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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
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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.

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Hiking in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador - 7 Days

Ecuador is famous for its snow-capped volcanoes and UNESCO historic sites, and you'll get to visit both on this 7-day itinerary. In Quito, visit colonial churches, stand on both hemispheres at the Middle of the World, and hike the nearby  Ruco Pichincha Volcano. You'll also hike the Pasochoa Volcano, admire the scenery in Cotopaxi, and browse for gifts at mountain markets. 

Vicuñas in front of Mount Chimborazo
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Quilotoa, Baños, Cuenca, & Guayaquil - 8 Days

This eight-day itinerary is perfect for travelers hoping to see Ecuador's most notable national parks and explore the country's most populous cities. You'll begin your trip with a free day in the capital of Quito before heading off to hike the Quilotoa and Cotopaxi Volcanoes and explore Ecuador's gateway to the Amazon. Then, make a stop at Mount Chimborazo, take a scenic train ride through the Andes, and take a walking tour of the historic port city of Guayaquil.

One of the Ecuador's dramatic train rides, the Naríz del Diablo
Options for Touring Ecuador

By South American standards, Ecuador is a fairly small country. Most major destinations — with the exception of the Galápagos Islands — are within a day's drive of each other. Follow these suggestions for how to structure your visit and make the most of your time in this geographically diverse nation.

Recent trip reviews for Mathias

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