I am originally from Ireland. Having being born on a farm I always had a natural inclination for the outdoors. I am married and live in Lima Peru (big city change!) with my family. My first visit to Latin America was in 2002 when I ventured on many hiking excursions and fell in love with the immensity of the landscapes and people along the way. I returned many times and travelled across very many countries, each one has their own surprises and captivating moments.
My approach in creating exceptional experiences is simple:
1. Listen. This way I learn your preferences
2. Offer my in-depth advice, which is always honest
3. Be creative with itineraries and inspire
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"We offer trips across multiple destinations across Latin America. From the Panama Canal to Cape Horn we can make it happen. Our trips are never off the shelf and are individually crafted for the very best outcomes. I think our local knowledge from having seen and done these trips offers a unique perspective from which our travellers benefit.
Popular activities are hiking, biking, food tours, water sports and cultural journeys to know , in depth, the people and places along the way."
How did you get involved in travel?
"Growing up in Ireland I remember at nine years of age sitting down and planning a trip for my mother and father along the west coast of the country. I loved geography and knew all the capitals of the world, so I guess I was born with some travel genes and curiosity. I think curiosity is a big element of people that love to venture out beyond the unfamiliar. I worked for the family transport business for many years and had opportunity to travel across Europe. The addiction to travel led me to the shores of Latin America."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Reaching the summit of the Ausangate Trek in Peru at 17,000 feet with a group of friends. They were a diverse bunch and one would have never seen some as mountaineers. The journey to get there was a landmark journey in life."
Jason's favorite itineraries and travel advice
Top itineraries and travel advice
Monumental archaeological mysteries, natural phenomena, and urban life are all part of this 11-day Chilean itinerary. From sprawling Santiago to the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert...
This 15-day odyssey will take you to some of Chile's most fascinating sites and spectacular landscapes. Get to know the bustling city of Santiago, see the driest desert in the...
Explore the natural wonders of Chile and Argentina on this adventurous 15-day tour. Start in Chile's capital, Santiago, where you'll go on walking tours and wine tastings. Then,...
If you're looking for the ideal South American country in which to enjoy the perfect family vacation, look no further than Argentina. This 10-day itinerary kicks off with a...
Atacama Desert: Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village
The Atacama Desert abounds with geologic wonders, and discovering them is why travelers visit this region of northern Chile. You'll find one such gem, the Tatio Geysers, located about 1.5 hours from the town of San Pedro de Atacama. At an altitude of 4,320 meters (14,173 feet), these are the...
Machu Picchu Tour
The ruins of the 15th century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu (which translates to "old mountain") were largely hidden to the outside world until the early 20th century. Today over a million visitors flock to this UNESCO World Heritage Site each year. They come to see a masterpiece of ancient...
Easter Island: Orongo & Ahu Akivi Tour
This excursion involves two half-day tours to Orongo and Ahu Akivi. The experience begins in the southwest corner of Rapa Nui and the remains of the village of Orongo. Located on the rim of an inactive volcano called Rano Kau, this area enjoys a special place in the island's history as it was the...
El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier Trek
Los Glaciares National Park, located in the Santa Cruz province of southern Argentina, covers nearly 1.5 million acres and is home to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It's a Unesco World Heritage Site that draws hundreds of thousands of international visitors each year. They come to view some...
Hike Torres del Paine National Park - The French Valley
This excursion involves a visit to one of many iconic areas of Torres del Paine National Park: The French Valley. Led by an expert guide the adventure begins at the Pudeto Ranger Station, which is located on the shore of Lake Pehoé, which sits beside Lago Grey and is fed by the Paine River. From...
Recent trip reviews for Jason
Jason Kearney provided us with everything we...
May 25 - Jun 2, 2023
Jason Kearney provided us with everything we would have wanted in our itinerary. He was an incredible support throughout our trip and answered all the questions/concerns promptly. I believe his availability and willingness made our trip memorable! He was just awesome!!
We had two tour guides: Francisco (Santiago, Valparaiso) and Christian (San Pedro de Atacama). Both of them made our trip stress-free and totally enjoyable. Their knowledge of the towns, restaurants and landscapes was... read more
Hi Ashok and Karla,
It was a pleasure to work with you on creating your great adventure in Chile. I am glad the trip exceeded your expectations and we truly look forward to welcoming you back on your next Latin American adventure.
Best wishes and a long and happy life to you both.
Loved Our Argentina Escapade
Feb 12 - Feb 26, 2023
We just returned from a 15-day trip to Argentina that we planned through kimkim. We loved the door-to-door coverage knowing that all arrangements for transfers, lodging, domestic flights, and most excursions were handled. In addition, we had a team of guides and drivers, almost all of whom spoke English, to help us really find the best of this unique South American Country.
Our trip started in Buenos Aires, went to Salta, Cafayate, Mendoza, and then El Calafate in Patagonia. The 474 Buenos... read more
It has been great to receive your review and I am so glad you had a wonderful time with us in Argentina. It was always nice to work with you in building the trip to encompass many great destinations. You manged to see some much in your time with us and for sure we look forward to welcoming you back to discover more great destinations in Latin America.
5 star Excellent Itinerary/Booking Services f...
Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2023
5 star Excellent Itinerary/Booking Services from KimKim Travel
We would definitely use this company again and again after our trip to Argentina! They were able to work with us over a series of weeks to create a custom itinerary for us that included different hotels, cities, excursions and flights between different cities. The local companies they work with are absolutely amazing. Drivers were on time, courteous, easy to locate, friendly and had a wealth of knowledge on the city we were... read more
Thanks for your review and I am glad to hear you had a very enjoyable experience with us in Argentina. We hope to see you back in Latin America with us in the near future.
What an incredible trip!
Feb 4 - Feb 11, 2023
What an incredible trip. I have had some terrible experiences with Travel Agents in the past, so I was hesitant to work with them again. With such a logistically complex trip, I am so happy we decided to work with Jason.
Firstly, his recommendations and guidance ahead of the trip ended up being very key. With so many places to visit in Patagonia, Jason took the places we knew we wanted to visit and crafted an itinerary that mixed that with his know-how of the region. What we ended up with... read more
Good to hear from you and I am very happy to see you had a great adventure. You managed to do a lot in your available time and while the journeys can be sometimes big, the memories live forever. I appreciated you took the time to chat with me as it makes an immense difference in helping to understand your own preferences and then creating a framework to deliver them. I am glad you have renewed faith in travel operators. Please contact me for any future adventures in Latina America and glad to have made friendships with you both. Jason.
Jan 14 - Jan 27, 2023
Most guides were very good.
The guide on Jan. 25, 2023 for Torres del Plaine National Park spoke at length in Spanish and very little in English. So we missed out on a lot of commentary.
And all drivers were very good.
Jason provided great service.
He had planned and organized our trip very nicely.
This made it very easy for us and we had no anxiety or stress anywhere in Chile.
He communicates immediately on an inquiry and to the point.
He had promised us that our trip would be... read more
Thanks for your review and I am glad you both had a wonderful time and are considering your next vacation with us. You mentioned the Torres del Paine guide not being conversant in English as much as Spanish. I will look into that as it has not happened before and we wish to correct that for future travellers. I am glad all of the rest of the trip was above your expectations. I am glad we have built a trusted relationship for the future.
Exceeded our high expectations, the best
Jan 9 - Jan 21, 2023
From our pickup at the airport, to our delivery to return, our trip was smooth and wonderful. Gabriel, our driver in Buenos Aires, was helpful far beyond our transit needs. He shared his love of the city and its history, pointing out several possibilities for our dining options and some of the areas of the city we would visit the next day with our guide, Marta. The Hotel Carles was comfortable with thermostat controlled A/C for our comfort. The staff ensured that our visit was trouble free,... read more
Thanks so much for your trip review. I am so glad you got to experience a real taste of Argentina in your time with us and discovered the great outdoors of this fascinating land. We hope to welcome you back in the future to Latin America!! I always enjoyed our conversations. Slainte! O Donnell Abu!
Incredible Argentina Honeymoon Adventure
Jan 1 - Jan 14, 2023
Jason planned an incredible honeymoon for us that exceeded all of our expectations. We had no major hiccups the entire trip (not even a domestic flight delay) and had excellent service for each of our scheduled events. We truly feel we saw all the best things each of our locations in Argentina could offer. We were blown away and would absolutely work with Jason again. Thank you! read more
Thank you for your kind words. We were very happy to provide a memorable honeymoon experience in Argentina. It is a superb destination for both culture and the great outdoors. We look forward to welcoming you to Latin America in the future. Please reach out to me anytime. firstname.lastname@example.org
This was the second time I used Kimkim to pla...
Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2022
This was the second time I used Kimkim to plan my South American trip. Jason was excellent in organizing everything from Beunosaires, El Calafate and peuroto natales to Punta Arenas. The day of ESTANCIA CRISTINA was the highlight of our trip!!! Even if there was hiccup he took care of it. Only improvement I might suggest is a packing list before trip might have been helpful. Punta Arenas some of the Penguin tours and transfers were not exactly up-to mark but Jason took care of the... read more
Thanks for your review and we were glad to plan a great adventure for you all. The hotel in Punta Arenas is not our first choice but we had a short lead in for your trip and it was the best option available. It should always have courteous staff and we have noted that for improvement.
Other issues that came up along the way were dealt with efficiently I believe. The weather too made some tours a challenge but glad that overall you had a great time and are considering a new booking with us too!
Regards and Best Wishes,
This was an excellent and amazing vacation!...
Dec 13 - Dec 26, 2022
This was an excellent and amazing vacation!
Hard to single out one place. I learned a lot about a part of the world that I never really thought about. It was exciting to be in Buenos Aires when they won the soccer championship. We were there at the right time to share their joy. All places we visited were beautiful. The guides were excellent. I can only say that it opened up a whole world I was ignorant of. We have been to Europe several times. This trip gave me a new understanding of... read more
Thank you for taking time to write such a thoughtful review. It is one of the joys of travel that it brings us to new places and new people that utterly change our perspectives on this journey of life. It has been great to share in bringing your trip to fruition and I enjoyed working with you along the pathway of Argentina. We hope to see you again in the future in Latin America.
Thank you Jason for planning such a wonderful...
Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2022
Thank you Jason for planning such a wonderful trip for Jim and me. All your arrangements worked out perfectly, from pick up at the airport in Santiago to our departure on the last day from Puerto Natales. Felipe, our guide in Santiago, was amazing. He had such a thorough grasp of Santiago’s history, the people and the politics. We learned so much from him as we toured the city. Lunch at Boscanariz was a delicious surprise and gave us an education in Chilean wines. The Atacama Desert was... read more
Hi Alane and Jim,
It was a pleasure to work in the creation and delivery of your great adventure in Chile. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Our trip was fantastic. Every tour guide we h...
Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2022
Our trip was fantastic. Every tour guide we had was great. From Evelyn in Santiago who took us around downtown and gave us great insights about Santiago and Valparaiso.
To our guides in Atacama (Pablo, etc).
The hotel cumbres was great!. People were super helpful.
To our tour guides in Patagonia Camp. This hotel was great!!!! What an experience. I would go back in a heart beat. Barbara, Marcelo and Pauline were great!!!. A wealth of knowledge and extremely accommodating. This place is... read more
Thanks for taking the time to review your trip experience. I am glad you had such a wonderful time discovering the mega diverse land of Chile. It is true that the guides along the way make or break a trip. They provide the stories and and the human elements to add to a beautiful landscape. I am glad our team performed admirably. We look forward to welcoming you to Latin America in the future.
We had the most incredible experience from st...
Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2022
We had the most incredible experience from start to finish. Jason was helpful, responsive and planned the most amazing trip! I will never go on a trip again without using kimkim. We felt like VIPs!
Thank you for your kind words, they make our work worthwhile, to leave fond memories into the future. We look forward to seeing you again in Latin America with us.
You are VIP's!!
10-day Chilean Family Vacation
Oct 29 - Nov 7, 2022
Jason, our travel agent, was very helpful and attentive. He was very receptive to feedback and promptly incorporated my input into a revised travel plan. Jason was very easy to work with, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to travel in Latin America. I think the only way for the trip planning to be easier is if Jason could read my mind, because it was sometimes difficult to describe the types of adventures that would interest me and my family. ... read more
Your kind words and review are much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in the future to Latin America.
We had a wonderful trip - every detail was co...
Oct 15 - Oct 24, 2022
We had a wonderful trip - every detail was considered! It was so nice and relaxing for our first trip to South America to know that all the lodging, travel and transfers were scheduled and taken care of.
Our hotel in Palermo, Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola, was one of the favorite places we have ever stayed. The space and our room with the balcony overlooking the garden was so charming and cozy, but the true highlight were the staff - who were all so so so helpful and accomodating. I... read more
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was always a pleasure to work with you in getting the trip to fruition. I am glad you got to see the football at River Plate, I hope ye won? Last time I was there they won 3- 1!
Hope to see you in the future.
We had a great two-week trip around Argentina...
Aug 7 - Aug 20, 2022
We had a great two-week trip around Argentina. The trip includes a good balance of history, culture, scenery, and cuisine in each of the locations we visited. The hotels that we stayed in are either in really good locations or every interesting settings.
The tours themselves were excellent overall and had plenty of photo opportunities, activities, and food. The horseback riding in Mendoza and Iguazú Falls are notable highlights! We didn't visit the salt flats during the rainy season, so... read more
Thanks for your trip review. I am glad that you had a very enjoyable experience along the way and a fine insight to Argentina . I agree, the salt flats are indeed a good distance from Salta and in the dry season can be less impressive than the flooded months of January and February. I am glad to hear that the tours were, in totality, of a high standard for you.
We look forward to having you back again. I can help you with tours in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and the Galapagos.... read more
the local guides were wonderful!!!!
Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2022
the local guides were wonderful!!!! read more
Thank you for your trip review and I am glad to know you had a great time with us in Brazil. We look forward to welcoming you to South America again in the future and it was a pleasure to work with you in creating great memories.
Best mother son bonding trip ever!
Mar 2 - Mar 12, 2022
The trip was truly exceptional. The Amazon is a great adventure for anyone traveling with teenage boys. Our guide Robert was patient and able to help us spot monkeys, sloths, spiders, birds and caimans. The next stop was visiting the Sacred Valley. Our guide Dennis gave us a great foundation in Incan history prior to us heading to Machu Picchu. He made looking at the tiered potato fields interesting by talking about the debunked theories around their existence - such as meteorites and... read more
Thank you for your kind words Marsha and I am so glad we were able to make a trip of memories for you both. To be enriched by living joyful shared moments with our children is surely one of the crescendos of parenthood.
We hope to see you again soon!