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Karen Quintero

Holaaa! I'm Karen, proudly Mexican and native from a small city called Tlaxcala. In the last 4 years, I’ve been exploring Mexico and I love to share with the world the authentic Mexico that I’m in love with, full of culture, nature and wonderful people, but most importantly I love traveling with a positive impact and connecting
I’ll be more than happy to share my experiences and knowledge to help you design an authentic trip in Mexico

How did you get involved in travel?

"I studied international tourism with the idea of traveling around the world, and while I was studying I realized I was missing out on so many incredible places in Mexico, how was I going to tell the people how incredible my country is if I haven’t seen it? So, I decided to plan my first trip alone at eighteen, I went to the Riviera Maya for 2 months and I fell in love with the feeling of being whoever I want to be, the feeling of being in a place for the first time and getting surprised.
The best part is that now I’m part of Rutopia and I want to connect travelers with the authenticity of my country by getting to know the local communities.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Last year I had the opportunity to go to Chiapas, to be honest, it wasn’t my favorite state nor on my top list, but at the end of the trip, I was stunning by all the beauty, history, archeological sites, the food, the incredible people, the nature and the incredible views.
The best part was at Las Tres Tzimoleras, I don’t even know how to start to describe this activity, but I jumped in a waterfall, I saw an incredible view of the forest and the waterfalls and I rappelled in a waterfall, all these incredible things in one day, what a crazy thing, but it was awesome. "

Karen is part of the following groups: Mexico Travel Agents
Colorful streets in Puerto Vallarta's historic center near Malecon and Playa de los Muertos
2 Weeks in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Mexico, you have plenty of time to delve into more than one region—pair Mexico City with the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, for example—and to build your trip around a particular interest. Spend two weeks touring Mexico's top highlights, focus on seeing as many UNESCO-honored ruins as you can, take a family-oriented trip that features outdoor activities like swimming with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta, or eat and drink your way around Mexico on a foodie tour.

Street tacos in Mexico City
Culinary Tour Through Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca - 7 Days

On this food-focused tour, you'll discover authentic Mexican cuisine at marketplaces, family-run restaurants, street food stands, and indigenous farms. The itinerary isn't only about food, though: the schedule features visits to archaeological sites and other places of interest, including the pyramids of Teotihuacán and the colonial city of Puebla.

Temple of Quetzalcoatl
Discover Central Mexico: Mexico City, Cholula, Oaxaca, Mazunte, & More - 13 Days

If you want to experience Mexico's culture and leave time for adventure, look no further than this packed 13-day trip. From the buzzing streets of Mexico City to the ancient archaeological ruins that emerge from the rainforest, you'll see the best of the region and enjoy insider experiences, like a traditional Temzacal steam bath.

The pyramids at Teotihuacán, Mexico
Cultural Tour of Mexico - 7 Days

The largest pyramid in the world is in Mexico, as are some of the world's mysterious pyramids—at Cholula and Teotihuacán, respectively—and you'll visit both places on this wide-ranging cultural tour. Learn about pre-Hispanic, Mayan, and Aztec cultures as you explore Mexico City, Mérida, Puebla, and Chichén Itzá, and take a break for a refreshing dip in a cenote. And a taco or two, of course.

Recent trip reviews for Karen

The trip was wonderful. Oaxaca was a place we...
Mexico | Jan 15 - Jan 25, 2023

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Carol G.
East Naples, FL | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

The trip was wonderful. Oaxaca was a place we’ve been trying to visit for several years. The tour was well laid had very few hiccups. The hotels were great, the guides were very informative, and the food was outstanding. There was lots of diversity of tours, so it covered all the bases. The company did a good job with follow up and being flexible on starting times, etc..

A few minor things that could be improved. Number one -we did not have a return flight to Oaxaca from Huatulco so we... read more

The trip was wonderful. Oaxaca was a place we’ve been trying to visit for several years. The tour was well laid had very few hiccups. The hotels were great, the guides were very informative, and the food was outstanding. There was lots of diversity of tours, so it covered all the bases. The company did a good job with follow up and being flexible on starting times, etc..

A few minor things that could be improved. Number one -we did not have a return flight to Oaxaca from Huatulco so we had to book that separately and we were surprise the tour company did not pick up on this. Fortunately, we discovered it a month before the trip and were able to get the tickets . Our guide Margaux was our favorite, but Alejandro and Perfecto were also great guides and we feel like we really saw the various aspects of Oaxaca, and Huatulco.
I would suggest they eliminate small group tours as those days did not go off as well as private guided trips, and we would’ve preferred to continue with a private guide. One day we were stuck with a guide and a group they did not speak English and that was very disappointing, but they reimbursed us for this tour. In hindsight with 10 days of touring, it would’ve been better to just stick with private guides or at least allow that option. Overall , I thought the company did a good job and was very responsive to text. I would definitely recommend them to get a in-depth feel for the region. Thanks for making our anniversary special.

Hotel Reviews
Los Pilares
Oaxaca

We love the location, though it was a bit of a walk to the central area. The staff were amazingly wonderful and friendly. The room was off the courtyard, but very dark. Also, we were below the kitchen, so the noise of furniture moving was very loud at night, but died down at around 10 o’clock. There were not many restaurants around except Le Bice Probre that served local cuisine but we walked to town a lot and found great restaurants. The pillows are way too big, so we use towels as our pillows. My only complaint besides the pillows was breakfast. It was delicious but service was supposed to begin at 7:30 yet that was merely a suggestion. We would get there at 7:30 but we couldn’t get coffee till 7:45 and therefore could not make a tour at 8 o’clock. Fortunately, we figured this out on day two and were able to pre-order our breakfast on a day. We had an 8 o’clock start. It does seem with such a beautiful, quaint hotel as this that they could have a coffee station or place you could get coffee prior to 7:30 do in the morning. Other than that we love this place.

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Quinta Bella
Oaxaca

It’s great that such a small hotel has six restaurants to choose from and all of them are good. We generally are not resort people, but this hotel was very nice and comfortable. The grocery store .4 miles away was a wonderful bonus because the wine at the hotel wasn’t that great and was very pricey. Staff are friendly and it was an easy walk to town. We are not resort people so we took day tours and enjoyed the birding and hiking. The water was cold as it was January so we did not do much swimming.

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Activity Reviews
Gastronomic Indigenous Roots
Oaxaca

A great way to start a trip and experience the different cuisines of the region. We were lucky the restaurant was not open the night we went, and we were the only guests because they treated us so well. It was nice to meet Chef and our server was excellent.

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Historical Tour of Oaxaca City
Oaxaca

It was a great tour, and we learned a lot about the city and the various landmarks. My only suggestion would be to reverse this tour to do it in the afternoon, so that we could’ve visited a museum. Unfortunately, the museums are only open until three and our tour schedule did not allow us to visit any of them.

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Visit Mitla, the Tule Tree, a Mezcal Distillery & Teotitlán del Valle
Oaxaca

It was a perfectly planned day, and very well orchestrated. Each of the stops was great timing and full of information. It was nice to get out of the city and see some of the surrounding areas.

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Hands in the Dough: Rural Cooking Workshop in Oaxaca
Oaxaca

We’ve been to several cooking classes all around the world and this was so much fun. Dalia and her daughter Laura are excellent at explaining things despite a language barrier, and it was fun to go shopping before preparing the meal. We learned a lot and enjoyed the fruits of our labor. Most of all we enjoyed meeting Dalia and working with her.

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Archeology and handicrafts in Monte Alban, Arrazola, Cuilapam and Coyotepec
Oaxaca

Our guide was long on explanation, but short on facts, so it made the tour of Monte Alban de tedious. Also, there was intense sun, and most people did not bring enough water, so it was a little bit uncomfortable to stand for hours, rather than sit in the shade, while he gave explanations. The rest of the days tour was very disjointed because we didn’t know we were having lunch and we had eaten snacks. In the workshops felt more geared toward shopping rather than details on the method of the art. In hindsight, I would’ve skipped the second half and just gone to town to shop.

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Ditch the mask! If people want to wear them that’s fine let them do what they want to do but don’t force everyone to wear a mask and then disregard those who do not put one on. I get that it might be a local regulation but it’s way over done
Walk through the enchanted forest of Ixtepeji
Oaxaca

One of our favorite days because we were able to walk in the mountains that were so beautiful. We saw lots of birds and enjoyed the company of Margaux who is our guide. The lunch of trout was spectacular and the views and quiet of the area. We were just unexpected, but pleasantly surprised that this was such a fun day. The altitude did not seem to bother us as much as we thought it would so it was just a real treat.

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The trout and local cuisine
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Explore Wild Huatulco
Mexico

Another fabulous day of walking, birding, and boating to see the bays of the area. The water is too cold for us to swim, which is unfortunate, because it was glass, calm and clear but the boating was still fantastic. Perfecto was a great guide along with the boat captain. We got to see whales and so much nature.

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Walk among the waterfalls and coffee plantations
Mexico

This trip was our least favorite. For one thing it was moved from 9 o’clock to 10:30 AM and we had hope that meant we would shorten the trip instead of extend the evening. Our driver spoke no English even though we were promised one and the rest the group – five – also did not speak English so we were unable to learn anything about the environment or local culture. We stopped at an organic shop and that had an English-speaking Guide which was wonderful. When we got to the waterfalls we had no idea how much time we had before lunch so we rushed through twice and our guy did not tell us that lunch would not be served until 4:15 PM. We left around 5:30pm and didn’t get back to the city until 6:40pm which made us miss our dinner reservation. Overall, it was a waste of a vacation day, but the falls were pretty. We would’ve enjoyed the more and we known we were going to have two hours to see them. When I reached out to complain to the Tours operator that ours was supposed to be an English at first, he was rather brash. However, he has, since agreed to reimburse us for this tour, and that is only fair as we lost a day of vacation

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Local specialist: Karen Quintero

Every driver, every guide every encounter exc...
Mexico | Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2023

joseph
joseph t.
Jeffersonville, IN | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Every driver, every guide every encounter exceeded all expectations.
The passion exhibited by each and every guide was palpable
I will recommend this to everyone read more

Every driver, every guide every encounter exceeded all expectations.
The passion exhibited by each and every guide was palpable
I will recommend this to everyone

Hotel Reviews
Casa Quetzal Hotel Boutique
Valladolid, Yucatán

Old world charm in which we were made to feel welcome and wanted

Authenticity & Character
300 year old structure lovingly maintained
Location
Villaldolid is absolutely charming
Staff
Accommodating!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless!!! The bed wasn’t great but it worked out fine
Hip Hotel Tulum
Tulum

Lovely hotel right in the beach. Very touristy but incredibly comfortable

Authenticity & Character
The structures are perfectly rustic
Location
Literally on the ocean
Staff
Cheerful and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless!!!
Activity Reviews
Explore the mysterious area of Ek Balam
Mexico

Our guide was wonderful

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Passion
Guides, Drivers and Staff
So friendly and fun loving!!
Transport
Comfortable
Visit Chichén Itzá, Wonder of the Maya World
Mexico

Breath taking The immensity of this place along with the stunning beauty left a mark on all of us

Quality of Experience
Our guide painted a vivid picture as he shared his passion for this amazing place
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Just so warm and friendly
Transport
Very comfortable
Mayan jungle, culture, cenotes and lunch in Yalcobá
Mexico

The cenote is amazing but not for everyone!! Very physical The lunch was wonderful and the local family were charming They were so open and welcoming

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I will never forget this
Food
Delicious
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Lovely
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Comfortable
Eco Center & Traditional Mayan Meal
Mexico

Stunning!! Food was amazing and the forest was beautiful

Quality of Experience
Beautiful!!
Food
Maybe the best meal we had on this trip
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Passionate, friendly and fun!!
Transport
Very comfortable
Float in the Muyil Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve
Mexico

Breath taking!! The canal trip was unlike anything I’ve ever done Stunning

Quality of Experience
Every aspect of this part of the trip was perfect
Food
Delicious The meal was wonderful
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Friendly and passionate and fun loving
Transport
Comfortable
Local specialist: Karen Quintero

Extremely professional coordination and guide...
Mexico | Dec 27 - Jan 6, 2023

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Priya R.
Gainesville, FL | Reviewed on Jan 08, 2023

Extremely professional coordination and guides. We had a wonderful time. We felt safe and impressed by the degree of timeliness and punctuality of all the folks who tended to our needs. read more

Extremely professional coordination and guides. We had a wonderful time. We felt safe and impressed by the degree of timeliness and punctuality of all the folks who tended to our needs.

Hotel Review
Casa Pepe Puebla
Puebla
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Narvarte At Night: Tacos, Chelas & Mezcal
Mexico City
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Gastronomic Workshop in Coyoacán
Mexico City
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Walking Tour in Teotihuacan "The City of the Gods"
Mexico City
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Hiking in Popo-Izta National Park
Mexico
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History, Culture & Gastronomy on the Streets of Oaxaca
Oaxaca
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Visit Mitla, the Tule Tree, Hierve el Agua, a Mezcal Distillery & Teotitlán del Valle
Oaxaca

We couldn't go to this tour due to illness.

Local specialist: Karen Quintero

Highlights of Mexico with an eco-tourism focus
Mexico | Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2022

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Grainne A.
Ireland | Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Karen helped us plan our honeymoon to Mexico and we couldn't be happier with our trip.
She took everything we discussed on board and planned our 11 day trip with all our specifications in mind. The process of planning was very smooth and we had regular contact with Karen with additional updates to the itinerary. She was very receptive to any changes we needed to make and was extremely helpful in reorganising part of the trip when I made an error with flights.

The holiday itself was... read more

Karen helped us plan our honeymoon to Mexico and we couldn't be happier with our trip.
She took everything we discussed on board and planned our 11 day trip with all our specifications in mind. The process of planning was very smooth and we had regular contact with Karen with additional updates to the itinerary. She was very receptive to any changes we needed to make and was extremely helpful in reorganising part of the trip when I made an error with flights.

The holiday itself was exceptional. We knew at all times who we needed to meet and where we needed to meet them and had daily correspondence with Ximena over What's app.
The mix of activities and excursions was exactly what we had hoped for and I feel like we got to experience a broad view of Mexico.
Our personal highlights were the food tasting and historical tours in Mexico City where we had private tours with some very experienced chefs.
We also got to experience some eco-tourism on the Yucutan and get an idea of modern Mayan culture. One of the best parts of our trip was the cultural emersion tour in Nuevo Durango. Because of these small tours we got to visit lots of hidden cenotes and small villages that we would otherwise never have been aware of.

Every day of our trip had an excursion planned but left plenty of time to explore locally in the evenings. I cannot recommend kimkim, and Karen in particular, enough. I would never have been able to plan such a varied trip without her.

Hotel Reviews
Cabins in Nuevo Durango

We stayed in one of the cabins in Nuevo Durango as part of a cultural tour of the area and it was one of the best nights we spent in Mexico. The cabin itself is rustic and sparse but very clean and the bed was incredibly comfortable. The cabins each had a toilet and shower and mosquito net for protection. The wifi didn't stretch to the cabin but this didn't limit the experience in any way, and moreso created an unplugged, relaxing night. We had delicious lunch, dinner, and breakfast, all cooked locally and our guide, Jose, was really excellent at showing us around the area and bringing us to the cenote in the centre of the town.

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Casa González
Mexico City

Great location with easy access to town and nice local restaurants. We felt very safe in the area and there were always plenty of people around. The room was beautiful and comfortable and the staff at the front desk were very helpful. Breakfast each morning was delicious with a good variety of Mexican and international food on the menu. Our only issue was with the timing of the room cleaning. We arrived back from trips late in the afternoon most days and our room hadn't yet been cleaned and on one occasion the cleaner arrived while we were in our room (around 4pm) and we had to leave for half an hour while the bathroom bins were emptied and the room cleaned. Despite this we really enjoyed our stay and would happily visit again.

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Hotel Gayser
Valladolid

Great location that was a short walk to the main square and restaurants. The room was clean and comfortable and the air-con was great. We were on the ground floor and there was a lot of noise with music playing in the lobby at night which made it very hard to sleep. The breakfast was limited, just toast and fruit, so we wouldn't have relied on it as a full meal for the morning.

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too much noise from music playing in the lobby at night
HM Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen

Beautiful and clean hotel with a great pool and bar service. Check-in was very straightforward but there is no elevator in the building so we had to carry heavy suitcases up 2 flights of stairs. Location was great and just a few minutes walk away from the main strip but far enough away that there was no noise at night. There's also a secure carpark which was great.

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Fiesta Americana Viaducto Aeropuerto
Mexico City

Brief overnight stay between flights. Very nice and clean hotel with great airport shuttle service. Check-in was very straightforward and the staff were very helpful. Very clean and comfortable.

Activity Reviews
Biking in Teotihuacan, "The City of the Gods"
Mexico City

Really pleasant morning biking around Teotihuacan with our guide. We got to visit one of the nearby caves and learn a bit about Aztec customs and auras which was fun! A light lunch was included which was enjoyable before heading back out in the sun. We also had a visit to a local craftsman who showed us how some of the obsidian ornaments are created. Our guide was great and full of information about the mathematics and construction of the pyramids. Really enjoyable tour overall

Float in the Muyil Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve
Mexico

Cannot recommend this tour enough. The reserve has a gentle current so we spent 40 mins in a very relaxing natural lazy river. Our guide filled us in on how the Mayans used the lagoon and pointed out native plants and fossils as we drifted along. We really didn't want to leave!

Local specialist: Karen Quintero

Enjoyed using Rutopia (Marisol and Melina) to...
Mexico | Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2023

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Kris S.
Seaside, CA | Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

Enjoyed using Rutopia (Marisol and Melina) to plan my trip to Mexico. Marisol helped me figure out the best options fand booked everything. Melina was my in country support. Rutopia (the company through Kim Kim) is great and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take the burden out of vacation planning. My son and I truly enjoyed the trip knowing everything was taken care of and we just had to have fun. Thanks! read more

Enjoyed using Rutopia (Marisol and Melina) to plan my trip to Mexico. Marisol helped me figure out the best options fand booked everything. Melina was my in country support. Rutopia (the company through Kim Kim) is great and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take the burden out of vacation planning. My son and I truly enjoyed the trip knowing everything was taken care of and we just had to have fun. Thanks!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel El Moro
Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo

We went with this hotel as we were only staying a night and wanted quick access to the snorkeling at Puerto Morales. It's a small homey hotel. It's not fancy but the staff is great and had a good feel to it.

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Holbox By Xaloc
Isla Holbox
Activity Reviews
Snorkeling in the beautiful marine park of Puerto Morelos
Mexico

Really enjoyed the company and the guides. Being an avid snorkeling, I would have liked knowing ahead of time that you are required to wear a life jacket while snorkeling. I understand it is to protect the coral but for me, I would have liked to know about it to determine if I would have chosen to snorkel somewhere else.

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Coba and the sacred Mayan roads.
Mexico

Manual is an amazing personable guide. Both him and his son were just really nice and helpful. My son and I really enjoyed biking through the ruins.

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Float in the Muyil Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve
Mexico

I really enjoyed this adventure. Eddie the guide was just great.

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Too many stops to pick up others. It was supposed to be a 7 hour trip and it was 10hours. The transportation was just too long and too many pick ups.
Local specialist: Karen Quintero