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Iveth Granda

I am an Ecuadorian woman, born and raised in Quito, totally proud of my cultural background. I was really fortunate to grow up in a green valley surrounded by mountains, snow-capped volcanoes, thermal springs, crystal-clear creeks, and the characteristic charm of the cold wind sweeping down from the Andean highlands. Whenever I wanted to feel a different climate or discover new, diverse places, I would just travel to the rainforest, to the warm waters of the Pacific Coast or to any place in Ecuador, always easy to reach within a day’s travel or less (with that feeling of discovery oneself

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"The richness of the Ecuadorian landscapes is awesome, my beautiful country is a paradise everywhere you look, that’s why my country has received the name of the country of the four worlds. Thanks to my personal trips, I have gained profound insights into all of these regions, however, I would say that I specialize in ecological, adventure, and cultural experiences. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first steps in travel I took while working at a specialized High Mountain Tour Operator when I was seventeen years old during the pre-professional practices to finish High School. Since that moment I wanted to be involved in tourism which, in addition, was combining perfectly with the languages I was studying at that moment, English and French. As a consequence, it was the starting point to be involved in different areas of tourism, such as: Hospitality, translations, tour leader, migratory control, trip advisor, always with the main focus, friendly customer service and the best advice in order for all the visitors to get the best experience in my country. It has been nearly 20 years since I started in tourism and I am excited that my passion for this profession remains as strong as in the beginning."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In 2013, I decided to move to Israel to volunteer in a Kibbutz for ten months. In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect about that experience, I just wanted to support inside of the Kibbutz community in what they needed. Now, when I look back at that time outside of my country, far away from my family, my friends, my everything I could say, that period is one of the most memorable in my life. I found a new family there, new friends and I was so surprised about amazing places I could visit, like Jerusalem, Akko, Nazareth, Bet Shean, Cesarea, Dead Sea, Red Sea, Eilat, and many more places. Not to mention the kindness of people from different cultures like the Jewish, the Muslims, the Christians, the Armenians and the enrichment of having this mixture in one and the same place. I felt at home always there, this is a unique travel experience I will never forget."

Iveth is part of the following groups: Galapagos Islands Travel Agents, Ecuador Travel Agents
The Chimborazo Volcano
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Wandering through the cobblestone plazas of Quito's beautiful Old Town
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Recent trip reviews for Iveth

Family of Four (Dec 25-Jan 5) · Ecuador - Dec 24 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Mark L. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Thanks to Iveth for organizing a wonderful 13-day trip and to Cristian for making it special. Cristian was very personable and was knowledgeable about local history and customs. He also made great adjustments to our itinerary when appropriate. Iveth stepped up and visited when one of us did not feel well for a couple of days.
Highlights included horseback riding at Cotapaxi; Rose Success rose plantation; Hacienda Las Cuevas (a lovely place to stay carved out of the rock); Casa Gangotena... read more

Thanks to Iveth for organizing a wonderful 13-day trip and to Cristian for making it special. Cristian was very personable and was knowledgeable about local history and customs. He also made great adjustments to our itinerary when appropriate. Iveth stepped up and visited when one of us did not feel well for a couple of days.
Highlights included horseback riding at Cotapaxi; Rose Success rose plantation; Hacienda Las Cuevas (a lovely place to stay carved out of the rock); Casa Gangotena Hotel on an historic square in Quito (great rooms, lovely food, and craft cocktails); the weaving demonstration and people at Peguche Wasi; and our days at Napo Wildlife Center in the Amazon basin. The people were great everywhere we stayed. Cristian’s suggestions for local lunch stops were wonderful and we enjoyed our time with him. We also thought the Cultura Manor Hotel was a nice introduction to the ambience of Quito. We particularly enjoyed our leisurely lunch at La Plaza Restaurant in the Hotel Mama Cuchara (which is by ArtHotels who also have locations in Otavalo and Cuenca). It has a great rooftop bar with views of the historic center and of the Virgin Mary statue on the Mirador de Panecillo. The bar was tended by Juan Pedro who crafted his own cocktails and had virgin versions for the kids.
Being in Ecuador at New Year’s was a treat. In many places, we saw groups of men and even kids clumsily dressed as women who sang and danced amusingly in front of our car. For a couple of coins, we could pass through. Some of them kept us laughing. Cristian explained the tradition and even confessed to having done the same as a young man. The atmosphere for our NYE dinner in the monastery at Hacienda Cusin was wonderful as were the folk dancers would performed in the garden. Although, the rooms there were very tired, the service was great and we loved getting the hot water bottles as part of the turn-down service. And yes, we did find the secret stair in the monastery.
The Amazon was a fabulous part of the trip. The lodge was very well done, the excursions were well planned, and the service was very nice. We saw three species of monkeys, macaws, parrots, a toucan, a young and a full-grown anaconda, caimans, giant river otters, tarantulas, and many other beautiful birds. Our canoe crews were excellent. The visit to the village was a bit touristy but we danced their dance and bought a few hand-made things from their shop.
Our transfers with Alejandro upon our arrival and the day of our departure were excellent. He was flexible and helpful in making our last day in Quito a great day. We had 10 hours between our arrival from the Amazon and the time we needed to return to the airport. So, we went on our own unplanned excursions. We spent two hours at the home and museum of Ecuador’s famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín. This is an absolute must and we highly recommend going there. We then went to the historic Quito area where we came across numerous street performers and an entertaining parade. Alejandro held onto our luggage while we toured. So, it really helped make it a great day.
We do have a few suggestions noting that some of the drives were tiresome and it was cramped being in a small SUV. Skip the Thermae at Papallacta. The cabin was fun, the treatments were fine, and the hike was nice, but the hot springs were filled with locals who stand in line to get in. The place lost its charm with so many people there so it was not worth the drive. White water rafting would have been more fun.
The little village at the middle of the earth was very touristy. The egg demonstration, walking the line, and the water draining demonstration, were all pretty hokey. The monument next door was fine and the relief map in the French pavilion was helpful. The nearby Le Crater Restaurant was fogged in so we did not have a view but even so, the service and the food were disappointing. We do recommend a stop at the Quitsato equator. Their explanations and materials were very well done and it was good that Cristian had us stop there.
In Napo we would have preferred to have one of their naturalists (which is usually included) instead of hiring and paying for our own directly which was apparently due to holiday scheduling difficulties. Pedro was not very engaging, even at meals. He could have made it more fun for us and our teens. Our indigenous community guide Jorge was good at spotting animals and we even heard Pedro asking Jorge for information about the animals. We still enjoying Napo and would recommend it.
We had a great trip to the Galapagos prior to having kids and would have worked that it if we had more time.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Mark!
Thank you sooooo and really much for you amazing and complete review, this is so helpful for us to know your feedback!
I am so glad you enjoyed all and every place and activity you visit with Cristian, the itinerary detailed of the experience you have was created with all my heart with such amazing company of Nancy, she was wonderful since the beginning to get the final trip for your delight.
I really appreciate all your kind words and it was fantastic to share a good talk with... read more

Dear, Mark!
Thank you sooooo and really much for you amazing and complete review, this is so helpful for us to know your feedback!
I am so glad you enjoyed all and every place and activity you visit with Cristian, the itinerary detailed of the experience you have was created with all my heart with such amazing company of Nancy, she was wonderful since the beginning to get the final trip for your delight.
I really appreciate all your kind words and it was fantastic to share a good talk with you when I visited you to confirm everything is ok with your health!
All the places you visited and enjoy an accommodation experience, are so gracefull of your review, this is so helpful to keep improving their services in a positive and motivated way.
Honestly, I really appreciate your review, because coming from you, as a trip experience specialist, this is a feedback so important to keep planning the best trips with a genuine
sense of my country orchestrated with great service!

I have already told your kind words to Cristian, Alejandro and the staff involved in your itinerary, they are so happy!

Thanks a lot again to you and your family, and send my greetings too!

Best regards,
Iveth

Great trip · Ecuador - Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2020

Traveler: Manoj N. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Had a great time in Ecuador. Kimkim team - especially Iveth - was very helpful and went out of their way to make sure that we had a good trip. Thank you!

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Manoj, Rima, and Sidharth!
Thanks a lot for coming to Ecuador to enjoy this amazing adventure, I am really happy, you had a Great trip in Ecuador.
For me, it was a pleasure to assist you during your trip process and I keep a great memory of you and your family in my country, now is yours too, you can come back whenever you want!

Warmest regards,
Iveth

Our trip to Ecuador was wonderful. I feel we ... · Ecuador - Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Ann C. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Our trip to Ecuador was wonderful. I feel we experienced as much as we could in our 7 day adventure. Iveth was lovely and I found it very special that she met us at the airport and joined us on the trip to Huasquila Lodge in the Amazon rainforest. I enjoyed her insight, information into our travels and advice when we were on own.. It was such a pleasure to have Marcelo drive us. I learned alot from him, enjoyed his knowledge, he was patient with our lack of spanish, its was fun to hear of... read more

Our trip to Ecuador was wonderful. I feel we experienced as much as we could in our 7 day adventure. Iveth was lovely and I found it very special that she met us at the airport and joined us on the trip to Huasquila Lodge in the Amazon rainforest. I enjoyed her insight, information into our travels and advice when we were on own.. It was such a pleasure to have Marcelo drive us. I learned alot from him, enjoyed his knowledge, he was patient with our lack of spanish, its was fun to hear of his family, and very thankful for our late night drives and that he gave up so much of Christmas holiday to be with us. Christian who was our driver from the rainforest to Banos taking in so many sites and waterfalls, he was so kind as he helped me to navigate the trails to waterfalls ( I have to admit I was not prepared for terrain) and taking video and pictures of our adventures. I so enjoyed his company and learning of his big family, traditions, and his recommendations for Banos, we did take his advice on eating Guinea pig (Cuy).
It was memorable and so fun to spend time with my son Denver, he tries to keep me young and challenge of my comfort zone. You all helped with that.
Iveth, Marcelo, and Christian will remain in my heart with a SMILE.
Thanks so much,
Ann Collins

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

My dear, Ann!
Thank you really much, I really appreciate your so kind words, for me, it was fantastic to meet you and to meet Denver, It was an honor of being part of this trip planning since the beginning with your lovely son, Denver.
You rocked all time, and as you realized Ecuador is crowded with amazing and a lot of places to visit in so short distances and in a very small country, small but beautiful!
So you took advantage of all your time here, and for Marcelo, Christian and me, all of... read more

My dear, Ann!
Thank you really much, I really appreciate your so kind words, for me, it was fantastic to meet you and to meet Denver, It was an honor of being part of this trip planning since the beginning with your lovely son, Denver.
You rocked all time, and as you realized Ecuador is crowded with amazing and a lot of places to visit in so short distances and in a very small country, small but beautiful!
So you took advantage of all your time here, and for Marcelo, Christian and me, all of us feel honored of have hosted you in here, and no doubt, both of you dear Ann and dear Denver, we will remain you with a BIG SMILE TOO in our heart!

Warmest regards,
Iveth

A life changing journey · Ecuador - Dec 17 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: Marsha S. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Our trip to Ecuador was incredible and surpassed all expectations! Iveth put together the perfect trip based upon on interests and budget. She was extremely communicative in the months and weeks leading up to our trip, and was in regular contact with us and our guides throughout our trip. Thanks to Iveth we were able to see and learn about so many different parts of the country. We spent 18 days traveling through mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We spent half of our trip journeying... read more

Our trip to Ecuador was incredible and surpassed all expectations! Iveth put together the perfect trip based upon on interests and budget. She was extremely communicative in the months and weeks leading up to our trip, and was in regular contact with us and our guides throughout our trip. Thanks to Iveth we were able to see and learn about so many different parts of the country. We spent 18 days traveling through mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We spent half of our trip journeying through the highlands, the Amazon rainforest, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, and Quito; the second half we spend in the Galapagos Islands. She arranged for us to have a private guide/driver while on the mainland - Christian. He was one of the best guides we've ever had, in any country! He was kind, caring and funny. He was so knowledgeable about Ecuador's history, culture, and especially the nature! Thanks to Christian, we feel like experts on Ecuador. His love and passion for his country shined, and it truly made our experience extra special.

Our vacation to Ecuador was unique for a number of reasons, but mostly because Iveth was instrumental in coordinating and executing our marriage proposal. She assisted my fiance with planning every detail of his proposal, including ensuring that eleven 'love notes' were received by eleven different hotels. The proposal took place overlooking the spectacular Lake Quilotoa, and it will be one of our most cherished memories. She also assisted my fiance with planning a very special hotel stay at the beautiful and romantic Hotel Rumiloma. Iveth was always there for us; we had some issues with our airline tickets and she was immediately available to assist. When we both felt sick one day in Quito, she came to our hotel first thing in the morning with Pediasure and medicine. She was extremely attentive to all of our needs, and she went above and beyond to make sure our time in Ecuador was well spent. She is extremely organized and we never had to worry about our itinerary, pick ups, transfers, etc. Her positive energy and love for her country radiates, and we could not have imagined this trip without her playing a part in it. I plan to tell all my friends and family to work with Iveth when planning their Ecuador trips, and we will certainly work with her again on our next visit to the wonderful Ecuador!

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Heyyyyyy! My lovely and uncommon traveler friends!
It's going to be difficult forgetting you, I could say I won't forget you for more than one reason!
Thanks a lot for coming to visit my beautiful Ecuador, as you know it is your home whenever you want to come back.
I am so happy you enjoy every second, before coming, during your stay and of course after the trip with a lot of anecdotes to tell everyone!
I loved planning your trip with special details I was imaging you will love, and it's... read more

Heyyyyyy! My lovely and uncommon traveler friends!
It's going to be difficult forgetting you, I could say I won't forget you for more than one reason!
Thanks a lot for coming to visit my beautiful Ecuador, as you know it is your home whenever you want to come back.
I am so happy you enjoy every second, before coming, during your stay and of course after the trip with a lot of anecdotes to tell everyone!
I loved planning your trip with special details I was imaging you will love, and it's great to read on your amazing review you loved!
Even though there were some situations unexpected, you were an amazing travelers and exceptional trip partners, when you keep together, being optimistic and being confident in the advice, and as I told you: It's great to keep together but especially in difficult moments!
Having you here, was also a great experience for me, now I feel I can do everything, lol.
Thanks a lot again for your amazing words, for all my team, it was fantastic assisting you every day, I have already let them know all your feelings on this lovely message, Christian, Marcelo and all places where you enjoy your accommodation, were so happy of receiving your message.

When you return to Ecuador, your family or your friends, remember, you have more than one friend here to help you with anything!

With all my heart ;)
Iveth

Good memories of Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 15 - Dec 25, 2019

Traveler: Ayesha S. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Had a great time (10 days) at various location along the Andean highlands in Ecuador with our guide, Cristian, organised by Iveth. What a gorgeous, scenic country and friendly people!!
Iveth took to time to tailor the itinerary to hit all the places we selected. And even helped us out with a couple of issues along the way. Cristian was with us the whole trip and his assistance was exemplary and invaluable. He was willing to accommodate changes, make suggestions and was not stuck to a set... read more

Had a great time (10 days) at various location along the Andean highlands in Ecuador with our guide, Cristian, organised by Iveth. What a gorgeous, scenic country and friendly people!!
Iveth took to time to tailor the itinerary to hit all the places we selected. And even helped us out with a couple of issues along the way. Cristian was with us the whole trip and his assistance was exemplary and invaluable. He was willing to accommodate changes, make suggestions and was not stuck to a set checklist. His input about local customs, traditions, etc., added to experience.
In retrospect, I would've liked to have had two days in Quito and vicinity and skipped Guayaquil; and definitely would've added a couple of visits to the museums to learn about pre-Inca settlements/history.
Will come back again to visit Yasuni and Galapagos the next time. Thank you, Iveth and Cristian, for making it a memorable trip.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Ayesha!
Thank you so so so much, I really appreciate your time and your kind words!
I am so glad you enjoyed a great time in Ecuador, and you take advantage of every detail organized in your itinerary, behind every daily programming there is a committed staff, so I will let them know all your lovely words.
As I can see you will return to visit more of the Ecuadorian wonders, I will be more than happy to assist you in anything you need!
Cuenca, Yasuní, Galápagos, Cristian and me, will be... read more

Dear, Ayesha!
Thank you so so so much, I really appreciate your time and your kind words!
I am so glad you enjoyed a great time in Ecuador, and you take advantage of every detail organized in your itinerary, behind every daily programming there is a committed staff, so I will let them know all your lovely words.
As I can see you will return to visit more of the Ecuadorian wonders, I will be more than happy to assist you in anything you need!
Cuenca, Yasuní, Galápagos, Cristian and me, will be waiting for you and for Latha of course!
Thanks for being great travelers and keep enjoying your adventure with the best vibes.

Warmest regards,
Iveth

Great Trip with Amazing Guides · Ecuador - Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Denver C. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

My mother and I really felt like we were being looked after and had a great experience from start to finish in Ecuador.

Marcelo and Iveth greeted us at the airport on our first day and went the extra mile to make sure we felt welcomed.

A real highlight of the trip was the two nights we spend at the Amazon lodge-- the staff there, including Sabino, our guide, were incredible. It made for a great adventure.

Then, we were again put into good hands with Chrisitian, our guide through the Waterfalls route.

Overall, the trip was unforgettable and Iveth and company made it really easy on us.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

My dear friends, Ann and Denver!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you the idea of taking advantage of your time our beautiful Ecuador was essential, your kind words make me feel satisfied, You have mentioned the truth, all the people involved enjoy and make with passion this amazing activity of tourism with the only one goal, you got an amazing experience to keep as an unforgettable experience.
So thanks a lot for take the time and your experience... read more

My dear friends, Ann and Denver!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you the idea of taking advantage of your time our beautiful Ecuador was essential, your kind words make me feel satisfied, You have mentioned the truth, all the people involved enjoy and make with passion this amazing activity of tourism with the only one goal, you got an amazing experience to keep as an unforgettable experience.
So thanks a lot for take the time and your experience to mention to Marcelo, Sabino, Huasquila Lodge, Cristian, and of course more people behind to make possible receive this type of experiences in words.
My friends from Ecuador Galapagos Travels will be thrilled and grateful for knowing you're finally arrived safe and with a good vibe after this adventure!

Have an amazing 2020 and please keep traveling together, you are a treasure for each one of you! Thanks a lot again, and have an amazing day!
Warmest regards from your Ecuadorian friend,
Iveth

This trip was perfect! · Ecuador - Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2019

Traveler: Jon P. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

The guide, Cristin was amazing! He made my trip special and unforgettable. I have memories that will last a lifetime. The trip was perfectly organized. The food and stay were well orchestrated. I would recommend this group to anyone visiting Ecuador!

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Jon!
I am so glad to hear you had a great trip in Ecuador!
Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind and warm words! I will definitely pass along your appreciation to Cristian, for him it was amazing too, spending this precious time with such an interesting person like you, he really enjoy to share this trip to discover and to show you the wonders of my beautiful country!
Thanks for your time of coming here, and thanks for this message that you are taking in your... read more

Dear, Jon!
I am so glad to hear you had a great trip in Ecuador!
Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind and warm words! I will definitely pass along your appreciation to Cristian, for him it was amazing too, spending this precious time with such an interesting person like you, he really enjoy to share this trip to discover and to show you the wonders of my beautiful country!
Thanks for your time of coming here, and thanks for this message that you are taking in your soul to share with more people who would like to live this experience too!
It was our pleasure of being part of this memorable trip also for me!

Best regards,
Iveth ;)

Carolyn

Couldn't Have Been Better! · Galapagos Islands - Oct 10 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Carolyn T. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

I cannot say enough about Iveth and her team. They were absolutely phenomenal. Our trip to the Galapagos went off without a hitch. And given the fact that there was a countrywide shutdown of transportation and its providers, it was a miracle that none of our plans were changed. They were quick on their feet, responsive and- most of all- protective of us and of our experience. The tours that Iveth arranged in the islands were informative, fun and adventurous. A few times we had personal guides... read more

I cannot say enough about Iveth and her team. They were absolutely phenomenal. Our trip to the Galapagos went off without a hitch. And given the fact that there was a countrywide shutdown of transportation and its providers, it was a miracle that none of our plans were changed. They were quick on their feet, responsive and- most of all- protective of us and of our experience. The tours that Iveth arranged in the islands were informative, fun and adventurous. A few times we had personal guides that provided one-on-one insight into the Galapagos and its amazing inhabitants. We saw every animal we wanted to see! The hotels that we stayed in were all good to great with hot showers and comfortable beds (true necessities after a day of exploring!).
Iveth was truly lovely and she made sure that we were taken care of every step of the way. She knows her territory and she loves her country and its people. Her enthusiasm shows through in her attention to detail and her ability to put the right guide with the right people. When we return to Ecuador, which we have promised Iveth we would, we will definitely use her services again.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Carolyn, and Jonathon!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you, your happiness is mine, I am really thrilled you had a wonderful in my beloved Ecuador!

For all my team is a commitment to make of your trip an amazing experience, I will pass on your kind words to all the Responsible Travel Team, they will be happy and grateful too for coming to our country and keep enjoying since the beginning to the end!

And, remember you promised to come back... read more

Dear, Carolyn, and Jonathon!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you, your happiness is mine, I am really thrilled you had a wonderful in my beloved Ecuador!

For all my team is a commitment to make of your trip an amazing experience, I will pass on your kind words to all the Responsible Travel Team, they will be happy and grateful too for coming to our country and keep enjoying since the beginning to the end!

And, remember you promised to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country "The Country of four worlds", and for us, it will be a great pleasure to assist you again.

Thanks a lot again, and have an amazing day!
Warmest regards from your Ecuadorian friend,
Iveth