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Mathias Onisseit

Originally from Germany, in 2010 I set out to explore South America and soon fell in love with the super-diverse country named Ecuador (and its neat little attachment Galapagos). What fascinates me the most about this country is the fact that it has it all: lush rain-forests, mystic cloud forests, snow-capped mountain peaks, endless beaches and the most particular ecosystem, the Galapagos Islands. Everything just a few hours travel away. Diverse landscapes along with equally diverse people. My goal is to make you experience all of this first-hand. If after your trip you wish to return to Ecuador (you wouldn’t be the first!) then my mission has been achieved.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I cover all Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, but due to interest I focus on off-the-beaten-track regions such as Manabí and Azuay provinces, as well as on cloud and rain forest habitats including their unique wildlife, especially fungi, birds and also insects."

How did you get involved in travel?

"While at the biggest travel fare of them all (ITB in Berlin), I was looking for some new travel inspiration, I stumbled into what would be my future employer, a travel agency in Ecuador. Immediately I got excited about the idea of being able to share the fascination of this country with others and at the same time being able to live here."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"To me, there is not the one special travel experience, instead it is the simple things that make memories: waking up to the singing of birds and howling of monkeys, snorkeling with baby sharks on a sunny beach day, a stroll in the rain on a muddy cloud forest trail or the interminable hike to the top of an active volcano. And of course, all the incredible personalities that you meet along the road contribute to awesome experiences that last a lifetime."

Mathias is part of the following groups: Galapagos Islands Travel Agents, Ecuador Travel Agents
A jungle river in the Ecuadorian rainforest
Outdoor Adventure in the Ecuadorian Amazon - 5 Days

Canoe through the jungle, spot pink dolphins in the wild, visit an indigenous community, and sleep under the stars — this action-packed itinerary takes you deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon for five days of outdoor adventure! After a day of sightseeing in Quito, you'll travel to the rainforest, entering the jungle aboard a motorized canoe. You'll set up camp on the edge of Zancudococha Lake, your home base for the rest of the trip. Jungle hikes, wildlife spotting excursions, swimming, piranha fishing, and boating are all on the agenda, not to mention guided rainforest hikes after sunset. Keep your eyes open for frogs, spiders, caimans, and other nocturnal wildlife: the jungle comes alive after dark!

Exploring scenic terrain with the family in the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador Family Trip: Quito, the Amazon & Galapagos Islands - 11 Days

From the colorful wildlife of the Amazon rainforest to the underwater playground of the Galapagos, this family-friendly journey around Ecuador offers adventure and education for all ages. Start in Quito, where you'll take a hands-on cooking class and set foot on both halves of the equator at Mitad del Mundo. Then delve into the Amazon rainforest, spotting exotic insects on a nighttime jungle tour and canoeing to a parrot habitat — bring your binoculars for the best views! Finish the itinerary in the Galapagos Islands with several days of wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and so much more. Keep your eyes open for giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies!

Nazca boobies in the Galapagos
Cruise the Galapagos Archipelago - 10 Days

Explore the Galapagos Islands on a yacht! This 10-day tour takes you around the archipelago to see Humboldt penguins in their natural habitat, snorkel with sea turtles, explore tidal pools, visit Charles Darwin Station, hike to a volcanic crater, and spot blue-footed boobies in the wild. After spending the first night on dry land, you'll island-hop to various islands, including San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, and North Seymour, stopping at various natural attractions along the way.

Baby Alpaca
Multi Country South America Adventure: Ecuador & Peru - 14 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland and Peru's highlights on this two-week trip. Start in Quito to tour the UNESCO-designated city center, then head to the Amazon for cultural experiences with the Kichwa indigenous community, wildlife viewing, and a peaceful rainforest atmosphere. Return to Quito by way of Cotopaxi National Park, home to the eponymous volcano. Then, catch a flight to Lima—the urban hub of Peru. End the trip with a visit to Cusco's pre-Inca ruins and a tour of the Sacred Valley and imperial Machu Picchu residence.

Iguana sunning itself in the Galápagos
Galapagos Highlights: Santa Cruz Island - 5 Days

Travelers wanting to keep their costs low will enjoy this short but active five-day tour. Staying on Santa Cruz Island, you'll take tours to some of the highlights, such as the unmissable Charles Darwin Research Station, and a boat tour where you can snorkel with sea turtles if you wish. There's also plenty of downtime scheduled, so choose your own activities that suit your interests: chill out on a beach, visit enormous Galapagos tortoises, and more.

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.

Recent trip reviews for Mathias

Jacob

Great Team, Well Coordinated, Super Flexible/Accomodating · Ecuador - Jun 21 - Jun 29, 2022

Traveler: Jacob S. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

We honestly can't say enough how much our family appreciated all the effort that went into planning and orchestrating our trip. There was some unexpected civil unrest throughout the country when we visited, we even considered cancelling the trip all together but we're so glad that we didn't. Mathias and his team were amazing and were great at keeping up to date on the situation and changed our itinerary to help us avoid protests and demonstrations. Although it was a bit dissapointing that we... read more

We honestly can't say enough how much our family appreciated all the effort that went into planning and orchestrating our trip. There was some unexpected civil unrest throughout the country when we visited, we even considered cancelling the trip all together but we're so glad that we didn't. Mathias and his team were amazing and were great at keeping up to date on the situation and changed our itinerary to help us avoid protests and demonstrations. Although it was a bit dissapointing that we weren't able to do everything we had originally planned on, the activities they replaced them with seemed just as good if not better and we still had a great time.

The other standout was just how well everything was coordinated. Between our tour guides, bus drivers, and hotel staff, it seemed like everyone knew our itinerary better than we did, and were so great about keeping us updated with the time table and what to expect. This was especially nice since we were travelling with small kids and helped us focus on the experience and not the logistics.

We would highly recommend Kimkim to anyone and of course Matias, Liz, Milton, and all the other great people we interacted with during our trip.

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Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel

Puerto Ayora

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Great staff, super helpful, and very clean and comfortable, modern accomodations. It was my niece's birthday during part of our stay and they decorated her room while we were out to make it extra special for her.

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Amazing Galapagos Adventure · Galapagos Islands - May 21 - May 27, 2022

Traveler: David D. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

A quick note that my family had an amazing trip to the Galapagos. A special thank you to Mathias who helped with the pre-planning, advance trip details and check-ins during the trip to make sure everything went smoothly.
We visited all three islands and had great excursions and experiences on all. Mathias planned just enough snorkeling, hiking and travel with down time to spend with the family. ALL of our guides were top notch and were prompt and very knowledgeable and engaging.
It is... read more

A quick note that my family had an amazing trip to the Galapagos. A special thank you to Mathias who helped with the pre-planning, advance trip details and check-ins during the trip to make sure everything went smoothly.
We visited all three islands and had great excursions and experiences on all. Mathias planned just enough snorkeling, hiking and travel with down time to spend with the family. ALL of our guides were top notch and were prompt and very knowledgeable and engaging.
It is hard to pick favorites as we encountered something special everyday from swimming with playful sea lions to having an hour on our own private beach. Bartolome Island is a must and seeing and snorkeling with the penguins was an added bonus.
It was a once in a lifetime trip for my family and the service we received was A+ - thank you Mathias

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Albemarle

Puerto Villamil

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Services were very good. Staff was very helpful. The hotel had a good courtyard for breakfast and leisure, and we enjoyed the rooftop for evening family social time.

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very helpful. We did our laundry on this portion of the trip with the hotel. Well done and very reasonable.
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right on the ocean

Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel

Puerto Ayora

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Very comfortable rooms and beds. Breakfast was good and location close to but off the strip was ideal for my family.

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Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill

Galapagos Islands

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Enrique was a great guide. He got us all setup with our snorkel gear and wet suits. He gave us a good overview and let us view the interpretation center before going snorkeling. He was a great snorkeling guide. We went further into the cove with him and definitely saw more marine life. The sea lions were great, and this was the first place we swam with the turtles.

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Timely and comfortable
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Fantastic!
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Snorkel at Kicker Rock

Galapagos Islands

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Great rip- we really enjoyed the beach stop and of course kicker rock. Snorkeling on the beach was fun and then seeing the hammerheads and marine life around kicker rock was amazing.

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Timely. Boat was comfortable.
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Guide was excellent, boat was very good. They spotted dolphins on the way out and engaged us with them.
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Exploring Isabela Island by bike

Puerto Villamil

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This was our relaxing day. Bike ride was fun and we stopped at different spots on the ride. We really enjoyed body surfing and swimming on the beautiful beach.

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picking up the bikes was easy with the service from Emilee
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Snorkel at Los Túneles

Galapagos Islands

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Maximo was excellent - the kids got to see a school of 20+ young sharks. The tunnels and landscape are amazing. We were treated to some great blue footed boobie dances on this trip.

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Kayaking & Snorkeling at Las Tintoreras

Galapagos Islands

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This was very close to the hotel and a shorter trip. We saw sea lions, many turtles and snorkeled over the sleeping sharks.

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Excursion to an uninhabited island

Galapagos Islands

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This was a very special day and trip. Roughly two hours to get to the island via boat but well worth the time. The hike tour was very information on the volcanic formation. And the view ..... WOW. The lunch was great and the snorkeling with the penguins was something everyone wanted to see.

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Guides were very information, engaging.
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Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

Galapagos Islands

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This was a very relaxing day before we left the island. Our guide was simply fantastic! Seeing and learning about the tortoises were great.

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This is the way to travel · Ecuador - May 10 - May 23, 2022

Traveler: Tom K. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Mathias understood right away our needs and wants and developed a great trip that left out nothing. Since we have family in Ecuador, he was able to weave in our requirement to do some things with family.
Sebastian, our guide, was equal to the task of integrating everything we were to do. Tip: go over the next day's schedule with him the night before so that he knows your expectations. He is great at anticipating needs and wants and fulfilling them before you can even ask.
All in all, a... read more

Mathias understood right away our needs and wants and developed a great trip that left out nothing. Since we have family in Ecuador, he was able to weave in our requirement to do some things with family.
Sebastian, our guide, was equal to the task of integrating everything we were to do. Tip: go over the next day's schedule with him the night before so that he knows your expectations. He is great at anticipating needs and wants and fulfilling them before you can even ask.
All in all, a fantastic trip of a lifetime. This is the way to travel.

Hotel Reviews

Casa de las Peñas Siglo XXI

Guayaquil

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Hotel Boutique Santa Lucía

Cuenca

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Hosteria La Andaluza

Riobamba

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One of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.

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Samari Spa Hotel

Baños

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Fantastic massages!
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Hacienda El Porvenir

Machachi

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Spectacular location, hard to get to.

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Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique

Quito

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Hacienda Pinsaqui

Otavalo

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Sacha Lodge Yasuní

Quito

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ONly place with air conditioning. A truly amazing experience.

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Stay here. It's the best of the best.
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Expedition to the Churute Ecological Reserve

Ecuador

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A wonderful lunch and even better tour guide.
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Cuenca - Ingapirca - Riobamba

Ecuador

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Cuenca is wonderful as is Ingapirca. I would skip Riobamba

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Horseback riding Cotopaxi National Park

Ecuador

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Cheri

A lot to see! · Ecuador - Feb 27 - Mar 15, 2022

Traveler: Cheri B. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

I spent 15 days in Ecuador touring areas around Quito, the Amazon, and the Galapagos islands. I traveled alone with a guide until he dropped me off to go to the Galapagos.
I used Quito as a home base and took a free day, explored the old town and middle of the world museum, Otavalo, and Cotopaxi. I also stayed in Mindo and Banos. They were worth visiting.
In the Amazon, I stayed at the Kuyana lodge and in the Galapagos used Santa Cruz as a home base.
I was pleased with the... read more

I spent 15 days in Ecuador touring areas around Quito, the Amazon, and the Galapagos islands. I traveled alone with a guide until he dropped me off to go to the Galapagos.
I used Quito as a home base and took a free day, explored the old town and middle of the world museum, Otavalo, and Cotopaxi. I also stayed in Mindo and Banos. They were worth visiting.
In the Amazon, I stayed at the Kuyana lodge and in the Galapagos used Santa Cruz as a home base.
I was pleased with the work Mathias did on my travel plan, his response time, and how he kept in touch nearly daily. He managed to incorporate my special requests of a visit to the rose farm, the Condor Parque, and a horse ride. I had a special interest in those things and thought they were worth the time, although the ride to the Condor Parque was long. The horse ride added a lot to the visit to Cotopaxi as I did not care to climb. The horse guy was terrific. It was my first time on a horse!
I can not say enough good things about Kuyana. The food was terrific and authentic. The grounds and rooms are beautiful. The activities are wonderful and individualized to the traveler.
It was relaxing too! It was the best!
The Galapagos lived up to their reputation. A special thank you to my guide, Julian, from Day 1, and the man who helped me complete the exit steps on the final day! Awesome job, guys!
Ecuador has a lot to see! GO!

Hotel Review

Sisakuna Lodge

Mindo

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They made pizza for me for dinner during Carnivale!
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beautiful grounds, basic furnishing
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Middle of the World

Ecuador

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Super cool outdoor setting with activities to highlight the effects of the equator! Loved it!

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Horseback riding Cotopaxi National Park

Ecuador

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Great experience! Took me 3 tries to get on the horse. The man was very patient. It was my first time. I really enjoyed it and the meal we had at the Park lodge.

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Transfer to Quito Airport, Flight to Galapagos & Highlands of Santa Cruz

Ecuador

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This is a great tour with lunch included. One of the most memorable photo ops with the amazing large tortoises! You can get very close. It was wonderful fun even in light drizzle. Bring a jacket, just in case! Mud boots are provided.

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Excursion to an uninhabited island

Galapagos Islands

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This is a long day with a couple of boat transfers and a ride to the dock. It is worth it. The boat is relaxing if you can find the right spot to sit yourself down! It was hosted by a member of the awesome "white shirt Park staff" They are heroes of the Galapagos. I am a non-snorkeler so I was treated to a few minutes on a deserted beach. Heavenly. We also made the stop at Baltra island and took a long walk up to the lighthouse. I needed a little encouragement for the last little way! Thank you sir, that was great! The food on the boat was delicious. A breakfast, lunch, and snack were served. Don't forget the sunscreen! It is much needed on this trip.

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Visit to another uninhabited island

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This is a little shorter trip out to Seymour island. I had previously gone to Bartolome' island. Another hero of the Galapagos "white shirted Park ranger" led the way to Seymour! It was similar to the other trip, on the same boat even. This time, I knew exactly where to sit! It was another enjoyable day with a trip to an islet and some snorkeling time. I saw some amazing birds nesting. I saw great frigate birds "Man of War" , Magnificent Frigate Birds, and blue-footed boobies. Equipment to snorkel was provided each time including life vests. The food was good. It was fish. They really can do fish well there! No breakfast due to the shorter day, but again a snack was provided. Well worth getting on the boat again! It is well spent time on the boat. Relax and enjoy! Don't forget the sunscreen, really!

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This was an absolutely amazing trip, Mathias ... · Ecuador - Mar 16 - Mar 21, 2022

Traveler: Erin d. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

This was an absolutely amazing trip, Mathias and his team were excellent. We were planning a trip for spring break with our 12 and eight-year-olds and looking for adventure that would also be appropriate for this age range. He worked with us on several different itineraries to give us options, listened to our requests for Accommodations, and provided us with the most amazing driver Sebastian who was so knowledgeable about the country, and very patient with our children! He went above and... read more

This was an absolutely amazing trip, Mathias and his team were excellent. We were planning a trip for spring break with our 12 and eight-year-olds and looking for adventure that would also be appropriate for this age range. He worked with us on several different itineraries to give us options, listened to our requests for Accommodations, and provided us with the most amazing driver Sebastian who was so knowledgeable about the country, and very patient with our children! He went above and beyond to make sure everything was organized and we had everything needed. It was the little details, like buying fruit in the market for our family, and following up with pictures from our adventures that we really appreciate. My children could stop hugging him at the end of the trip! Mathis met us at our hotel at the beginning of our adventure and checked in with us throughout the way to make sure our expectations were met. He works with top notch Accommodations and vendors. We would not change a think about this trip, other than we wished we stayed longer! We can’t wait to go back and would 100 percent book with Mathis!

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Isla de Baños

Baños

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Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Baños

Ecuador

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Mathias was excellent, very responsive, even ... · Ecuador - Mar 14 - Mar 29, 2022

Traveler: shilo n. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Mathias was excellent, very responsive, even to last minute changes, and met us in person when we checked in! The Alejandros, Jose, Fabian, Dario, Julian, and probably some others i may not remember names, were all wonderful. Ecuador is a beautiful place, not to mention the Galapagoes, WOW. highly recommend it. Never felt unsafe. Accommodations were all excellent. Loved the cooking class. 2 favorites: the Amazon jungle lodge - Aguas Negras( Fabian), and of course the Gallapagoes which was... read more

Mathias was excellent, very responsive, even to last minute changes, and met us in person when we checked in! The Alejandros, Jose, Fabian, Dario, Julian, and probably some others i may not remember names, were all wonderful. Ecuador is a beautiful place, not to mention the Galapagoes, WOW. highly recommend it. Never felt unsafe. Accommodations were all excellent. Loved the cooking class. 2 favorites: the Amazon jungle lodge - Aguas Negras( Fabian), and of course the Gallapagoes which was the whole reason we went. Snorkeled with Pengiuns!!! Can't recommend this company enough!! 5+ stars!!

Hotel Reviews

La Casona de La Ronda

Quito

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This was an amazing restored hotel. staff is great, facilities including restaurant, excellent.

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Termas de Papallacta

Papallacta

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Love this place, wish we had stayed longer.

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plan to stay more than one night!

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beautiful
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Hot springs right outside the room :)
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Aguas Negras

Lago Agrio

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If you want to get away, this is the place. Beautiful. rustic. Animals!!!!!

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This is a rustic place. Electriciy is by generator, so have fast chargers. Watch for spiders if you get up in the middle of the night ( they are harmless, but don't want to step on them) Bring a Flashlight or 2.

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AMazing! All the noises - cicadas, Birds, and especially the morning wakeup call of the Howler monkeys. Swimming in the river was wonderful, even with high water.
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beds comfortable, netting was good too! Never did have hot water, but lukewarm in this environment was fine )
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Can't say enough about Fabian. very knowledgeable , caring, and environmentally conscious.
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great way to experience the jungle, without even going hiking if you don't want. I have limited mobility but was able to manage getting in and out of the canoe :)
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Cooking Class

Quito

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Learned to make the classics, potato soup and fried plantain, for starters. Chef was very nice, it was so fun. Made the soup and salsa first night we came home!

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Cathy

Unforgettable rainforest experience · Ecuador - Feb 24 - Mar 15, 2022

Traveler: Cathy B. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

This was the most memorable and educational trip of my life. Mathias was very attentive to every question I had. He kept in touch with me. He even checked on my health condition and my husband's injury while we were away. I cannot say enough good things about him.

Our first guide, Sebastian, was a very fun young man to be with. He was polite, attentive, and laughed with us. He was very knowledgeable about the country of Ecuador. He will go far in his career as a guide.

Our guide in... read more

This was the most memorable and educational trip of my life. Mathias was very attentive to every question I had. He kept in touch with me. He even checked on my health condition and my husband's injury while we were away. I cannot say enough good things about him.

Our first guide, Sebastian, was a very fun young man to be with. He was polite, attentive, and laughed with us. He was very knowledgeable about the country of Ecuador. He will go far in his career as a guide.

Our guide in the Cuyabena reserve, Fabian, was fun to be with as well. He and the indigenous people of the rainforest were very attentive in our care in a land where we were so isolated. We learned so much about the native people and how they live. When my husband Russell was bitten by a piranha while trying to take it off the hook, Clever, the indigenous young man knew exactly what to do treating his wound with medicine taken from tree bark. He was absolutely amazing in rowing the canoe even at night, and his knowledge of the rainforest.

I love the peace of the rainforest; no traffic sounds, not even an airplane flew over; just the sounds of the wildlife and downpours.

The highlight of the trip was seeing a tapir in the wild and even getting pictures! I am still amazed.

Hotel Reviews

Vieja Cuba

Quito

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Very nice little room. Comfortable and safe, especially because it was gated. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because I do not like big cities, but it was necessary the night before our trip home.

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Put it in the rainforest! lol. I just do not like city life. It was a fine hotel.
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Termas de Papallacta

Papallacta

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Everything except the rain!
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Guango Lodge

Guango

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The fireplace should have been kept burning since it was so cold. We got cold a lot.
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So many hummingbirds!!!
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Kuyana Amazon Lodge

Archidona

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This was the most BEAUTIFUL place we stayed. The gardens are breathtaking. Leo is an excellent host. The food was good, and we really enjoyed the cooking school and waterfall hike.

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Aguas Negras

Lago Agrio

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Do not stay here if you need modern conveniences. It is a wonderful rainforest home, kind of like camping without the work. It was a wonderful experience for us. Fabian was a great guide and fun to be with. The indigenous staff were wonderful. I wish we could speak their language so we could have interacted more. We learned about how people live in the rainforest. We enjoyed the beauty and wildlife. The highlight was seeing a tapir!!! Not many people are this lucky!

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Do not bother with makeup for fixing your hair. If you are picky about food do not stay here. I highly recommend it for the adventurous nature lover. Not a good place for small children.

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The rainforest! The breeze off the river when it rained was so nice.
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Nothing can be improved being deep in the jungle. But the comfort is the best that can be expected without air conditioning and iced drinks. I craved cold drinks but they were room temperature.
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The indigenous staff was over-the-moon attentive to us. They know jungle survival skills.
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Sacha Lodge Yasuní

Quito

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This is a luxury jungle motel. You get air conditioning and gourmet food. Our guide Oscar was a walking encyclopedia. He knew every tree, plant, and bird by scientific name. The only thing I was not crazy about was the evening meal. They put more effort into a fancy presentation than in flavor. The lunch meal was the best meal.

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The rainforest!
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Hot Springs of Papallacta

Ecuador

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The hot springs felt so good! I liked the hottest one, my husband picked one a level down.

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Breakfast was good. Our room was neat and clean.
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Sebastian is the best.
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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Cathy & Russell,

thanks a lot for your feedback on your recent trip to Ecuador! I have already forwarded your comments to everyone who helped making this trip a wonderful experience for you: Your guides Sebastian and Fabian, the hotels and the rest of the staff at Authentic Ecuador.
I‘m happy that this expedition, which we started planning last year, met your expectations and beyond. And it was a very special trip indeed, with all the different places you visited in eastern Ecuador,... read more

Dear Cathy & Russell,

thanks a lot for your feedback on your recent trip to Ecuador! I have already forwarded your comments to everyone who helped making this trip a wonderful experience for you: Your guides Sebastian and Fabian, the hotels and the rest of the staff at Authentic Ecuador.
I‘m happy that this expedition, which we started planning last year, met your expectations and beyond. And it was a very special trip indeed, with all the different places you visited in eastern Ecuador, you are an expert on Ecuadorian rainforest now!
I wish you to get well soon, and that you can enjoy many more amazing trips around the globe!

Greetings from the Middle of the World and always safe travels,
Mathias

Wonderful trip to Ecuador February, 2022 · Ecuador - Feb 8 - Feb 17, 2022

Traveler: James S. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

My wife and I recently completed a 10 day trip to Ecuador and had a tremendous time. We knew very little about the country but wanted to see and learn as much as possible during our 10 day journey. We communicated with Mathias of Authentic Ecuador and found him to be very responsive
and helpful. We traveled Feb. 8-17, 2022 just as the Omicron variant was complicating travel in
many parts of the world. We were helped with all of the details and felt well supported. We arrived in Quito about... read more

My wife and I recently completed a 10 day trip to Ecuador and had a tremendous time. We knew very little about the country but wanted to see and learn as much as possible during our 10 day journey. We communicated with Mathias of Authentic Ecuador and found him to be very responsive
and helpful. We traveled Feb. 8-17, 2022 just as the Omicron variant was complicating travel in
many parts of the world. We were helped with all of the details and felt well supported. We arrived in Quito about 01:00 am (late) on our flight from Houston and after being efficiently being gotten through passport control and customs we were pleasantly greeted by our driver who got us to our hotel in old town Quito. Our superb guide, Cristian Portilla, met us promptly the next morning and we spent two days seeing all of Quito and the surrounding area. We particularly enjoyed a day trip to Mindo and the equator museum and exhibits. We then traveled through Banos, Riobamba, Cuenca and on to Guayaquil. Cristian was with us all of the time and provided superior services in taking us to all
of the places of interest in each area. He helped us get a feel for the local culture and took us to
local restaurants. We felt very fortunate to have a guide with his knowledge and dedication.
We booked at pretty much the last minute and could not have been more pleased. The accommodations were in boutique smaller hotels and they were all excellent and unique as well
as comfortable. We always felt safe and well cared for during the travels and give Kimkim, Mathias and Cristian our unqualified recommendation. This was a special trip and we are more
than delighted that we took it.

Hotel Review

La Casona de La Ronda

Quito

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Hotel Review

My wife stayed here Feb. 8-10, 2022 and found it very clean and comfortable. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was modern and fully functional. The breakfasts were very nice with made to order omelets. We also had dinner in the dining room one evening and it was superb. They do not have an elevator so if one is not able to climb stairs it would be a problem. The staff were excellent and we very much enjoyed our stay in this small hotel in the center of the old city.

Tips for future travelers

Be aware there is no elevator.

Location

We could walk to many old town sights and restaurants
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Activity Review

Baños & the Avenue of Waterfalls

Baños

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Activity Review

The hike along the river and down to the falls was extremely picturesque. Well worthwhile.

Food

We enjoyed the local Ecuadorian foods.
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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear James,

thank you very much for your feedback! I am glad that together, we were able to organize this last minute trip in Ecuador for you and Mary, and that we could take you to all of the places that interested you, without interference from the pandemic. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the company of your guide Cristian, and that he was able to not only introduce you to the highlights of this beautiful country, but also to the culture of the friendly Ecuadorians.
Hopefully you... read more

Dear James,

thank you very much for your feedback! I am glad that together, we were able to organize this last minute trip in Ecuador for you and Mary, and that we could take you to all of the places that interested you, without interference from the pandemic. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the company of your guide Cristian, and that he was able to not only introduce you to the highlights of this beautiful country, but also to the culture of the friendly Ecuadorians.
Hopefully you will have the opportunity to return some day to see more of this country, including the Galapagos Islands.

I wish you all the best, especially health, and many more exciting trips in the future!

Best regards,
Mathias

Last minute Amazing journey · Ecuador - Jan 7 - Jan 17, 2022

Traveler: Kelly F. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Wow!! What an amazing journey! Mathias and the entire Authentic Ecuador team were just amazing. We already had a trip planned to Southeast Asia that got derailed because of the Omicron variant of Covid. We were able to book an amazing trip through Kim Kim and with Mathias To South and Central America. We began in Peru and then arrived in Ecuador. Ecuador was absolutely magical! We explored Quito, Banos, Archidona and The rainforest at Yasuni National Park. Our guide and driver, Cristian,... read more

Wow!! What an amazing journey! Mathias and the entire Authentic Ecuador team were just amazing. We already had a trip planned to Southeast Asia that got derailed because of the Omicron variant of Covid. We were able to book an amazing trip through Kim Kim and with Mathias To South and Central America. We began in Peru and then arrived in Ecuador. Ecuador was absolutely magical! We explored Quito, Banos, Archidona and The rainforest at Yasuni National Park. Our guide and driver, Cristian, was an amazing guy. He was kind, warm, laid back and very knowledgeable. From the city bike tour and cooking class, to the gorgeous villa in Archidona, we grew to love the people, culture, history and nature of Ecuador during our stay there. We will be back one day for sure! We would love to bring our children next time! Thank you to the entire team!

Hotel Review

Kuyana Amazon Lodge

Archidona

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Hotel Review

What an absolutely stunning and peaceful place. Wish we could have stayed longer. The owner and the staff are so kind and the property is immaculate. With the backdrop being the Amazon and in the amazing country of Ecuador, what could be better. We had a super fun cooking class and a really great night walk through the rainforest. What an amazing experience. Thanks guys!

Tips for future travelers

Don't bring too much luggage. Easier for you and the staff.

Location

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Activity Review

Community projects - Paddling excursion - Traditional dinner - Night walk (NCC)

Yasuni National Park

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Activity Review

We loved the Napo Cultural Center and our guide Vince is the absolute best!

Food

Amazing food! Thanks Chef!
Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kelly,

thanks again for planning this last minute trip with Kimkim and Authentic Ecuador, I‘m glad that we were able to provide a wonderful experience despite the fact that you „had“ to switch to Ecuador on such a short notice when your original destination closed borders. And of the dozens of countries you have already visited, maybe Ecuador even makes it into your favorites.

See you again soon in Ecuador, maybe next time with your children!

Greetings from Quito and always happy and safe travels!

Best regards,
Mathias

Alex

Great customized itinerary with frequent communication · Galapagos Islands - Dec 26 - Jan 9, 2022

Traveler: Alex L. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Planning my trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands was a daunting task. Luckily I found kimkim and especially Mathias to guide me on a fantastic journey. Mathias worked closely with me to customize the perfect itinerary for all the things I wanted to do and see. Not only this, but Mathias gave me great advice ranging from packing lists to to restaurants to how to split up my time across locations. He also scheduled things like airport/hotel pickups, taxi boat fees and Covid testing which... read more

Planning my trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands was a daunting task. Luckily I found kimkim and especially Mathias to guide me on a fantastic journey. Mathias worked closely with me to customize the perfect itinerary for all the things I wanted to do and see. Not only this, but Mathias gave me great advice ranging from packing lists to to restaurants to how to split up my time across locations. He also scheduled things like airport/hotel pickups, taxi boat fees and Covid testing which made my life so much simpler. It’s also great that kimkim has a chat tool that let us communicate throughout the whole process.

What put Mathias and this service beyond 5 stars is that after booking, the support didn’t stop. We had frequent communications each day of the trip, ensuring I had a good time on the excursion and was ready for the next day. And each event was top quality, often with private guides!

I was beyond impressed with Mathias and the kimkim service. I 100% recommend the use of the service for a complicated trip like Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Hotel Review

Tambopaxi Cotopaxi Lodge

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi

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Activity Review

Kayaking & Snorkeling at Las Tintoreras

Galapagos Islands

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Activity Review

So great to get some exercise in the kayak and explore where a boat cannot go. Swam with marine iguanas and sea lions, and saw penguins too!

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Alex, thank you so much for this flattering review! I'm glad that despite the seasoned and independent traveler you are, I could simplify the entire process for you and take some of that burden off your shoulders that always comes with going on a trip to an unknown country, both before and during the trip.
I think we enjoyed having you as our guest as much as you enjoyed Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and needless to say that we are looking forward to welcome you again to explore all the other beautiful locations on your next trip to Ecuador!

Mathias was extraordinary! He helped us throu... · Ecuador - Dec 19 - Dec 29, 2021

Traveler: Luana N. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Mathias was extraordinary! He helped us through the entire process from customizing the trip to our needs and physical abilities to covering as much as possible culture and nature. He had a network of amazing guides in all locations to that truly cared for us. He even came to meet us in person at our hotel and left us a little present w Ecuador goodies. From Quito bike tour & cooking class to Quitsao& Otavalo and then Galapagos we had an great time in Ecuador! Also, we appreciated the... read more

Mathias was extraordinary! He helped us through the entire process from customizing the trip to our needs and physical abilities to covering as much as possible culture and nature. He had a network of amazing guides in all locations to that truly cared for us. He even came to meet us in person at our hotel and left us a little present w Ecuador goodies. From Quito bike tour & cooking class to Quitsao& Otavalo and then Galapagos we had an great time in Ecuador! Also, we appreciated the transparency of the process and how easy it was to communicate w Mathias. We are already thinking of our next Ecuador trip ( this was our first time in South America, usually we travel to Europe). Highly recommend Mathias and KimKim!

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your feedback on your trip to Ecuador, Luana! It was fun planning this trip with you and I'm really happy that you, Amalia and Victor enjoyed the trip to the fullest! Your guides had a great time too I've been told. And now that you got a taste of South America, I'm sure that you will come back to explore our neighboring countries and maybe the places in Ecuador you couldn't see this time around. :) Take care!

Mehdi

Mathias put together a fantastic photography ... · Ecuador - Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2021

Traveler: Mehdi Z. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Mathias put together a fantastic photography trip in the Quilotoa and Imbabura regions of Ecuador. All lodging, guides and drivers were excellent and on schedule. Mathias was always available for questions and assistance when needed and he even went to the length of accompanying me for a couple of days in the trip. He is very professional and has a gift to quickly and exactly understand his clients needs. I cannot thank him enough and would recommend him to anyone for future trip planing in Ecuador, a country he knows very well.

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mehdi,

thanks a lot for your review! It was indeed an interesting trip we put together, and I enjoyed accompanying a part of it. And judging by the photos I have seen, I think your trip was a success!
I am looking forward to helping you organize another trip in the future to explore the other parts of this versatile country. PS.: Greetings from Alejandro!

Rob & Katie

A Fantastic Three-Week Adventure in Ecuador · Ecuador - Jul 2 - Jul 20, 2021

Traveler: Rob & Katie L. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Simply put, my wife and I had a spectacular three-week trip to Ecuador. Mathias and his team provided a very well-organized adventure for us that was well-paced and filled with new sites, learning, and exploring. From Quito to the Galapagos, to Mindo, the Amazon rain forest, and the highlands of Cotapoxi our trip was superb. Every local guide was on time, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. The wonderful sections of beautiful boutique hotels and the excursions were safe and exciting. Every... read more

Simply put, my wife and I had a spectacular three-week trip to Ecuador. Mathias and his team provided a very well-organized adventure for us that was well-paced and filled with new sites, learning, and exploring. From Quito to the Galapagos, to Mindo, the Amazon rain forest, and the highlands of Cotapoxi our trip was superb. Every local guide was on time, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. The wonderful sections of beautiful boutique hotels and the excursions were safe and exciting. Every day was a new adventure.

We experienced so much of the culture and the hospitality of the Ecuadorian people that we were thrilled to get up each morning for our new adventure. We have already made many referrals to Kimkim.com and know that we will continue to do so in the future. Thanks for a trip of a lifetime!

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Katie & Rob,

thank you very much for sharing your experience with other travelers! I'm glad you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully, you can return soon to reunite with your new friends and see the other parts of this diverse country!

Hasta pronto,
Mathias

Visiting the beautiful, welcoming country of Ecuador · Ecuador - Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2021

Traveler: Jackie L. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Would highly recommend traveling to the beautiful country of Ecuador. The country is welcoming and beautiful, and the people are even more so. We felt safe and well taken care of the entire trip. Our local specialist, Mathias, took care of all the planning/bookings. The local people, drivers, and guides could not be more genuine lovely people.

We visited the Amazon for 4 days, Quito for 2 days, and the Galapagos for 5 days. It felt like the perfect amount of time in each location, the only... read more

Would highly recommend traveling to the beautiful country of Ecuador. The country is welcoming and beautiful, and the people are even more so. We felt safe and well taken care of the entire trip. Our local specialist, Mathias, took care of all the planning/bookings. The local people, drivers, and guides could not be more genuine lovely people.

We visited the Amazon for 4 days, Quito for 2 days, and the Galapagos for 5 days. It felt like the perfect amount of time in each location, the only downside was the amount of travel time between locations. I would absolutely recommend visiting Ecuador, and all it has to offer.

Will be returning soon!

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Jackie for sharing your experience here in Ecuador with other travelers! The entire team is very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here and that everything was as planned (or even better).
Regarding the amount of travel time between the different parts of the country, this was mainly due to the pandemic situation, which still makes air travel difficult to some locations sometimes, as was the case for your trip to the rainforest, which is why we took you there by private... read more

Thank you Jackie for sharing your experience here in Ecuador with other travelers! The entire team is very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here and that everything was as planned (or even better).
Regarding the amount of travel time between the different parts of the country, this was mainly due to the pandemic situation, which still makes air travel difficult to some locations sometimes, as was the case for your trip to the rainforest, which is why we took you there by private scenic drive as discussed previously. As for the Galapagos Islands, they can only be reached by plane as they are located quite far off the Pacific Coast, which is why it is recommendable planning for at least 5 days there (as you did) or better even more if time allows!

We are looking forward to having you back here soon, maybe once things are back to the (new) normal, so you can see the rest of this beautiful country!

Greetings from Quito,
Mathias

Mathias is extremely responsive and organized. · Ecuador - May 15 - May 22, 2021

Traveler: Arianna L. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Mathias is extremely responsive and organized. I asked for an adventurous trip filled with culture and that’s exactly what Mathias put together for me.

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your feedback, Arianna! It was a pleasure having you as our guest, it was fun planning this trip with you and I'm happy that you enjoyed it to the fullest!

Jeremy

Matias put together an awesome trip to an amazing country. · Ecuador - Jan 22 - Jan 31, 2021

Traveler: Jeremy P. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Matias was amazing. Quick responses, answered all the questions we had, most before we thought to ask them. The partners he worked with were on time, friendly, and knowledgeable. The hotels we were set up in were all great, from hot tubs heated by volcanos to having breakfast with a troop of monkeys, it was places that were unique, clean and friendly. I would send anyone I know to Ecuador and I will give them Matias' contact information to make their trip as special as he made ours.

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your feedback, Jeremy! It was great having you guys as one of our first guests since the beginning of the pandemic. And I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here to the fullest!
I wish you all the best and a great time on your next trips, maybe one day you will return to see the other parts of this beautiful country.

Hasta luego,

Mathias