way of life and relationship to Ecuador's landscapes. From the Otavaleños and Afro-Ecuadorians in the north and the Quichua and Shuar in the rainforest to the Kichwa in the central Andes, you'll dive deep into everyday life and explore Ecuador's nature. 

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi in Ecuador
Ecuador Hiking Adventure - 15 Days

Explore the best hiking trails Ecuador has to offer on this inclusive hiking itinerary. As you travel across the spine of the Andean nation, you will encounter towering volcanos, tropical jungle treks, wildlife watching opportunities aplenty, and a unique connection with the age-old traditions, cultures and pathways of the Inca and their modern-day descendants.

Highly active marmoset monkeys can be spotted on trips into the Ecuadorian Amazon
1 Week in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spend a week in Ecuador exploring the country's diversity, from volcanoes to the rainforest. Each trip starts in Quito, with tours of the UNESCO-designated historic city and a visit to the equator site. From here, choose to stay on the mainland and explore the highlands, cloud forest, and national parks, or fly to the Galapagos for a quick highlights tour of the biodiverse archipelago.

Recent trip reviews for Daniel

This trip was an absolute blast and made so e...
Ecuador | Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2022

Kathleen
Kathleen W.
Smyrna, GA | Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

This trip was an absolute blast and made so easy to plan with Daniel's help! It was really neat that we got to meet him upon arrival too :).

Everything was exactly as advertised and having our own guide/transportation the whole time was a HUGE plus. Our guides were very knowledgeable and awesome as being flexible if we wanted to try something else. We got to do so many awesome things and it was all fairly affordable - great quality all around. We especially liked our hotel in Quito that... read more

This trip was an absolute blast and made so easy to plan with Daniel's help! It was really neat that we got to meet him upon arrival too :).

Everything was exactly as advertised and having our own guide/transportation the whole time was a HUGE plus. Our guides were very knowledgeable and awesome as being flexible if we wanted to try something else. We got to do so many awesome things and it was all fairly affordable - great quality all around. We especially liked our hotel in Quito that was really like a cute B&B. The breakfast was delicious and the staff was awesome with recommendations.

I would 100% recommend KimKim for travel trips and I'm currently working on planning my next trip with them!

Hotel Reviews
Kitu Hotel
Quito

This was such a neat experience! They had yummy breakfast and it was nice to know that it would all be ready for you. The staff was also incredibly helpful with any questions we had and they provided amazing recommendations.

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Isla de Baños
Baños
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Cuello de Luna Mountain Lodge
El Chasqui - Pastocalle

This hotel is definitely tucked away - which is normally great and relaxing. We were the only ones staying at the hotel so we had the chance to scare ourselves and each other a little bit :P. The rooms were nice and having the heated blankets was a big plus too! I liked the common area with the sunken in bench seating area. We had a very nice relaxing evening hanging by the fire and just visiting with each other.

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Activity Reviews
Visit Baños & Pailón del Diablo Waterfall
Baños

I really liked Banos a lot! We got to explore the city one night and had a good time dancing and went to the best hole in the wall restaurant. The waterfall was also VERY impressive

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Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

This was so neat with the trolleys going across the rainforrest! it was beautiful and really cool to see the waterfalls and mountains.

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Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Ecuador

This spot was an incredible sight! It was definitely a HIKE. Originally we were going to take the burros back up the mountain after hiking down.....mine freaked out and I was thrown off. It didn't seem like the guides had the best handle on the animals. So I ended up hiking back up the mountain...it is STEEP! It's not undoable but it was definitely a trek and you'll need at least 1.5 hrs (and we were really trying to move fast up the hill to meet our friends who's burros didn't freak out). Besides all that drama the Lagoon is extraordinary and the pictures don't do it justice. 1000% recommend seeing it.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

Galápagos Trip 2022
Galapagos Islands | Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2022

Susan
Susan H.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

The trip was organized extremely well and each day transitioned seamlessly. Every guide was so pleasant an knowledgeable. Each activity was memorable from snorkelling, kayaking to hiking the volcanos. The animals, so unique to the Galapagos, are such a fabulous experience to see. The giant tortoises, sea turtles, ubiquitous sea lions, marine iguanas, and of course the blue footed boobies!

Daniel is such a great guy and was always readily available which was so reassuring. The guides,... read more

The trip was organized extremely well and each day transitioned seamlessly. Every guide was so pleasant an knowledgeable. Each activity was memorable from snorkelling, kayaking to hiking the volcanos. The animals, so unique to the Galapagos, are such a fabulous experience to see. The giant tortoises, sea turtles, ubiquitous sea lions, marine iguanas, and of course the blue footed boobies!

Daniel is such a great guy and was always readily available which was so reassuring. The guides, drivers, and contact escorts were all lovely, prompt and knowledgeable. We highly recommend using Kimkim. We did all the activities we had wanted to do.

Hotel Reviews
Vieja Cuba
Quito

Such a quaint hotel with friendly, helpful staff. Great location in walking distance to parks and restaurants. We walked to the Old Town which took about an hour.

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Galapagos Sunset Hotel
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Authenticity & Character
The roof top breakfast nook was great.
Location
Right on the water front, with a beautiful view of the harbour.
Staff
Friendly and courteous.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very comfortable, it would have been nice to have a couple of comfortable chairs instead of 2 beds. The cupboard and drawers were a bit musty. Otherwise the room was very clean.
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora
Authenticity & Character
We stayed in two different rooms, each one very unique. The breakfast room was nicely laid out.
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Very helpful and accommodating.
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Albemarle
Puerto Villamil
Authenticity & Character
A lovely court yard with swimming pool and eating area.
Location
Our room faced the beach which with a view of the palm trees, sand and turquoise water. Beautiful!
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The room and bed were very comfortable. The only suggestion would be to have more comfortable chairs or cushions for the poolside area.
Activity Reviews
Welcome to San Cristóbal Island! Visit the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill, or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands

Our tour guide, Solange was lovely and very knowledgeable. It was obvious she loves her work. The Interpretation Center provides a detailed history of the islands. It was the perfect place to start our arrival to the Galápagos. Tijeretas Hill gives you a great view and no shortages of sea lions!

Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
San Cristóbal Island

Great views of fish and tortoises. Spectacular view of Kicker Rock o the boat ride out. Impressive stop for lunch in a quiet bay and opportunity to walk a near by beach.

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Visit Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora

The opportunity to learn so much about the tortoises and be able to get a couple of meters close to them. Who knew tortoises and cattle live side by side! The volcano lava tunnel was impressive and so educational. The conservation efforts for the tortoises is impressive and the guide was very knowledgeable.

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History and Nature: Full Day to Floreana Island
Puerto Ayora

We did not visits Floreana, but rather Bartolome.

Speedboat to Isabela Island - Las Tintoreras (Kayak)
Galapagos Islands

We really enjoyed the kayaking and seeing the sea turtles, sting rays, pelicans and blue footed boobies. The hotel accommodations we beautifully situated across from the beach with the view of the turquoise water. The walk up to the volcanos was one of my favourite activities.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Hola Susan!
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad that after such a long wait you were finally able to enjoy Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands! Each and every one of us worked carefully and put our hearts into this trip to give you and William a truly fantastic and unforgettable experience!
I am so glad you got to adventure, relax, and learn from all activities, and of course, do everything you wanted to do!
I wish you two the best vibes ever, and once again a very special Happy Birthday!

Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Phenomenal specialists!!!
Ecuador | Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2022

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Maggie K.
Champaign, IL | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Daniel was a phenomenal specialist. He went above and beyond to make our trip to Ecuador's city of Quito and the Amazon Rainforest a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Not only did using kimkim service provide a meaningful experience it packed more into our trip than we could have done on our own with our limited Spanish and knowledge of the region. read more

Daniel was a phenomenal specialist. He went above and beyond to make our trip to Ecuador's city of Quito and the Amazon Rainforest a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Not only did using kimkim service provide a meaningful experience it packed more into our trip than we could have done on our own with our limited Spanish and knowledge of the region.

Hotel Review
Napo Wildlife Center
Quito

This is a must-stay experience in the Amazon Rainforest. They are the only Eco Tourism company owned and run by local indigenous people.

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Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Hola Maggie!!!

Wow thank you so much for these amazing words! I must say that I think you and Drew were Phenomenal travelers! You brought such a fantastic vibe to the middle of the world, that this magical land smiled with your presence here! Thank you so much for everything!!
I truly wish you two the best! It is amazing that you were able to enjoy all the big and little details planned for you, and seeing you two so happy, is one of the main reasons why I love doing what I do!
Hopefully, we will meet again sometime!

Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel

I started planning this trip in 2019 and bec...
Ecuador | Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2022

Lois
Lois B.
Colorado Springs, CO | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2022

I started planning this trip in 2019 and because of COVID, had to reschedule it a few times. It began with about 15 people in the group and we ended up with a group of seven senior women. Our guides on the mainland (Marco and Gorge) were outstanding, very patient and knowledgeable.

We spent two nights at the Napo Cultural Center which was the most memorable for me. The staff was very accommodating, food delicious and watching the macaws at the clay lick was amazing. read more

I started planning this trip in 2019 and because of COVID, had to reschedule it a few times. It began with about 15 people in the group and we ended up with a group of seven senior women. Our guides on the mainland (Marco and Gorge) were outstanding, very patient and knowledgeable.

We spent two nights at the Napo Cultural Center which was the most memorable for me. The staff was very accommodating, food delicious and watching the macaws at the clay lick was amazing.

Hotel Review
Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor
Quito

The rooms were spacious, the food delicious and the staff was very gracious. Loved all the charming rooms we could visit and the long stemmed roses.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
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Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Hola Lois!
Thank you so much for your kind words and amazing review!
It is truly amazing that we finally got to make this trip a dream come true after all this time!
Working with you and the group was very fun and something I will remember forever! The Context, the timing, the results, in the end, we did make everything work out!
I am so glad you got to enjoy the middle of the world!
I wish you all the best! Thanks again!!
Daniel

Beautiful country and memorable trip
Ecuador | Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2022

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Hiu Ching C.
Hong Kong SAR China | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Kim Kim is a very useful and user friendly site for my trip planning. Daniel is very responsive and helpful in planning my itinerary to Ecuador. He adjusted the itinerary several times to accommodate my flight changes and preferences. He is friendly and knowledgeable, and provided a packing list for my reference. Daniela was also helpful and she set up a WhatsApp group for communication right before our trip.
The trip to Ecuador is very memorable. The country is beautiful and we had some good... read more

Kim Kim is a very useful and user friendly site for my trip planning. Daniel is very responsive and helpful in planning my itinerary to Ecuador. He adjusted the itinerary several times to accommodate my flight changes and preferences. He is friendly and knowledgeable, and provided a packing list for my reference. Daniela was also helpful and she set up a WhatsApp group for communication right before our trip.
The trip to Ecuador is very memorable. The country is beautiful and we had some good tour guides. The best guide was Darwin in Isabella Island in Galapagos. He took great photos and videos with his GoPro underwater and took the group to see a variety of marine life, including penguin, seahorse, sharks, sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, birds, etc. It was absolutely fantastic to be so close to the animals in their natural habitats. Besides Galapagos, Quilotoa has stunning scenery, the Equator is fun to visit and the Quito historical town is very pretty.
The cons of the itinerary is that there is a lot of time spent on the car and/or boat each day. The hotel locations and the route can be further improved to reduce the driving time. This is especially true for our hotels in Quito, which were rather far from the attractions.
It would also be helpful if we get more information on the exact activities and what we should bring and wear each day, especially for the boat trips.
Overall, we had a very good trip in Ecuador and would love to visit again.

Hotel Reviews
Kitu Hotel
Quito

The hotel is quite old and the shower does not work so well. It is a bit noisy. However, the staff is very nice and friendly. It is also close to some good restaurants.

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Posada del Mar
Puerto Ayora

The owner is extremely helpful and nice. The location is very convenient and close to the pier. The room is big with a balcony. The hotel is very comfy.

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Hotel La Jungla
Puerto Villamil

The hotel is far away and the hygiene is not good. The shower sometimes doors not have hot water. The room is big and has a sea view.

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Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

The hotel looks new and is clean and very comfortable. The location is not the most convenient for tourist attractions but it is close to many good restaurants. The design of the hotel is pretty.

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Beautiful design
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Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Close to the airport, comfortable, clean and big room. The pool is tiny and the gym is small. But the restaurant is decent.

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La Floresta
Baños
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Activity Review
Excursion to Los Túneles
Galapagos Islands

The trip is wonderful and the best of my 2 weeks in Ecuador. We saw many marine animals in their natural habitats and were very close with them. Darwin was a fantastic guide and he took great photos and videos with his GoPro underwater. We saw penguin, sharks, seahorse, sea lions, giant sea turtles, colourful fish, etc. The ocean was stunningly beautiful. I wish we could snorkel for longer.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Hola Hiu and Kasey!
Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience!
For me, it was really an amazing experience to be able to work together to create your perfect trip plan! I am thrilled that both of you had a wonderful adventure at the Galapagos Islands and most of all enjoyed it to the fullest. Daniela is also very happy to have worked with you too! Feel free to reach out anytime!

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Hello Daniel, this trip was quite an adventur...
Ecuador | Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2022

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Janis Z.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2022

Hello Daniel, this trip was quite an adventure. My favorite place was the Napo Cultural Center. I loved traveling the river in boats, the clay lick, the tower, our guide, Marcelo, and the wonderful staff.
The travel in the Andes to volcanos, caldera, etc. was beautiful and interesting. I don’t like moving hotels every night and some of the drives were too long. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed having him with us. Two hotels stand out for me...in Quito... read more

Hello Daniel, this trip was quite an adventure. My favorite place was the Napo Cultural Center. I loved traveling the river in boats, the clay lick, the tower, our guide, Marcelo, and the wonderful staff.
The travel in the Andes to volcanos, caldera, etc. was beautiful and interesting. I don’t like moving hotels every night and some of the drives were too long. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed having him with us. Two hotels stand out for me...in Quito the cultural Manor and CotopaxiPungo were both beautiful and interesting. The drive to the Cotopaxi Pungo was too rugged and long.
In the Galapagos, Bibi was excellent and then we had a mixture of guides. I would have appreciated more advance knowledge about the experiences, especially the trip to Bartolom, which I wisely skipped and would have been too much for me. Some of us went to Tortuga Bay which was very nice and should have been offered as an alternative. The hotel Deja Vu was nice, friendly and very well located. We all enjoyed it. (Ps...I was the oldest person in this group of 7)

Hotel Reviews
Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor
Quito

As a person who loves historical hotels and restoration, this was just right for me. Our room was charming and the common areas were pleasant and comfortable. We enjoyed dinner there one evening and 3 breakfasts in a lovely, sunny breakfast room. The staff were kind, attentive and helpful. I can’t speak about the location since we only used planned transportation.

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Cotopaxi Pungo
Cotopaxi Area

I enjoyed this hotel. The location was stunning. I loved fires in the fireplaces and the beautiful restaurant/breakfast space. My dinner was excellent and the activities manager took us for an exploration of the grounds with great enthusiasm.

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Views in all directions.
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Rooms were chilly
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora

Very nice for the Galapagos

Location
Walking distance to village, shops and restaurants.
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Friendly and helpful.
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Activity Reviews
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & La Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) Monument
Quito

Guide, Marco, was great. It was Sunday so we experienced the bustle of the city. We also all enjoyed the cooking class and the tasty lunch we created.

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Excellent guides and drivers. So appreciated.
Another Day, Another Uninhabited Island
Galapagos Islands

Needed more advance knowledge of long, rough boat trip. I wisely skipped this. Alternative could have been offered.

Free Morning - Afternoon Boat Tour
Galapagos Islands

Walked this island and met the local wildlife. Beach. Lunch. Snack were amazing.

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Napo Cultural Center experience
Yasuni National Park

I loved this experience, guide, staff, indigenous presentation, tower, clay lick ., etc.

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Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Ecuador

I didn’t hike down. Took lots of time.

Welcome to Santa Cruz Island: Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora

Great guide, lunch, introduction to tortoises, Darwin Center. Fun!

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Hola Janis!
Thank you so much for your message and kind words! I truly enjoyed working with you and the group all this time! I am glad everything was able to come true in the end!
Your feedback is so important for us, thank you for sharing all of your thoughts, this will definitely help us improve even more in the future!
All of the guides send you and the group their best regards, it was an awesome experience!
Ecuador will always be here for you if you ever wish to come back!

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Ecuador family holiday
Ecuador | Aug 15 - Aug 28, 2022

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Andy W.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

The whole process from first contacting Daniel at Kimkim to discuss the itinerary through to arriving back home at the end of the holiday was as seamless as it could have been. Daniel was super responsive throughout and always happy to talk through any changes to the itinerary we wanted, and the guides/drivers we had in Ecuador were similarly super helpful and friendly (Danny, Francisco, Segundo and Pablo).

All the accommodation booked was exactly what we wanted (the Huayna Capac suite at... read more

The whole process from first contacting Daniel at Kimkim to discuss the itinerary through to arriving back home at the end of the holiday was as seamless as it could have been. Daniel was super responsive throughout and always happy to talk through any changes to the itinerary we wanted, and the guides/drivers we had in Ecuador were similarly super helpful and friendly (Danny, Francisco, Segundo and Pablo).

All the accommodation booked was exactly what we wanted (the Huayna Capac suite at the Luna Volcan adventure spa in Banos was particularly amazing) and all the activities were excellent (horse riding in Cotopaxi national park was a favourite of the kids, despite the weather). There was a lot of travelling during the holiday but the vehicle Daniel booked was perfect and spacious for a family of four.

Iberia airline were awful throughout but that's nothing to do with Kimkim and in fact Daniel helped a lot by finally getting Iberia to return our luggage which they lost. So if you want a reliable tour guide I would recommend Kimkim.

Hotel Review
Luna Volcán Adventure Spa
Baños

Book the Huayna Capac suite if you are in a family of four and it is available, the views are incredible. Checkout is 1230 lunchtime so make the most of it and checkout at 1230....

Activity Review
Agroecological Farm - Mompiche
Quito

We only stopped here because it was en route to our final destination but so glad we did as it was fascinating to get a personal tour of the farm and amazing lunch.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
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Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Hola Andy and Pamela!

It was truly awesome to plan a beautiful trip for you and the family in Ecuador. I am so excited that everything was perfect and that everyone enjoyed the beautiful wonders that our country has. I will be looking forward to our next adventure in Galapagos and the Amazon.

Greetings from your local friend!
Daniel :D

Amazing experience
Ecuador | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2022

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Christina B.
Windsor, CT | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I cannot say enough good about this the KimKim company and Daniel. Our trip was booked for March of 2020 and canceled because of Covid. The company and Daniel kept in touch over the difficult years and was always so helpful and pleasant. We were able to rebook our trip and go in March of 2022. It was a amazing and memorable trip. The communication was great and Daniel was on top of everything. It was nice to be able to meet him. I would highly recommend using KimKim to travel. read more

I cannot say enough good about this the KimKim company and Daniel. Our trip was booked for March of 2020 and canceled because of Covid. The company and Daniel kept in touch over the difficult years and was always so helpful and pleasant. We were able to rebook our trip and go in March of 2022. It was a amazing and memorable trip. The communication was great and Daniel was on top of everything. It was nice to be able to meet him. I would highly recommend using KimKim to travel.

Hotel Reviews
Kitu Hotel
Quito

Amazing staff and nice accommodations. Good location.

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Blue House Youth Hostel
Quito
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Nicky Amazon Lodge
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Such a great time in such a special place.

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Activity Reviews
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & La Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) Monument
Quito

It get a little rushed and I wish we were told to bring our passports so they could be stamped. We also did not have time to see the original location.

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Arrive at the rainforest
Ecuador
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Beyond amazing.
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Adventure in the Amazon
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Indigenous Community, Laguna Grande, & Igapó
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Hiking & canoeing in the rainforest
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Farewell Cuyabeno! Return to the City
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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COVID Test at your Hotel
Ecuador

Didn’t have this… not applicable

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Hola Christina!

Thank you so much for your kind words and amazing comments. It was truly amazing to be in contact for such a long time and finally get this trip done. I am so glad that it was not just any trip but that it was something you will truly remember forever! I wish you all the best and hopefully we will meet again someday!

Best vibes from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

My trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands ! Thank you Daniel !
Galapagos Islands | Jan 11 - Jan 22, 2022

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Hung T.
Modesto, CA | Reviewed on Aug 05, 2022

My trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands was very pleasant and enjoyable. Thanks to Daniel, my travel details were ironed out before , during and after the trip. I had issues with my covid test result being delayed and had a mild panic, anxious situation, but with Daniel help I was able to enjoy the rest of my trip, During the trip, Daniel was very easy and fast to reach when I had questions . He helped me speak to one of the receptionist over the phone because I couldn't communicate in... read more

My trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands was very pleasant and enjoyable. Thanks to Daniel, my travel details were ironed out before , during and after the trip. I had issues with my covid test result being delayed and had a mild panic, anxious situation, but with Daniel help I was able to enjoy the rest of my trip, During the trip, Daniel was very easy and fast to reach when I had questions . He helped me speak to one of the receptionist over the phone because I couldn't communicate in Spanish . Daniel is very thorough when booking tours , he would follow through with the tour guides and made sure they were there on time and explained what I would expect on the tours. I also felt safe knowing that Daniel was only a call away via whatsapp. I'm using kimkim again for my next trip because my experience with Daniel's help made a huge difference.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 08, 2022

Hola Hung!
I am so thrilled and happy to read this review! Thank you so much my friend for such amazing words!
It was truly amazing to work with you on such an amazing trip! Even with the PCR Test issue with the flights we still moved everything perfectly! The trip went like a breeze and I am so glad you had such a good time. I wish you the best vibes from the middle of the world, and safe travels in the future!
If you ever wish to come back, you know who to call ;)
Your local friend,
Daniel :D

Quito and the Galapagos - with Daniel This w...
Galapagos Islands | Jul 13 - Jul 27, 2022

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Leslie D.
Woodburn, OR | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Quito and the Galapagos - with Daniel
This was our first time using Kimkim and we were so impressed. Our local specialist was so helpful from the beginning to the very end of our vacation. His recommendations provided us with all of the highlights and were perfect for our adventurous and nature-loving family of 5 (kids 9, 12, 15). We enjoyed snorkeling daily with playful sea lions and sea turtles. One of our best days was visiting the beautiful uninhabited island of Española were we saw... read more

Quito and the Galapagos - with Daniel
This was our first time using Kimkim and we were so impressed. Our local specialist was so helpful from the beginning to the very end of our vacation. His recommendations provided us with all of the highlights and were perfect for our adventurous and nature-loving family of 5 (kids 9, 12, 15). We enjoyed snorkeling daily with playful sea lions and sea turtles. One of our best days was visiting the beautiful uninhabited island of Española were we saw newborn sea lion pups and blue footed booby chicks and families of Albatross.
During our stay in Quito, we did day trips to Mindo which was one of our favorite places with the butterfly garden, bird watching and ziplining.
Daniel was quickly responsive with any questions we had and regularly checked in to make sure everything was going smoothly. The airport and boat transfers were seamless. We always had a guide waiting for us when disembarking, insuring we had no moments of feeling lost in a foreign country.
I would absolutely use Kimkim again to plan our next adventure.

Hotel Review
Kitu Hotel
Quito

The staff at Kitu were so welcoming and kind. Our room was comfortable and clean. Breakfast was conveniently located in the attached restaurant , and on days we had early pick ups, they were kind enough to provide a bagged meal for us. We would definitely stay there again when visiting Quito

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to town, markets and restaurants
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo (Center of the World) Monument
Quito

Our guide Cristian was absolutely amazing. He was so knowledgeable and accommodating.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

We fell in love with Mindo! The variety of birds and butterflies were phenomenal. We also loved being able to see every stage of butterfly development from egg to hatching from their cocoons.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Excursion to Los Túneles
Galapagos Islands

Our guide Darwin was phenomenal. He was so knowledgeable and great with our kids (ages 9, 12 and 15). We loved seeing all of the animals while snorkeling and on land

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Food
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Wildlife Encounter in San Cristobal: Española Island
San Cristóbal Island

This was the highlight of our trip to the Galapagos! We felt like we were right in an episode of National Geographic. We arrived to the beach to see newborn sea lion pups. We saw nesting blue footed boobies and albatrosses. We snorkeled with playful sea lions. Absolutely incredible experience

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Food
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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Hola Leslie!!!
Aaah thank you all for such amazing comments and great vibes!
I am so glad that everything went well for you and that you were able to encounter so many amazing things. Sea Lion Pups are just too much!
Thank you for trusting me for the planning of such an important trip! I really with you and your family the best vibes ever. And if you ever wish to come back to Ecuador, hit me up!
As always, I will be more than happy to help you out!
Best regards from your local friend at the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Incredible service by Daniel
Ecuador | Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2022

Andrew
Andrew B.
Bradley, IL | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Daniel helped us plan a tremendous trip to the Napo Wildlife Center and provided a great deal of expertise and advice. He set up a couple of guided tours in Quito for us that we enjoyed as well. He was easy to contact and always responded quickly with thoughtful and helpful information. We were highly impressed with Daniel’s service and would highly recommend him to anyone who is traveling to the area. read more

Daniel helped us plan a tremendous trip to the Napo Wildlife Center and provided a great deal of expertise and advice. He set up a couple of guided tours in Quito for us that we enjoyed as well. He was easy to contact and always responded quickly with thoughtful and helpful information. We were highly impressed with Daniel’s service and would highly recommend him to anyone who is traveling to the area.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Hola Drew!
Thank you and Maggie for these amazing words! It was truly fun and great to work with you two and I am so glad that you forged some truly unforgettable memories! I appreciate so much that you were able to enjoy our lovely and mega-diverse country. Please feel free to reach out any time!
Best vibes from your local friend at the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Our family trip was awesome we loved our plan...
Ecuador | May 21 - Jun 14, 2022

Stacey
Stacey S.
Grants Pass, OR | Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Our family trip was awesome we loved our planner and our guide Christian. They made our trip full of life time memories. Thank you kimkim read more

Our family trip was awesome we loved our planner and our guide Christian. They made our trip full of life time memories. Thank you kimkim

Hotel Reviews
Casa de Piedra
Mindo

The hotel was beaten had a great time there

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Termas de Papallacta
Papallacta

The food and service the is wonderful had such a great time

Authenticity & Character
It was a awesome
Location
The views are beautiful
Staff
The helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean
La Floresta
Baños

They were very friendly and helpful to my family the kitchen staff were awesome they worked with my son and his culinary school assignment

Authenticity & Character
Location
The views
Staff
So helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean the hot water did last long enough to fill our massive bathtub but the showers was hot enough
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Wonderful hotel

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo

We had a great time there wonderful food and our room was beautiful

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chilcabamba Lodge
Machachi

Wonderful and beautiful place

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Spa Casa Real
Riobamba

Very beautiful place

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Wyndham Guayaquil, Puerto Santa Ana
Guayaquil

Love this place the beds are so comfortable the staff is awesome and food is great

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Carvallo
Cuenca
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Colón Salinas
Salinas

Very private the town was like a ghost town so it was different but love our room and food was good there

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very friendly not many spoke my language there though
Cleanliness & Comfort
Selina Montañita
Manglaralto

This is a nice hotel but not really for family's it is the middle of a party town and it is loud a night

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
We didn't know to put sigh on door for cleaning so they didn't clean our room during stay
Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Beautiful hotel with great views most comfortable beds and awesome food

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo (Center of the World) Monument
Quito

There were having a dancers there that day was awesome

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We love our drivers and guide so much
Transport
The Woodcarves of Ecuador - Visiting San Antonio de Ibarra
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Otavalo Market – Cuicocha Lagoon – Mindo
Otavalo

Wonderful shopping

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cloudforest of Mindo & Return to Quito
Mindo
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Quilotoa Lagoon
Cotopaxi
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Pailon del Diablo - Baños - Riobamba
Baños

I love this town and the surroundings

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Riobamba - Palmira - Cuenca
Riobamba
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Cuenca City Tour - Free afternoon
Cuenca

Awesome time in this town loved it all

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Ingapirca Ruins-Cuenca City
Ecuador

Very cool to experience

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Visit Cajas National Park & Do a Cacao Tour on the Way to Guayaquil
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Guayaquil City Tour - Free afternoon
Guayaquil

Had great time here

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Montañita - Guayaquil - Flight to Quito
Montañita
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Antisana National Park - Hot springs of Papallacta
Papallacta

Great way to end a trip for sure

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Termas de Papallacta
Papallacta
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Papallacta hot springs
Papallacta
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Papallacta - Quito
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Hola Stacey!!
Thank you so much for these comments! I am so glad you and your family had such an awesome trip! It's so amazing to offer you multiple times our lovely and mega-diverse country and every time you have such an amazing time! Until next time, as always I will be more than happy to help you out!
Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Amazing Adventure - Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - Daniel was INVALUABLE!
Ecuador | Jun 20 - Jun 28, 2022

Marcy
Marcy H.
Novi, MI | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Our trip using KimKim and our local specialist Daniel, was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! Daniel was truly invaluable to us during the planning as well as the actual trip as during our time there the situation in Ecuador was changing. My husband and I are experienced independent travelers so using a service like KimKim was new for us and I was apprehensive - I thought I could put it together myself but I didn't have the time to work on the logistics and since the Galapagos is so unique we... read more

Our trip using KimKim and our local specialist Daniel, was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! Daniel was truly invaluable to us during the planning as well as the actual trip as during our time there the situation in Ecuador was changing. My husband and I are experienced independent travelers so using a service like KimKim was new for us and I was apprehensive - I thought I could put it together myself but I didn't have the time to work on the logistics and since the Galapagos is so unique we wanted some help. We had several what's app calls and exchanged lots of messages as we tweaked the itinerary a few times. He was so friendly with excellent communication skills and listened to questions and understood what we wanted to experience in out time in Ecuador as we only had a week and there was so much to see between the mainland and the Galapagos islands. As things changed on the ground in Quito upon our arrival, Daniel called right after we landed as he already had a Plan B (C, D and E) as well. We felt safe and calm and I knew I Daniel was available to us anytime and so responsive on WhatsApp. Beyond the changes we made last minute, the rest of what we planned was wonderful. It was so wonderful to have the transfers, day trips and everything planned. The hotels I selected knew our itinerary and times we would be picked up. The town of Puerto Aroya on Santa Cruz was so much fun. We were picked up at the airport by Alexandra who was so warm and welcoming and explained our day as we headed off Baltra island to the ranch where we saw the tortoises on the reserve. The lunch was excellent and we had such a nice peaceful time enjoying the green lush ground watching the tortoises in their environment. I think the trip was perfectly planned to provide balance between busy days and then having some free days. We especially enjoyed the hike and kayaking around Tortuga Bay; the afternoon boat tour and snorkeling with a sea turtle is something I will never forget. Daniel made sure that we worked the trip around a beautiful day cruise to the island of Bartolome - his profile pic. We had a day on luxurious boat served a delicious breakfast and lunch while we hiked and again snorkeled with the penguins - that is what I wanted to see most. Due to our last minute changes from the mainland, we were now fortunate enough to visit another island and Daniel selected Isabela for it's raw beauty and wildlife. The speedboat ride was an adventure in itself and the boat tour there to La Tintoreras we really special - more penguins,, boobies and a lava tunnel full of animals and the opportunity for more snorkeling. Daniel and I pretty much connected daily as I just loved reaching out to him to share pics, our experiences and he was always responsive immediately and so positive. We loved the local fish market in Puerto Aroya just as he said we would - stopping by daily to see the women cutting up the fresh catch and having an audience of pelicans, sea lions, frigate birds, herons and marine iguanas. All right on the street - such an amazing experience. I think our land based tour with day trips was wonderful - we only wish we had more time! I have not stopped telling friends and family about Daniel and his amazing planning - having an on the ground local resource accessible to us all the time was truly invaluable. We are thankful for his guidance and kindness! Surely many of my friends have already asked about this trip or it's already on their bucket list. We definitely plan to use KimKim again for our next adventure - it is truly a great resource for independent travelers and took our trip to the next level!

Activity Reviews
Welcome to Santa Cruz Island: Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora

Absolutely delicious lunch in such a peaceful environment. I could have spent all day walking amongst the giant tortoises. Our guide Alexandra was great and you could tell she loved being there and welcoming us.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Alexandra and Andres were a great team
Transport
Kayaking Adventure in Tortuga Bay & Afternoon Bay Tour of Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora

We enjoyed the whole day! Our first guide Ramiro was so welcoming and pointed out so many things along the hike to the beach - he offered to take so many pictures and made us feel at easy on the kayaks and we found so much wildlife together in the water. He made sure we got to our hotel with enough time to rest and have lunch before we were picked up and taken to the waterfront for the afternoon bay tour. This was so nice as we saw so many bird from the boat, enjoyed the walk on an island when we got off and it was our first snorkel. The captain of the boat made us feel at ease in the water and had a gopro and took amazing videos of me swimming with a sea turtle. It was a long busy day but great experiences to get a feel for the island.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Hola Marcy and Mike!!
Words cannot describe on how grateful and happy I am to have worked with you on this trip!
I am so glad you had such an amazing time in our lovely country despite the issues it was going through. Thankfully everything is back to normal so we are reactivating everything and as optimists as ever! It's so cool that you got to see so many things and live so many amazing experiences with a perfect mixture of the touristy stuff and local things too!
The whole time you were... read more

Hola Marcy and Mike!!
Words cannot describe on how grateful and happy I am to have worked with you on this trip!
I am so glad you had such an amazing time in our lovely country despite the issues it was going through. Thankfully everything is back to normal so we are reactivating everything and as optimists as ever! It's so cool that you got to see so many things and live so many amazing experiences with a perfect mixture of the touristy stuff and local things too!
The whole time you were here I only wished you the best, and even after your trip I still do!

Thank you once again for your amazing vibe and how you enjoyed our tiny yet huge country, even in the tough times! We truly wish for you to return someday and be able to enjoy mainland Ecuador!

Looking forward to hearing from you two soon, as always, I will be more than happy to help you out!! I am so glad you got to forge those everlasting memories :)

Best regards from your friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Rediscovering Ecuador—An Extraordinary Adventure
Galapagos Islands | Jun 14 - Jun 28, 2022

Mike
Mike B.
Boston, MA | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

We had the great good fortune to work with Daniel Larrea over the course of two years as we navigated COVID to plan our Rediscovery of Ecuador. Daniel arranged the first leg of our visit to the Galápagos Islands on the beautiful Galapagos Legend. The ship was most comfortable; the crew paid great attention to the many needs of their guests; and the guides/naturalists were knowledgeable and great fun. The second leg of our journey was intended to revisit Quito and surrounding areas and to... read more

We had the great good fortune to work with Daniel Larrea over the course of two years as we navigated COVID to plan our Rediscovery of Ecuador. Daniel arranged the first leg of our visit to the Galápagos Islands on the beautiful Galapagos Legend. The ship was most comfortable; the crew paid great attention to the many needs of their guests; and the guides/naturalists were knowledgeable and great fun. The second leg of our journey was intended to revisit Quito and surrounding areas and to reconnect with family. While we were not able to follow much of our originally planned itinerary due to social unrest and changing circumstances, we knew we were in great hands with Daniel who was concerned for our safety and in regular touch, keeping us apprised of a very fluid situation. Our driver/guide, Christian Chalcualan, provided safe passage to a number of alternative destinations and exhibited great knowledge of the culture and country. We particularly enjoyed the Guayasamin Museum, the cable car ride to Teleferico, and a visit to beautiful Papallacta with its hot springs and hiking. We also very much enjoyed our stay at La Palma Polo Club in the bucolic setting of Puembo. We would highly recommend Daniel for his personal touch, attention to detail, knowledge and love of Ecuador. Words cannot possibly express how grateful we are to Daniel with whom we look forward to planning our return trip!!

Hotel Reviews
Boutique Expedition Cruise Ship Legend
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Patio Andaluz
Quito
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Hola Joannie and Mikes!
Thank you so much for these kinds words :)
I must say that being in contact with you for these two years has been truly amazing and you have no idea how thankful and honored I was to be part of this big story and unique experience!
It was a bummer that many plans had to change due to the situation (which is finally under control!) but the changes we managed to do were just as amazing! I truly hope you had a wonderful experience and forged everlasting memories in our... read more

Hola Joannie and Mikes!
Thank you so much for these kinds words :)
I must say that being in contact with you for these two years has been truly amazing and you have no idea how thankful and honored I was to be part of this big story and unique experience!
It was a bummer that many plans had to change due to the situation (which is finally under control!) but the changes we managed to do were just as amazing! I truly hope you had a wonderful experience and forged everlasting memories in our lovely country. You all are fantastic people!
Looking forward so we can meet again someday.
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Our trip turned out to be one of the best we’...
Galapagos Islands | May 15 - May 31, 2022

Roni
Roni C.
Sedona, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2022

Our trip turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever taken! The kimkim team switched team members mid planning but after a “get to know you” period all was good! Covid also played a major roll in getting this trip from planning to execution. So even though we had some hiccups, all turned out well.

Daniel Larrea, our travel planner, put together an amazing itinerary. Learning about my passion for art, he created an Art day for me. From touring museums to wandering through the street... read more

Our trip turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever taken! The kimkim team switched team members mid planning but after a “get to know you” period all was good! Covid also played a major roll in getting this trip from planning to execution. So even though we had some hiccups, all turned out well.

Daniel Larrea, our travel planner, put together an amazing itinerary. Learning about my passion for art, he created an Art day for me. From touring museums to wandering through the street art fair, I saw amazing Ecuadorian art. Our guide, Daniel Silva, was engaging, honest and a joy to be around. He guided us for two days around Quito. From the Art day to the City walk day, our days were filled with stunning churches, an engaging cooking class and lots of knowledge about a city I knew little about. It was a wonderful experience.

Daniel Larrea also provided us with seamless transfers between airports and locations. Upon our arrival in Baltra, we expected a driver to our hotel. What we got was an incredible naturalist, Vivianna, who took us to a land tortoise preserve, giving us a first class tour and background of this incredible animal. Then we were taken to our hotel for the evening. The morning transfer from the hotel back to Baltra to meet the cruise team was seamless. My husband, who typically avoids tours and having people meet us at the airport and guide us to a our hotel, actually really saw the value and agrees this is the only way to travel from now on!

Thank you kimkim for making our trip to Ecuador and its natural wonders one for the ages!

Hotel Reviews
Casa Gangotena
Quito

This boutique hotel located in old town Quito was a gem. Exquisitely appointed and filled with stunning arrangements of Ecuadorian roses, Casa Gangotena was a beautiful oasis after a long day of travel and sightseeing.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Selva Lodge
Yasuní National Park

After a two hour motorized canoe ride up the Napo river and then a 25 minute ride up a tributary in a manual canoe, this lodge sits on the far side of a tranquil lagoon. The naturalists and Amazonian natives who led our twice daily excursions were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Tips for future travelers

Be prepared to get wet!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Hola Roni!!
Thank you so much for your kind words and comments about your trip! I truly enjoyed talking all this time with you two for so long during the pandemic. And when the day finally arrived I was just as excited as you! I am so glad everything went as planned and that you and Mark enjoyed our lovely country to the max! Feel free to reach out anytime!
Safe journeys my good friend.
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

What an epic adventure
Ecuador | May 7 - May 15, 2022

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Breann B.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on May 16, 2022

What an epic adventure. Daniel made our trip one of the best we have ever experienced! He planned everything and made any adjustments where we wanted. He created such a beautiful experience tailored specifically to us. Not having to think about scheduling anything on our own, or getting taxis when we needed, or worrying about keeping track of flight tickets or time frames made this trip feel so luxurious. We started in Quito and had the best day ever riding around with Danny! Danny took us to... read more

What an epic adventure. Daniel made our trip one of the best we have ever experienced! He planned everything and made any adjustments where we wanted. He created such a beautiful experience tailored specifically to us. Not having to think about scheduling anything on our own, or getting taxis when we needed, or worrying about keeping track of flight tickets or time frames made this trip feel so luxurious. We started in Quito and had the best day ever riding around with Danny! Danny took us to the equator, a private cooking class, the statue of Mary, and walked us through multiple places in the historic district. He also stopped alongside the road to buy us yucca bread just because he loved it so much and wanted to share it with us. We then flew to Coca and took a motorized canoe down the Napo to the Napo Cultural Center. Mari, the general manager was so lovely and helpful. She explained how the eco lodge works and answered any questions we had. Venancio was beyond perfect as our guide while we were there. He loves sharing the culture and knowledge he has about his people, the birds, and teaching the native language to us. He was incredibly flexible and would take us anywhere we wanted to go, see anything we wanted to see, and spend as much time as we wanted enjoying the rainforest and giving us his time. He is so selfless and has a heart of gold. We got to see spider monkeys, golden tamarinds, and the howler monkeys put on a show right in front of our eyes while on the canoe trip. The birds are so beautiful and diverse. It was so special to see them and learn about them from Venancio. He makes sure to get you the best photos through his telescope. Living amongst the Kachiwa people was an experience I will never forget. The chefs were incredible! Feeding us gourmet meals three times a day! The fresh juices and cold towels made for a super refreshing end to any adventure we had for the day. Our bartender Lenin was great as well! He was so happy to share his knowledge of local beverages and culture as well. He helped teach us some phrases in the native language also. The housekeeping staff and our boat drivers were the best! I will definitely be back to Napo and Quito in the future. Daniel made sure that this trip was perfect, and he created such a special place in our hearts for Ecuador. 10/10 would recommend!!!

Hotel Reviews
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

I love the Ikala Hotel! It is super clean, the rooms are so diverse and comfortable, the staff is super helpful and friendly, it’s quiet, and I would love to stay again!

Tips for future travelers

Definitely book your stay here. You will be happy to have the wonderful places to walk to and the staff are always willing to get you a quick taxi to anywhere you want to explore!

Authenticity & Character
The style and decor
Location
Being close to Mercando El Camino, Tres Gatos, and Abysma.
Staff
Clean rooms and shared spaces with great character and light
Cleanliness & Comfort
Firm beds, great water pressure, cleanliness, and balcony
Napo Cultural Center
Quito

The Napo Cultural Center is breathtakingly beautiful. The staff are the very best. We were so comfortable in our room and everywhere we went! I loved being able to live amongst the Kachiwa people and learn about the culture! I also loved stepping outside and viewing wildlife.

Tips for future travelers

Drink water! Use bug spray! Be thankful and appreciate all of the people and wildlife. You won’t regret this trip. It’s one in a million.

Authenticity & Character
You’re staying in a village. You’re surrounded by culture, history, and wisdom.
Location
The culture, the wildlife, the beauty of it all, how remote it is
Staff
They were are so great
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was comfortable and clean
Activity Reviews
Quito - Coca - Napo Cultural Center
Ecuador

Venancio was the best guide! I loved exploring the rainforest and seeing all the wildlife!

Quality of Experience
The culture, the wildlife, and the beauty of the environment
Food
Gourmet meals and drinks!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everything! They are perfect!
Transport
Timely, skilled, and friendly
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & La Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) Monument
Quito

Karen was amazing. We cooked with her in a treehouse amongst a beautiful garden of local ingredients. The food was incredible and we learned so much!

Quality of Experience
Local ingredients
Food
Empanadas, local fruit, and chocolate!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Karen and Danny were wonderful!
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Hola Kyle and Bree!

I am insanely hyped about this review! Thank you so much for these amazing words! Your pictures had me saying "WOW" the whole time! I am so glad this was a unique experience that surpassed your expectations in our lovely country. I am so glad everything went well and that you felt support before, during, and even after your trip with us.
Thank you for letting us give you this magical experience!

Remember, Ecuador isn't going anywhere, so if you wish to return, you know... read more

Hola Kyle and Bree!

I am insanely hyped about this review! Thank you so much for these amazing words! Your pictures had me saying "WOW" the whole time! I am so glad this was a unique experience that surpassed your expectations in our lovely country. I am so glad everything went well and that you felt support before, during, and even after your trip with us.
Thank you for letting us give you this magical experience!

Remember, Ecuador isn't going anywhere, so if you wish to return, you know who to contact ;)

I have a theory that your vibe always attracts the best experiences and wildlife encounters, and this is the perfect evidence of it!!

Best regards and best vibes from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Ps: Snowboarding in Colorado is still on my bucketlist haha!

Fantastic time in Ecuador thanks to kimkim
Ecuador | Apr 3 - Apr 12, 2022

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Stacy A.
Wenatchee, WA | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Our local specialist, Daniel, went above and beyond to ensure that our time in Ecuador was fun, safe, and packed with adventure. All of the guides we interacted with were knowledgeable about the area and were very friendly and fun to be around. Danny was our guide for the first two days of our time in Quito. We felt like he was our friend showing us around the city.
We really enjoyed our day trip and hike at Quilato Crater. This is a definite must for people making plans. I would also... read more

Our local specialist, Daniel, went above and beyond to ensure that our time in Ecuador was fun, safe, and packed with adventure. All of the guides we interacted with were knowledgeable about the area and were very friendly and fun to be around. Danny was our guide for the first two days of our time in Quito. We felt like he was our friend showing us around the city.
We really enjoyed our day trip and hike at Quilato Crater. This is a definite must for people making plans. I would also recommend going to the Mindo cloud forest.
And of course our time in the Galapagos was epic. I would like to have had more time to spend there. I'm sure someday we'll go back.

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa Sakiwa
Machachi

This hotel is modern, clean, and very comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Very beautiful design/architecture
Location
Close to mountain adventures
Staff
Friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Extremely clean
Activity Reviews
Explore an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

You start the day early with a dingy ride to the sailboat you will be spending the next three hours on to get to the destination. It's worth it! The snorkeling was fantastic. We saw many white tipped sharks and so much other wildlife.

Quality of Experience
Food
Couldn't believe the cook could make such unbelievable dishes in such a small kitchen!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The boat crew were on top of it!
Transport
The boat could use a bit more shade and comfortable seating for such a long trip
Biking from Cotopaxi to Quilotoa Day 1
Ecuador

This is a perfect way to get up close and personal with Cotopaxi volcano. But be ready for very high altitude hiking. The guides help keep the pace slow.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Hola Stacey!
I am so glad to read these amazing words about your trip! Thank you once again for choosing us and I must say I am insanely happy to have worked with you two to give you an unforgettable experience! It was pretty fun to meet up in short moments but they were truly a blast. I hope you two returned home filled with the best vibes and that unique energy you get by visiting our tiny yet lovely country. Hope to see you soon :)
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Unforgettable trip to the Amazon with kimkim! Our trip to the Amazon was amazing! Our guides Rom, Jefferson and chef Freddy were exceptionable
Ecuador | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2022

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Uriel M.
Canada | Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Our trip to the Amazon was amazing! Our guides, Rom and Jefferson made our experience unforgettable. Daniel was in constant contact with us every step of the way. The Nicky lodge chef, Freddie made exceptional food and also sings and plays the guitar along with the other guides. read more

Our trip to the Amazon was amazing! Our guides, Rom and Jefferson made our experience unforgettable. Daniel was in constant contact with us every step of the way. The Nicky lodge chef, Freddie made exceptional food and also sings and plays the guitar along with the other guides.

Hotel Review
Nicky Amazon Lodge
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The Nicky lodge is cozy and clean. All the staff make you feel right at home. It's a big happy family and everyone loves nature and wants to share their knowledge with the guest.

Tips for future travelers

Make sure you bring products for mosquito and sun fly bites

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
They couldn't do enough for us. Friendly, sincere.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & La Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) Monument
Quito
Quality of Experience
Food
I was impressed with the quality of the food at the lodge. The soups were amazing!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The transportation is great. The bus trip from Quito to Amazon is very long so be prepared for that.
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Hola Uriel, Don, Christina, and Joni!
I am so glad the experience was something truly unforgettable. Planning and talking about this trip for such a long time was truly something amazing, and getting to know you all at the end was even better!
The journey to the Amazon is quite long, but the destination is just something amazing and totally worth it!
I wish you all the best, and I hope you are recharged with all the good vibes the rainforest gives you.

Once again, Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Really amazing experience, thanks to Daniel and Alvaro
Galapagos Islands | Mar 15 - Mar 22, 2022

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Ravi R.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Mar 27, 2022

I had an INCREDIBLE trip to the Galapagos, with major MAJOR thanks to Daniel (and his colleague Alvaro). They took the time to understand me and what I wanted to do (they knew I liked to swim, wanted to see animals, and would be a solo traveler so would need support with logistics, etc) - and then organized an itinerary that solved for all of this. Daniel was always available to help me answer questions and ensure I was set for the next day, and really made me feel welcome. He even left a... read more

I had an INCREDIBLE trip to the Galapagos, with major MAJOR thanks to Daniel (and his colleague Alvaro). They took the time to understand me and what I wanted to do (they knew I liked to swim, wanted to see animals, and would be a solo traveler so would need support with logistics, etc) - and then organized an itinerary that solved for all of this. Daniel was always available to help me answer questions and ensure I was set for the next day, and really made me feel welcome. He even left a welcome package for me at the hotel the first night I arrived, with some gifts and a welcome message (and an incredible hand drawing he did himself). My final day I had a 6 hour layover in the airport, so Daniel and Alvaro actually came and picked me up and took me out to dinner as well. I even had an incident where clothes in my suitcase got wet in the rain one day in the Galapagos during transport, and a local person came and picked up my clothes, dried them, and brought them back the next morning. Overall the entire experience was so wonderful, hassle-free, and really nice - I always felt safe, taken care of, and relaxed when it came to thinking about the trip. I had a great time in both Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil (Isabel island was really amazing), and also on all the side trips where I benefitted from Daniel's recommendations (e.g., Bartolome Island). The best part is that Daniel made all of this happen on incredibly short notice - I asked to book the trip just one week before I traveled. I'm super SUPER grateful to Daniel, Alvaro, KimKim, and all of the local partner agencies, and I can't wait to meet Daniel and everyone again sometime in Ecuador. Thank you thank you :)

Hotel Review
La Casa de Marita
Puerto Villamil

Really loved this hotel. The staff were INCREDIBLY nice, the food at the restaurant was amazing, and the location right on the beach was perfect to take a swim any time of day. Perhaps the only downside was that the roof had a leak so on a rainy night I had to put a towel on the floor where the roof was leaking, but I think this will be fixed. Overall, really happy to have stayed here.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Explore an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

Day trip to Bartolome island was amazing, highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2022

Hola Ravi!
Planning an amazing trip with you was really fun, we are really happy that you could experience the Galapagos Islands and all of its natural wonders. I truly hope that you can come back, we will welcome you with open arms for a new and exciting adventure next time, remember we still have a lot of places to take you!
Even though it was last-minute I am glad you had an amazing time! Alvaro and I say that it was awesome to meet you on the final night and show you a little bit of the... read more

Hola Ravi!
Planning an amazing trip with you was really fun, we are really happy that you could experience the Galapagos Islands and all of its natural wonders. I truly hope that you can come back, we will welcome you with open arms for a new and exciting adventure next time, remember we still have a lot of places to take you!
Even though it was last-minute I am glad you had an amazing time! Alvaro and I say that it was awesome to meet you on the final night and show you a little bit of the local life :)
We hope to see you soon my friend! Best vibes in the future!!
Regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Amazing Ecuador
Ecuador | Jan 15 - Feb 1, 2022

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Lubomir R.
Sandalfoot Cove, FL | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2022

We have never been to Ecuador before but after this trip I will strongly recommend to everyone to go to Ecuador and with KimKim :) Daniel was absolutely essential help by preparing my itinerary. I had already some idea but he helped me to make it to the perfection. Let's imagine: we saw in 18 days Galapagos, Guayaquil, Cajas, Cuenca, Gualaceo and Chordeleg, Ingapirca, famous market in Guamote, Chimborazo - 5 000 meters, Baños, Cotopaxi - 4 800 meters, Laguna Quilotoa, Otavalo and of course... read more

We have never been to Ecuador before but after this trip I will strongly recommend to everyone to go to Ecuador and with KimKim :) Daniel was absolutely essential help by preparing my itinerary. I had already some idea but he helped me to make it to the perfection. Let's imagine: we saw in 18 days Galapagos, Guayaquil, Cajas, Cuenca, Gualaceo and Chordeleg, Ingapirca, famous market in Guamote, Chimborazo - 5 000 meters, Baños, Cotopaxi - 4 800 meters, Laguna Quilotoa, Otavalo and of course Quito.
All the time the itinerary work perfectly. All the transportations in Galapagos were just accurate. But the best person was our Guide and driver Christian. He was our guide from Guayaquil till Quito. Every day in the good mood even he must work hard, every day precise picking up us from each hotel, giving a perfect explanation and explaining all my questions. Thanks to him we understand mot just history, architecture and culture but also the people of Ecuador. I have to mention he was driving very safe.
If you ask me what was the best in our trip I couldn't tell you. Everything was just perfect. Galapagos? Cuenca? Ingapirca? Quito? Or Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Baños? Each of this locations were different and wonderful in its way. In addition the hotels we have used were so nice and unique!
Thank you everybody in KimKim who was involved and a special thanks to Daniel and Christian.

Pamela and Lubomir Repka.

Hotel Reviews
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito
Casa Pimampiro
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Mainao
Puerto Ayora
Exe Galería Man-Ging
Guayaquil
Carvallo
Cuenca
Posada Ingapirca
Ingapirca
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Floresta
Baños
Hacienda La Cienega
Cotopaxi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Patio Andaluz
Quito
Activity Reviews
Welcome to San Cristóbal Island! Visit the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill, or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
San Cristóbal Island
Visit Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora
Explore an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora
Welcome to Ecuador The Pearl of the Pacific: Arrival in Guayaquil
Guayaquil
Full Day to Salinas!
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guayaquil City Tour - Free afternoon
Guayaquil
Guayaquil - Cuenca - City Tour
Guayaquil
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cajas National Park - Cuenca - City Tour
Cuenca
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Gualaceo - Chordeleg - Cañar Province
Cuenca
Gualaceo - Chordeleg - Cañar Province
Cuenca
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ingapirca Ruins - Guamote
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guamote - Chimborazo - Baños
Guamote
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Baños - Pailón del Diablo- Cotopaxi Hacienda
Cotopaxi
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cotopaxi National Park - Quilotoa Lagoon
Cotopaxi
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Explore Local Culture at Otavalo Market & Hike at Cuicocha Lake
Quito
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & La Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) Monument
Quito
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
COVID Test at your Hotel
Ecuador
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2022

Hola!!
Thank you so much Lubomir and Pamela for your comment!
It’s incredible to know that you had an amazing trip, and that you could learn about the history, traditions, culture of Ecuador. I am happy that you could enjoy the landscapes this beautiful country has to offer.
It was awesome to work with you and giving you an unforgettable experience!
If you wish to return to Ecuador, you can always count on me without a problem! Also, if your family or friends want to travel to Ecuador, I will... read more

Hola!!
Thank you so much Lubomir and Pamela for your comment!
It’s incredible to know that you had an amazing trip, and that you could learn about the history, traditions, culture of Ecuador. I am happy that you could enjoy the landscapes this beautiful country has to offer.
It was awesome to work with you and giving you an unforgettable experience!
If you wish to return to Ecuador, you can always count on me without a problem! Also, if your family or friends want to travel to Ecuador, I will be happy to help them!
Safe travels and thank you once again,
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Amazing Adventures Exploring Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos!
Ecuador | Dec 27 - Jan 7, 2022

Lindsey
Lindsey F.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Thank you to Daniel and Jacky for helping us plan an amazing trip to mainland Ecuador and to Galapagos. They helped make travel as easy as possible during these uncertain times! They were so accessible and even met us a few times in Quito which was awesome. Dario was our guide for the majority of the time and he was so knowledgeable and fun to be around! We started off with a city tour of Quito, made it to Cotopaxi, Quilotoa Crater, had an adeventure filled couple of days in Banos, checked... read more

Thank you to Daniel and Jacky for helping us plan an amazing trip to mainland Ecuador and to Galapagos. They helped make travel as easy as possible during these uncertain times! They were so accessible and even met us a few times in Quito which was awesome. Dario was our guide for the majority of the time and he was so knowledgeable and fun to be around! We started off with a city tour of Quito, made it to Cotopaxi, Quilotoa Crater, had an adeventure filled couple of days in Banos, checked out the main market two hours outside of Quito and then spent several days exploring some islands of Galapagos! All tours were on time and all covid tests were negative which made for a fantastic trip! Thanks again for a memorable trip!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
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Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Hola Lindsey!!
Thank you so much for such kind words! We were really happy to work with you three to give you an unforgettable experience. The fact that we were able to jump in a few times to be part of your trip was even more awesome! I hope Holly and Emilie had an amazing time too!
I wish you three the best, hoping that you truly forged some everlasting memories, and if you ever wish to return count on us :)
Safe journeys in the future my friend, Best vibes from the middle of the world!
- Daniel, Jacky, and Dario

Beyond Amazing - Galapagos (and Daniel!)
Galapagos Islands | Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2022

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S V.
Hanover, MA | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2022

Planning a visit to a “bucket list” location like the Galapagos can be daunting…especially if you are a working parent on a budget. Whereas many people will tell you that you need to go via a “got you covered, take you everywhere and serve your every need” cruise, that just wasn’t in our budget…and quite frankly, isn’t our style either. We’ve traveled to 5 continents and doing it on our own – getting local flavor – that’s the way we’ve planned all of our trips…But to do the Galapagos right,... read more

Planning a visit to a “bucket list” location like the Galapagos can be daunting…especially if you are a working parent on a budget. Whereas many people will tell you that you need to go via a “got you covered, take you everywhere and serve your every need” cruise, that just wasn’t in our budget…and quite frankly, isn’t our style either. We’ve traveled to 5 continents and doing it on our own – getting local flavor – that’s the way we’ve planned all of our trips…But to do the Galapagos right, (in a pandemic!)..well, we were beyond thankful to have KimKim (and Daniel specifically) on our team.

Originally planned to go in December 2020, we needed to postpone during the pre-vaccination Covid days. So, we punted a year – and rejiggered our thoughts. We shared what our interests were…hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling...and a little down time. We shared our budget. We shared our needs and wants. And KimKim came up with several options for us to look through and decide between. Once we were a go, we felt great about our itinerary – and even got hotel confirmations to help us feel like we for sure had a place to go (something we worried about a little since we’d never done business with KimKim before.).

At the last minute – weeks before our trip – we asked to add a new option to our plan. Again, KimKim came through. In the end, we were able to explore four islands and had a really wonderful understanding of the geography, endemic animals, and saw every bird, reptile, amphibian, and mammal on our list more than once. We’re an active family – we were genuinely very happy with how busy our days were but that we also had evenings and sometimes afternoons to do a little swimming in the ocean and enjoy local flavors.

We had guides meet us at every point, helping us navigate tricky things like the boats between Santa Cruz and Isabela…if we needed dinner ideas or reservations, they were there. And if a guide was running behind, we had Daniel on WhatsApp always willing to check things out and ensure we had what we needed in real time. As we were there over the holidays, we also appreciated Daniel explaining local traditions to us so we weren’t operating as ugly tourists (and also knew to buy some grapes to bring in the new year!)

In short, we cannot recommend KimKim / Daniel highly enough.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
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Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2022

Hola Susan!!
Thank you so much for these amazing comments! The team and I had a great time working with you for these months and I especially loved talking with you all during your trip via WhatsApp, from reading your excitement about your days in the islands, sending tiny tips about what to do or to keep your eyes peeled for a huge iguana at the airport which you even got to see!
Time passed so fast, working for many months to come up with the perfect trip, the gathering of information and... read more

Hola Susan!!
Thank you so much for these amazing comments! The team and I had a great time working with you for these months and I especially loved talking with you all during your trip via WhatsApp, from reading your excitement about your days in the islands, sending tiny tips about what to do or to keep your eyes peeled for a huge iguana at the airport which you even got to see!
Time passed so fast, working for many months to come up with the perfect trip, the gathering of information and new changes to make the trip even better! But we did it!!
I truly hope this was an unforgettable experience for you and your family.
It was fun to joke around and share with you our local traditions such as my hideous Año Viejo, the grapes, the recipe for Sancocho, my super awesome turkey, and much more!

Looking forward to meeting you all sometime in the future :)
Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel

This was Eileen’s dream trip.
Galapagos Islands | Oct 21 - Nov 4, 2021

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Tom D.
Dedham, MA | Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

This was Eileen’s dream trip. In March of 2020 we came one question away from booking our trip with another company when COVID-19 stopped the world.

At the beginning of June 2021 we started talking to KimKim and they connected us with Daniel Larrea, their Ecuadoran expert. They could not have found anyone better. Three different itineraries came to us in a couple of days. They were all good, but one was really on target for us. We asked, and Daniel answered a lot of questions over the... read more

This was Eileen’s dream trip. In March of 2020 we came one question away from booking our trip with another company when COVID-19 stopped the world.

At the beginning of June 2021 we started talking to KimKim and they connected us with Daniel Larrea, their Ecuadoran expert. They could not have found anyone better. Three different itineraries came to us in a couple of days. They were all good, but one was really on target for us. We asked, and Daniel answered a lot of questions over the next few months. A number of tweaks to the schedule were not a problem. We booked and waited for October.

At every step, Daniel was superb and a pleasure to speak with from the “middle of the world” as he likes to say. Responses to our questions came within hours.
They always contained an amazing level of detail, whether on hotels, guides, pickups, or transfers. Everything was well planned.

He even came to meet us at the hotel the day we landed!

We got home on November 4th and it could not have gone better. Everything Daniel arranged worked out like clockwork. The guide, David, in Quito was a true professional. He has an amazing level of knowledge on everything from history to the flora and fauna we saw along the way. After we expressed interest he rearranged the whole 5 day schedule so that we could participate in the Sunday Quito bike ride. The bonus to that was being able to hike at Cotopaxi on Monday with almost no one else there.

Once we transferred to the Galapagos, the ship the Integrity, was luxurious and beyond our expectations. The staff was outstanding. Having a stateroom with a kingsize bed, a private balcony, and only 16 other guests certainly helped add to the level of luxury and attention provided. 8 days flew by in a blur of hikes, snorkeling, kayaking led by the expert naturalists on board. All of the meals were delicious and varied and they accommodated a dietary restriction perfectly .

Another terrific choice by Daniel was our guide in Guayaquil. Francisco provided us with a wonderful city tour in the morning and early afternoon. He then came back to get us at the hotel at 11 PM to drive us to the airport and walk us through every aspect of airport check-in up until we said our goodbyes at the entrance to security.

We are happy to give top marks in every category for Daniel and all the folks he lined up to take care of us. The KimKim model of using local experts certainly worked for us and we wholeheartedly recommend the company and its chosen experts!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2022

Hola Tom and Eileen!
I cannot thank you two enough for such fantastic comments. It was fantastic to have you here at the middle of the world!!
I am insanely happy to read that the results for this trip ended up as we planned and probably even better!
It was great to plan this trip for you two and improvising while you were already here made things even more fun like the biking tour of Quito haha!
We had some great times, even realizing how huge yet small the world can be, expecting Mike's... read more

Hola Tom and Eileen!
I cannot thank you two enough for such fantastic comments. It was fantastic to have you here at the middle of the world!!
I am insanely happy to read that the results for this trip ended up as we planned and probably even better!
It was great to plan this trip for you two and improvising while you were already here made things even more fun like the biking tour of Quito haha!
We had some great times, even realizing how huge yet small the world can be, expecting Mike's turn to come to Ecuador and all :)
I truly hope we at Kimkim and the EGTeam got to forge some unforgettable memories for you and Eileen!

I wish you two the best in the future, and if you ever wish to return you can always count on your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planne...
Ecuador | Nov 30 - Dec 14, 2021

Avik
Avik B.
| Reviewed on Dec 24, 2021

We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planned by Daniel and his team!
Our trip included days in Quito, the Galapagos islands and Cuenca
In Quito our guide Danny worked really hard to make sure we got to see the Mitad del Mundo/Intinan museum site, downtown Quito, the Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa lagoon in a packed schedule.
Our RTPCR tests for travel to Galapagos was arranged by Danny right at the hotel.
In Puerto Ayora/Galapagos, we were booked into a lovely hotel - Ikala -... read more

We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planned by Daniel and his team!
Our trip included days in Quito, the Galapagos islands and Cuenca
In Quito our guide Danny worked really hard to make sure we got to see the Mitad del Mundo/Intinan museum site, downtown Quito, the Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa lagoon in a packed schedule.
Our RTPCR tests for travel to Galapagos was arranged by Danny right at the hotel.
In Puerto Ayora/Galapagos, we were booked into a lovely hotel - Ikala - right by the wharf and it was great to see the nightlife as well as have lunch on a ranch with giant tortoises nearby.
Cuenca is where Daniel really hit it out of the park with his hotel and room selection at the Cruz Del Vado. Amazing hotel, superb views. Also a special shout out to our guide Genaro who was really knowledgeable both of the flora and fauna in Cajas National park as well as the history of the region when we toured Ingapirca ruins.
the RTPCR test for our return was also arranged by Daniel and it was great to just enjoy the country without having to worry about a lot of the logistics. Daniel or Lucia were always available via Whatsapp for any questions or for minor delays due to traffic for airport pickups etc.
I wouldn't hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Daniel and Responsible Travels SA for a trip to Ecuador!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2022

Hello Avik & Ashely!

I am so excited about this review 😊
Thank you so much for these awesome words, it was amazing to plan a trip for you and to have the chance to organize everything together, also I am glad that the trip was what you expected it to be from the beginning until the end of it!
Thank you for noticing each and every member of our team, and of course kudos to Lucia for making this possible too!
I am glad you enjoyed every day, once again thank you for these amazing... read more

Hello Avik & Ashely!

I am so excited about this review 😊
Thank you so much for these awesome words, it was amazing to plan a trip for you and to have the chance to organize everything together, also I am glad that the trip was what you expected it to be from the beginning until the end of it!
Thank you for noticing each and every member of our team, and of course kudos to Lucia for making this possible too!
I am glad you enjoyed every day, once again thank you for these amazing words!
Please feel free to contact me anytime, I wish you the best in the future!!

Best wishes from The Middle of The World!

Daniel ;)

We had a blast Daniel planned our first trip ...
Ecuador | Dec 3 - Dec 16, 2021

Stacey
Stacey S.
Grants Pass, OR | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

We had a blast Daniel planned our first trip to Ecuador and did such a great job we planned another with him. And our guide christen I can say enough good things about him . He was so informative and made our trip even more enjoyable. thank you for all you did for us . We are very grateful 🙏 😀 we had such a wonderful time

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

So the first one was so good that WE MADE THE SEQUEL haha!!
I was thrilled to be contacted again by you to plan even more of Ecuador for you and Tim! Once again it was amazing working with you and insanely fun every single day!
Remember that if you want to close it with a trilogy I am here for you haha!
I truly hope we meet again sometime my good friends,
Best regards from the middle of the world!
Daniel ;)

We had the best time Daniel prepared the most...
Ecuador | Oct 10 - Oct 27, 2021

Stacey
Stacey S.
Grants Pass, OR | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

We had the best time Daniel prepared the most wonderful trip for us.. our guides Dario and Diego were awesome .we enjoyed Ecuador so much . We loved are whole trip 😍

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

Hola Stacey!
Thank you so much for these kind words, It was so fun working with you all!
I loved laughing so hard with you all especially when we were talking about the Anacondas and BOOM! You saw like 6 of them haha!
I truly hope you enjoyed the country and forged everlasting memories!

We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador. It all o...
Ecuador | Nov 5 - Nov 15, 2021

Elaine
Elaine G.
East Palo Alto, CA | Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador.
It all occurred without a single glitch.
Daniel met us as soon as we arrived at our hotel to go over details.
He did his best to make us happy in every regard.
Our guide and driver, Christian, was knowledgeable and engaging as well as being a most excellent driver.
We most enjoyed the zipline and our hike to the lagoons. We loved the charming towns of Banos and Cuenca. I had the best Chinese food ever in Banos. The trucha (trout) was exceptional at the... read more

We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador.
It all occurred without a single glitch.
Daniel met us as soon as we arrived at our hotel to go over details.
He did his best to make us happy in every regard.
Our guide and driver, Christian, was knowledgeable and engaging as well as being a most excellent driver.
We most enjoyed the zipline and our hike to the lagoons. We loved the charming towns of Banos and Cuenca. I had the best Chinese food ever in Banos. The trucha (trout) was exceptional at the lagoons. Had the best roast pork ever at the market in Cuenca. My mouth is watering recalling all the fabulous meals we had.
Thank you for your excellent service.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Hola Elaine and Ben!
Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience!
I had so much fun working with you and Ben, and that moment we shared on the day of your arrival was fantastic. Cristian has told me that he also had an amazing time with you too!
Best Chinese food in Baños? That sounds awesome and I will definitely get back to you when I am in Baños so you can give me the recommendation this time :)
I am glad you liked all the food and I hope you also liked the Canelaso... read more

Hola Elaine and Ben!
Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience!
I had so much fun working with you and Ben, and that moment we shared on the day of your arrival was fantastic. Cristian has told me that he also had an amazing time with you too!
Best Chinese food in Baños? That sounds awesome and I will definitely get back to you when I am in Baños so you can give me the recommendation this time :)
I am glad you liked all the food and I hope you also liked the Canelaso on the final day in Cuenca!
Thank you for such amazing vibes, hopefully, we will meet again, but either way, I wish you the best in the future!

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Excellent!!!!
Ecuador | Sep 15 - Sep 29, 2021

Tom
Tom B.
Point Pleasant, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

It was a great trip perfectly organized by Daniel. From the very beginning he listened to all my suggestions and put together an unforgettable itinerary. He was very attractive and quickly responded to my emails and messages. He was a pleasure to deal with!
Daniel also put me in touch with an excellent tour guide, Christian.
I spent four days with Christian taking daily trips and i can say that he was exceptionally good. Whether sightseeing and telling me about the history of Quito,... read more

It was a great trip perfectly organized by Daniel. From the very beginning he listened to all my suggestions and put together an unforgettable itinerary. He was very attractive and quickly responded to my emails and messages. He was a pleasure to deal with!
Daniel also put me in touch with an excellent tour guide, Christian.
I spent four days with Christian taking daily trips and i can say that he was exceptionally good. Whether sightseeing and telling me about the history of Quito, encouraging the hiking up the Cotopaxi volcano, or walking around Otavalo markets, Christian was very caring and attentive to my needs. He also had a great sense of humor!
I loved snorkeling and observing wildlife in Galapagos islands, it was a lot of fun!
I also had a truly unforgettable time in Amazon jungle! Got to eat ants, watch anacondas and pink dolphins, trek through the jungle at night, listen to the sounds of exotic birds, and cook a meal with indigenous people in their village. Breathtaking experience!!!
It was my second time using Kimkim to help me organize a trip and I am very impressed with them. Will definitely use them again in the near future. I also recommend their services to everyone!!!!
Thank you, again!!!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Hola Tom!!
Wow, I loved every single word of this review! I am so glad you had an unforgettable time, I must say it was awesome to be in contact with you and be there for you during your trip. I was talking to Christian and he said he enjoyed every single day too!
I am still impressed that those ants have an intense lemon flavor! Thank you once again for these amazing words, for traveling with Kimkim and Responsible Travel (EGT). If you want to return you know who to message :)!!
I wish you the best for the future, and BEST regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Trip was great, especially during a global pandemic
Ecuador | Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2020

Cristina
Cristina M.
| Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

This was the second trip I took using KimKim and both times it's been great. Daniel planned everything I ask for and he did a great job given pandemic limitations. He added in nothing extra I didn't request and was able to make everything else work for us. Daniel was able to keep the trip in our budget, was extremely communicative the whole time during our trip, and continued to give us tips and advice throughout our time.

The only negative part of the trip was a transportation mishap... read more

This was the second trip I took using KimKim and both times it's been great. Daniel planned everything I ask for and he did a great job given pandemic limitations. He added in nothing extra I didn't request and was able to make everything else work for us. Daniel was able to keep the trip in our budget, was extremely communicative the whole time during our trip, and continued to give us tips and advice throughout our time.

The only negative part of the trip was a transportation mishap getting from one place to another. We ended up in a small car having to drive overnight hours in the opposite direction only to return the same way we came and go hours more. Even though this was frustrating for us, Daniel tried everything he could to find a different form of transportation but the pandemic restrictions and lack of tourism at the time were really to blame. Daniel went above and beyond to help during that time.

Our guides were all great. My sister and I basically had a private trip from place to place and had a local guide who knew the area in each national park we went to. This was a trip packed with outdoor adventure just like we requested. Thank you very much!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Hola Cristina!
I am so excited to read this review! It was really fun to plan this trip together, especially during the tough times in the middle of the pandemic back then which makes it even more unforgettable!
Thank you and your sister for your trust in our country, and as we mentioned before, whenever you are ready to come back to Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands you can always count on me!
It was amazing that you managed to see so many things like that Anaconda chilling in the... read more

Hola Cristina!
I am so excited to read this review! It was really fun to plan this trip together, especially during the tough times in the middle of the pandemic back then which makes it even more unforgettable!
Thank you and your sister for your trust in our country, and as we mentioned before, whenever you are ready to come back to Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands you can always count on me!
It was amazing that you managed to see so many things like that Anaconda chilling in the river!

Anyway, I am glad that Charmander lit the way for you. I wish you and your sister safe and awesome journeys in the future :)

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Responsible Travel Ecuador packs a heck of a punch and a very good one that is!
Ecuador | Apr 5 - Apr 19, 2021

B
Bryan M.
Saint Cloud, MN | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

I was fortunate to be paired with Daniel at Responsible Travel Ecuador through KimKim. This was my third time booking a trip on KimKim and once again it does not disappoint! The 15 day tour I did started out in Galapagos Island which was efficient since you need PCR Test to go to the Island and I did everything from boat tours, snorkeling, walking tour, lava tunnel and a day of relaxation! The tour continued to Quito where I was given two insightful tours from Andrea who also is from... read more

I was fortunate to be paired with Daniel at Responsible Travel Ecuador through KimKim. This was my third time booking a trip on KimKim and once again it does not disappoint! The 15 day tour I did started out in Galapagos Island which was efficient since you need PCR Test to go to the Island and I did everything from boat tours, snorkeling, walking tour, lava tunnel and a day of relaxation! The tour continued to Quito where I was given two insightful tours from Andrea who also is from Responsible Travel which included walks around Old City as well as the churches in the area as well as seeing the middle of the Equator and Volcano that overlooks the city of Quito. Unfortunately Cotopaxi was closed for maintenance but driver Marco Herrara took me to Quilotoa which was a fantastic sight to see and he did an amazing job explaining Ecuador on the way there as well as Quilotoa and the story behind the volcanoes. I ended the tour in Cuyabeno which was a unique 3 day tour in Amazon area and the tour guides were amazing with the walking tours as well as boat tours. Javier was a great driver for the pick ups to and from the airport and I was lucky enough to stay in wonderful hotels such as Deja Vu in Santa Cruz, Hotel Vieja Cuba in Quito and Nicky's Amazon Lodge in Cuyabeno. I recommend you to have your trip in Ecuador planned with Responsible Travel!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Hola Bryan!
WOW! Thank you so much for such an awesome review! I actually took a long on replying to this review because I was showing it to Marco, Andrea, Javier, and our pals at Cuyabeno! We are very happy that you had such a great time in Ecuador. I truly hope we managed to forge unforgettable memories and hope to see you again in Ecuador for that pending trip to Cotopaxi and that pending post-pandemic drink!
Thank you for the good vibes, and see you again someday :)

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Daniel was amazing!! He was always available ...
Ecuador | Feb 21 - Mar 2, 2021

Mylinda
Mylinda D.
North Little Rock, AR | Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Daniel was amazing!! He was always available if we needed him! It was very reassuring. We had a phenomenal time in the Galápagos AND Daniel was able to plan the trip within our budget after we discussed details. I would highly recommend Daniel and if we decide to go to the Galápagos again, I will reach out to him in the future!

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dear Mindy, Kevin, and Kade!
Thank you so much for the good vibes and the amazing comments, I am very happy to know that you enjoyed your trip to the max! Working on your trip was an amazing experience and learning about your experiences was wholesome in every way.
I truly hope I got to forge great memories for you all because you sure did leave some amazing memories for me :)

Haha, You did it!! The Godzilla pictures are AWESOME!

I wish you all the best in the future, and if you decide to come back sometime, feel free to contact me!

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)