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Lucia Cazar

I started to travel, camping, and go on excursions (especially in natural environments) since I was 10 years old - since then I have never stopped. Before I started my studies in Tourism and Hospitality I realized that traveling was something that enriched my soul and filled me with great memories that later I would love to share with more people from all over the world.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, the country where I grew up. Ecuador is a biodiverse country, the activities that can be carried out are varied such as cultural, adventure, community tourism, "Ecuador has everything in one place", due to its short distances between one region to another, it can be on the Ecuadorian coast and immediately change to a humid tropical zone as well as to a cold place in the middle of volcanoes."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started traveling when I was a child, then I made the decision to study Tourism and Hospitality at university here in Ecuador, then I had the opportunity to travel around Ecuador to its 4 regions such as Highlands, Cost, the Ecuadorian Amazon, and the enchanted Galápagos Islands. Since then, my wish has been that people from around the world can discover the wonders of Ecuador, enrich themselves with the landscapes, biodiversity, culture, and the Enchanted Galapagos Islands, and its unique marine species."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"An experience that I will never forget is when I was able to travel to other countries and I was able to talk about my own country and realize that we have everything here, wonderful tourist places to be shown to the world. I have also been able to travel to other countries to learn about their culture, I have always thought that the best way to exchange cultural experiences has been to meet people who are passionate about their country and to be able to share ideas from one country to another."

Pailón del Diablo waterfall
Discover Ecuador's Cultural Highlights & Natural Wonders - 8 Days

Experience Ecuador's natural wonders and lively capital city on this 8-day adventure. You'll base yourself in Quito for most of the itinerary, exploring the city's museums and taking an Ecuadorian cooking class before heading out into the surrounding wilderness. Day-trip to beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon, shop for handicrafts in the famous Otavalo Market, and hike through the Mindo cloud forest, returning to Quito each evening. Then you'll move on to Cotopaxi National Park, sleeping in a traditional hacienda. Finish up the trip in Baños, where you'll feel the spray of magnificent waterfalls and enjoy sweeping views of the mountains before heading back to Quito for one last overnight.

Blue Footed Boobie
Galapagos Island Hopping - 6 Days

Discover spectacular scenery and diverse ecosystems on this whirlwind 6-day tour of the Galapagos Islands. Focusing on three of the archipelago's inhabited islands, you'll hop between them by boat while spotting rare and remarkable wildlife up close. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, meet giant tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, and swim in turquoise waters at Tortuga Bay Beach.

The ethereal landscape of Los Tuneles
7 Days in the Galapagos Islands - 4 Unique Itineraries

If you have a week to spend in the Galapagos Islands, choose between a cruise and a land-based tour. You could sail around the archipelago on a yacht, stopping at various islands to hike and view wildlife, or you could base yourself on one or more of the islands, going on daily excursions to snorkel with penguins, kayak in the sea, and look for blue-footed boobies in the wild. Alternatively, get an overview of Ecuador's top highlights by combining a few days in the Galapagos with a trip to Quito and Cotopaxi National Park. Learn more about your options by reading over the itineraries below.

A beach on Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos
Ecuadorian Highlands & Galapagos Islands Adventure - 14 Days

This sweeping two-week adventure showcases the diversity of Ecuador. From busy marketplaces in the city to thermal baths in the highlands, from peaceful bays in the Galapagos to the lush landscapes of the cloud forest, this itinerary has something for everyone. Highlights include hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, shopping in Otavalo Market, sightseeing in the bustling city of Quito, and snorkeling and swimming around the gorgeous islands of the Galapagos archipelago.

Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the Andes Mountains, Ecuador
Highlights of Ecuador: Quito, Galapagos Islands & More - 10 Days

The incredible diversity of Ecuador is highlighted on this 10-day trip around the country. Tour the colonial center of Quito and hike to Cotopaxi Volcano in the Andes before venturing into the Amazon to explore the rainforest's wildlife and indigenous culture. Then it's off to the Galapagos for a few days of island exploration, including snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Spotting penguins and giant tortoises in their natural habitats is an unforgettable way to finish this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Marine iguanas in Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Islands Adventure: San Cristobal Island & Puerto Ayora - 7 Days

Discover the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands on this weeklong journey around the archipelago. Instead of getting on a yacht, you'll base yourself on dry land, enjoying various excursions from island towns. Snorkel with sea turtles, hike to see blue-footed boobies in their natural habitat, view giant tortoises up close, island-hop on a speedboat, and relax on pristine beaches.

Recent trip reviews for Lucia

10 days in Mainland Ecuador
Ecuador | Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2022

Minda
Minda H.
Maple Grove, MN | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Lucia put together a trip that hit all the things we wanted to experience. Our guide and driver, Sebastian was terrific. He was a cautious driver and an entertaining, knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed things that weren't on the itinerary, like dropping into his grandfather's bakery for a taste treat. We also enjoyed the interaction with some indigenous communities and checking out local cuisine. Besides being a beautiful country, the people of Ecuador are warm and welcoming.

Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Hola Minda, Gary and Nathan!
It is great to read all this :)
I am so glad you had a great time here in Ecuador!
I will share this with Sebastian, I know he will be so happy with this. Thank you so much for trusting us to organize this great adventure. We will be waiting for you to come back, I am sending you a big hug all the way to the US.

Best Regards From the Middle of the World,
Lucia.

Amazing Peru Ecuador and Galapagos islands Lucia did a great job of meticulous planning ...
Galapagos Islands | Sep 4 - Sep 24, 2022

Sundar
Sundar S.
India | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Lucia did a great job of meticulous planning and it was a great trip though for senior citizens like us it was tiring
Lucia was very patient and kind and despite our cranky requests she went out of the way to help
Suggestions for Indian tourists
Ecuador Visa is not easy to get for Indians
Process is long with police clearance and personal interview in Delhi
Vegetarian food most places are ok but in one Hotel Deja Vu they gave ham sandwich as vegetarian to us in the Box breakfast and it... read more

Lucia did a great job of meticulous planning and it was a great trip though for senior citizens like us it was tiring
Lucia was very patient and kind and despite our cranky requests she went out of the way to help
Suggestions for Indian tourists
Ecuador Visa is not easy to get for Indians
Process is long with police clearance and personal interview in Delhi
Vegetarian food most places are ok but in one Hotel Deja Vu they gave ham sandwich as vegetarian to us in the Box breakfast and it will not be acceptable by many Indians
Indians need English guides and mixing with Spanish group despite so called dual language guide not very encouraging
Indians need to go with English group predominantly as guides are more comfortable in Spanish and talk more in Spanish
Senior citizens should get a more relaxed tour especially if they ask for it
These are only suggestions to help not complaints
Outstanding tours Machu Pichu
Guide Javier excellent
Very sad We couldn't do rainbow mountain and lost the money
Napo Cultural centre awesome
Chef Eric excellent for vegetarian food
Guide Valencia very good
In Quito Alejandro and his son Sebastian were outstanding and good and kind
Galapagos Volcano Hotel Paola is a sweetheart and very very nice she even gifted us few souvenirs from her own money
Volcano tour by walking was very very exhausting so this needs to be highlighted for senior citizens
The north Seymour tour Last day was climax of good ending
Thanks Lucia and Kim Kim travels for making us fulfill our bucket list 🙏🙏

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Lima

Excellent breakfast and good staff

Authenticity & Character
Nice
Location
Nice
Staff
Excellent
Cleanliness & Comfort
Good
Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco
Cusco

Small boutique hotel very friendly especially food services staff

Authenticity & Character
Nice
Location
Excellent
Staff
Excellent
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms small
Kitu Hotel
Quito

Nice location Good staff Senior citizens like us should be given rooms in first floor

Authenticity & Character
Nice
Location
Good
Staff
Excellent
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms small
Napo Cultural Center
Quito

One of the best places to visit and stay Strongly recommend the place Wish we had electric buggies to transport senior citizens like us from the boat Pier

Authenticity & Character
Simply best
Location
Eric the chief all the staff working as family very happy and helpful
Staff
Very humble kind and felt like home
Cleanliness & Comfort
Decent
Hotel Volcano
Puerto Villamil

Excellent hotel Paola is a blessing goes beyond call of duty to help

Authenticity & Character
Location
Excellent near the beach and tortoise breeding area
Staff
Excellent especially Paola she is a blessing goes beyond call of duty to help
Cleanliness & Comfort
Paola
Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Hello Sundar & Shoba,

Thank you for taking the time and share your experience with us! It was such an amazing experience to share this trip together, I am glad to hear your trip was good, also thank you so much for the feedback it is very important for us your suggestions and comments, that is very helpful for us to grow up as a travel specialist!
I hope you come back to Ecuador again, this time you could enjoy different places, Ecuador has many destinations to offer!
I wish you all the best,
Best regards,
Lucía.

Galapagos Islands Review
Galapagos Islands | Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2022

J
Jessica J.
Sweden | Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

The Galapagos Islands were an unforgettable experience. We did an 8-day trip during the month of July to the islands where we visited two of the islands--Santa Cruz and Isabela. The wildlife and the natural habitats were spectacular. We saw sea turtles, giant tortoises, lizards, sea lions, reef sharks, penguins, rays, and various birds and fish. On the island of Santa Cruz, there are multiple biomes so you are able to see pristine beaches, a foggy and moist highland, and an arid lowland. The... read more

The Galapagos Islands were an unforgettable experience. We did an 8-day trip during the month of July to the islands where we visited two of the islands--Santa Cruz and Isabela. The wildlife and the natural habitats were spectacular. We saw sea turtles, giant tortoises, lizards, sea lions, reef sharks, penguins, rays, and various birds and fish. On the island of Santa Cruz, there are multiple biomes so you are able to see pristine beaches, a foggy and moist highland, and an arid lowland. The volcanic element to the islands also created an impressive backdrop that made you feel as if you were on a different planet. It is a place we highly recommend visiting.

The people we met were very friendly and all of the guides were very knowledgeable as only resident Galapagueños can be guides on the islands. The one thing that we feel would have made this experience better would have been to have one point of contact person for the whole trip. We had different tour guides every day as they all specialize in different areas, which was fine, but we had a different point-of-contact person each day which resulted in there being inconsistencies between the information in our itinerary and what they communicated. Additionally, they did not always tell us what we would need to be prepared for the following day's activities (e.g. recommending that we hire a wet suit or have appropriate footwear for some of the walking activities). Other than that, it was a really great trip.

Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hello Jessica,

Thank you for your words and for taking the time to leave us this kind review, we will be working to improve those details! We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again!

Kind regards,

Lucía.

AMAZING! We will definitely use KimKim again ...
Ecuador | Aug 26 - Sep 2, 2022

K
Karla C.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2022

AMAZING! We will definitely use KimKim again and again to help plan our vacation. We had very limited days in Ecuador, about 7 days. Lucia did an amazing job customizing our travel itinerary to include all of the things we wanted to do, like a food tour to experience the most typical and traditional dishes in Ecuador. She also helped us plan our adventure in the Amazonian Rainforest. Lucia took care of booking the hotels, transportation, and tours. Thank you! This gave us such peace of mind and we were able to really enjoy our vacation.

Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2022

Hola Karla,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I love to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ecuador, it was a pleasure to plan your vacations!
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again.

Best regards!
Lucía.

7 day trip to the Galapagos
Galapagos Islands | Jun 9 - Jun 15, 2022

Ciaran
Ciaran C.
Colombia | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Lucia helped us out so much after we had some inconvenience getting into Ecuador, and had to change our flights and plans at such short notice.
The itinerary was amazing, with lots of snorkeling, and day trips, with some free time to explore and do more ourselves.
The only minor inconvenience was that when it said that breakfast was included we were not sure if it was in the hotel or on the tour. It was in the hotel so we missed breakfast our first day
All the guides in the Galapagos were... read more

Lucia helped us out so much after we had some inconvenience getting into Ecuador, and had to change our flights and plans at such short notice.
The itinerary was amazing, with lots of snorkeling, and day trips, with some free time to explore and do more ourselves.
The only minor inconvenience was that when it said that breakfast was included we were not sure if it was in the hotel or on the tour. It was in the hotel so we missed breakfast our first day
All the guides in the Galapagos were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Activity Reviews
Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Great way to get to know the Galapagos and the local wildlife

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Morning Bay Tour & Afternoon at leisure in Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora

Great snorkeling, some great videos and pictures from this experience, and our guide knew the best places to see turtles and other fish. The hike and swim were also incredible

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Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island & Kayaking on Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Islands

Our guide Viviana was great but we couldn't see much on the kayaks as the water was quite cloudy and dirty. Tortuga bay is a must visit on Santa Cruz island though!

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Excursion to Los Tuneles
Galapagos Islands

Incredible snorkeling experiences, guide knew the best spots and was very accomodating to help get pictures and videos using the GoPro. Very knowledgeable on the local wildlife and surrounding area

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Discover Pinzon Island & La Fé
Puerto Ayora

First snorkel spot was very wavy and tough to see much. Second snorkel spot was so clear as we swam with sea lions, turtles, sharks and more! Definitely worth it for the second snorkel alone. Did some fishing (didn't catch anything unfortunately), got a lovely lunch on the boat, and enjoyed both la fe and pinzon

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet
Galapagos Islands
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Hola Chas,

Thank you for your nice words, we will be working to improve those details! We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again!

Kind regards,

Lucía.

'Last minute' solo trip of high expectations to GALÁPAGOS 🇸🇱
Galapagos Islands | Feb 21 - Mar 2, 2022

Katarzyna
Katarzyna W.
Qatar | Reviewed on May 03, 2022

* It was a 'last minute' solo trip of high expectations - they have been meet in 99% .
1% missing for skipping few breakfasts ahead of several-hours long activities - overlooking timings of my breakfast VS my departure - accommodation places could have prepared take away breakfast.

* Quality level of the activities will depend on a random assignment of the available guide. I have had a luck to meet wonderful knowledgable Señor Wilson Rojas at San Cristóbal Island, who provided me with... read more

* It was a 'last minute' solo trip of high expectations - they have been meet in 99% .
1% missing for skipping few breakfasts ahead of several-hours long activities - overlooking timings of my breakfast VS my departure - accommodation places could have prepared take away breakfast.

* Quality level of the activities will depend on a random assignment of the available guide. I have had a luck to meet wonderful knowledgable Señor Wilson Rojas at San Cristóbal Island, who provided me with the knowledge for the whole trip in one go.

* Planning the trip conversation is very American-tourist oriented; you are flooded with overly merry and abundant in adjectives vocabulary, as if you haven't chosen the place yet and you need to be convinced (feels like advertising to sell) - unnecessary; you need to fish out from all the redundant content what actually is the essence that the place has to offer - bullet points KIKKIM Guys, no need to sell me, what I have chosen to buy already, lol.

* Reliable, fluid logistics, well-in-place communication and organisation (even though remote), all details, including most of petty expenses have been secured. Overall great experience with KIMKIM; and guides preparing my plan - Lucia and Dani - gracias!

Hotel Review
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora

Overpriced for the value ($140 per night is outrageous); * Choice of young travellers (16+); very noisy, as adolescences are fun (not rest) oriented * Room comfort is low (old furnitures, bed sheets, no aesthetics) * Insufficient internet - almost not working when hotel has 50% of residents in place * Far from the main street

Authenticity & Character
Furniture, bed sheets, overall aesthetics and integrity of the place - all seemed of random choice
Location
Nothing... building is built already :) ...bit far from the main street, unpleasant too come back to at night
Staff
Standard, polite, informative staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Not much comfort, noisy, practically no internet
Activity Review
The Treasure of Galapagos: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
San Cristobal Island

Very interesting deep water spot, lots of wildlife to observe, long satisfying activity, rest on serene scenic island in vicinity. Enjoyable boat facilities.

Quality of Experience
Uninhabited island visited after the snorkelling, where you can observe marine iguanas.
Food
Excellent diversity available for customers on any type of diet.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Standard
Transport
Great full-day-trip-equipped boat, unfortunately gasoline polluted water in a bathroom, they had it covered with extra water supply.
Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on May 04, 2022

Hola Katarzyna

Thank you so much for your kind words, Katarzyna. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us, I am glad you enjoyed The Galapagos Islands. We count ourselves lucky for travelers like you. Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful pictures with us! Also thank you for the feedback we will be working to improve those details! We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again!

Kind regards,

Lucía.