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Authentic Ecuador

We specialize in the Ecuadorian territory and the Galapagos Islands. The focus is on immersive experiences with a mix of classic attractions in an innovative way and off-the-beaten-track destinations and activities.

Our goal is to convert our travelers from passive consumers into active participants. Yes, you’ll also see the highlights of the country, but you will immerse into its nature, interact with its people, taste its flavors, and experience some adrenaline-loaded adventures if you wish to!

We would like you to capture the essence of Ecuador in all its facets, mixing main attractions with off-the-beaten-track experiences, which makes each trip unique and avoids over-tourism. Join us on an unforgettable trip and expect the unexpected!

Authentic Ecuador is part of the following groups: Ecuador Travel Agents, Galapagos Islands Travel Agents

Featured trips & expertise

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.

School of Fish in the Galapagos
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Amazon, Cotopaxi, & Galapagos - 14 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador while getting to know its three main ecological regions: the Amazon rainforest, volcano highlands, and Galapagos Islands on this 14-day itinerary. Start the trip in Quito to see the UNESCO designated colonial city center, then head to the rainforest for three days at an ecolodge. Hike near volcanic lagoons and browse mountain markets, then catch a flight to Santa Cruz for three days of exploring uninhabited islands and spotting endemic wildlife.

Snowy massif
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. 

Hoatzin in Yasuni National Park
Nature & Culture in Ecuador: Quito and the Amazon Rainforest - 7 Days

If you want to visit Ecuador but can't decide between city or rainforest life, this itinerary has the best of both worlds. Start in Quito to see colonial churches and visit the equatorial line, then head to the Amazon rainforest. Spend three days in Yasuni National Park relaxing at an ecolodge, panning for gold in a stream, and learning to make chocolate the authentic way. 

Recent Trip Reviews for Authentic Ecuador

Linda did an amazing job planning our trip! E... · Ecuador - Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2021

Traveler: Gina C. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda did an amazing job planning our trip! Everything went very smoothly and Linda was extremely responsive and helpful throughout. We couldn't have asked for a better experience, all thanks to Linda. I highly recommend her!

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much, Gina! It's great to hear that you have enjoyed your time in Ecuador, it was a pleasure to help you planning and to assist you throughout your tour. I hope to welcome you again here one day!

Annette

If I could give Linda 10 stars I would! · Ecuador - Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2021

Traveler: Annette T. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

If I could give Linda 10 stars I would! The trip could not have gone any better, Linda's planning was flawless, our hotels were wonderful and all the local guides we had were really great. My sister and I were so impressed with Linda's knowledge and responsiveness, she always replied promptly to any question or concern, both before and during the trip. My sister and I were a bit nervous with Covid still a concern, but Linda helped navigate us through the requirements and the testing and it... read more

If I could give Linda 10 stars I would! The trip could not have gone any better, Linda's planning was flawless, our hotels were wonderful and all the local guides we had were really great. My sister and I were so impressed with Linda's knowledge and responsiveness, she always replied promptly to any question or concern, both before and during the trip. My sister and I were a bit nervous with Covid still a concern, but Linda helped navigate us through the requirements and the testing and it all went smoothly. A relative told me about kimkim and I am so glad, and have been telling all my friends how wonderful it all was. I have been birdwatching since I was 8 years old and going to the Galapagos was always a dream for me, and it exceeded all my expectations. Thank you so much to Linda for making my dream come true!!

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Annette,
thank you so much for your detailed feedback and your kind words. It was a pleasure to help you and your sister planning your trip, and to make this dream of yours come true!
I hope I can welcome you soon again here in Ecuador, so that you can explore the parts of the country (and their wildlife) that you haven't seen this time.
Take care & a big hug for you and Gina!
Linda

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