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Eduardo Celada

My passion for showing the beauty of Guatemala began when I was traveling in Guatemala as a tourist in my own country. After working in several hotels and other tourism related businesses, I decided that there was nothing better than showing the rest of the world the beauties and destinations of my own country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Guatemala
Honduras
El Salvador
Nicargua
Belize
Activities:
Adventure, Culture, Archaeological, Volunteeer, Language students"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been interested in culture and relating to the communities surrounding our tourist areas. Along the way, my knowledge has expanded not only within Guatemala, but to other bordering countries as well.
I have had the opportunity to know Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize and strengthen my knowledge with regional tourism partners of Central America.
All this helps me to recommend the best experiences, hotels and destinations tailored to the needs of each client looking for incredible memories.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"No doubt, that traveling is one of the most unforgettable things you can do in your life, always finding interesting people in each place.
The first long trip of my life was a trip to Belgium in 2002 where I looked for a new adventure every day. One day I bought my train ticket to visit a friend of mine who was living in Amsterdam and this was my first time on a train, a very different form of transportation from what I’m used to in Guatemala. I did not know how to make the train stop at my station, so I assumed someone else would be going to my same destination. Unfortunately nobody made the train stop and I started to worry because I could not speak Dutch and did not know if my broken English would work.
I started to speak English to everyone around me and fortunately someone helped me stop the train, although I was already far past my destination. I left the train into a village and tried my broken English again. It was a little town and not many people understood my English when I spoke, finally I found an old man who took me into a store where I bought a phone card and could call my friend. It took 2 hours more to finally meet my friend, it wasn´t a big deal but when you are traveling alone and are really away from your home these little things make you feel really nervous. Now I can see it as one of the maybe "simple things" that happened in my trip but certainly I will remember it forever because it was one of my first experiences traveling alone.
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Eduardo is part of the following groups: Guatemala Travel Agents
Streets of Caye Caulker Village, Belize
Cultural Highlights of Belize and Guatemala - 7 Days

Explore the culture and ancient history of Belize and Guatemala in this week-long trip, starting in the picturesque Caribbean island of Caye Caulker, where you'll enjoy a snorkeling excursion and swim with sharks. Head inland to explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich on horseback, then cross into Guatemala to visit the temples and palaces in Tikal National Par. End the trip in the historic colonial city of Antigua and with a boat tour of the Mayan craft villages surrounding Lake Atitlán.

Guatemala's "Ring of Fire" Volcanoes
Culture and Hiking in Guatemala - 7 Days

This Guatemala hiking trip takes you to the top of Acatenango, Pacaya, and San Pedro volcanoes, following trails through dense cloud forests with panoramic views of the surrounding highlands. Enjoy the peace of nature with picnic lunches atop volcanic summits, camping under the stars, and discovering unique terrain, such as dried lava fields. When you're not hiking, you'll be perusing the UNESCO Old Town of Antigua and exploring Lake Atitlán by boat, kayak, or zip line.

Lake Atitlán
Discover Antigua & Lake Atitlán - 4 Days

On this four-day trip to Guatemala, explore the local culture, along with one of the most stunning lakeside landmarks. Begin in Antiqua, and tour the churches, monasteries, and Mayan ruins, along with choosing between different artisanal workshops. Then, travel to Lake Atitlán to view the iconic body of water, along with visiting the local villages.

Semuc Champey
Guatemala Adventure: Ram Tzul, Semuc Champey, Candelaría, & Laguna Lachúa - 5 Days

Explore the scenic outdoors on this five-day Guatemalan nature adventure. Get a first glimpse of the local flora and fauna at Ram Tzul, along with visiting a beautiful waterfall. Then, tour and swim in the iconic turquoise pools of Semuc Champey. Next, discover the caves in the Limestone Mountains of Candelaría, before touring Laguna Lachúa National Park and its unique ecosystem thriving with wildcats and exotic birds.

Sunrise over Tikal National Park
Best of Guatemala - 11 Days

Discover the best of Guatemala in 11 days, from climbing a volcano and visiting Mayan villages to soaking in hot springs on this active culture and nature-focused itinerary. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you explore the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, the serene beauty of Lake Atitlán, and the ruins of Mayan civilization at Tikal. You'll also cruise along the Río Dulce to Livingston for an afternoon along the Caribbean coast.

Hoyo el Cimarrón in Guatemala's Western Highlands
Incredible Guatemala: Antigua, Tikal, Cobán, & Huehuetenango - 10 Days

Discover Guatemala, the last stronghold of the Mayan civilization, on this culture-forward trip starting and ending in colonial Antigua. Explore Tikal National Park, splash into nature on a tubing adventure through Alta Verapaz's cave system at B'omb'il Pek, and swim in the natural pools of Semuc Champey. Take in striking mountain scenery in Guatemala's Western Highlands, and visit Mayan villages along the shores of Lake Atitlán.

Recent trip reviews for Eduardo

Alice

We had a fantastic family trip to Antigua & Lake Atitlan, Guatemala · Guatemala - Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2020

Traveler: Alice M. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We just got back from our week-long family trip to Guatemala. We had an incredible time, due in large part to the efforts of Eduardo of kimkim who set us up with fun things to do, fabulous guides and a great driver, all for a reasonable price. We travel a fair amount but generally wing it when it comes to activities and getting around but using kimkim is likely to become my new modus operandi when planning family trips for our family of 4 (2 parents + 2 daughters ages 11 and 15). It was so... read more

We just got back from our week-long family trip to Guatemala. We had an incredible time, due in large part to the efforts of Eduardo of kimkim who set us up with fun things to do, fabulous guides and a great driver, all for a reasonable price. We travel a fair amount but generally wing it when it comes to activities and getting around but using kimkim is likely to become my new modus operandi when planning family trips for our family of 4 (2 parents + 2 daughters ages 11 and 15). It was so nice to arrive, have a driver (Antonio) waiting to take us to our destination and a guide to help us understand what we were looking at. We had a limited amount of time for this trip and I really felt like this approach let us get the most out of it. We had three different guides (Miguel, Pablo & Flavio) show us different parts of Guatemala and each brought their own background and perspective, which was great. How awesome to have a former entomology professor talk nature and bugs with your kid who is into nature & the wilderness!

The only criticism I would have would be that a couple of the activities were a bit overly ambitious for us with an 11 year old in tow and I wished that kimkim/Eduardo could have anticipated that and made alternate recommendations. On the other hand, he was able to set up workarounds, like a van home at a halfway point for the bike ride through the villages outside Antigua. We did skip one activity altogether because we were tired and needed some downtime.

Overall, 5 stars for kimkim! I will definitely be checking in with you when we are getting ready to go on our next international trip to a new destination. You made my life as the family's trip planner so much easier!

Diego was really fantastic! There is no way I... · Guatemala - Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: David J. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Diego was really fantastic! There is no way I could have made it up & down Acatenango without him.
He is truly an expert , and gave me encouragement and great instructions. He was fun to be with for all those hours

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

thank you so much for the in-depth review and your kind words! The whole team here including Diego your guide. drivers and more really enjoyed your enthusiasm throughout the trip and appreciate your willingness to learn about Belize and Guatemala. You will be a great ambassador for the country as I'm sure you'll share lots of great stories with your friends and family. Thank you again for your business and hopefully, we'll see you and family back in Guatemala one day!

BRAD

Wonderful exploration of Belize and Guatemala · Guatemala - Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: BRAD K. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

This was a great one week family trip packing A LOT in, from snorkeling and fishing off the coast of Belize, to Mayan ruins and culture, to the beautiful old town of Antigua, to the stunning nature of Pacaya Volcano and Lake Atitlan. We were ambitious in trying to cover a lot of ground, and Eduardo did a great job helping us set the itinerary and coordinate the logistics. There were a few bumps with the driver/guide in Belize, as well as some inevitable flight delays and traffic, but I was... read more

This was a great one week family trip packing A LOT in, from snorkeling and fishing off the coast of Belize, to Mayan ruins and culture, to the beautiful old town of Antigua, to the stunning nature of Pacaya Volcano and Lake Atitlan. We were ambitious in trying to cover a lot of ground, and Eduardo did a great job helping us set the itinerary and coordinate the logistics. There were a few bumps with the driver/guide in Belize, as well as some inevitable flight delays and traffic, but I was able to Whatsapp with Eduardo and get to good resolutions. The people of Belize and Guatemala were friendly and welcoming, and I would highly recommend visits to both countries.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Brad, thank you so much for the in-depth review and your kind words! The whole team here including the guides, drivers and more really enjoyed your enthusiasm throughout the trip and appreciate your willingness to learn about Belize and Guatemala. You will be a great ambassador for the country as I'm sure you'll share lots of great stories with your friends and family. Thank you again for your business and hopefully we'll see you and family back in Guatemala one day!