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."
Featured trips & expertise
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Amazing Adventures Exploring Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos! · Ecuador - Dec 27 - Jan 7, 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
Beyond Amazing - Galapagos (and Daniel!) · Galapagos Islands - Dec 23 - Jan 1, 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
This was Eileen’s dream trip. · Galapagos Islands - Oct 21 - Nov 4, 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
We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planne... · Ecuador - Nov 30 - Dec 14, 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 blast Daniel planned our first trip ... · Ecuador - Dec 3 - Dec 16, 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
We had the best time Daniel prepared the most... · Ecuador - Oct 10 - Oct 27, 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 😍
We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador. It all o... · Ecuador - Nov 5 - Nov 15, 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
Excellent!!!! · Ecuador - Sep 15 - Sep 29, 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
Trip was great, especially during a global pandemic · Ecuador - Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2020
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
Responsible Travel Ecuador packs a heck of a punch and a very good one that is! · Ecuador - Apr 5 - Apr 19, 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
Daniel was amazing!! He was always available ... · Ecuador - Feb 21 - Mar 2, 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!