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Gabor Csizmadia

I believe that learning about cultures, traditions, and languages are among the most amazing things our world has to offer. I like trying out new cuisines, and meeting the local people all around the world.

Originally, I am from Hungary, but I have spent time working at hotels in the UK and also did my studies in Tourism and Leisure Management for 3 years in Austria. I've spent my internship on the island of Gozo, in Malta. After graduation, I imagined myself staying in Austria, but, long story short, I ended up in Ecuador and fell in love with this beautiful and amazingly diverse country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Both cultural programs and adventures throughout Ecuador. Day trips in and around Quito, local communities, indigenous markets, exploration of the jungle, adventures in the Andean Mountains, and the awesome Galápagos Islands. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I always was curious about exploring the world and my passion for travelling grew with me as I graduated from high-school and left my country to start living an international life."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of the most amazing experiences I ever had was spending 3 days deep in the Amazonas Rainforest in Ecuador, where I met local communities, learned about flora and fauna being present in the area and tried local specialties."

Featured trips & expertise

Enjoy the beaches of Ecuador
The Real Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon & Galapagos - 14 Days

Experience the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Ecuador over the course of two weeks. From the urban sprawl of Quito to the serene shores of the Galapagos and everything in between, this tour will span several diverse regions and truly open your eyes to one of South America's most fascinating countries.

One of the Ecuador's dramatic train rides, the Naríz del Diablo
Options for Touring Ecuador

By South American standards, Ecuador is a fairly small country. Most major destinations — with the exception of the Galápagos Islands — are within a day's drive of each other. Follow these suggestions for how to structure your visit and make the most of your time in this geographically diverse nation.

The road leading to Cotopaxi
Trekking Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes - 8 Days

Trek in the Ecuadorian Andes and discover a magical world of stunning landscapes, hidden rural villages, and local communities on the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. Follow narrow mountain trails deep into the heart of Andean culture as you explore the Quilotoa and Chimborazo volcanoes. Swim in the icy waters of the Quilotoa Crater Lake and relax in the spring waters of Baños.

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.

Family Travel in the Galapagos Islands
Family Travel in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands comprise one of the world's most extraordinary travel destinations, and the opportunity to observe the famous archipelago's native creatures is especially magical for children. This guide tells you all you need to know to embark on the family adventure of a lifetime.

9 Best Boutique Hotels in Quito
9 Best Boutique Hotels in Quito

There is something for everybody in Quito, and a hotel for every taste and sensibility. Top neighborhoods include the historic center and hip La Floresta. English is largely spoken at these hotels, with an attuned staff that understands the unique needs and expectations of foreign tourists. Street noise can be a challenge in some places. If you’re a light sleeper, request an interior room and ear plugs are always a good idea. WiFi and breakfasts are pretty much standard.

Recent trip reviews for Gabor

Mark

Ecuador getaway · Ecuador - Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2019

Traveler: Mark S. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations. Ecuador was a perfect destination for a week’s trip—so much to see, beautiful, charming old cities, spectacular and diverse landscapes, perfect weather. Safe, friendly, and you get a lot for your money.

Gabor was so kind and thorough in working with me to plan the trip. Every day of the trip brought new delights. The itinerary and the accommodations were all perfect. I was especially grateful that after 3 attempts to take the trip he... read more

Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations. Ecuador was a perfect destination for a week’s trip—so much to see, beautiful, charming old cities, spectacular and diverse landscapes, perfect weather. Safe, friendly, and you get a lot for your money.

Gabor was so kind and thorough in working with me to plan the trip. Every day of the trip brought new delights. The itinerary and the accommodations were all perfect. I was especially grateful that after 3 attempts to take the trip he hung in there with patience and understanding until we were finally able to go. He never wrote us off or figured we were wasting his time. It was a pleasure to finally meet him in Quito. We felt really well taken care of.

We felt similarly about the wonderful guide, Fernando, who was assigned to us. He was knowledgeable about history, local cultures, and the best insider places to take us. He was kind, thoughtful, and a pleasure to spend a well with. The chemistry was perfect.

This was definitely one of the best trips we have ever taken (and we have been all over the world). We will definitely look to Kimkim for future travels.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark!

I´m so happy to read your feedback and I´m especially glad that you had a wonderful time in Ecuador!

I will hand over your nice words to Fernando and everyone in our operations team who did their best for your trip to work out the way it did :)

I hope to hear from you soon whether you want to return to Ecuador and Galapagos or plan a trip to Peru or Bolivia.

Take care and all the best,
Gabor

Lynette

Trip to Galapagos Islands with Amy & Jeanne · Galapagos Islands - Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2019

Traveler: Lynette V. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Bob and I truly enjoyed our time on the Yacht Anahi. The staff was warm and very helpful. Any request was immediately attended.

Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. We were surprised to find that it was bigger than the hotel room we had in Quito! We had all of the amenities and then some! Couldn’t have been happier.

Our guide, Gallo, was extremely knowledgeable, organized, efficient and funny 😄. He was informative on all aspects of the Galapagos - flora, fauna, birds, reptiles,... read more

Bob and I truly enjoyed our time on the Yacht Anahi. The staff was warm and very helpful. Any request was immediately attended.

Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. We were surprised to find that it was bigger than the hotel room we had in Quito! We had all of the amenities and then some! Couldn’t have been happier.

Our guide, Gallo, was extremely knowledgeable, organized, efficient and funny 😄. He was informative on all aspects of the Galapagos - flora, fauna, birds, reptiles, sea life...we left this trip with a lot more than we bargained. We can’t wait to return and visit the other islands that weren’t part of this trip.

The food was delicious. Karen is a great chef and produced wonderful meals each day. My only suggestion is to offer snacks that are readily available to the guests...like a bowl of fruit. Snacks were available when the crew put them out after an occasional excursion, not all excursions, and were in the form of a bowl of potato chips or pork rinds. Things we don’t normally consume. No real options.

Lastly, the jacuzzi on the second level was not utilized. Twice I requested turning on the unit and was met with a “later” excuse that never materialized.

Overall, it was an amazing experience. Truly a trip of a lifetime. We are very grateful to the crew, our guide Gallo and Gabor at Kimkim.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lynette!

Thank you for the feedback and the photos, they look amazing! :)

I´m happy that your overall feedback is positive, and please accept my apologies for the issue with the jacuzzi, I will contact the crew directly and talk to them about this, as well as suggest having snacks available throughout the whole cruise.

If you plan on returning to Ecuador or maybe travelling to Peru or Bolivia, please count with my help!

Take care,
Gabor

Keld

Trip to Ecuador · Ecuador - Mar 30 - Apr 14, 2019

Traveler: Keld M. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Had the most wonderful time. Patricio and our driver did a marvelous job in taking care of us. Everything was catered for and this is not the last time I book with kimkim. Indonesia is next...

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Keld!

Thank you so much for your comment! I´m glad that you had a great time and that you´ll be using KimKim for your future travels.

Keep us in mind if you want to visit Peru or Bolivia or Ecuador again :)

Take care,
Gabor

Mariagrazia

Trip to Ecuador · Ecuador - Mar 30 - Apr 14, 2019

Traveler: Mariagrazia S. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

I would like to thank you all for the help in organizing this amazing trip.
Everything was perfect. The local agency you have used EcoAndes has been wonderful and took great care of us. The driver and guide they have assigned were great and we indeed had the best time. Definitively we will recommend your service to friends and family.

Again many thanks and to next year for a new adventure.
Mariagrazia

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maria!

I´m so glad to hear your comments :) It´s nice to hear that your vacations went well and that you are returning home with great memories and experiences.

I hope to hear from you in the future in case you´d like to return to Ecuador or maybe a trip to Peru or Bolivia.

Warmest regards,
Gabor

Trip to Galapagos Islands · Galapagos Islands - Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2019

Traveler: Lacey J. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

There were some slight variances from the descriptions but some were lacking while others were above and beyond expectations! Fernando was so great we felt as though we were leaving a friend after out short stay in Quito. Richard in Galápagos was very knowledgeable and clearly proud of all that he has learned. The day tours in Galápagos are not really as described although we enjoyed them thoroughly. I suggest contacting the excursion companies and request updated information.
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There were some slight variances from the descriptions but some were lacking while others were above and beyond expectations! Fernando was so great we felt as though we were leaving a friend after out short stay in Quito. Richard in Galápagos was very knowledgeable and clearly proud of all that he has learned. The day tours in Galápagos are not really as described although we enjoyed them thoroughly. I suggest contacting the excursion companies and request updated information.
When I look back at my trip I can only think how very perfect and wonderful it was! I will highly recommend Kimkim to friends.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lacey!

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback, I will definitely look into the trip description issue. I´m glad to hear that all in all you had a nice time on the enchanted islands :)

I wish you all the best and hope to hear from you soon!
Gabor

Terrance

Best of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 7 Days · Ecuador - Jan 4 - Jan 14, 2019

Traveler: Terrance T. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Our overall trip experience was great. Our guide (Fernando Fabre) was the best we have had in our many prior privately guided trips throughout the world. Our accommodations were good to excellent and met our expectations for the price we paid. Our local specialist Gabor provided us with excellent trip planning and coordination services; and we will definitely be using Kim Kim for our future world travels.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Terrance,

thank you very much for your kind words! It´s great to hear that your trip in Ecuador was a memorable one. If you ever consider returning or planning a trip to Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina or Colombia, feel free to contact me again, I will be happy to help!

Take care and all the best to the Turners & Siscos!
Gabor

Ganes

Amazing amazon · Ecuador - Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2018

Traveler: Ganes P. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

The whole trip was amazing. Gabor and his team, especially the tour guide Danny were excellent

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ganes!

First of all, I´d like to wish a happy new year to you and your family! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to the Amazon in Ecuador. I hope to be able to help you again in the future.

Take care and all the best,
Gabor

Steve

Exploring, Hiking and adventure · Ecuador - Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2018

Traveler: Steve S. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Gabor was very flexible and patient with numerous changes to our itinerary. He uses fabulous guides and booked wonderful lodges. His expertise was invaluable in making our trip to Ecuador (Galapagos and Amazon) fantastic!!!

A Special Thanks to Diana (our assign local guide) she did the extra miles for us ensuring that all small details were met along the way.

I would strongly recommend KimKim !!

Steve and Christine.

Now time to start a new project, here comes Africa!

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Steve,

thank you so much for your comments! For me, it was a pleasure working on this trip with you. I handed over your kind words to everyone involved.

I hope, we will have the chance to work on a trip together, again!

Best wishes and take care,
Gabor

Laura

Ecuador, with Galapagos and Amazon · Ecuador - Jun 14 - Jun 28, 2018

Traveler: Laura E. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

An amazing trip! We had two great guides that showed us a lot. Dario was out first guide through Quito, the Highlands, and the jungle. He was very knowledgeable! Ivan was our guide in the Galapogos. He certainly knew his birds.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Laura and Steven,

I´m so happy to read your review, I was looking forward to it! :)

I hope your 25th wedding anniversary vacation was a memorable one and that Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands will forever be in your hearts.

I hope to be able to help you organizing a trip if you´d like to visit Peru, Bolivia or Chile in the future :)

Take care and all the best,
Gabor

ecuador fill in · Ecuador - Apr 17 - Apr 29, 2018

Traveler: lee d. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Patricio was an excellent guide, caring, intelligent, always interested in making our trip a better experience, taking us to places that he thought of as we went along, if Susie Astec and truly an asset to your team. His driver Hugo was excellent and always helpful and smiling and respect full. He even made a special trip when my brother-in-law left his camera on the bus, Patricio Is an asset to your company, and go board did a great job Putting a beautiful package together. We will... read more

Patricio was an excellent guide, caring, intelligent, always interested in making our trip a better experience, taking us to places that he thought of as we went along, if Susie Astec and truly an asset to your team. His driver Hugo was excellent and always helpful and smiling and respect full. He even made a special trip when my brother-in-law left his camera on the bus, Patricio Is an asset to your company, and go board did a great job Putting a beautiful package together. We will certainly recommend your company in the future and hopefully will be able to talk and use you again. Lois and Lee Dornfeld, Mace and Joy Bloom

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lee, Lois, Mace and Joy!

I am so glad to read your review and am truly happy for your great trip!

I will definitely hand over your kind words and greetings to everyone who contributed to this tour :)

Of 'course, if you need any assistance in the future, feel free to contact us, we will be happy to provide you with assistance!

Take care and all the best,
Gabor

Trip to Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 24 - Jan 7, 2018

Traveler: Aryeh C. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Great trip! Gabor was extremely communicative and receptive and helpful in planning the Honeymoon of our dreams. There was a portion of time when some other man, Rune, was helping us, and he was awful.

On our end, we should have asked more questions about how long each car ride was going to be - we are not really car people and should have anticipated that getting around would take a while.

Our guide, Dario, was fantastic. He always arrived on time. He knew the answers to most, if not all,... read more

Great trip! Gabor was extremely communicative and receptive and helpful in planning the Honeymoon of our dreams. There was a portion of time when some other man, Rune, was helping us, and he was awful.

On our end, we should have asked more questions about how long each car ride was going to be - we are not really car people and should have anticipated that getting around would take a while.

Our guide, Dario, was fantastic. He always arrived on time. He knew the answers to most, if not all, of our questions. He found a good balance between interacting with us and giving us space, and he was extremely kind and generous. We could not have asked for a better guide.

In the Galapagos, we had a terrible guide, so terrible that we ended up paying for an Airbnb that we never actually stayed in. He must not have checked his messages or been so organized because we sent him all details, including the address, of where we needed to stay in each night, and he just didn't have the information with him. It got to be late on the Island, and we ended up spending money on a hotel that cost $70 per night (we stayed two nights) while paying an additional $140 for an Airbnb that we never got to stay in. This was very frustrating. Another issue that happened was when he gave us his USD card to download some photos that he took of us. The minute we put them on the computer, naked photos of him and his partner came up on the screen. While we really appreciated the photos he took of us, we were not happy with what was presented to us on the screen.

Reflecting back, the Jungle and the Galapagos were the two most memorable places. We enjoyed the climate, the people, the food and the general atmosphere. The other places were nice too but the highs of the trip were the Jungle and the Galapagos.

No one really communicated with us about the potential for altitude sickness at Cotopaxi, and we had a hard time going from lower altitude to higher altitude - up and down and up and down - it did a number on my husband's body. In the future, we would do fewer places for more days. But again, this is no way the fault of KimKm, just our own way of going about planning.

Really amazing trip.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Aryeh and Ariela,

first of all, I'm happy to hear that the majority of your trip went well and that you are satisfied with the assistance I provided you.

I will definitely hand over your kind words to Dario and Yacuma Team!

As for Galapagos, I'm shocked to hear what happened with the guide. Since we have met about half an hour after this incident with the photos, maybe I could've done something about it if you had mentioned what happened, however I can assure you that we will not work... read more

Dear Aryeh and Ariela,

first of all, I'm happy to hear that the majority of your trip went well and that you are satisfied with the assistance I provided you.

I will definitely hand over your kind words to Dario and Yacuma Team!

As for Galapagos, I'm shocked to hear what happened with the guide. Since we have met about half an hour after this incident with the photos, maybe I could've done something about it if you had mentioned what happened, however I can assure you that we will not work with him in the future.

With regards to the Airbnb, unfortunately this is out of our hands as our operations team from Quito also tried to reach the Airbnb owner based on the contact information you provided us with, however he never answered the calls and therefore the guide had to take you to a hotel.

About the altitude sickness, it's normally not a problem, however I will definitely pay more attention to this and will inform my future travelers about the possible risks of changes in altitude.

All in all, I honestly hope your honeymoon was a great experience, and as we discussed in person, if you require any assistance in the future, I will be more than happy to help you planning your next trip!

Take care and all the best,
Gabor

Quito area · Ecuador - Dec 30 - Dec 30, 2017

Traveler: Gordon S. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Very knowledgeable and helpful!

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gordon!

I'm glad to hear that you're happy with the tour!

I hope you'll count on us in the future too, I'd be happy to assist you! :)

Best wishes & Take care!
Gabor

Eccador volcanoes · Ecuador - Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2017

Traveler: ken n. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Guide, transport and tours were excellent. Accommodation was not on good in couple of places.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ken!

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm happy to hear that the tour itself went well. If you don't mind, I would like to discuss the topic on the hotel in our conversations, so that we can contact them and make sure that the unsatisfactory parts will not be present in the future.

I hope to be able to help you out in the future if you plan to return to Ecuador, or if you'd like to visit Peru, Bolivia or Chile.

All the best,
Gabor

Paul

Quito to Cuenca · Ecuador - Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2017

Traveler: Paul T. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Amazing tour, so fantastic. Lucky with the weather too. The guide (Dario) showed us new things we were not aware of from our pre trip research too. Highly recommend Dario / Gabor.

Lots of communication - great.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Paul!



Thanks so much for your feedback! I will also hand over your kind words to Dario. I hope to see some of the great photos you took on tour and of ’course, please count on me whenever you plan a trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile or Peru!



Enjoy the rest of your South American adventures!
Gabor

Katrina

Quito, Amazon & Galapagos · Ecuador - Sep 29 - Oct 12, 2017

Traveler: Katrina H. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

This trip far outlived my expectations. It was amazing!

Gabor put together the perfect itinerary for me. I told him I had 2 weeks and wanted to see as much of Ecuador and Galápagos Islands as I could in that time. He made sure I did!

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katrina!



Thank you so much for your very kind feedbacks! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and hope to be able to help you in case you return to Ecuador or plan a trip to Bolivia, Peru or Chile.

Keep in touch and take care!
Gabor

Quito to Iquitos · Ecuador - Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

Traveler: Fiona C. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Gabor was very helpful and tolerated our many questions and changes to the itinerary including a change of flight times at short notice, He called us during our trip to check that everything was OK.

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Fiona!

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay in Ecuador and I hope I can help you again in the future if you consider returning here :)

All the best to You and Chris, take care!
Gabor

Evening in Quito · Ecuador - Jul 4 - Jul 4, 2017

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

Driver was awesome. Great tour of Quito, saw and did everything I wanted!

Gabor is great!

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael!

Thanks for the feedback! We're happy that you enjoyed those couple of hours with us! Thanks so much for booking, and we hope to be able to help you out in the future too!

All the best and take care!
Gabor

Ecuador with Brayden · Ecuador - May 16 - May 27, 2017

Traveler: Brandt R. - Local specialist: Gabor Csizmadia

KimKim did a great job customizing the trip for my son and I. I couldn't have put a trip like this together myself. It was more than I was promised and I highly recommend their services. Thanks again

Gabor did a great job coordinating all aspects of this trip!

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Gabor Csizmadia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Brandt,

first of all, thank you very much for your feedback!

We are very happy to hear that you had such a great time in Ecuador and hope to be able to help you again in the future whether you would like to return or plan a trip to Bolivia, Chile or Peru.

Until then, best wishes from Quito!
Gabor