Profile photo for Linda Schulz
4547 messages
active 2 days ago

Linda Schulz

Originally from Germany, I have traveled around the world and lived in Australia, Bangladesh, and finally Ecuador. Ecuador is such a diverse and beautiful country, so I soon fell deeply in love with it. From rainforest to the highest volcanoes – there is something for everyone. I've lived here for 3 years, and I am enjoying every day in this small but megadiverse country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. From trekking or climbing tours in the Andes up to adventurous days in the Amazon rainforest – everything is possible! Choose from luxury or tourist class cruises in Galapagos, or go on an Island Hopping if you prefer to spend the nights on land instead of the sea. Our tours are tailor-made and depend on the wishes and preferences of our guests. We will make each and every visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands special and unique! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"As a child, I dreamed about distant places and other cultures. I wanted to explore everything and see the farthest corners of our planet. So I took the first chance (and my backpack) and went to Australia. Since then, my love for traveling has only grown, and I have visited several more countries around the globe. For me, traveling is about widening your horizons, seeing the world with other eyes, and meet the most fascinating people. I want to share my experiences to create the same happiness in other travelers that I have felt. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are just too many life-changing travel experiences to pick just one! It is everything: from a simple, pure-hearted smile of a local up to a multi-week road trip through the Outback without running water and electricity. While traveling, every single day you make memories you will never forget! "

Linda is part of the following groups: Galapagos Islands Travel Agents, Ecuador Travel Agents
Green Sea Turtle
Galapagos Island Hopping: Water, Wildlife, & Wilderness - 14 Days

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world's biggest ecological hotspots, with some of the highest percentages of endemic species and dozens of uninhabited islands. You'll spend two weeks exploring the biggest islands to see major landmarks—like the Charles Darwin Research Station and Sierra Negra Volcano—while also spending time on some less-known destinations, experiencing the truly remote nature of the rocky archipelago. 

Artisan Market
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. 

Recent trip reviews for Linda

The Galapagos and Beyond · Galapagos Islands - Feb 13 - Feb 24, 2020

Traveler: Pat Y. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Hi Linda was the most wonderful source and seemed to tune in to our
particular needs.
The guides were wonderful. Christian did a great job in Quito with our
two excursions..even took Bob to a shop for him to buy a coat. Impressed with
his knowledge and driving in difficult conditions...rainstorms.
Carlos in Santa Cruz took us to a great beach where we were the only people for an hour or so and we loved that...great swimming.
The ships crews were just amazing...great food and terrific... read more

Hi Linda was the most wonderful source and seemed to tune in to our
particular needs.
The guides were wonderful. Christian did a great job in Quito with our
two excursions..even took Bob to a shop for him to buy a coat. Impressed with
his knowledge and driving in difficult conditions...rainstorms.
Carlos in Santa Cruz took us to a great beach where we were the only people for an hour or so and we loved that...great swimming.
The ships crews were just amazing...great food and terrific outings..was
impressed by all the activities that were offered.
We liked all the hotels especially liked our stay on Santa Cruz Island and woul
have stayed there for one more day and one less day in Quito.
I loved the atmosphere of the hotel in Quito, but it was very noisy ...with
dogs barking and the cars so sleeping for me was difficult.
Truly a wonderful trip for two seniors that suited us perfectly.
Well done Linda and her associates!
Pat and Bob Yaccato

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Pat and Bob,
thank you so much for your kind words, I'm very happy to hear that you had a wonderful holiday here with us in Ecuador! Thanks as well for your feedback regarding the hotel in Quito, I'll take that into account for future reservations.
I hope that you'll take many beautiful and long-lasting memories of Galapagos, the cruise ship and the Andes back home with you!
All the best for the two of you,
Linda

Quito and surrounding area · Ecuador - Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2020

Traveler: Unni S. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

We were two teenager families traveling in mainland Ecuador for the first time. Stayed 6 days in Quito area with visits to Mindo, Cotopaxi and Quilotoa. Our guide Marcelo was perfect match with his deep knowledge of biology and earth sciences, as well as being very flexible and service minded. Highly recommended!

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Unni, thank you very much for your feedback and your recommendation, I'm more than happy to hear that you and your teenagers have enjoyed the trip into the surroundings of Quito with Marcelo!
Greetings from Quito to you and your family,
Linda

Perfect tour · Ecuador - Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2020

Traveler: Hege K. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

All transport and drivers felt safe and was punctual. Our guide to mindo (Marcelo Chavez) was maybe one of the best guides we have experienced. He really payd attention to the groups needs and gave good and pedagogical information. He was truly professional, positive and service minded. Hotel in mindo (Dragonfly) and Cotopaxi was memorable. All activities was good.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Hege, I'm pleased to hear that you've had a great time with your guide Marcelo and that you've enjoyed the hotels and activities during your tour. It was a pleasure to help you and Unni plan this trip for you and your families, and I hope that you've enjoyed your time on Galapagos as well.
I wish you all the best for future travels,
Linda

Superb vacation in Ecuador and Galapagos islands. · Ecuador - Dec 21 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Roman M. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

We had nice vacation in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands - it was one of our best vacation. All transfers and accuracy were excellent. Majority of tours were superb - the best guide was Veronica, the first tour after arrival to Santa Cruz - Turtles Farm and Darvin Station. The last one on the Islands - Bay Tour was ok: tour guide had limited English (basically few major sentences), also it was a similar one we had already on the islands earlier.
Once again, thank you so much for organizing one... read more

We had nice vacation in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands - it was one of our best vacation. All transfers and accuracy were excellent. Majority of tours were superb - the best guide was Veronica, the first tour after arrival to Santa Cruz - Turtles Farm and Darvin Station. The last one on the Islands - Bay Tour was ok: tour guide had limited English (basically few major sentences), also it was a similar one we had already on the islands earlier.
Once again, thank you so much for organizing one of the best our vacation, we enjoyed it a lot. We are already thinking to visit more countries in Latin America.
All the best Yelena and Roman

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Yelena and Roman,
thank you very much for your feedback about your trip to Ecuador and Galapagos! Thanks as well for your feedback about guides and excursions - this always helps us to continuously improve our service.
I am very happy to hear that you had a great time and that you are planning on visiting more countries in Latin America.
All the best for future travels,
Linda

Our 5-day adventure to Ecuador was terrific. ... · Ecuador - Dec 28 - Jan 2, 2020

Traveler: Kristin T. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Our 5-day adventure to Ecuador was terrific. Highlights: historic Quito, Cotapaxi, Banos, the avenue of waterfalls, the eco-lodge in Tena and rafting! Everything made easy on the booking end by Linda and on the ground by guide extraordinaire, Marco.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kristin,
I am very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time (and New Year's Eve) in Ecuador! It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I hope that you'll come back one day to explore more of Ecuador.
All the best for you and Elisabeth,
Linda

Trisha

Linda planned a great trip for me! · Ecuador - Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2019

Traveler: Trisha E. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda was amazing. My travel plans were fluid early on and she gave me numerous options and updated along the way as I finalized the details, with regular communication. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Trisha, it was a pleasure to assist you while planning your tour and I am more than happy that we could organize the perfect trip for you to Galapagos! I hope that one day you'll get the chance to return so that you can visit the other islands as well!
I wish you all the best for future travels,
Linda

7 Days in Ecuador: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas · Ecuador - Apr 28 - May 5, 2019

Traveler: William O. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

All drivers and guides were very professional and friendly, they listened and steered us to aspects we told them we were interested in (in my case it was local foods and sighting as many wild birds as possible). The entire LaSelva experience was extremely well organized and fulfilling. Transportation was clean and comfortable. We appreciated having water available for us for every leg of the journey. The hotels in Quito and the Hacienda Cusin were all enjoyable. We loved the local fruits and Ecuadorian dishes for breakfast. All in all just a wonderful trip!

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Bill,
it is great to hear that you had a wonderful time here in Ecuador! I am happy that you liked Ecuador's beautiful nature and the traditional food and hope to welcome you back one day!
All the best for the future,
Linda

Pradyumn

Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 8 Days · Ecuador - Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2019

Traveler: Pradyumn S. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Everything was well taken care of. No significant glitches. Good guides provided, who were knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. Superb experience. Communication and responses from Linda were prompt and clear.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Pradyumn, thank you very much for your feedback about your Galapagos trip in April! I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your holidays and hope to welcome you again one day in Ecuador so that you can explore the rest of the country!
All the best,
Linda

A taste of Equador · Ecuador - Apr 19 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: Sheila R. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Our Ecuador adventure was amazing due to the excellent support from Linda and Kimkim. Linda helped us pull together a diverse itinerary for the relatively short amount of time we had in a country we knew nothing about. She was very responsive to emails and patient with our questions and worked within our parameters that kept changing. We loved all the accommodations recommended by Linda, in particular the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse in Guamote and Hosteria Mandala at the coast in Puerto... read more

Our Ecuador adventure was amazing due to the excellent support from Linda and Kimkim. Linda helped us pull together a diverse itinerary for the relatively short amount of time we had in a country we knew nothing about. She was very responsive to emails and patient with our questions and worked within our parameters that kept changing. We loved all the accommodations recommended by Linda, in particular the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse in Guamote and Hosteria Mandala at the coast in Puerto Lopez - both so amazing and gorgeous, and each supporting important social and environmental projects in their communities which was important to us. And in our price range! We appreciated Linda’s recommendation to have a driver/guide traveling from Quito to Banos, and enjoyed a full day with Annibal V learning about Ecuador, and seeing the sites. A more expensive transportation option, but but well worth it and balanced off with the super inexpensive (and more adventurous!) buses we took at other points in our travel. Another highlight was our day trip to Isla de la Plata with Machalilla Tours - again recommended by Linda and we felt confident in the quality and safety of their equipment, services and guides. Thanks Linda for helping to create such a memorable trip for three Canadian gals, we would not hesitate to highly recommend your services to others.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sheila,
thanks a lot for your great feedback on your Ecuador trip and for sharing your pictures with us - it looks like the three of you had an amazing time! It was a pleasure to help you plan this trip! Please don't hesitate to contact me again if you come back to Ecuador one day to explore the rest of the country which you couldn't visit this time.
All the best for the three of you,
Linda

Abby

Ecuador · Ecuador - Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2019

Traveler: Abby J. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Overall this trip was fun. The planning processes was relatively straight-forward with Linda though there was a bunch of back and forth that I think may have been solved by being more forth coming with "this is the company we normally go with" or "these will be stops on XYZ."
For the actual trip, I don't think the airport transfer went smoothly. The person who was supposed to pick us up, sent someone else into the airport, spelled our name wrong, and were holding a sign not associated with... read more

Overall this trip was fun. The planning processes was relatively straight-forward with Linda though there was a bunch of back and forth that I think may have been solved by being more forth coming with "this is the company we normally go with" or "these will be stops on XYZ."
For the actual trip, I don't think the airport transfer went smoothly. The person who was supposed to pick us up, sent someone else into the airport, spelled our name wrong, and were holding a sign not associated with KimKim or any service I'd heard from. It was only because I speak some Spanish I decided that sign was the only one remotely close to our name we ended up with the right person.
Our guide, Marco, while very nice and resourceful I would have put in the category of "driver," not a true "guide." I frequently found myself at the edge of other tour groups in order to learn more history/background/context of what we were seeing. Marco effectively got us from place to place, but he might spend 3-5 minutes telling us about a centuries old church and then leaving us to our own devices. This is fine, but had I known, I would have hired a private tour guide for Quito at least.
We LOVED our experience mountain biking with Biking Dutchman down Cotopaxi. Despite the fact is was raining and cold, it was so cool and our guide/transport were great. Heads up that transport isn't super comfy/questionable seatbelt safety, but probably fine.
Banos was fun, there were some small issues with the group who did our rock climbing/ Via Ferrata tour, but they were easy to work with and responsive in handling mistakes.
I honestly normally do all of our trip planning myself, but do to cost of renting an automatic vehicle and my middling at best Spanish, thought this might be a good opportunity to test out a tour guide company. As I said above, this was a fun trip and parts were really very cool, but the parts we most enjoyed was stuff I specifically researched and suggested, so I'm on the fence about whether I would do this again.
It's probably a great service if you don't have time/desire to do the research, but I think TripAdvisor and Google will continue to be my go-tos.

Thanks for helping have a fun time in Ecuador!

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Abby,

thank you very much for your valuable feedback! First of all, I am happy that you had a fun time in Ecuador.

I am sorry to hear that you didn’t like Marco’s guiding style. Marco, a guide with many years of experience, has successfully guided a lot of guests through Ecuador, and has received very good feedback and reviews in the past (one example for a recent feedback from another guest: https://www.kimkim.com/trip-reviews/4RvZpKRd).

It’s great to hear that the activities and... read more

Hi Abby,

thank you very much for your valuable feedback! First of all, I am happy that you had a fun time in Ecuador.

I am sorry to hear that you didn’t like Marco’s guiding style. Marco, a guide with many years of experience, has successfully guided a lot of guests through Ecuador, and has received very good feedback and reviews in the past (one example for a recent feedback from another guest: https://www.kimkim.com/trip-reviews/4RvZpKRd).

It’s great to hear that the activities and providers you had especially researched for parts of your tour were essentially our top picks, which shows that you have done excellent research about Ecuador as a travel destination!

Regarding your airport transfer, I apologize for the confusion. Due to unpredicted circumstances a different staff had to welcome you at the arrival hall and escort you to the previously announced driver. This was an exception as we always send the driver/guide that we previously communicate, along with a clearly identifiable sign (logo with guest`s name). Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience.

I wish you all the best for future travels,
Linda

Ultimate Guide to Diving in the Galapagos · Galapagos Islands - Mar 25 - Apr 2, 2019

Traveler: Heather H. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda was absolutely amazing and put together the ideal itinerary for us which turned out to be the trip of a lifetime! Not only was she there for all the preparation and planning but when we arrived she was a total star in sorting out lost luggage, making sure we were ok, and even tracking down a lost pair of glasses that caught up with us by high speed boat just before we were about to leave. 5 stars is just not enough, Linda really was a life saver! I highly recommend Linda and Kim Kim, absolutely brilliant!

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Heather, I am more than happy to hear that you had unforgettable holidays (despite delayed luggage and forgotten glasses) - it was a pleasure to help you organize everything! Please don't hesitate to contact me in the future if you come to Ecuador again.
All the best for the three of you,
Linda

Quito +Amazon+Galapagos · Ecuador - Mar 20 - Mar 28, 2019

Traveler: Danlin H. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

This trip was amazing! Linda was so helpful from the very beginning. During the whole trip, I didn't have to worry about anything. There was always someone with a sign of my name waiting for me at the airport. There were different local guides to take care of our schedule. (Although I hope the local guide in Galapagos is more professional and helpful. She didn't give us any useful information about the tours, Galapagos in general, other than taking us from the hotel to the meeting points of... read more

This trip was amazing! Linda was so helpful from the very beginning. During the whole trip, I didn't have to worry about anything. There was always someone with a sign of my name waiting for me at the airport. There were different local guides to take care of our schedule. (Although I hope the local guide in Galapagos is more professional and helpful. She didn't give us any useful information about the tours, Galapagos in general, other than taking us from the hotel to the meeting points of our tours every day) The hotels were absolutely amazing. The hotel in Quito is in the best location, and the service was so great. Both the hotel in Quito and Galapagos upgraded the room for us for free. The tours were fun overall. We had limited time so we didn't get to go deep into the Amazon, so we didn't get to see lots of animals. Nonetheless, the guide was still amazing and the experience was still great.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Danlin,
I'm glad that you have enjoyed your trip to Ecuador and Galapagos, even if you only had one week.
Hopefully you will have the chance to come back one day to go deeper into the Amazon and explore more regions of Ecuador!
All the best,
Linda

lois

volcanos · Ecuador - Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

Traveler: lois b. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Marco our bilingual guide was a very safe & entertaining driver with whom we were able to practice our conversational Spanish .The 5 day Avenue of volcanoes tour was an amazing series of national parks and hacienda stays which enabled us to reach Guayaquil for our Galapagos trip visiting markets,walking in beautiful places and experiencing the unique hospitality of haciendas.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lois, great to hear that you have enjoyed your tour through the Andes and the overnight stays in different, traditional Haciendas! In just a short time you were able to see many different parts of Ecuador - from volcanoes to lagoons and typical indigenous markets. I hope you will leave Ecuador with many beautiful memories!

Trip to Galapagos Islands · Galapagos Islands - Dec 15 - Dec 27, 2018

Traveler: ramachandran v. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Overall I can sum up our experience as Excellent!! Thanks to Linda who did a wonderful job of getting the tour planning and arrangements taken care of. Our entire trip was very well organized and worked like a clock right from the day we landed in Quito. Linda worked methodically answering every question that we had during the planning process, customizing the minute details, dietary requirements, transportation, guide information etc. I liked the personalization of the whole package. I would... read more

Overall I can sum up our experience as Excellent!! Thanks to Linda who did a wonderful job of getting the tour planning and arrangements taken care of. Our entire trip was very well organized and worked like a clock right from the day we landed in Quito. Linda worked methodically answering every question that we had during the planning process, customizing the minute details, dietary requirements, transportation, guide information etc. I liked the personalization of the whole package. I would recommend Kimkim travels to anyone who considers planning a vacation to the Galapagos and Amazon. Great staff, very courteous and affordable.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Venkat, great to hear that you have enjoyed your trip to Ecuador and Galapagos - I was more than happy to help you organize your vacation, and I hope to welcome you again one day in Ecuador to explore the rest of the country!
All the best for you and your family,
Linda

Exploring Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 31 - Jan 14, 2019

Traveler: Jet A. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

We highly recommend Linda if you're considering going to Ecuador. Linda was extremely responsive throughout, and on top of that, she was in constant communication with local guides to make sure we were taken care of when we got sick during the trip.

We had considered going there on our own, and we're so glad we didn't. The itinerary that Linda put together for us was perfect, as we were able to truly see how distinct and diverse different parts of the country are. The local guide that she... read more

We highly recommend Linda if you're considering going to Ecuador. Linda was extremely responsive throughout, and on top of that, she was in constant communication with local guides to make sure we were taken care of when we got sick during the trip.

We had considered going there on our own, and we're so glad we didn't. The itinerary that Linda put together for us was perfect, as we were able to truly see how distinct and diverse different parts of the country are. The local guide that she paired us with, Christian, was great as well. He was very knowledgeable about history of the country, and he also recommended some hole-in-the-wall restaurants, which made our experiences very unique and memorable!

Don't think twice about contacting Linda if you're considering going to Ecuador!

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Jet, thank you very much for your great feedback! Once again, I am very sorry that you got sick during your trip - it is great to hear that you could enjoy your holidays despite this inconvenience and that you have been able to gain a good insight into the country, its culture and its people.
It would be a pleasure to welcome you again one day in Ecuador!
All the best for future travels,
Linda

10 Days in Ecuador: 5 Suggested Itineraries · Ecuador - Dec 24 - Jan 4, 2019

Traveler: Roopa K. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Our first trip to Ecuador was breath-taking to say the least. Galapagos has been on my bucket list for a long time and it was an exhilarating experience. Every island we visited was different and unique. It was impossible to get bored on the islands. Places like Los Tunales, the beach on Isabela island, and the ride on "Windrose" yacht are permanently etched in my memory.

Our trip was for 12 days, including 2 days for traveling. We spent 4 days in mainland Ecuador and 6 on Galapagos. In... read more

Our first trip to Ecuador was breath-taking to say the least. Galapagos has been on my bucket list for a long time and it was an exhilarating experience. Every island we visited was different and unique. It was impossible to get bored on the islands. Places like Los Tunales, the beach on Isabela island, and the ride on "Windrose" yacht are permanently etched in my memory.

Our trip was for 12 days, including 2 days for traveling. We spent 4 days in mainland Ecuador and 6 on Galapagos. In retrospect, we would have spent at least 1 day less in mainland and more time on Galapagos. Historical Quito, Mitad Del Mundo, Otavalo and Cotopaxi were good places to visit on mainland. Ideally, I would have loved more time in Otavalo instead of visiting some local waterfalls. Even Cuicocha lagoon was hyped up as a lake with active volcanic bubbles, but it was a major let down. All the places we visited on Galapagos were wonderful and given more time, we would have loved to visit more islands. The speed boat ride from Puerto Ayora to Isabela island was the bumpiest ride ever and there was not a single person on the boat who didn't come out without a queasy stomach. FYI, a one-way ferry ride costs $30 and lasts 2.5 hours. A plane trip costs $135 and lasts 30 mins. In the large scheme of things, we might have just selected the plane trip instead of enduring the bumpiest boat ride of our lives.

Linda was extremely informative and knowledgeable about Ecuador. She was great at setting our expectations and answering our questions promptly. Our local guides were a collective mix. Jorge (George), our guide on land, was great, but provided info that was less engaging for the kids. On Galapagos, our guide to Los Tunales, Sebastian, stole the show. He was patient, funny and knew a lot about the local area and habitats. While snorkeling, he ensured we all saw the key pieces without rushing . He walked with my mom, who is 72 years old, at her pace guiding her on the rocks etc. Overall, a great experience with him. All the other guides were decent.

As a group of 9, finding hotel rooms together was a big challenge. In most places, we didn't have rooms near each other. They were almost always on different floors, which was a logistical headache. In Quito, our hotel, Cruz Loma, didn't have elevators and it was painful to trudge up 4 flights of stairs with suitcases. Unfortunately, they didn't offer help with our luggage nor did they heed our request for rooms on lower floors. The hotels on Galapagos islands were normal 3-star places. Nothing too fancy to write about. Again, no elevators, but the staff helped our with our stuff. Breakfast was included for all our days, but 10 days of eating nothing but eggs, bread, yogurt and juice got too tiring. I wish they would provide a bit more variety, even if we had to pay for it.

Overall, this was a once in a lifetime trip and one that we will recall for many years to come. Thanks to Linda and Kimkim for helping us with this vacation !

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Roopa and Lakshmi,

I am very happy to hear that you will recall your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for many years to come, it was a pleasure to help you organize it!

I apologize for any inconveniences with your hotels. Unfortunately, most of the smaller, 3-star hotels here in Ecuador don't have elevators (due to logistic reasons, especially on Galapagos). Thanks a lot for letting me know about the circumstances in Hotel Cruz Loma, I will get in touch with them.
It is great... read more

Hi Roopa and Lakshmi,

I am very happy to hear that you will recall your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for many years to come, it was a pleasure to help you organize it!

I apologize for any inconveniences with your hotels. Unfortunately, most of the smaller, 3-star hotels here in Ecuador don't have elevators (due to logistic reasons, especially on Galapagos). Thanks a lot for letting me know about the circumstances in Hotel Cruz Loma, I will get in touch with them.
It is great to hear though that you have enjoyed the different excursions on Galapagos as well as on mainland Ecuador and that the guides provided interesting and helpful information as well as personal assistance.

I wish you all the best for future travels and hope to welcome you again one day in Ecuador!

Effrosyni

Trip to Galapagos Islands · Galapagos Islands - Dec 24 - Dec 27, 2018

Traveler: Effrosyni K. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda was absolutely wonderful. She booked my last minute Galapagos trip . She was eager to help very responsive and knew the area really well. I am grateful for her help and I strongly recommend her to other travelers. Thank you Linda

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time on Galapagos, Effrosyni! Thanks a lot for sharing your fotos with us - it looks like you have been able to see a lot of wildlife and beautiful landscapes in just a short time. Take care & safe travels!

Wendy

Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 24 - Dec 27, 2018

Traveler: Wendy D. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Tour at Nicky Amazon Lodge exceeded my expectation. My favorite part was exploring the night life of the Amazon rainforest. It is something I would never think because it was not mentioned in the textbook. Birding watching and hiking options at Bellavista was very good. This would not be possible without kimkim. Kimkim's online platform was helpful because I had a busy schedule and their advice and support made a difference in my decision-making process. To the point, the trip was well-tailored thanks to kimkim's service.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wendy, great to hear that you have enjoyed your tour to the Amazon and the cloud forest! It was a pleasure to help you planning those parts of your trip.
All the best for future travels,
Linda

Quito,crater lake · Ecuador - Dec 15 - Dec 18, 2018

Traveler: Raj R. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Advanced planning
Good pick up times
Easily available for any questions
Custom itenary based on personal preference.
I would recommend to anyone.

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Raj, thank you very much for your review and for traveling with us! I hope that we will have the chance to welcome you again in Ecuador one day for another adventure.
All the best and safe travels in the future!

Trip to Ecuador and Galapagos · Ecuador - Sep 21 - Oct 8, 2018

Traveler: Natascia V. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

We stayed 10 days in Ecuador and 8 days on Galapagos.
All was very good.
Linda planned us the exactly trip we asked her.
The guide who went with us, Marco, was very friendly, also for trip not planned.
We went to Quito, on Cotopaxi, Quilatoa Lagoon, Baños, Chimborazo, Guamote, Cuenca and Guayaquil. A great trip !
Than on Galapagos we stayed two days on San Cristobal, one day on Santa Cruz and the last 5 days on a very beautiful Cruise.
All the accomodation of our trip was fantastic.
We're enthusiastics of this beautiful experience.
Thanks Linda !

Natascia and Giampaolo (Italy)

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ciao Natascia e Giampaolo,

thank you very much for your great review! I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time in mainland Ecuador as well as on the Galapagos Islands, and that you could return back home with a lot of unforgettable memories.
I hope to welcome you again one day in Ecuador!

All the best and safe travels in the future,
Linda

Jessica

Looking to take in as much as possible during a 4-5 day visit! · Ecuador - Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2018

Traveler: Jessica H. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda was outstanding, she was quick at answering all my questions and made sure I was in the loop when itineraries changed.

All the guides did a wonderful job explaining Ecuador and the different locations that are popular to visit or that make Ecuador unique.

The city tour was nice, I really enjoyed the mitad del mundo museum - very informative.
Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, and Baños were all wonderful experiences!

I was very thankful that Linda was able to connect with my hotel and ensure that I had a to go breakfast on the days I left early. I love breakfast!!

Linda Schulz profile photo
Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jess,
thank you so much, it was a pleasure to help you planning your trip!
I am very happy that you had the chance to see so many different places in Ecuador and that you enjoyed each destination!