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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.

Recent trip reviews for Mathias

12 days in Ecuador
Ecuador | Nov 7 - Nov 18, 2022

Vivian
Vivian Z.
Fresh Meadows, NY | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

We had an amazing 12 days tour in Ecuador. the beautiful landscapes around the highlands of the Andes, the adventure in Amazon rainforest basin and also the wonderful close look at diverse societies. we stayed 4 days 3 nights in La Selva Lodge, it is a nice place , suitable for most of travelers who are interested in adventure in Yasuni national park. From Quito to Cuenca, we visited some famous Catholic churches and most of the great places like Cotopaxi national park, Quilotoa Lake, the... read more

We had an amazing 12 days tour in Ecuador. the beautiful landscapes around the highlands of the Andes, the adventure in Amazon rainforest basin and also the wonderful close look at diverse societies. we stayed 4 days 3 nights in La Selva Lodge, it is a nice place , suitable for most of travelers who are interested in adventure in Yasuni national park. From Quito to Cuenca, we visited some famous Catholic churches and most of the great places like Cotopaxi national park, Quilotoa Lake, the ruins of Ingapirca and Cacha, a small town in Chimborazo province. Our guide Danny is very knowledgeable, he introduced everything in detail and explained clearly, it left a strong impression us on us about the lives of the indigenous people. all accommodation we stayed were so fantastic with delicious meals, tasty beverage and nice views. we'd like to say thank you to Mathias, he's so helpful, and help us made this trip unforgettable. we will appreciate KIMKIM to connect travel specialist, local tour guides and independent travelers together, and make travelling around world so easy.

Hotel Reviews
La Casona de La Ronda
Quito

the room is clean, the staff is very friendly, the breakfast and dinner is so delicious.

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La Selva Lodge
Yasuní National Park
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Hacienda La Cienega
Cotopaxi
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historic hacienda, worth to stay and take around and enjoy the great views
Hacienda Abraspungo
Guano
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the room is super clean, the staff is very friendly and the meal is delicious.
Hotel Boutique Santa Lucía
Cuenca
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Casa de las Peñas Siglo XXI
Guayaquil
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Quito City Tour
Ecuador
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Cooking Class
Quito
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Arrival to Coca, transfer to rainforest lodge, rainforest hike
Ecuador
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Observation Tower, Rainforest hikes, Night Canoe Ride
Yasuni National Park
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Parrot Clay Lick, Jungle hikes
Yasuni National Park
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Last rainforest activities, Transfer to Coca & Arrival to Quito
Ecuador
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Explore Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador
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Visiting Quilotoa Lagoon & Transfer to Riobamba
Ecuador
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Community of Cacha
Ecuador
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Cacha - Ingapirca - Cuenca
Ecuador
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Cuenca - Cajas National Park - Guayaquil
Ecuador
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Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Fantastic trip to Ecuador!
Ecuador | Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2022

Khulood
Khulood A.
Bahrain | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

During my trip to Ecuador, I visited Otavalo, Quito, Cotopaxi and Mindo. Kimkim arranged for transportations, local and indigenous guides, and I had a great time with all of them- especially Danny Arias, David and Fausto.
In Otavalo, I visited the Cuicocha Lagoon, Peguche falls, and the artisan market, followed by a traditional Ecuadorian lunch. I appreciate that the guides catered to my food preferences and allergies!
I enjoyed seeing the hummingbirds and butterflies in Mindo, but freaked... read more

During my trip to Ecuador, I visited Otavalo, Quito, Cotopaxi and Mindo. Kimkim arranged for transportations, local and indigenous guides, and I had a great time with all of them- especially Danny Arias, David and Fausto.
In Otavalo, I visited the Cuicocha Lagoon, Peguche falls, and the artisan market, followed by a traditional Ecuadorian lunch. I appreciate that the guides catered to my food preferences and allergies!
I enjoyed seeing the hummingbirds and butterflies in Mindo, but freaked out when I reached the zipline and decided not to do it😅 I loved the chocolate experience and everything about the trip today, Mindo is so green and beautiful!
On the way back we passed by the Inti nan museum, and I was amazed by the experiments related to the equator.
Cotopaxi was absolutely magical and breathtaking! I wished I had more time to spend in the Andes and the avenue of the volcanoes.

Thank you Mathias and the team for making my trip truly exceptional and authentic!

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Dear Khulood,

thanks for your kind review, the entire team (including your tour guides) is happy that you enjoyed your trip to Ecuador and that you were able to get a good insight into different regions of the country, despite the few days you had available.

So definitely you will have to return to see more of Ecuador and to do the zipline in Mindo! ;)

All the best,

Mathias and the Authentic Ecuador Team

From the moment I started planning this trip ...
Ecuador | Aug 12 - Aug 21, 2022

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Brad H.
Attleboro, MA | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

From the moment I started planning this trip and all the way through to completion, my experience was 5 stars. I travelled with 11 family members to Ecuador (ages ranging from 19 to 86). We E-Biked the streets of Quito, attended cooking classes, travelled and explored the Galapagos on private boats and white watered rafted in the Amazon. We also made chocolate from scratch and ate jungle shrimp (big gnarly slugs).

Mathias worked with me at the inception and helped us tailor a trip that... read more

From the moment I started planning this trip and all the way through to completion, my experience was 5 stars. I travelled with 11 family members to Ecuador (ages ranging from 19 to 86). We E-Biked the streets of Quito, attended cooking classes, travelled and explored the Galapagos on private boats and white watered rafted in the Amazon. We also made chocolate from scratch and ate jungle shrimp (big gnarly slugs).

Mathias worked with me at the inception and helped us tailor a trip that was both action packed and educational. Every detailed was planned and flawlessly executed. We had great accommodations, meals (which I had included) and awesome guides.

My family has gone on trips the last few years (Iceland, Canary Islands, Croatia, etc.) and are not the easiest to please, but everyone commented that this was our best trip yet. Bravo to Matias for the coordination and to all the guides especially Milton.

Hotel Reviews
La Casona de La Ronda
Quito

Perfect spot right in the action. Too bad we didn't have more time to spend here.

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Plaza Luna Suites
Puerto Ayora

Very clean and new hotel. Right in the middle of all the action. Great location.

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Owner was very nice and helpful.
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Kuyana Amazon Lodge
Archidona

Great place. If you want to hear the jungle, this is the place. You are in it.

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Urban Quito Bike Tour
Quito

Staff was great. Really helpful and fun to be with. E-bike were a blast and we loved every part of this trip.

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Rafting Río Jatunyacu
Ecuador

A blast. I have rafted many rivers and higher class rivers, but this was by far one of the most fun. Action the whole way!

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Lunch...tacos excellent!
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Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Brad,

I want to thank you again for trusting us with the organization of your big family’s trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands!

I’m glad to hear that we could make this a wonderful experience for everyone despite the different capabilities and interests. It’s great to hear that this was the best trip yet, but I hope there are many more and even better trips to come!

I wish you and your family always safe and amazing travels,

Mathias & the Authentic Ecuador team

Amazing Trip
Ecuador | Aug 20 - Aug 29, 2022

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Leona F.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Our tour of Ecuador with Sebastian couldn't have been better. From pickup at the airport to each destination, and finally back to the airport, he was with us every step of the way with local knowledge, humor, easy fluent English, and a great attitude. While some of the roads in Ecuador can be a little concerning, he’s patient and responsible driving put our minds at ease as we traveled easily and safely. He consistently went the extra mile, finding us opportunities for a bit of extra... read more

Our tour of Ecuador with Sebastian couldn't have been better. From pickup at the airport to each destination, and finally back to the airport, he was with us every step of the way with local knowledge, humor, easy fluent English, and a great attitude. While some of the roads in Ecuador can be a little concerning, he’s patient and responsible driving put our minds at ease as we traveled easily and safely. He consistently went the extra mile, finding us opportunities for a bit of extra adventure when available, recommending great restaurants all along the way. I can't recommend Sebastian highly enough. If you're considering a tour in Ecuador, do it with Sebastian. Also our expert trip planner, Mathias, was very helpful during the planning phase but also was diligent on checking up on us during the trip. He responded in a timely manner and seemed very knowledgeable about Ecuador. Highly recommend this company for planning your trips.

Hotel Reviews
Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo

Great spacious room with fireplace. Team there was friendly, welcoming, and very helpful. Would highly recommend.

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Casa Divina Eco Lodge
Mindo

Excellent and unique experience. Very clean and spacious. The staff took great care of us and Martha’s meals were excellent! Great observation deck!

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Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Hi Leona,

thank you very much for your great review, we are delighted to hear that you and Brad had an awesome time in each of the different places you went to (Andean mountains, cloud forest, rain forest), and that you enjoyed the company of your tour guide Sebastian!

I wish you many safe and unforgettable trips in the future,

Mathias

Amazing trip to Galápagos
Galapagos Islands | Jul 22 - Aug 3, 2022

Victoria
Victoria C.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

Galápagos Islands trip review

This is the second time we worked with Mathias for our trip. The first trip was Ecuador adventure tour including Quito, Banos, and Amazon. It was a great trip.

This time we worked with Mathias for our Galapagos island trip and it was amazing. Mathias is super thoughtful, he made sure that every single detail of the trip was taken care of. He is very patient and is so accommodating with our requests and needs. When we first arrived at the Quito hotel,... read more

Galápagos Islands trip review

This is the second time we worked with Mathias for our trip. The first trip was Ecuador adventure tour including Quito, Banos, and Amazon. It was a great trip.

This time we worked with Mathias for our Galapagos island trip and it was amazing. Mathias is super thoughtful, he made sure that every single detail of the trip was taken care of. He is very patient and is so accommodating with our requests and needs. When we first arrived at the Quito hotel, Mathias met us in person with a gift of wine, chocolate, coffee, and soap. This is such a wonderful personal touch that made us feel so welcome.

During the trip, Mathias was available any time we needed any assistance and fixed any issues. On one our trips that they put us on a tour without kayaking, Mathias made sure to put us on another kayaking tour—complimentary from him. In the morning we left for Galápagos Islands the hotel forgot to pack us breakfast, Mathias offered us free breakfast after we checked in at the airport. In addition, we got an upgrade for our flight back to Quito from Santa Cruz. All these gestures made us feel super welcome and taken care of.

All the day tours we were on were amazing: with awesome tour guides and on time pick up and drop off—not a worry at all from our part. We were confident that we were well taken care of.

I would work with Mathias in the future again. He is truly an incredible person to work with and I give him the highest recommendations!

Hotel Reviews
Vieja Cuba
Quito

The hotel is cute and the staff is very friendly. The breakfast was amazing! :) they have coffee, hot water, and tea available all day, which is a huge plus. The rooms are clean and comfortable. When we left for our Galapagos trip, it was super early in the morning. Somehow they forgot to pack us a breakfast for the airport. It wasn’t a big deal really. But when we came back from Galápagos go stay with them one more night, they gave us the best suite of the hotel and a bottle of win with a note to apologize for the breakfast. It was beyond our expectations. :) Great little hotel—definitely would recommend.

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Super friendly
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Posada del Mar
Puerto Ayora

We had a room with a balcony and the balcony had beautiful flowers surrounding it. Our host Carlos is simply the best host we have ever worked with. He is friendly without overbearing, you can tell he really truly enjoy his job and sincerely want to help with the guests. Carlos made the hotel superb!

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Carlos is simply the BEST
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Hotel Cally Galapagos
Puerto Villamil

Great hotel with helpful and friendly staff. The hotel is clean and comfortable, the check in and check out were super easy. On the day we checked out, we didn’t have to leave until 2:30pm. The host let us put our luggages in the hotel while we were out. They were so friendly. The owner (not the front desk people—they speak perfect English) doesn’t speak English, but with my broken Spanish we were able to work everything out. :) He is very helpful.

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Hostal Cattleya
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Trudy and Ivan are friendly and helpful. This hotel has an awesome rooftop with a panoramic view of the island. You can watch sunset on the rooftop. Room is big and we have no complaints. They also offer breakfast at the time you request, which is very nice. One more big plus: you can wash and hang your clothes on the rooftop. Very convenient to dry the swimming suits and such. Highly recommend.

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Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2022

Victoria,

thank you very much for your kind words and for your repeatedly putting the organization of your trips in the hands of Authentic Ecuador, Kimkim and that of all of our partners involved, especially your local guides!
It is rare to see our guests returning to Ecuador in such a short term, which tells me that you really enjoyed your first trip a lot (but I could also tell from your happy faces!).
I’m also glad to see that the hotels we selected together were just the right ones for... read more

Victoria,

thank you very much for your kind words and for your repeatedly putting the organization of your trips in the hands of Authentic Ecuador, Kimkim and that of all of our partners involved, especially your local guides!
It is rare to see our guests returning to Ecuador in such a short term, which tells me that you really enjoyed your first trip a lot (but I could also tell from your happy faces!).
I’m also glad to see that the hotels we selected together were just the right ones for you!

I would be happy to receive you a third time in Ecuador some day, there are still many beautiful places left for you to explore!

All the best,
Mathias

Thanks for the once-in-a-lifetime experience!!!
Galapagos Islands | Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2022

Jennifer
Jennifer A.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 23, 2022

This was my first experience ever using a travel agent or having any kind of help planning a trip. I didn't even know where to begin when planning a short trip to the Galapagos, and Mathias took my wishes into account and created the perfect trip. He was also very helpful when we had to postpone the trip due to a family emergency. The trip itinerary was just about perfect, full of wildlife growing as we wished. Our favorite day by far was visiting Espanola, which surprised me because I... read more

This was my first experience ever using a travel agent or having any kind of help planning a trip. I didn't even know where to begin when planning a short trip to the Galapagos, and Mathias took my wishes into account and created the perfect trip. He was also very helpful when we had to postpone the trip due to a family emergency. The trip itinerary was just about perfect, full of wildlife growing as we wished. Our favorite day by far was visiting Espanola, which surprised me because I assumed visiting the giant tortoises would be my favorite (and that was still amazing, obviously, and I loved it, but Espanola just blew us away). But I think that's the beauty of using local experts --they know what to suggest and what you might enjoy even more than you. All of our guides were amazing (Sol, Martin, Ulf, and Camilo). We had Martin two days in a row, which we loved, as he was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The Galapagos Sharksky boat and crew were also fantastic, and we were lucky to also have them two days in a row. The liaisons we had were so friendly and informative as well (Liz and Jorge). The hotels were perfect for us and it was so nice having the little things like transportation and snorkeling gear taken care of for us. Overall, it was such an amazing vacation and I'm so grateful for the experience!

Hotel Reviews
Casa Blanca
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Posada del Mar
Puerto Ayora

The bed was huge and comfortable, the staff was friendly, and it was a wonderful location off the main road but so close to everything. The WiFi was terrible, which was only an issue because we had a family situation come up that we needed to deal with, but everything else about the hotel was amazing. Thank you for a great stay!

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Good restaurants next door! Easy to walk around, closer to the center of town, safe.
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The staff were so friendly and accommodating!
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Activity Reviews
Day-Trip to Española Island
Galapagos Islands

This was our favorite activity. I had no idea I would enjoy seeing the albatrosses as much as I did--the mating ritual was fascinating. The blue-footed boobies were amazing as well, and so close I couldn't believe it. We also saw a Galapagos hawk and its nest. We saw a baby sea lion so young the placenta was still next to the mom. Marine iguanas everywhere, swimming and basking on lava rocks. Sweeping views of the ocean and the unusual landscape. The whole day was just magical.

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Martin, our guide, and the boat crew on the Sharksky were beyond amazing.
Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos Islands

I couldn't believe how close the tortoises are (stay back 6 feet, but sometimes that's tricky!), nor could I believe how many there were. The cloud forest atmosphere was a nice change from the beaches and sunny skies on the other parts of the island. Having a super knowledgeable guide also made the experience perfect--we even had a stranger asking him questions, she she said we were lucky to have him as our guide! We knew Ulf was the best already, but that helped confirm it. We had great discussions and he answered all of our crazy questions. Also, the bike riding ended up being way more fun than I expected, even though it was raining and I got super muddy. It was so nice that the bus followed us, so my boyfriend was able to stop when he didn't feel like continuing but I was able to keep going.

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Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora
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Excursion to an uninhabited island
Galapagos Islands

We went hiking on Bartolome and snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock, and both experiences were amazing. It was such a contrast to the other islands we had visited. The diversity of the Galapagos is just stunning. The hike up the 365 steps is actually really well designed, so it's doable for people of many fitness levels. Our guide stopped a lot to talk about the geography, geology, etc, which gave us a chance to catch our breath. The stairs are wide and safe. The timing on everything was really great.

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Snorkel at Kicker Rock
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Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2022

Hi Jennifer,

I still wanted to thank you for your wonderful review! I am happy to hear that you and Cory enjoyed your trip to the Galapagos Islands, and that it had some positive surprises in store for you (for example the day trip to Española Island).
I will pass on your praises to Ulf, Liz, and everyone else involved in making this a special experience for you.

And a big thanks for sharing the photos, one can tell that you had a blast!

Take care and always safe travels,

Mathias

2 weeks in mainland Ecuador and Galapagos islands
Ecuador | Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2022

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Valentí G.
Spain | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Matthias was our travel specialist for our 2-week trip to mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands. He planned an itinerary including the capital Quito, the Amazon jungle at the Cuyabeno Reserve, the highlands with the city of Banos and Cotopaxi and Quilotoa volcanoes and finally Galapagos Islands. It was a fantastic trip and everything worked out very smoothly. As the time of our trip approached, Matthias provided us with plenty of exciting alternatives as it looked liked the protests by the... read more

Matthias was our travel specialist for our 2-week trip to mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands. He planned an itinerary including the capital Quito, the Amazon jungle at the Cuyabeno Reserve, the highlands with the city of Banos and Cotopaxi and Quilotoa volcanoes and finally Galapagos Islands. It was a fantastic trip and everything worked out very smoothly. As the time of our trip approached, Matthias provided us with plenty of exciting alternatives as it looked liked the protests by the indigenous communities will severely affect our initial plan (we were very lucky and it did not affect us in the end) but it was very reassuring to have him backing us up. He also showed up on the night of our bus to Cuyabeno to make sure there were no issues and was always available and making sure everything was right for us.
The guides provided for the activities also made sure we were having the best of the experiences. We'd like to give an special mention to Jimmy in Cuyabeno and Ulf Torsten in Sta Cruz (Galapagos). Overall it's been a great experience and we're happily recommending it!

Hotel Reviews
Vieja Cuba
Quito

Good overall hotel, good location, good breakfast, staff was attentive. As to improve, rooms felt slightly cold sometimes.

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Jamu Lodge
Quito

Great place in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Staff made sure we had all the commodities. Shower water pressure and temperature had some problems but it was fixed considering the circumstances of the location

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Isla de Baños
Baños
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Lava House Hostal
Puerto Ayora

Great place in Sta Cruz. It's a 10-15 minutes walk from the pier so it's quiet and the atmosphere is very nice.

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Activity Reviews
Excursion to an uninhabited island
Galapagos Islands

Unbelievable experience. We went to North Seymour and spotted lots of animals both in land and sea (turtles, rays, sea lions, iguanas, countless bird species...) The boat was very comfortable, food was good and all the staff were very helpful and kind. Our guide was very informative too.

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Jungle Hike, Dolphin & Caiman Spotting
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The pink dolphins were probably our favourite experience of the whole trip, a truly magic moment. Our guide was really good at looking for the animals (big and small) and tried restlessly for us to have the best spotting experience.

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Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Valentí,

I hope you and Itziar arrived home safely after your long journey! I‘m very happy that the strikes ended just in time before your trip, so you could see all of the places you wanted to see.
I‘m glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here, and of course I will forward your thanks to Jimmy, Ulf, and all the others that made your trip possible.

Always safe travels,
Mathias

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

Jacob
Jacob S.
Laguna Beach, CA | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

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.

Hotel Review
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Emmely & Jacob,

it was a pleasure planning and organizing this trip for your family, your sister‘s and of course your mother! The local strikes made it necessary to make a few changes to your program, but I‘m happy to hear that you and the kids enjoyed the alternative activities!

I‘m sure you have told them already in person, but I will let Liz and Milton (and everyone else involved) know how happy you were with their services!

Thanks again for travelling with us, I wish you many more fun family trips to the four corners of the world!

Always safe travels,
Mathias

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

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David D.
Stevens Point, WI | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2022

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

Hotel Reviews
Albemarle
Puerto Villamil

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
right on the ocean
Staff
very helpful. We did our laundry on this portion of the trip with the hotel. Well done and very reasonable.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

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

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill
Galapagos Islands

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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Fantastic!
Transport
Timely and comfortable
Snorkel at Kicker Rock
Galapagos Islands

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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide was excellent, boat was very good. They spotted dolphins on the way out and engaged us with them.
Transport
Timely. Boat was comfortable.
Exploring Isabela Island by bike
Puerto Villamil

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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
picking up the bikes was easy with the service from Emilee
Snorkel at Los Túneles
Galapagos Islands

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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kayaking & Snorkeling at Las Tintoreras
Galapagos Islands

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

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Excursion to an uninhabited island
Galapagos Islands

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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guides were very information, engaging.
Transport
Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos Islands

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

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Dear David,

Maybe you are already planning your next trip with kimkim, but I just wanted to thank you again for having traveled with us, and for your raving review.
I’m happy to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time in the Galapagos Islands.

And thank you very much for sharing these amazing photos!

I wish you and your family all the best and many many more wonderful trips around the world!

Always safe travels,
Mathias

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

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Tom K.
Rockville, MD | Reviewed on May 29, 2022

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
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Boutique Santa Lucía
Cuenca
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hosteria La Andaluza
Riobamba

One of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Samari Spa Hotel
Baños
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Fantastic massages!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hacienda El Porvenir
Machachi

Spectacular location, hard to get to.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique
Quito
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sacha Lodge Yasuní
Quito

ONly place with air conditioning. A truly amazing experience.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stay here. It's the best of the best.
Activity Reviews
Expedition to the Churute Ecological Reserve
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
A wonderful lunch and even better tour guide.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cuenca - Ingapirca - Riobamba
Ecuador

Cuenca is wonderful as is Ingapirca. I would skip Riobamba

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Horseback riding Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

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

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Cheri B.
Sullivan, MO | Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

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
Authenticity & Character
beautiful grounds, basic furnishing
Location
Staff
They made pizza for me for dinner during Carnivale!
Cleanliness & Comfort
clean.
Activity Reviews
Middle of the World
Ecuador

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

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Horseback riding Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador

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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transfer to Quito Airport, Arrival to Galapagos & Highlands of Santa Cruz
Ecuador

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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Excursion to an uninhabited island
Galapagos Islands

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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit to another uninhabited island
Galapagos Islands

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!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

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

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Erin d.
Brentwood, TN | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

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!

Hotel Review
Isla de Baños
Baños
Activity Review
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Baños
Ecuador
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

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

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shilo n.
Cameron Park, CA | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

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

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

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Termas de Papallacta
Papallacta

Love this place, wish we had stayed longer.

Tips for future travelers

plan to stay more than one night!

Authenticity & Character
Location
beautiful
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hot springs right outside the room :)
Aguas Negras
Lago Agrio

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

Tips for future travelers

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.

Authenticity & Character
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 :)
Location
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.
Staff
Can't say enough about Fabian. very knowledgeable , caring, and environmentally conscious.
Cleanliness & Comfort
beds comfortable, netting was good too! Never did have hot water, but lukewarm in this environment was fine )
Activity Review
Cooking Class
Quito

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!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
walking distance of hotel
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

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

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Cathy B.
Charleston, WV | Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Put it in the rainforest! lol. I just do not like city life. It was a fine hotel.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Termas de Papallacta
Papallacta
Authenticity & Character
Location
Everything except the rain!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Guango Lodge
Papallacta
Authenticity & Character
Location
The fireplace should have been kept burning since it was so cold. We got cold a lot.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
So many hummingbirds!!!
Kuyana Amazon Lodge
Archidona

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Aguas Negras
Lago Agrio

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!

Tips for future travelers

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
The rainforest! The breeze off the river when it rained was so nice.
Staff
The indigenous staff was over-the-moon attentive to us. They know jungle survival skills.
Cleanliness & Comfort
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.
Sacha Lodge Yasuní
Quito

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.

Authenticity & Character
The rainforest!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Hot Springs of Papallacta
Ecuador

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

Quality of Experience
Hot springs
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sebastian is the best.
Transport
Breakfast was good. Our room was neat and clean.
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

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

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James S.
Boise, ID | Reviewed on Mar 09, 2022

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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We could walk to many old town sights and restaurants
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Baños & the Avenue of Waterfalls
Baños

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

Quality of Experience
Food
We enjoyed the local Ecuadorian foods.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

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

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Kelly F.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Jan 29, 2022

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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Community projects - Paddling excursion - Traditional dinner - Night walk (NCC)
Yasuni National Park

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

Quality of Experience
Food
Amazing food! Thanks Chef!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

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

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

Alex
Alex L.
Berkeley, CA | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

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
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Kayaking & Snorkeling at Las Tintoreras
Galapagos Islands

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!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

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

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Luana N.
Norwood, OH | Reviewed on Dec 30, 2021

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!

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

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!

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

Mehdi
Mehdi Z.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Dec 03, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2021

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!

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

Rob & Katie
Rob & Katie L.
Tigard, OR | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

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!

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

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

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Jackie L.
Bonita Springs, FL | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

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!

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2021

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

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Arianna L.
Asbury Park, NJ | Reviewed on May 24, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2021

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!

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

Jeremy
Jeremy P.
Mexico | Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

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