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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

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Recent Trip Reviews for Authentic Ecuador

Our trip was perfect, everything was designed...
Galapagos Islands | Apr 12 - Apr 20, 2024

Mariela
Mariela G.
Costa Rica | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024
Our trip was perfect, everything was designed so we just has to worry about enjoying our trip. Read more

Our trip was perfect, everything was designed so we just has to worry about enjoying our trip.

Hotel Reviews
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Very nice hotel. Both times we stayed there was no electricity and that meant no internet, no hot water and no food. Besides from that, very friendly staff.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pillows
Hotel Galapagos Suites
Puerto Ayora

Beautiful cozy hotel. Very friendly staff. Breakfast is continental but good.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Blackout curtains since there is a lot of light coming in from the street
Albemarle
Puerto Villamil

Great hotel and has a pool which made it so much better

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Transfer to Quito Airport, Arrival to Galapagos & Highlands of Santa Cruz
Transfer to Quito Airport, Arrival to Galapagos & Highlands of Santa Cruz
Ecuador

Our host Astrid was very nice and helpful. She was patient with us and answered all our questions. Lunch in the highlands was delicious.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora

Learned lots of stuff, very interesting and Astrid our guide was very nice.

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

We went to Barrolomé. We had a stop first with a little walk, it was at noon and there is no shade. The guide was making stops along the way to explain things but climbing steps at noon with no shade was terrible. Would be better if they explained on the boat so we could do the walk without stopping. The snorkeling part was amazing, wish we could have had more time.

Quality of Experience
Food
Bigger portions
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Snorkel at Los Túneles
Snorkel at Los Túneles
Galapagos Islands

Best tour we had on our trip. The views are amazing, nice guide he even took photos and gave them to us. Captain even let me drive the boat for a while.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Kayaking & Snorkeling at Las Tintoreras
Kayaking & Snorkeling at Las Tintoreras
Galapagos Islands

Nice activity. The guide was not very helpful though, wouldnt explain much and seemed king of mad. Beatifil views though and the penguins were amazing.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Excellent Ecuador trip
Galapagos Islands | Feb 15 - Feb 23, 2024

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Erin T.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Good planning by Mathias. Everything went smoothly. Our guide in Quito was knowledgeable, and accommodating to our requests
The five day cruise booked in Galapagos was excellent

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Mar 15, 2024

Dear Erin,

Thanks a lot for your feedback! I'm happy to hear that everything went smoothly during your trip, including the interesting and flexible city tour in Quito and the wonderful cruise in the Galapagos. If you have any future travel plans for exploring the mainland of Ecuador (Andes, Rainforest, Pacific Coast), please don't hesitate to reach out!

Always safe travels,
Mathias and the team from Authentic Ecuador

EcuadorThe trip was excellent as we got to ...
Ecuador | Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2024

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Nina S.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Mar 03, 2024
Ecuador The trip was excellent as we got to see both the old town and the new town of Quito. The country side of both the mountains and jungle gave us interesting perspectives of the culture. We enjoyed eating at the local places that our guide recommended. And a special shout out to Ramona, our simian assistant who enjoyed taking free rides on our families shoulders. Read more

Ecuador

The trip was excellent as we got to see both the old town and the new town of Quito. The country side of both the mountains and jungle gave us interesting perspectives of the culture. We enjoyed eating at the local places that our guide recommended.

And a special shout out to Ramona, our simian assistant who enjoyed taking free rides on our families shoulders.

Hotel Reviews
La Casona de La Ronda
Quito

Nice breakfast, nice location to restauramts

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to restaurant
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Sangay
Baños de Agua Santa

Cabanas did not match the identity of the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Good complete breakfast
Location
Close to town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kuyana Amazon Lodge
Archidona

We liked the space in the middle of the rain forest.

Authenticity & Character
Very authentic food and living. Fun monkey chilling there as well
Location
It’s in the jungle
Staff
Staff very helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tambopaxi Cotopaxi Lodge
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi
Authenticity & Character
Cows
Location
It’s in the National park. Not near anything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Patio Andaluz
Quito

Breakfast was terrible. Location was ok but not really close to restaurants.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Mar 12, 2024
Hola Nina, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful review! I'm thrilled to hear that you and your family had an excellent trip exploring Quito, the Andes, and the rainforest, It's fantastic that you found the places you visited to offer intriguing perspectives on the local culture. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed the culinary experiences at the local places recommended by our guide. Exploring the authentic flavors of a destination is such an integral part of the... Read more

Hola Nina,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful review! I'm thrilled to hear that you and your family had an excellent trip exploring Quito, the Andes, and the rainforest, It's fantastic that you found the places you visited to offer intriguing perspectives on the local culture.

I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed the culinary experiences at the local places recommended by our guide. Exploring the authentic flavors of a destination is such an integral part of the journey, and I'm glad it added to your overall experience.

And I'm glad to hear that Ramona brought an extra layer of joy to your Amazon adventure!

We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back to explore Ecuador's other treasures in the future.

Safe travels!

Best,
Mathias & the entire Authentic Ecuador Team

We had an amazing trip to the Galapagos :)
Galapagos Islands | Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2024

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Celia M.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2024
Linda and team were amazing in planning our custom trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos! My husband and I had a fantastic time and (almost) everything was taken care of for our 5 day trip that included Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. It was really nice to not have to worry about any transfers, have our itinerary planned out for us, and to stay at great hotels. Finch Bay on Santa Cruz island, Galapagos was AMAZING, as were all the tour guides, drivers, and escorts that interacted with us through... Read more

Linda and team were amazing in planning our custom trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos! My husband and I had a fantastic time and (almost) everything was taken care of for our 5 day trip that included Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. It was really nice to not have to worry about any transfers, have our itinerary planned out for us, and to stay at great hotels. Finch Bay on Santa Cruz island, Galapagos was AMAZING, as were all the tour guides, drivers, and escorts that interacted with us through the company.

We loved the activities we did, and Linda did a great job taking our preferences into account. She is super communicative, friendly, helpful, and responsive, including when we had some last minute requests / change of plans. Highly recommend!

Hotel Review
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Puerto Ayora

Seriously beautiful and incredible hotel. Very luxurious, beautiful, and peaceful. Staff are excellent and very on top of things, accommodating, and friendly. Food is delicious too -we loved the breakfast buffet! It's also great that they have a gym, and you can rent wetsuits and snorkel gear for free. We only wish we stayed longer here!

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Local specialist: Linda Schulz
Linda
Linda Schulz
Local specialist in Quito | Replied on Mar 01, 2024

Celia, it was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I am very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time on the Galapagos Islands, and especially your stay at Finch Bay Hotel! Hopefully, you can come back one day to explore other islands and other parts of mainland Ecuador as well :)
All the best for you and Phil, and safe travels in the future!
Linda

The trip was absolutely perfect! The staff,...
Galapagos Islands | Feb 1 - Feb 9, 2024

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Ivey O.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

The trip was absolutely perfect! The staff, food, excursions, boat etc were the best. We loved every moment. Thank you

Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 27, 2024

Hi Ivey,

thanks a lot for your feedback! I'm happy to hear that you and Richard had a wonderful time here in Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands and that you enjoyed every moment of it.

I hope there will be another opportunity for you to visit Ecuador, to live more unforgettable moments in the many other breathtaking locations!

Always safe travels,
Mathias & the Authentic Ecuador team

Explore the World
Galapagos Islands | Feb 1 - Feb 9, 2024

Gary
Gary W.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024
Our trip was amazing from the hotel and day spent in Quito to the 5 nights onboard the Eco Galaxy. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun our excursions were amazing. This was a trip of a life time to Equador and the Galápagos Islands. Mathias had every detail perfectly planned out. I look forward to using Kim Kim many times in the future o explore the world Read more

Our trip was amazing from the hotel and day spent in Quito to the 5 nights onboard the Eco Galaxy. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun our excursions were amazing. This was a trip of a life time to Equador and the Galápagos Islands. Mathias had every detail perfectly planned out. I look forward to using Kim Kim many times in the future o explore the world

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Mama Cuchara
Quito

Amazing, rooms were great, roof top food and bar were amazing and the breakfast top notch

Authenticity & Character
Historical but modern
Location
Walking distance to Old Town
Staff
So nice and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds and bathrooms very comfortable
M/C Ecogalaxy
Galapagos

The crew was unbelievable and the food better than most restaurants. They pampered us and covered all the finer details. Felt like royalty

Authenticity & Character
Crew was amazing food unbelievable
Location
Hit all the perfect spots in the Galápagos Islands
Staff
Everyone from captain to cabin boys. Room was always clean and bartender was amazing
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 27, 2024

Hi Gary!

It was a pleasure having you and your travel companions as our guests and also getting the opportunity to meet you in person!

I’m delighted to hear that you had an amazing time in Quito (unfortunately, you didn’t have much time on mainland Ecuador to see all the other highlights), and of course in the Galapagos!
And thanks for sharing those photos, I can see you encountered much of the endemic wildlife.
Also pleased to hear that the service on board exceeded your expectations, and relieved that the bartender did a great job! ;-)

All the best,
Mathias

It was an amazing trip. It was a very action ...
Galapagos Islands | Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2024

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Laurie P.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Feb 08, 2024
It was an amazing trip. It was a very action packed trip, lots of walking, snorkeling and sight seeing. We saw such incredible nature and I felt like I got to see a great deal of what the islands had to offer. The guide Astrid was so knowledgeable, we enjoyed the Darwin museum . The entire crew of the Bonita were so amazing, hardworking, kind, people. Renny our island guide and Deanna (lovely hostess) were particularly wonderful. Read more

It was an amazing trip. It was a very action packed trip, lots of walking, snorkeling and sight seeing. We saw such incredible nature and I felt like I got to see a great deal of what the islands had to offer. The guide Astrid was so knowledgeable, we enjoyed the Darwin museum . The entire crew of the Bonita were so amazing, hardworking, kind, people. Renny our island guide and Deanna (lovely hostess) were particularly wonderful.

Activity Reviews
Guided Hike to Tortuga Bay
Guided Hike to Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Islands

We weren't able to spend much time at Toruga Bay.

Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
Puerto Ayora
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Astrid was very knowledgeable
Transport
North Seymour Island
North Seymour Island
Cruise Ship
Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove
Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove
Cruise Ship
Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Cruise Ship
Chinese Hat Islet
Chinese Hat Islet
Galapagos Islands
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 27, 2024

Hi Laurie,

Thank you for this kind review! I’m glad to hear that you and Bill had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos Islands and that you enjoyed seeing the incredible wildlife the Enchanted Islands have to offer! I’m also happy to hear that you enjoyed the excellent service of the boat’s crew and I’m sure this only added to an overall wonderful vacation.

Maybe see you again in Ecuador to explore the Andes or the rainforest? In any case, I wish you always safe travels!

Best,
Mathias & the Authentic Ecuador team

Mathias was very prompt and helpful. The tim...
Galapagos Islands | Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2024

Earl
Earl W.
Haslett, MI | Reviewed on Feb 05, 2024
Mathias was very prompt and helpful. The timing and service of the local contractors was excellent. Especially wonderful was the crew of the Bonita. They went beyond to be helpful and enjoyable. The land tours were great, especially the guide on the first day to Darwin Center. We especially enjoyed the chance to be "in" Puerto Ayora before the cruise, staying at a local hotel and enjoying the restaurants and local flavor. We will certainly recommend you to everyone who asks. Thank You. Read more

Mathias was very prompt and helpful. The timing and service of the local contractors was excellent. Especially wonderful was the crew of the Bonita. They went beyond to be helpful and enjoyable. The land tours were great, especially the guide on the first day to Darwin Center. We especially enjoyed the chance to be "in" Puerto Ayora before the cruise, staying at a local hotel and enjoying the restaurants and local flavor. We will certainly recommend you to everyone who asks. Thank You.

Hotel Reviews
Leon Marino (Lobo de Mar)
Puerto Ayora
Authenticity & Character
local, personal.
Location
Excellent price and location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
M/Y Bonita
Quito

Great price; great staff...everyone was very pleased. So much better than the big cruise ships.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Guided Hike to Tortuga Bay
Guided Hike to Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Islands
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 27, 2024

Hi Earl,

thank you for your review and for choosing Kimkim again to plan your trip! I’m happy to hear that you and your travel companions had a wonderful time in the Galapagos, and that you found the days in Puerto Ayora + the cruise to be just the right mix! I agree with you that the Bonita has an excellent crew that elevates the already great wildlife experience in the Islands, and I will make sure to forward your feedback!

Always safe travels,
Mathias & the Authentic Ecuador team

Mathias made excellent calls for us and we had a great time
Galapagos Islands | Dec 28 - Dec 31, 2023

Darryl
Darryl C.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024
Mathias was super honest about the Galapagos and told us in all honesty that we would see more by boat than any land trip and he was right.
He set up a trip for us in the Amazon Rain Forest area. The place was absolutely lovely and we had an excellent time. We loved the walks to the waterfalls and also the night walk, the day trip to the Amazon to meet the animals and the indigenous people all were amazing. The guide from the hotel Leonardo was truly excellent and was extremely kind...
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Mathias was super honest about the Galapagos and told us in all honesty that we would see more by boat than any land trip and he was right.
He set up a trip for us in the Amazon Rain Forest area. The place was absolutely lovely and we had an excellent time. We loved the walks to the waterfalls and also the night walk, the day trip to the Amazon to meet the animals and the indigenous people all were amazing. The guide from the hotel Leonardo was truly excellent and was extremely kind and helpful. The pet monkey at the resort "Ramona" was the star of the show. We had a great time with her and she came on the walk to the rain forest hanging on one of us the whole time. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The chocolate making class was fascinating and the chocolate was excellent that we made. The resort also had a lot of locals from Quito and we had an amazing time interacting with them. So all in all, a great choice of resort and just the right amount of activity for us. On the way back we stopped at a bird sanctuary and also the famous hot springs. We had an excellent time swimming between the very cold pool and the very hot pools. All in all the choices that Mathias made were totally on the money and the whole thing was effortless and was enjoyed by all of us.

Hotel Review
Kuyana Amazon Lodge
Archidona

The lodge is amazing, the staff are attentive and they go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. I can't believe Leonardo, our guide. He worked tireless hours and showed us around and helped the servers and was all around amazing. Ramona (their adopted pet woolly monkey) is the star of the resort. She's extremely sweet and cuddly and so much fun. The guests were also quite wonderful. Many were locals and we had a great time with them. The activities they had were fun and the place was completely relaxed and laid back. Totally recommend for a lovely time.

Authenticity & Character
Nice lodges and great authentic food
Location
Out of the way
Staff
Leonardo is amazing
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean, hot water is slow and not much but being in the middle of the jungle that is what can be expected
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit
Mathias
Mathias Onisseit
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Replied on Feb 27, 2024

Hi Darryl,

thanks again for choosing Kimkim and Authentic Ecuador for planning your trip to Ecuador!

I’m happy to hear that after evaluating the options together, you made the best decision and were able to spend a very special Christmas holiday in the Galapagos and the rainforest!

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your family again in Ecuador one day to explore the other amazing locations!

All the best,
Mathias

I e-mailed and spoke with Linda to have a fab...
Ecuador | Jan 5 - Jan 16, 2024

Bill
Bill V.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024
I e-mailed and spoke with Linda to have a fabulous trip of 12 days. After 2 days on our own Milton Chiqui Lopez took us to sites around Quito-highlighted by the weird effects at the equator-we visited the charming mountain of Baños in the high Andes. The 4 hour drive each way was scenic.
The trip ended with a trip into the deep Amazon rainforest to the extraordinary La Selva lodge Biden by a lake. Ore guide Dan Hicks was a 16 year veteran from England. Four days of walks and canoe rides to...
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I e-mailed and spoke with Linda to have a fabulous trip of 12 days. After 2 days on our own Milton Chiqui Lopez took us to sites around Quito-highlighted by the weird effects at the equator-we visited the charming mountain of Baños in the high Andes. The 4 hour drive each way was scenic.
The trip ended with a trip into the deep Amazon rainforest to the extraordinary La Selva lodge Biden by a lake. Ore guide Dan Hicks was a 16 year veteran from England. Four days of walks and canoe rides to explore both flora and fauna. F
Innovative Euro-American cuisine that was 5 star. Luxurious accommodations high in the jungle.All rides to airports were smooth, courtesy of Alejandro & son
It was perfect.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Las Plazas
Quito

No heat in 49F weather. Breakfast just ok. Some spoke no English.

Authenticity & Character
Small and quaint
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Isla de Baños
Baños

A small very charming hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
In pleasant neighborhood
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Selva Lodge
Yasuní National Park

An extraordinary luxurious lodge with 5 star 3 meals daily. Great hiking and boat rides A beautiful setting on a going size lake

Authenticity & Character
A true resort deep in the wilderness.
Location
In the rainforest.
Staff
All 28 employees spoke excellent English and went out of their way to be helpful. Wait staff had the polish of a 5 star restaurant All 28 staff spoke excellent English. They went out of their way to be helpful. The wait staff worked as a team and had the professionalism of a 5 star place.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Immaculate
Activity Reviews
Visit the "Middle of the World"
Visit the "Middle of the World"
Ecuador

Interesting although 200 meters off equator

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Great guides and perfect transfer services
Transport
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Baños
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Baños
Ecuador

Grest visit to the stunning Andes.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Activities in Baños & Return to Quito
Activities in Baños & Return to Quito
Ecuador

Just tour of the Andes

Quality of Experience
Food
Very giid
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Observation Tower, Garza Cocha Lake & Night Walk
Observation Tower, Garza Cocha Lake & Night Walk
Yasuni National Park

All fascinating exploration of Amazon and its flora & fauna

Quality of Experience
As abkve
Food
Arrival to Coca, transfer to rainforest lodge, rainforest hike
Arrival to Coca, transfer to rainforest lodge, rainforest hike
Ecuador

Scenic 2hour ride on rivet

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Linda Schulz
Linda
Linda Schulz
Local specialist in Quito | Replied on Jan 25, 2024

Bill, I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your time here in Ecuador, especially in the beautiful and biodiverse Yasuní National Park while staying at La Selva Lodge! I will make sure to forward your excellent comments to the lodge, the guides, and the staff.
I wish you and Elena all the best for future travels!
Take care,
Linda