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Tamer Obeid

A traveler myself since 1997, blessed to have had unforgettable experiences in different parts of this world that haven’t ceased to amaze me! Originally from the middle east, I have lived in the UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, and Turkey. Landed in Ecuador almost 7 years ago, and it didn’t take long to start getting dazzled by its pristine and incredibly diverse array of wonders, its intriguing culture, and the warmth of its people! With each passing day, I feel it’s becoming closer to being home, with an increasing urge to help others have a taste of its spectacular beauty!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Being in this astonishing country, Ecuador, we specialize in making your dream journey come true. Allow us some of your time and we will custom-design you a trip of a lifetime! A trip where you could be hiking down the mighty Chimborazo today; wearing your thick sweater and insulated jacket, feeling the cold winds descending from the Andean peaks! And exactly the next day, you will be snorkeling or diving in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by a bunch of jolly Galapagos Sea Lions and endemic species of marine life while Frigatebirds are flying above your head! It is to that extent what this mega-diverse geography, a convenient infrastructure and relatively close distances help us to achieve."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was lucky enough to be able to start traveling at a very early age. For different reasons related to my initial career, I found myself moving from one country to another, admiring their various cultures and the unique experiences each generously offered. At one point, I was granted the invaluable chance of joining a magnificent team and becoming a travel specialist where I can combine two of my top passions; travel and customer service that is. Since then, I hold dear every chance I have to draw a smile on my travelers’ faces, share knowledge with them and help them have memorable times."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"As each travel experience I had throughout the years possesses a certain spot in my heart and memories, it is not easy to favor one over the other. Each welcoming face I met, scenery I gazed at and adventure I sighed after has its own distinguished contribution. Whether visiting an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon and learning about their customs, or whitewater rafting in Jatunyacu river, all are experiences I aspire to share with our passionate travelers."

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Recent trip reviews for Tamer

Trip of a lifetime!
Galapagos Islands | May 12 - May 17, 2024

Tricia -
Tricia - J.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on May 18, 2024
From conception to execution, Tam created the trip of a lifetime for us. His professionalism and care was incomparable. Our trip was perfectly curated to accommodate all of our interests and he was able to make our 6 day trip to Galapagos one that we’ll never forget! Thanks to our guides, Viviane, Rita, Julio and Neptali and our boat captains, we snorkeled in the amazing Las Tintoreras in Isabella, visited Bartholome, saw a killer whale, swam with sea lions, turtles, visited Los Tuneles, ate... Read more

From conception to execution, Tam created the trip of a lifetime for us. His professionalism and care was incomparable. Our trip was perfectly curated to accommodate all of our interests and he was able to make our 6 day trip to Galapagos one that we’ll never forget! Thanks to our guides, Viviane, Rita, Julio and Neptali and our boat captains, we snorkeled in the amazing Las Tintoreras in Isabella, visited Bartholome, saw a killer whale, swam with sea lions, turtles, visited Los Tuneles, ate amazing food, hopped around on speedboats. Tam always made us smile with his daily check ins, reminding us that he was there if we needed anything. Thank you, Tam! Galapagos felt like a another universe and you were a star!

Hotel Review
Ikala Galapagos Hotel
Puerto Ayora
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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on May 18, 2024

My dear Tricia,
I'm kinda speechless :) but I am extremely glad that this trip met your and Stephanie's expectations :) You are so special and you both deserve the best of experiences! The Killer Whale!! OMG! :) I can't be thankful enough for your kind words and positive feedback, my only regret is that I couldn't meet you in person due to your flight schedule. I'll make sure to share your wonderful comments with our guides, and I'll be looking forward to planning future travel plans for you, Stephanie, and any of your referrals :)
Yours,
Tam

Quito and Galapagos
Ecuador | May 1 - May 10, 2024

Mary Kay
Mary Kay S.
MO | Reviewed on May 16, 2024
The local guides were incredible, especially Christian in Quito and Edwin in Galapagos. All the guides were knowledgeable and personable. Marina was also great on our hike to Cotopaxi base camp. That and Galapagos were the highlights for us. One disappointment was that I was told the hotels had fitness centers, but they did not. Very interesting and fun trip - I got to see and experience everything that I wanted to at a reasonable price. Read more

The local guides were incredible, especially Christian in Quito and Edwin in Galapagos. All the guides were knowledgeable and personable. Marina was also great on our hike to Cotopaxi base camp. That and Galapagos were the highlights for us. One disappointment was that I was told the hotels had fitness centers, but they did not. Very interesting and fun trip - I got to see and experience everything that I wanted to at a reasonable price.

Hotel Reviews
Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Great breakfast buffet, perfect location, nice gym

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Perfect right at the airport
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Hotel Solymar
Galápagos

Great location, could walk everywhere

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Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Very nice hotel. 50 min walk to old town. 5 min walk to restaurants but did not feel safe so took a cab. Good breakfast. Nice location on the water. No gym.

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Activity Reviews
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & the Middle of the World Monument
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & the Middle of the World Monument
Quito

Loved the equator museum, the cooking class and the beautiful churches.

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Discover Otavalo and Cuicocha Lake: A Day Trip from Quito
Discover Otavalo and Cuicocha Lake: A Day Trip from Quito
Quito

Loved the market, which had very interesting things at good prices. The lake was gorgeous.

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Quito - Cotopaxi National Park -Quito (Private)
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park -Quito (Private)
Ecuador

Highlight of the trip - really fun. Loved signing the flag. The bad weather - cold and snowy- added to the adventure. Fantastic hot chocolate at base camp.

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Welcome to Santa Cruz Island:  Highlands (Plant a Tree)  & Charles Darwin Research Station
Welcome to Santa Cruz Island: Highlands (Plant a Tree) & Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora

Stephan was knowledgeable and thorough- learned a lot and the turtles were interesting to see.

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Experience the Pristine Beauty of Galápagos Islands: Discovering an Uninhabited Island
Experience the Pristine Beauty of Galápagos Islands: Discovering an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

We absolutely loved this day. We saw the frigates , blue-footed boobies, and the sea lions. We also snorkeled and had a great lunch on the boat. We saw so much and had plenty of time in each place without ever feeling rushed. Edwin was fantastic- he is knowledgeable and personable, fun to be around and took great care of us.

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Puerto Ayora Departure Transfer: Farewell to the Galapagos
Puerto Ayora Departure Transfer: Farewell to the Galapagos
Puerto Ayora

Lots of moving parts but all handled very efficiently.

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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on May 16, 2024

Hi Mary Kay,
We pretty much appreciate your valuable feedback. I will make sure to convey your positive comments to our guides. Glad you enjoyed your trip and we hope to plan more adventures for you soon.
Best regards from Quito,
Tamer

Journey of a Lifetime!!
Peru | Feb 25 - Mar 9, 2024

John
John S.
Morristown, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024
If you're looking for the epitome of travel excellence, look no further than Tamer. Let me tell you, our experience with Tamer, in collaboration with Kim Kim and Responsible Travel, was nothing short of enchanting. This marks our second consecutive year entrusting Tamer to craft a journey of a lifetime for our students, and boy, did he deliver! Our destination this time was Peru, with all its awe-inspiring beauty. Tamer's meticulous planning ensured that every moment was infused with magic... Read more

If you're looking for the epitome of travel excellence, look no further than Tamer. Let me tell you, our experience with Tamer, in collaboration with Kim Kim and Responsible Travel, was nothing short of enchanting.

This marks our second consecutive year entrusting Tamer to craft a journey of a lifetime for our students, and boy, did he deliver! Our destination this time was Peru, with all its awe-inspiring beauty. Tamer's meticulous planning ensured that every moment was infused with magic and wonder.

One of the highlights of our trip was undoubtedly the outstanding tour guides he arranged for us, Renato Diaz and Henry Gonzales. Their expertise in working with high school students was evident as they effortlessly blended fun and education throughout our 14-day adventure. From delving into the history of the Incan Empire to exploring the mystical Peruvian Amazon, every aspect of our itinerary was flawlessly executed.

Our journey took us through Lima, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Puerto Maldonado, with each destination offering its own unique charm. The accommodations were nothing short of breathtaking, and our air travel arrangements went off without a hitch.

From the bustling streets of Lima to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, every moment was filled with awe and wonder. Our days were packed with unforgettable experiences, from cooking classes to day trips to Rainbow Mountain and exploring the ancient ruins of Moray. And let's not forget our daily excursions into the heart of the Amazon rainforest – an experience that left us spellbound.

Already, we find ourselves eagerly planning our next adventure with Tamer. Year three beckons, and this time, we're setting our sights on Chile. With Tamer at the helm, we know that another extraordinary journey awaits us.

In short, if you want an unforgettable travel experience that seamlessly blends adventure, education, and pure magic, Tamer is the only choice.

Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Apr 25, 2024
Dear John,
I can't be thankful enough for your kind words and your positive feedback. As I expressed last year, I already feel part of the Norman family and I will always do my absolute best to offer our students exceptional experiences full of knowledge, fun, and adventure. Now that we have already ventured through Ecuador and Peru, Chile will be waiting for the next group to present them with a breathtaking adventure :)
It's quite a privilege to be able to offer your students such...
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Dear John,
I can't be thankful enough for your kind words and your positive feedback. As I expressed last year, I already feel part of the Norman family and I will always do my absolute best to offer our students exceptional experiences full of knowledge, fun, and adventure. Now that we have already ventured through Ecuador and Peru, Chile will be waiting for the next group to present them with a breathtaking adventure :)
It's quite a privilege to be able to offer your students such experiences and I promise you that you'll always find me and our Kimkim team fully dedicated to this mission :)
I'll convey your positive feedback to our team in Peru, I know they'll be thrilled to know how happy you were with their services.
Yours,
Tamer

The guide in Ecuador was great, we had busy d...
Ecuador | Apr 4 - Apr 8, 2024

Guillaume
Guillaume D.
Canada | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024
The guide in Ecuador was great, we had busy days and visited a lot of different sites! Everything was well organized and we had no issues at all we were able to enjoy our trip to the maximum Read more

The guide in Ecuador was great, we had busy days and visited a lot of different sites!

Everything was well organized and we had no issues at all we were able to enjoy our trip to the maximum

Hotel Reviews
Sisakuna Lodge
Mindo
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Kitu Hotel
Quito
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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Apr 17, 2024

Dear Guillaume,
Thank you so much for your valuable feedback and positive comments, I'm extremely glad that you had an amazing experience with us here in Ecuador.
Looking forward to planning future adventures for you here in Kimkim.
Best,
Tamer

11 day tour of Ecuador
Ecuador | Mar 29 - Apr 9, 2024

Tim
Tim M.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024
From the moment we were contacted by Tamer the customer service was exceptional. The communication was swift and helpful and the tour was arranged using some of our ideas and the undoubted expertise of Tamer and his team. The trip could not have been better. Our guide Sebastian went above and beyond any reasonable expectations to make it a special tour and was such great company for every moment of the 11 days. We saw and experienced everything from the Amazon to zip lining, cable cars,... Read more

From the moment we were contacted by Tamer the customer service was exceptional. The communication was swift and helpful and the tour was arranged using some of our ideas and the undoubted expertise of Tamer and his team. The trip could not have been better. Our guide Sebastian went above and beyond any reasonable expectations to make it a special tour and was such great company for every moment of the 11 days. We saw and experienced everything from the Amazon to zip lining, cable cars, sand boarding and seeing a mix of spectacular city centre buildings to rural mountain life. The mix of food and our cooking lessons were perfect. We will definitely recommend Tamer and Sebastian to our friends and family

Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Apr 17, 2024

Dear Tim,
I can't tell you how happy I am to know you and Viv have had an exceptional trip with us here in Ecuador, how I wish Karen and Dave were able to experience the same. It was such an honor to work with you on this journey and to be part of making some wonderful memories for both you and Viv.
Your positive comments are so much appreciated, and they will surely help us (myself and Sebastian, as well as our Kimkim team), keep mastering what we do and offer the best to our beloved travelers.
I thank you again and I hope we cross paths in the near future.
Yours,
Tam

Well planned customized trip
Ecuador | Mar 4 - Mar 13, 2024

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Victoria M.
Encinitas, CA | Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024
.Alejandra and Tamar planned an excellent adventure for us. We loved all the lodgings, giving us a taste of the local culture and not just another American style hotel . The hacienda , farm station and Amazon lodge . were wonderful. Sebastian was our guide and driver and we couldn't ask for anyone better. He was extremely knowledgeable in all areas and never got tired from my husband's endless questions. He went above and beyond the call of duty altering our plan as needed when my husband... Read more

.Alejandra and Tamar planned an excellent adventure for us. We loved all the lodgings, giving us a taste of the local culture and not just another American style hotel . The hacienda , farm station and Amazon lodge . were wonderful. Sebastian was our guide and driver and we couldn't ask for anyone better. He was extremely knowledgeable in all areas and never got tired from my husband's endless questions. He went above and beyond the call of duty altering our plan as needed when my husband had a foot problem and couldn't walk due to a foot injury. He and Alejandra stayed with us at the hospital until we insisted they go home after a very long day. It turned.out to be a not so serious condition and we were able to continue on our original plan. It was most comforting to know we had help when needed. Miguel at the Amazon lodge was terrific as well accomodationg our needs and still providing a wonderful Amaxon experience when plans had to change. Both these guides made us feel that nothing was too much to ask. Thankyou Kimkim for referring us to the excellent planners and exceptional guides. Thus is our 3rd Kimkim trip. Using Kimkim takes all the stress out of travel.

Activity Reviews
Rainforest Adventure (Huasquila Lodge)
Rainforest Adventure (Huasquila Lodge)
Archidona
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Otavalo Market - Cuicocha Lagoon
Otavalo Market - Cuicocha Lagoon
Ecuador

We were at the market on a Wednesday which had handicrafts. I understand Saturdays have produce etc which would bring in the local people which is always interesting for us.

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Otavalo - Cotopaxi National Park
Otavalo - Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador

Weather was foggy but there is ni control of that. It cleared when we walked the lagoon and we could see the volcano.

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Transfer to Baños via Quilotoa Lagoon
Transfer to Baños via Quilotoa Lagoon
Ecuador

Beautiful spot

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Baños -  Archidona (Huasquila Lodge)
Baños - Archidona (Huasquila Lodge)
Ecuador
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Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Mar 16, 2024
Dear Victoria,
It was quite a pleasure working with you on this trip, and it makes us incredibly happy to know we were a small part of your lovey experience and that you and Don have enjoyed the charm of Ecuador. Alejandra and I couldn't be more thankful for your positive feedback and kind words, I will also make sure to convey your much-appreciated comments to Sebastian and Miguel :)
Your review means a lot to us here at Kimkim, and it encourages us to master our services more and more. It...
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Dear Victoria,
It was quite a pleasure working with you on this trip, and it makes us incredibly happy to know we were a small part of your lovey experience and that you and Don have enjoyed the charm of Ecuador. Alejandra and I couldn't be more thankful for your positive feedback and kind words, I will also make sure to convey your much-appreciated comments to Sebastian and Miguel :)
Your review means a lot to us here at Kimkim, and it encourages us to master our services more and more. It is also of great value to our future travelers, and thus we are really grateful.
We will always be here for you and Don to plan yet more adventures for you to enjoy.
Many thanks, Victoria.
Yours,
Tamer

We had a very memorable trip to Galapagos! I ...
Galapagos Islands | Feb 23 - Mar 5, 2024

lisa
lisa c.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024
We had a very memorable trip to Galapagos! I had originally planned this trip with KimKim back in 2021 but we had to cancel it because my older daughter got Covid a few days before we were to leave! We were devastated to cancel at the time and because one daughter had graduated college and the other was half way through, I didn't know if we'd be able to plan it again. (KimKim was helpful when we had to unravel that trip). Turns out I was correct, when I attempted to almost 2 years later it... Read more

We had a very memorable trip to Galapagos! I had originally planned this trip with KimKim back in 2021 but we had to cancel it because my older daughter got Covid a few days before we were to leave! We were devastated to cancel at the time and because one daughter had graduated college and the other was half way through, I didn't know if we'd be able to plan it again. (KimKim was helpful when we had to unravel that trip).

Turns out I was correct, when I attempted to almost 2 years later it didn't happen. FINALLY, with Tamer's help, we made this happen! Ironically, the first time we only planned a 4 day cruise and staying on some islands with day trips. I had since read more and spoken to others and realized we probably wanted a longer cruise to see more things. Tamer helped us find an 8 day cruise on the Coral II. We had the best naturalist. We saw every kind of land and sea creature we hoped to see. The snorkeling was magical, hiking on lava filled islands, seeing volcanic craters, and great rides to see the birds were amazing. I also wanted time in Quito and also time on an island - so that we didn't JUST see Galapagos on a cruise. I threw all these requirements at Tamer and he figured it out and when i came back with lots of questions and ideas on slightly altering plans, he was patient and made changes and sometimes explained why some ideas might not be ideal.

I travel often and always plan myself. This was too much to figure out. Tamer walked us through it and he was very patient and encouraging when my schedule got busy to keep us on track and joked that we would FINALLY make this happen. And he was right and got us to the finish line! When I wanted to make our own plans in Quito and San Cristobal he did not give me a hard time.

I loved that Tamer would check on us throughout the trip - even when we were first flying out of the US and even when we were doing our own thing in Quito. Tamer arranged great drivers and transfers for us. My husband really liked feeling like there was someone guiding us at each local point. Even when we were leaving our cruise ship and finding the ferry to San Cristobal. All the little details made things easier during the trip. And even when we had some minor issues on the boat, Tamer insisted on getting in touch on our behalf. When we needed to change a pick up spot or wanted to change one of the plans on San Cristobal, Tamer was accommodating and able to change things while we were there. The communications was invaluable. I felt like I had a friend in country i could message at any time.

We already recommended a friend since we have gotten home!

Great job. The one thing I would prefer about KimKim's service is to have a breakdown of what the costs of the whole trip were. We had many parts of this trip and just having one number without a breakdown is not what I am used to. We went with it on this trip but not sure I would feel the same way on a trip that was not so complicated and I could do myself. I liked the local guide and communication in country but would have to think about it.

If you are planning a Galapagos trip, Tamer is your person! I will miss our texting!
Thank you!

Hotel Review
M/Y Coral I & II

We really liked that these two boats travel together. We liked being on a smaller boat for this trip. We didn't have long waits to get in the dingys to get out to our activities! The other guests were nice and it was a friendly feel. The upper deck had great shade and was comfortable to hang out on. We had the cabins on the top deck and we had adjoining rooms with our adult daughters. The naturalist was great! Pedro made this trip! And the crew that ran the boats to the activities were also awesome! Since we would get pretty hot with activities and the weather, the shared room on the boat had great AC which was needed! The cruise director was not great, her attention to detail and service was lacking. I think her English shoujld have been better for her position on the boat and with the passengers. Some other staff members were great and had better understanding of these skills. Our daughter had a food allergy and the chef and cruise director seemed pretty clueless which was surprising. I don't know how these experiences compare to other boats.

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Some were outstanding and others not so much - see general review
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We had some issues with our bathroom and it took 3x to get it fixed.
Activity Reviews
Rabida Island - Bartolomé Island
Rabida Island - Bartolomé Island
Cruise Ship

Amazing snorkeling. Gorgeous island and rock formation. We had a wonderful hike to the top for great views. We got to snorkel to see the penguins. We had a great boat ride too.

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Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove  – Highlands Tortoise Reserve
Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove – Highlands Tortoise Reserve
Cruise Ship

This was a highlight seeing these tortoises and also the cows with their cattle birds too. We saw so many tortoises! And we had a wonderful walk in the lava tube!

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Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Cruise Ship

This was the best snorkeling of the whole cruise! We had seen some of these animals in other spots but we saw rays mating. We saw a fleet of sting rays swim below us - it was maybe 25-30 in formation like an air force in flight. I lost count of the amount of sea turtles. We saw the best colored fish and coral and the sea lions swam with us. It was the best. There is a beautiful sea cave here too. And the birds are great to spot too.

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Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island) - Baltra Airport
Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island) - Baltra Airport
Cruise Ship

We saw gorgeous flamingos here. We saw one in the water, and could observe her from our walk. But THEN we saw two in flight overhead - it was gorgeous! I had just been wondering how these big birds get into the air!

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Speedboat to San Cristobal Island
Speedboat to San Cristobal Island
Galapagos Islands

We had a wonderful super local guide meet us and we could store our luggage until it was Ferry time. You take a water taxi to the ferry. Tamer arranged for us to have the $1 each for the fare. It was a fun and funny experience - seeing the sea lions on the little docks and seeing these boat drivers pile up the luggage. My family couldn't watch as we floated out to the ferry. It was a fun experience. The ferry itself was smaller than i expected - it was a little hot - no open windows. There were outlets and usb ports over the seats but they did not work. I was fine with it - my kids were not as much. It had the local charm and adventure and i would not trade it. But it was a little hot, and the bathroom was not easy to maneuver with the fast speed but i am glad there was a bathroom! I am glad we got to do it - but it is warm and a little loud but again, local and i liked that part. I would not have wanted a more sanitized private transfer. It was just a little over 2 hours and we got to see jumping dolphins in the open water!

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Free morning on San Cristobal until Departure
Free morning on San Cristobal until Departure
Isla San Cristóbal

We loved this town so much! We had two nights in a hotel right at the waterfront. We all loved seeing all the sea lions at the port and on the sidewalks. We went to visit them in the morning and evening. It smelled a little but that was ok. We LOVED several of the restaurants in town. This was our favorite of the towns we saw. The vibe was great.

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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Mar 12, 2024
Hi Lisa,
What a great pleasure it was to be able to work with you and offer you and the family such a due adventure, especially after having to postpone more than one time and for years! As I promised since we started planning; Nothing's gonna stop us this time :) and so I am extremely glad we fulfilled and you had such a wonderful experience in Quito and the Galapagos Islands.
I thank you so much on behalf of my company and the Kimkim team for your kind words, and I promise you or any...
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Hi Lisa,
What a great pleasure it was to be able to work with you and offer you and the family such a due adventure, especially after having to postpone more than one time and for years! As I promised since we started planning; Nothing's gonna stop us this time :) and so I am extremely glad we fulfilled and you had such a wonderful experience in Quito and the Galapagos Islands.
I thank you so much on behalf of my company and the Kimkim team for your kind words, and I promise you or any referral from your part that we will keep on doing our best to provide you and our beloved travelers with unmatched and memorable adventures :)
Yours,
Tamer

Ecuador's local specialist Tamer
Galapagos Islands | Feb 6 - Feb 26, 2024

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Evelyn M.
Foster City, CA | Reviewed on Mar 05, 2024
Tamer was an excellent local specialist. The itinerary he put together was action packed. It's included hiking, volcanoes, waterfalls, culture, local cooking class, and ultimately a 10 days Galápagos Islands cruise. We enjoyed everything.
The cruise experience was unforgettable. So much wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
Tamer followed up with us on a daily basis to ensure that we were having a great time, and if we needed anything, he assisted on a timely manner.
Sebastian Alejandro, our...
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Tamer was an excellent local specialist. The itinerary he put together was action packed. It's included hiking, volcanoes, waterfalls, culture, local cooking class, and ultimately a 10 days Galápagos Islands cruise. We enjoyed everything.
The cruise experience was unforgettable. So much wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
Tamer followed up with us on a daily basis to ensure that we were having a great time, and if we needed anything, he assisted on a timely manner.
Sebastian Alejandro, our local guide was kind, knowledgeable, attentive to our needs. Without him, I would not make it to the Cotopaxi National Park Refugio. It was a tough and challenging hike, but Sebastian guided me every step of the way.
He was patient and funny at the same time.
I highly recommend the local specialist Tamer and the local guide Sebastian, for Ecuador's travel experience.

Hotel Reviews
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Clean, friendly staff, especially the hotel manager Eulalia, who gave us tips on local sightseeing in Quito. Safe and good location, walking distance from El Mariscal Artesanias Mercado (marketplace).

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The overall hotel lobby, surroundings and rooms
Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo

Old historical hacienda, beautiful gardens and surroundings

Authenticity & Character
Old history behind.
Location
Remote and quiet
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cuello de Luna Mountain Lodge
El Chasqui - Pastocalle

Rustic and remote location, quiet.

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Location
Too much dog's poops on the area, easy to step on by accident
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Spa Miramelindo
Baños

Location needs ceiling fans or AC, the room was pretty warm. Surroundings gardens and general atmosphere nice and beautiful. Good food at the restaurant.

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Ceiling fans or AC installation for better room temperature
M/Y Monserrat
Quito

We recommend replacement of blue and yellow life jackets. Some of them look pretty worn out and some yellow ones, not working properly at all. Also for the amount of people, having extra kayaks available would be a good asset as well, less waiting time for usage. We recommend hand sanitizers station near all stairways, to avoid transmitting germs between passengers.

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Fernando the bartender and waiter, portrays excellent customer service. Always smiling and attentive. Javier, the guide was very knowledgeable about wildlife in general and landscaping. Very encouraging when I was scared to do snorkeling, since I don't know how to swim.
Cleanliness & Comfort
We enjoyed the cabin maid towel special decorations.
Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

We were happy that hotel staff allowed us to come back to our room after checkout because our flight got delayed. We were able to take a nap, breakfast and later shuttle to the airport. We truly appreciated it.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & the Middle of the World Monument
Colonial City Tour, Cooking Class & the Middle of the World Monument
Quito

We really enjoyed the cooking class, although it took longer than we expected, so we got a bit late for the Mitad del Mundo monument tour. We saw the new one, but the original monument site was closed, so we saw it from the distance.

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Transport
Cuicocha Lagoon - Cotacachi - Otavalo Hacienda
Cuicocha Lagoon - Cotacachi - Otavalo Hacienda
Galapagos Islands
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hiking La Mica Lagoon at Antisana National Park
Hiking La Mica Lagoon at Antisana National Park
Ecuador

I was affected by the altitude so I was not able to complete the whole hike, but I was able to enjoy the beautiful landscape. We saw numerous birds, white-tip deer and condors.

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Quito - Cotopaxi National Park
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador

Tough hike to the Refugio with heavy winds, rain and hail. Sebastian encouraged me to complete it all to the way to the top. Without his assistance, I don't think I would been able to do it. The Cotopaxi Volcano view was spectacular. Here we saw the Andean wolf, deer and more birds.

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Cotopaxi National Park - Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Cotopaxi National Park - Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Ecuador

Tough hike to the bottom to the Lagoon, but totally worthy. The experience of riding a horse up to the beginning of the trail was unforgettable. Beautiful Lagoon.

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Reconnecting with Nature: Embrace Serenity and Adventure in Baños de Agua Santa
Reconnecting with Nature: Embrace Serenity and Adventure in Baños de Agua Santa
Baños

Another moderately strenuous hike, but totally worthy to experience the beautiful waterfall.

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Arrival to Baltra Airport - Transfer to Cruise Ship & Santa Cruz Highlands
Arrival to Baltra Airport - Transfer to Cruise Ship & Santa Cruz Highlands
Galapagos Islands
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The airport transfer to the cruise ship was disorganized.
Transport
Rabida Island - Bartolomé Island
Rabida Island - Bartolomé Island
Cruise Ship
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
South Plaza - Santa Fe Island
South Plaza - Santa Fe Island
Cruise Ship
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Punta Pitt - Witch Hill (San Cristobal Island)
Punta Pitt - Witch Hill (San Cristobal Island)
Galapagos Islands
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lobos Island - Tijeretas Hill & Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island)
Lobos Island - Tijeretas Hill & Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island)
Galapagos Islands

Watching wildlife was amazing. Hiking would been a better choice, but we understand the changes in the itinerary due to the Avian flu situation.

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Española: Gardner Bay - Suarez Point
Española: Gardner Bay - Suarez Point
Galapagos Islands
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Charles Darwin Station - Eden Islet/Ballena Bay
Charles Darwin Station - Eden Islet/Ballena Bay
Cruise Ship
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) - Chinese Hat
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) - Chinese Hat
Cruise Ship
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cormorant Point - Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Cormorant Point - Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Galapagos Islands
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) – Baltra Island Airport
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) – Baltra Island Airport
Cruise Ship
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home (Departure)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home (Departure)
Ecuador
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Transport
Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Mar 06, 2024
My dear Evelyn and Griselda,
It's meeting wonderful people like you and being part of their travel experiences and memories that make our job so special! I can't tell you how happy I am knowing that you have enjoyed the beautiful highlands of Ecuador and had an incredible adventure in the Galapagos Islands; as you said, Evelyn, you need a vacation after this vacation hahaha
I will make sure to convey your positive feedback to all our providers, including our wonderful guide Sebastian, as well...
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My dear Evelyn and Griselda,
It's meeting wonderful people like you and being part of their travel experiences and memories that make our job so special! I can't tell you how happy I am knowing that you have enjoyed the beautiful highlands of Ecuador and had an incredible adventure in the Galapagos Islands; as you said, Evelyn, you need a vacation after this vacation hahaha
I will make sure to convey your positive feedback to all our providers, including our wonderful guide Sebastian, as well as the comments that can help some providers improve their services.
Evelyn, you know you have a forever friend in Quito, you can always count on us here at Kimkim to plan gorgeous experiences for you :)
Hope to see you again!
Yours,
Tamer

Great Ecuador experience!
Galapagos Islands | Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2024

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Elizabeth S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024
We had a wonderful trip to Quito and the Galapagos. Planning and communication from Tamer and Alejandra was exceptional — both were extremely responsive and Alejandra checked in with me throughout my trip to ensure things went smoothly. The itinerary planned was amazing, action packed, and full of great scenery. Read more

We had a wonderful trip to Quito and the Galapagos. Planning and communication from Tamer and Alejandra was exceptional — both were extremely responsive and Alejandra checked in with me throughout my trip to ensure things went smoothly. The itinerary planned was amazing, action packed, and full of great scenery.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Fiesta
Puerto Ayora

Great location on Santa Cruz Island Gorgeous pool area Rooms themselves are not the greatest quality. Very small rooms, uncomfortable beds, and poorly appointed (no shampoo or bath products other than hand soap, no room amenities beyond drinking water which was well supplied). It was difficult to find coffee outside of breakfast, little things like this. But honestly the pool area was gorgeous and it was a fine place to call home base.

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Staff
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Size of rooms, amenities
SeaSide Hotel
Galapagos

Wonderful and hospitable small hotel in San Cristobal. The service was outstanding, huge rooms with views, clean and comfortable. We felt completely at home.

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Location
Staff
Lucia was incredible throughout our stay. She did laundry for us,
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito
Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

The cloud forest was amazing. And our guide Sebastian was extremely fun to hang out with, knowledgeable, and overall made the trip a joy. The forest was beautiful, we took a great hike, and also got to see the town of Mindo, including a tour of a chocolate producer. A wonderful day!

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sebastian is amazing! He’s a great conversationalist, which serves you well in a day that involves long car rides! But he’s so knowledgeable about lots of things, curious, and fun. He set expectations really well about how things would go. I’d send anyone to Sebastian for a tour!
Transport
Welcome to San Cristóbal Island! Visit the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill, or La Lobería (Speedboat from Santa Cruz)
Welcome to San Cristóbal Island! Visit the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill, or La Lobería (Speedboat from Santa Cruz)
Galapagos Islands

Tijeretas = great, beautiful. Lovely hike and scenery Interpretation center = super informative Speedboat = not great!

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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 28, 2024

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you so much for your kind words and valuable feedback. I am so happy to hear that you and Anne have enjoyed your trip with us. It was always our pleasure to help and ensure every part of your trip was pleasant for you!
We took note of your experience at Hotel Fiesta and we will make sure to convey your comments to the management of the hotel ;)
I thank you again for choosing us, and for giving us this opportunity to help you and Anne!
I hope you have taken unforgettable memories with you from Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands!
Best regards,
Alejandra

Exquisite Equadore
Galapagos Islands | Jan 10 - Jan 23, 2024

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GEOFFREY G.
Santa Fe, NM | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2024

From beginning to end. We had wonderful service, great guides and accommodations. Starting in the Galapagos was a sheer delight and ending up in the Amazonian rainforest just added it to the thrilling adventure that we had in Ecuador. Thanks so much to Kim, Kim and Luis and Kevin the guides who were so professional knowledgeable And personable.

Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 03, 2024

Dear Geoffrey,
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. Nick and I are so happy to learn that you and Martha have had a unique experience here in Ecuador with us. We will make sure to convey your lovely comments to all our guides. We hope to plan more adventures for you soon.
Best,
Tamer & Nick