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Lenin Ampudia

First, I was a tour leader running tours in most countries of South America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Colombia) and Cuba, many times openning new routes in remote areas. Then I decided to stay home, designing tours in Ecuador, and coordinating operations in mainland for Galakiwi, company that specializes in Galapagos island hopping tours.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Ecuador, specially Quito and surrounding areas and South America in general.
I specialize in adventure travel, and customizing tours according to personal interests."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've always been passionate about travelling whether it was for work or exploring new areas since I was a child with my family. So it's been a natural skill and that's how I started working as a Tour Leader for Gap Adventures, when they first started running tours in South America, then I worked for many different companies like EF Tours, Kumuka, Southern Exposure Tours, etc, running different style of tours for a whole range of visitors from all over the world of different ages too. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Besides working in tourism, I'm a musician and always bring my guitar along to share tunes along the journey with my guests. Once in Cuba we came accross other travellers who also played instruments or sang so we decided to go to a local studio, and recorded a couple of songs as the soundtrack of our tour. Music and travelling are universal languages that connect us all."

Featured trips & expertise

Boy riding a horse at Quilotoa lake in Ecuador
10 Days in Ecuador: 5 Suggested Itineraries

Local people are fond of saying that Ecuador is four countries in one: coast, highlands, jungle, and the Galapagos. Whether you want to relax on the beach, climb volcanoes, hike around Andean lakes, go zip-lining in the cloud forest, canoe up an Amazon tributary or cruise the Galapagos, there is a perfect itinerary for everyone.

Recent trip reviews for Lenin

Central ecuador, Ecuador - Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2018

Traveler: Chris O. - Local specialist: Lenin Ampudia

Lenin and Mauro (our other guide) were both very knowledgeable about the native tribes, culture and history of Ecuador in general.
And they both had detailed knowledge of the specific places we visited … being Otavalo, Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Baños, Alausí and Cuenca.
Both spoke excellent English.
Lenin was particularly good when it came to knowing when to have a break, etc or comfort stop.
Overall the trip was a memorable experience and we would recommend KimKim.

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Lenin and Mauro (our other guide) were both very knowledgeable about the native tribes, culture and history of Ecuador in general.
And they both had detailed knowledge of the specific places we visited … being Otavalo, Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Baños, Alausí and Cuenca.
Both spoke excellent English.
Lenin was particularly good when it came to knowing when to have a break, etc or comfort stop.
Overall the trip was a memorable experience and we would recommend KimKim.

Suggested considerations/changes …
- Do not use the hotel we stayed at in Baños again (no hot water, mould on the bathroom ceiling, no power to the room until sunset);
- Given the state of some of the roads we travelled on around Cotopaxi we feel that you need to provide a vehicle with better suspension … something like a 4 wheel drive;
- Mauro was working to his schedule … and we understand the need for a schedule … but we would have liked to be offered some flexibility.