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Isabel Pérez

I'm passionate about exploring incredible places and having unique experiences. It's been 3 years since I moved to Ecuador, my family's country of origin, and since then I've had the most amazing time of my life, surrounded by volcanoes, rainforests, and beautiful beaches with sand from pink to black. There is something for everyone, and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure meeting lovely people.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Ecuador might be a small country but there is a lot to discover. I especially love natural landscapes and I've come to know quite a bit of everything around me. The Amazon rainforest, the Andes, and the coast: there are amazing experiences waiting in each and every corner of this multi-faceted country. From their unique local cuisine to the actual culture, each place is different and has a lot to offer to the curious travelers."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've always loved traveling, especially into the natural environments. Ever since I was a little girl, I would always go on trips with my family; nothing beats camping under the stars. After I finished my degree, I started traveling again, something that was hard to do while studying. Since then, I haven't stopped, always meeting new cultures and new sceneries that take my breath away."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"When I was about 20 years old, I traveled for three weeks into La Gran Sabana, which is part of the Guianan savanna. I encountered an incredible diversity and unique landscapes in this vast region that are hard to explain. It started with beautifully multicolored rivers, and then everything changed once we went deep into the heart of the land. We stayed with indigenous people of the region and learned as they shared with us about their culture. One day they took us to the Angel Falls, one of the world's highest waterfalls. It took some time to get there, as it is located in an isolated part of the jungle. We took our traditional canoes and rowed for quite a long time and then hiked through the dense jungle until we were exhausted, our arms were tired from clearing the path, our legs sore and dirty of all the walking and the mud, but once we reached the foot of the waterfall, I got goosebumps. I felt so small. Standing there, in front of such huge force of nature, it felt as if all my problems and fears were nothing, and they just washed away."

Isabel is part of the following groups: Galapagos Islands Travel Agents, Ecuador Travel Agents
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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. 

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.

Pink River Dolphin in the Amazon
Wildlife & Nature in Ecuador - Quito, Amazon, & Galapagos - 10 Days

Ecuador is one of the world's hotspots for ecological diversity, so it makes sense to spend this 10-day trip exploring nature as much as possible. Start in Quito to see the UNESCO heritage city center, then head to the rainforest for three days at an ecolodge where you'll spot macaws, pink river dolphins, and howler monkeys. Round out your trip with a flight to the Galapagos, where giant tortoises, white-sand beaches, and uninhabited islands await.

Cuicocha Lagoon
Ecuador Mountains to Coast: Andes, Quito, Cotopaxi, & More - 10 Days

From Quito's colonial center to the volcanoes of Cotopaxi National Park, explore the best of Ecuador's mainland on this packed 10-day itinerary. Hike along the rim of volcanic lagoons, barter for Ecuadorian handicrafts at markets, and visit small mountain villages. You'll see cascading waterfalls, lush orchid farms, high altitude plateaus, and much more as you traverse the countryside.

Sea Lions Playing Under the Waves
Best of Ecuador: Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 7 Days

Visit two of Ecuador's highlights—Quito and the Galapagos Islands—on this packed 7-day itinerary. Start in Quito, where colonial churches, museums, and a humming nightlife fill your days. Then, catch a flight to Santa Cruz Island, where you'll spend four days exploring uninhabited islands, relaxing on sunny beaches, and spotting rare and endemic wildlife. 

Hoatzin in Yasuni National Park
Nature & Culture in Ecuador: Quito and the Amazon Rainforest - 7 Days

If you want to visit Ecuador but can't decide between city or rainforest life, this itinerary has the best of both worlds. Start in Quito to see colonial churches and visit the equatorial line, then head to the Amazon rainforest. Spend three days in Yasuni National Park relaxing at an ecolodge, panning for gold in a stream, and learning to make chocolate the authentic way. 

Recent trip reviews for Isabel

Annette

great trip tp the galapagos · Galapagos Islands - Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2020

Traveler: Annette P. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

We had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos! the trip went smooth and we always had a guide to meet us at different islands upon arrival. Our guides were helpful and great at rectifying situations. For instance, my boyfriend and I were going to go on a snorkel/dive session. He was going to dive while I snorkeled, but we were going to be on the same boat. For some reason, I was instructed by one of the boat companies to go on a different boat. I assumed we were meeting together but thought it was... read more

We had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos! the trip went smooth and we always had a guide to meet us at different islands upon arrival. Our guides were helpful and great at rectifying situations. For instance, my boyfriend and I were going to go on a snorkel/dive session. He was going to dive while I snorkeled, but we were going to be on the same boat. For some reason, I was instructed by one of the boat companies to go on a different boat. I assumed we were meeting together but thought it was odd. Our guide Darwin recognized this and called the guide on my boat and asked them to turn around so we could be on the same boat. Darwin was great at looking out for us! Our flight also got delayed and he was able to change his schedule so that we could walk around the island more instead of wait for several hours in the airport. Also, I had left my phone charger on a different Island and Karina, our guide from that Island, had it sent to Darwin! I figured it was gone forever! All in all, the Galapagos is a wonderful place and we would love to return!

RICHARD

Great Trip Ecuador · Ecuador - Feb 6 - Feb 27, 2020

Traveler: RICHARD K. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Isabel Fernandez worked so hard to make our trip to Ecuador so memorable. Every part of the trip was smooth. No hassles in terms of pick ups and transportation. Our guide, Christian was fantastic. We told Isabel what we loved to do as travellers (hiking, nature, etc.) and she worked with us to plan a perfect vacation. She made great suggestions and we worked together to make our Ecuadorian experience so memorable. Rich and Melissa

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rich and Melissa!
I'm happy to hear that you had a great experience in Ecuador, your trip was indeed very special, you were able to see experience the vast diversity of wildlife exploring the Galapagos Islands, the rainforest, cloud forest, and even the Andes while horseback riding! It was a pleasure building this vacation for the two of you, glad it met your expectations!
All the best for the two of you,
Isabel

First Class Service Every Step of the Way · Ecuador - Jan 23 - Feb 6, 2020

Traveler: Mary Ellen G. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

We have so much to share regarding the start to finish adventure that Isabel planned for us. I know she was there in the background managing every leg of the trip and I only wish we could have thanked her in person. Planning with Isabel was easy with 2 way back and forth communication. She listened to what we wanted and delivered completely with perfect guides, transportation, top notch hotels and tours. This was the first time we have used a travel service such as Kimkim and it made the... read more

We have so much to share regarding the start to finish adventure that Isabel planned for us. I know she was there in the background managing every leg of the trip and I only wish we could have thanked her in person. Planning with Isabel was easy with 2 way back and forth communication. She listened to what we wanted and delivered completely with perfect guides, transportation, top notch hotels and tours. This was the first time we have used a travel service such as Kimkim and it made the trip so easy with everything coordinated and booked for us. Special mention goes to David Carrion, who met us at Quito airport and became our friend and guide for the next several days. He was professional and knowledgable about his home country and city with many excellent suggestions. Thank you Isabel for suggesting cooking class and market tour with Chef Edwin of Altamira Restaurant which was one of our highlights. Second guide, Marco Herrera took over for the next leg to take us on a beautiful tour of Cotopaxi and Banos. He took very good care of us and was excellent driver through 2 torrential downpours and travel company for my chatty husband. We absolutely fell in love with Hotel Luna Volcan and wish we had booked for 2 nights. The trip then moved to Amazon and Napo Wildlife Centre. I think Isabel picked the best ecolodge in the area and would recommend this one over all others. Three days of exploring the jungle and river with our guide, Juan was perfect. We then switched gears to travel to Galapagos. We were happy Isabel suggested staying on land using boat tours to uninhabited islands during the day. Huge shout out to Isabella Island hotel, Iguana Crossing which was the nicest hotel on the island. We enjoyed exceptional service and upgraded accommodation. Again we wish we had a second night to enjoy this beach paradise. Another mention needs to be given for honest island residents. My husband dropped his passport by accident when we were out for dinner. By the next morning, there was a tourist news feed broadcasting a picture of his passport and asking where he was staying so it could be returned. Not really the way to become famous but we sure appreciated all the care and concern. Our tour guide, Julio and his lovely young daughter, Mia were absolutely fantastic and took us on a couple of amazing tours. Then we taxi boated back to Santa Cruz for 3 night and again had a lovely oasis hotel, Ikala Hotel close but away from the hustle and bustle. 2 boat snorkelling and island hikes were similar in structure but gave us a wider perspective of different species on each island. We sadly had to say goodbye to Galapagos and fly back to Quito. Tour ended with David meeting us and a very special and private tour of a rose farm close to the airport. What a treat that was! The last hotel Isabel chose was EB Hotel close to the airport for an early morning flight. They even offered to pack us brown bag breakfasts because buffet was not open that early. It was a quiet and lovely way to end a very busy and exciting tour. When I say this was a trip of our lifetime, I am not exaggerating. Thank you Isabel for all your background planning and coordination! I am not exaggerating when I say this is the lady to talk to for your Ecuadorean tour!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mary and Richard, thank you very much for your lovely and very detailed review, this will surely help other travelers! First of all let me tell you that I will keep in mind your feedback regarding Baños and Isabela, both places are really great (Not to mention the hotels!) but sometimes time can be tight so I will explain that spending a little bit more time will be worth it!

I'm glad to hear that you made precious memories here, hope you have many pictures to show friends and family!... read more

Dear Mary and Richard, thank you very much for your lovely and very detailed review, this will surely help other travelers! First of all let me tell you that I will keep in mind your feedback regarding Baños and Isabela, both places are really great (Not to mention the hotels!) but sometimes time can be tight so I will explain that spending a little bit more time will be worth it!

I'm glad to hear that you made precious memories here, hope you have many pictures to show friends and family! We could not meet in person but it was a real pleasure to plan this trip with you, hopefully, in the future you will come again to explore different regions of Ecuador!

Kind regards,
Isabel

Flexible planning meets your needs · Ecuador - Jan 7 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: Sherry k. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Lots of pre-planning emails with Isabel resulted in a beautiful trip. Two little glitches along our 3-week mainland trip were resolved very quickly. Our guide/driver Marco was knowledgeable , and when we asked for a deviation, he knew if it was do-able. Wonderful stays at Les terrazzas de Dana in Mindo (recommend Chocolate massage), Hacienda Porvenir(beautiful, peaceful lounge and hiking outside your door.) Thursday market at Sasqisili was fun.

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sherry!
Thank you for your lovely feedback, I'm glad it met your expectations! It was a pleasure planning this trip with you. Marco was more than happy to help you have the best experience, this includes flexibility and the ability to make on-spot changes to show you the most interesting sights for you.

I hope to hear from you again in the future!

Best wishes,
Isabel

He Great Galápagos Experience · Galapagos Islands - Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2020

Traveler: Linda M. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

I can’t remember all of the guides names but they were all very good. The entire trip was incredible.

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda! Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm extremely happy to hear you and Allen have enjoyed every minute of your trip. David and our guides in Galapagos send their regards, they couldn't but mention how an amazingly cooperative couple you are, and we thank you again for that.
My best wishes to both of you and I hope to hear from you again in the future, maybe to plan you another adventure in this wonderful country, Ecuador :)

Greetings from Quito!
Isabel

Quito, Galápagos · Ecuador - Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2019

Traveler: Nancy C. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Every aspect of our trip was well choreographed. Isabel did a great job making sure things moved along seamlessly. Our cruise on the Coral 1 in the Galapagos was wonderful. The staff was very professional, knowledgeable and kind. The snorkeling was fabulous. We then went to the rainforest. What an experience- one extreme to another. We enjoyed our canoe trips and jungle walks immensely. One thing I would strongly recommend is flying in and out of the amazon instead of driving. That was not at all fun. In all, my family as I were very pleased with our trip!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nancy! thanks a lot for your valuable feedback.
I'm happy to hear that you had a wonderful time, I know your family was looking forward to snorkeling especially, and of course, an adventure in the rainforest.
Regarding transportation to the rainforest, right now there is only one airline that flights, but this year two more airlines will start flying, hopefully, this would make the flights more reliable and so, the tours to the rainforest more comfortable!

7 Days in Ecuador: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas · Ecuador - Sep 28 - Oct 5, 2019

Traveler: Young C. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

I am so thankful for all the help that Kimkim has provided for my trip. The trip was booked at the very last minute and had a lot of twists and turns. I don't think our family enjoyed the trip as much as we did if we haven't have Isabel and our trusted guide, Christian. Isabel worked before and after her normal working hour to help me when a national strike by transportation works paralyzed the country for a couple of days. Christian educated our family on food, custom, history and geography... read more

I am so thankful for all the help that Kimkim has provided for my trip. The trip was booked at the very last minute and had a lot of twists and turns. I don't think our family enjoyed the trip as much as we did if we haven't have Isabel and our trusted guide, Christian. Isabel worked before and after her normal working hour to help me when a national strike by transportation works paralyzed the country for a couple of days. Christian educated our family on food, custom, history and geography with his kind manners and excellent knowledge. I would definitely consider working with Kimkim for our next adventure. Thank you!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Young! Thank you very much for the feedback about your trip, I love to hear that you had a great time here in Ecuador even though we didn't have much time to plan for it! I will let Christian know about your kind words, I know he loves sharing our culture so he definitely had a great time with you! I hope you have the chance to come back someday.

Kind regards,
Isabel

Steven

Islands and Amazon eco. · Ecuador - Aug 31 - Sep 14, 2019

Traveler: Steven M. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Ecuador, the essentials. Quito, Yasuni National Park Amazon, and Galapagos!

Our 14 day vacation was exceptional from start to finish. Our trip advisor, Isabel Perez, worked with me in the months leading up to our holiday to ensure we were able to visit our 'must see' places, and also find relaxation time. Her recommendation of the Napo Cultural Centre in Yasuni was the perfect choice for us. Not only is this first class eco-lodge located in a beautiful part of the Amazon, but it is also... read more

Ecuador, the essentials. Quito, Yasuni National Park Amazon, and Galapagos!

Our 14 day vacation was exceptional from start to finish. Our trip advisor, Isabel Perez, worked with me in the months leading up to our holiday to ensure we were able to visit our 'must see' places, and also find relaxation time. Her recommendation of the Napo Cultural Centre in Yasuni was the perfect choice for us. Not only is this first class eco-lodge located in a beautiful part of the Amazon, but it is also home to the local indigenous community school, doctor's office, and cultural events. So you can interact with the local people as well as the parrots and monkeys!

Then after a few days visiting more of Quito we spent 6 unforgettable days on Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. Kimkim arranged for our door to door transportation, great hotels, and unforgettable activities.

We highly recommend partnering with Kimkim to ensure you have the best, seamless, and unforgettable experience in Ecuador!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve! I'm glad the two of you had a wonderful experience here in Ecuador, hope it was a healing time and you came back home with renewed strength! It was a real pleasure planning this trip with you, hopefully, you will come back and see more of the wonders Ecuador has to offer.

Warm regards,
Isabel

Options for Touring Ecuador · Ecuador - Jul 27 - Jul 29, 2019

Traveler: Leslie T. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

The trip was amazing. Isabel did a wonderful job of planning the trip and Christian, our tour guide was unbelievable. He took us everywhere on the itinerary and even included extra stops along the way that he thought would interest us. He was very knowledgeable and we had a fantastic time on the trip. We would definitely recommend that anyone traveling to the Quito area use KimKim and request Christian as your tour guide!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Leslie,
I'm so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time and experiences in Ecuador! I will hand over your nice words to Christian and everyone else who helped to make your short-trip an unforgettable experience!
Please don't hesitate to contact me again in case you - or maybe friends of yours? - want to come to Ecuador again one day! It will be a pleasure for me to plan another great trip together with you.
Warm regards from Ecuador,
Isabel

Trip to Galapagos Islands · Galapagos Islands - May 27 - May 31, 2019

Traveler: Keri B. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

We enjoyed our 5 days of sailing in the Galapagos aboard the Fragata. Our guide, Roberto, was entertaining and knowledgeable about the islands. We especially enjoyed our interactions with the crew, namely Ramon and Jordan. They made our time aboard the boat fun by joining us for games. It was great to get to know them.

Overall, we had a great experience.

One suggestion is about snorkel gear rental. The Fragata website is not clear about cost of rentals. It lists a price for snorkel... read more

We enjoyed our 5 days of sailing in the Galapagos aboard the Fragata. Our guide, Roberto, was entertaining and knowledgeable about the islands. We especially enjoyed our interactions with the crew, namely Ramon and Jordan. They made our time aboard the boat fun by joining us for games. It was great to get to know them.

Overall, we had a great experience.

One suggestion is about snorkel gear rental. The Fragata website is not clear about cost of rentals. It lists a price for snorkel equipment. What is not clear is that this price is for either snorkel and mask OR fins. If you want the full package, it is double the cost.

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Keri! I'm happy you all had a great experience, especially with the crew!
I'm really sorry about the confusion with the prices for the snorkel equipment but thank you for letting me know! I will get in touch with the company so the website is reviewed and it clarifies the exact price of the full package.
Kind regards,
Isabel

Galapagos Islands Land-Based Adventure Tour: 6 Days · Galapagos Islands - Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2019

Traveler: Gretchen R. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

I am so glad I found this site. I was able to describe our interests, and Isabel put together a very nice itinerary that hit all our interests and maximized the use of our limited time, but still had some down time built in. Having a local "shepherd" us, first from the airport onto the bus/hotel, and then each morning to the group activity, took so much stress off of us (standing in line, buying tickets, wondering where the meet point was, etc.). We have traveled in many countries, but this... read more

I am so glad I found this site. I was able to describe our interests, and Isabel put together a very nice itinerary that hit all our interests and maximized the use of our limited time, but still had some down time built in. Having a local "shepherd" us, first from the airport onto the bus/hotel, and then each morning to the group activity, took so much stress off of us (standing in line, buying tickets, wondering where the meet point was, etc.). We have traveled in many countries, but this by far was maybe the smoothest and best thing I've ever done -- all the comfort of a local who speaks the language without the constraints of being tied to the same group/same activities each day. Once in Puerto Ayora, Karina checked us into the hotel and explained the itinerary for the coming week, including what activities, recommended footwear, etc. Karina was both personable and efficient - always on time to the minute, with the taxi right on time as well - no stress at all. The group tour (hiking and snorkeling - our two favorite things) with Fausto on Santa Cruz was a big highlight - great tour!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gretchen! I'm honestly really happy that although your days were limited, you were able to enjoy the diversity the Galapagos islands have to offer, even got to snorkel and hike the Sierra Negra volcano, which I believe is quite breathtaking. I'm glad the service was smooth and everything was clear for you as to what to do next, I will let Karina and Fausto know your thoughts!

broken leg family · Ecuador - Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2019

Traveler: Jessica y. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Isabel was phenomenal. She promptly responded to all messages and was so helpful along the way. Thank you!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jessica! I'm really glad you had an amazing time here in Ecuador with your family and got the chance to visit some of the most adventurous towns, Baños de Agua Santa and Montañita. From the pictures, it seems like you all enjoyed it!

Warm regards,
Isabel

Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days · Ecuador - Apr 29 - May 6, 2019

Traveler: Sam S. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Our trip to Ecuador booked through kimkim was incredible! Isabel made sure that everything was dealt with in terms of accomodations, activities, and logistics which took a lot of the planning off of our hands! The itinerary put together and the welcome packet at the first hotel made sure we never were confused about any meeting points or activities.

In terms of the trip itself, Ecuador is amazing in its diversity of climates and the two that my girlfriend and I wanted to experience (Volcano... read more

Our trip to Ecuador booked through kimkim was incredible! Isabel made sure that everything was dealt with in terms of accomodations, activities, and logistics which took a lot of the planning off of our hands! The itinerary put together and the welcome packet at the first hotel made sure we never were confused about any meeting points or activities.

In terms of the trip itself, Ecuador is amazing in its diversity of climates and the two that my girlfriend and I wanted to experience (Volcano and rainforest) were both unforgettable experiences! From biking down Cotopaxi and the surrounding park to spotting monkeys, birds, caimans, and pink dolphins in the rainforest we couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Thank you to Isabel and our guides for the two portions, Ricardo (biking) and Diego (rainforest). I would highly recommend kimkim for any travel plans and will 100% be using them again in the future!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sam and Megan, I am really happy to hear that you had a great time in Ecuador! It was a pleasure to plan this trip with you, mixing a bit of what you both like, keeping it always fun with. I hope you will have the opportunity to come back to Ecuador, maybe explore some other regions of Ecuador, different volcanoes or go deeper into the rain forest!

Warm regards,
Isabel