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We are specialized in Ecuador & Galápagos Tailor-Made Trips, providing fascinating cultural and adventurous experiences in the Andes; relaxing beach holidays on the sandy shores of the Pacific Coast; trips into the mysterious verdant world of the Amazon rainforest; comfortable hotel accommodation in major cities; and cruises that allow you to explore the enchanted Galápagos Islands.

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

Featured trips & expertise

Unspoiled beaches and turquoise waters in the Galápagos
Ultimate Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cotopaxi & the Galápagos - 10 Days

Adventure awaits on this exhilarating 10-day journey through Ecuador. Starting in the country's rugged Andean highlands, you'll hike and horseback ride through a landscape of towering volcanoes, crater lakes, and dramatic waterfalls before hopping over to the Galápagos to discover some of the most remarkable biodiversity on earth. Explore uninhabited islands, snorkel with sharks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel deep into a dormant volcano.

Embark on a luxury cruise through Ecuador's rainforest
Amazon Luxury Cruise & Galápagos Island Hopping - 10 Days

Experience two of Ecuador's most remarkable ecosystems in style on this adventurous, 10-day itinerary. Starting from the capital of Quito, set off into the wilds of the Amazon and board a three-night luxury river cruise through Yasuni National Park. Spot primates, parrots, and piranhas as you explore the rainforest by kayak and on foot, returning to the comfort of your ship each evening. Then it's time to switch gears and fly to the Galápagos for an itinerary of island hopping, snorkeling, and wildlife encounters.

Pailón del Diablo waterfall
Discover Ecuador's Cultural Highlights & Natural Wonders - 8 Days

Experience Ecuador's natural wonders and lively capital city on this 8-day adventure. You'll base yourself in Quito for most of the itinerary, exploring the city's museums and taking an Ecuadorian cooking class before heading out into the surrounding wilderness. Day-trip to beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon, shop for handicrafts in the famous Otavalo Market, and hike through the Mindo cloud forest, returning to Quito each evening. Then you'll move on to Cotopaxi National Park, sleeping in a traditional hacienda. Finish up the trip in Baños, where you'll feel the spray of magnificent waterfalls and enjoy sweeping views of the mountains before heading back to Quito for one last overnight.

Family hiking on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos
Family Trip to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands - 14 Days

This two-week adventure is loaded with family-friendly activities. In colonial Quito, ascend to the top of a volcano by cable car and bond over a cooking class. Then, a nature hike through misty cloud forests sets the stage for your great Galapagos adventure. Here, you'll cruise the archipelago by speedboat, snorkel with sea lions, and visit uninhabited islands. Other unforgettable experiences the whole family will love include visiting giant tortoises, hiking up a volcano, and lazing on white-sand beaches.

A beach on Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos
Ecuadorian Highlands & Galapagos Islands Adventure - 14 Days

This sweeping two-week adventure showcases the diversity of Ecuador. From busy marketplaces in the city to thermal baths in the highlands, from peaceful bays in the Galapagos to the lush landscapes of the cloud forest, this itinerary has something for everyone. Highlights include hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, shopping in Otavalo Market, sightseeing in the bustling city of Quito, and snorkeling and swimming around the gorgeous islands of the Galapagos archipelago.

Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the Andes Mountains, Ecuador
Highlights of Ecuador: Quito, Galapagos Islands & More - 10 Days

The incredible diversity of Ecuador is highlighted on this 10-day trip around the country. Tour the colonial center of Quito and hike to Cotopaxi Volcano in the Andes before venturing into the Amazon to explore the rainforest's wildlife and indigenous culture. Then it's off to the Galapagos for a few days of island exploration, including snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Spotting penguins and giant tortoises in their natural habitats is an unforgettable way to finish this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Recent Trip Reviews for Ecuador Galapagos Travels

Phenomenal specialists!!!
Ecuador | Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2022

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Maggie K.
Champaign, IL | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Daniel was a phenomenal specialist. He went above and beyond to make our trip to Ecuador's city of Quito and the Amazon Rainforest a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Not only did using kimkim service provide a meaningful experience it packed more into our trip than we could have done on our own with our limited Spanish and knowledge of the region. read more

Daniel was a phenomenal specialist. He went above and beyond to make our trip to Ecuador's city of Quito and the Amazon Rainforest a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Not only did using kimkim service provide a meaningful experience it packed more into our trip than we could have done on our own with our limited Spanish and knowledge of the region.

Hotel Review
Napo Wildlife Center
Quito

This is a must-stay experience in the Amazon Rainforest. They are the only Eco Tourism company owned and run by local indigenous people.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Hola Maggie!!!

Wow thank you so much for these amazing words! I must say that I think you and Drew were Phenomenal travelers! You brought such a fantastic vibe to the middle of the world, that this magical land smiled with your presence here! Thank you so much for everything!!
I truly wish you two the best! It is amazing that you were able to enjoy all the big and little details planned for you, and seeing you two so happy, is one of the main reasons why I love doing what I do!
Hopefully, we will meet again sometime!

Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Amazing Peru Ecuador and Galapagos islands Lucia did a great job of meticulous planning ...
Galapagos Islands | Sep 4 - Sep 24, 2022

Sundar
Sundar S.
India | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Lucia did a great job of meticulous planning and it was a great trip though for senior citizens like us it was tiring
Lucia was very patient and kind and despite our cranky requests she went out of the way to help
Suggestions for Indian tourists
Ecuador Visa is not easy to get for Indians
Process is long with police clearance and personal interview in Delhi
Vegetarian food most places are ok but in one Hotel Deja Vu they gave ham sandwich as vegetarian to us in the Box breakfast and it... read more

Lucia did a great job of meticulous planning and it was a great trip though for senior citizens like us it was tiring
Lucia was very patient and kind and despite our cranky requests she went out of the way to help
Suggestions for Indian tourists
Ecuador Visa is not easy to get for Indians
Process is long with police clearance and personal interview in Delhi
Vegetarian food most places are ok but in one Hotel Deja Vu they gave ham sandwich as vegetarian to us in the Box breakfast and it will not be acceptable by many Indians
Indians need English guides and mixing with Spanish group despite so called dual language guide not very encouraging
Indians need to go with English group predominantly as guides are more comfortable in Spanish and talk more in Spanish
Senior citizens should get a more relaxed tour especially if they ask for it
These are only suggestions to help not complaints
Outstanding tours Machu Pichu
Guide Javier excellent
Very sad We couldn't do rainbow mountain and lost the money
Napo Cultural centre awesome
Chef Eric excellent for vegetarian food
Guide Valencia very good
In Quito Alejandro and his son Sebastian were outstanding and good and kind
Galapagos Volcano Hotel Paola is a sweetheart and very very nice she even gifted us few souvenirs from her own money
Volcano tour by walking was very very exhausting so this needs to be highlighted for senior citizens
The north Seymour tour Last day was climax of good ending
Thanks Lucia and Kim Kim travels for making us fulfill our bucket list 🙏🙏

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Lima

Excellent breakfast and good staff

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Nice
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Nice
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Excellent
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Good
Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco
Cusco

Small boutique hotel very friendly especially food services staff

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Nice
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms small
Kitu Hotel
Quito

Nice location Good staff Senior citizens like us should be given rooms in first floor

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Nice
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Good
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Excellent
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Rooms small
Napo Cultural Center
Quito

One of the best places to visit and stay Strongly recommend the place Wish we had electric buggies to transport senior citizens like us from the boat Pier

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Simply best
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Eric the chief all the staff working as family very happy and helpful
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Very humble kind and felt like home
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Decent
Hotel Volcano
Puerto Villamil

Excellent hotel Paola is a blessing goes beyond call of duty to help

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Excellent near the beach and tortoise breeding area
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Excellent especially Paola she is a blessing goes beyond call of duty to help
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Paola
Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Hello Sundar & Shoba,

Thank you for taking the time and share your experience with us! It was such an amazing experience to share this trip together, I am glad to hear your trip was good, also thank you so much for the feedback it is very important for us your suggestions and comments, that is very helpful for us to grow up as a travel specialist!
I hope you come back to Ecuador again, this time you could enjoy different places, Ecuador has many destinations to offer!
I wish you all the best,
Best regards,
Lucía.

Galapagos Islands Review
Galapagos Islands | Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2022

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Jessica J.
Sweden | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

The Galapagos Islands were an unforgettable experience. We did an 8-day trip during the month of July to the islands where we visited two of the islands--Santa Cruz and Isabela. The wildlife and the natural habitats were spectacular. We saw sea turtles, giant tortoises, lizards, sea lions, reef sharks, penguins, rays, and various birds and fish. On the island of Santa Cruz, there are multiple biomes so you are able to see pristine beaches, a foggy and moist highland, and an arid lowland. The... read more

The Galapagos Islands were an unforgettable experience. We did an 8-day trip during the month of July to the islands where we visited two of the islands--Santa Cruz and Isabela. The wildlife and the natural habitats were spectacular. We saw sea turtles, giant tortoises, lizards, sea lions, reef sharks, penguins, rays, and various birds and fish. On the island of Santa Cruz, there are multiple biomes so you are able to see pristine beaches, a foggy and moist highland, and an arid lowland. The volcanic element to the islands also created an impressive backdrop that made you feel as if you were on a different planet. It is a place we highly recommend visiting.

The people we met were very friendly and all of the guides were very knowledgeable as only resident Galapagueños can be guides on the islands. The one thing that we feel would have made this experience better would have been to have one point of contact person for the whole trip. We had different tour guides every day as they all specialize in different areas, which was fine, but we had a different point-of-contact person each day which resulted in there being inconsistencies between the information in our itinerary and what they communicated. Additionally, they did not always tell us what we would need to be prepared for the following day's activities (e.g. recommending that we hire a wet suit or have appropriate footwear for some of the walking activities). Other than that, it was a really great trip.

Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hello Jessica,

Thank you for your words and for taking the time to leave us this kind review, we will be working to improve those details! We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again!

Kind regards,

Lucía.

Marcello, our guide at the Napo Culteral Cent...
Ecuador | Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2022

Lorada
Lorada S.
Colorado Springs, CO | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Marcello, our guide at the Napo Culteral Center was amazing. He was very knowledgable of the native culture, language and the jungle animals and plants. We saw red Macaws gather to a clay link, the jungle from both the river and a tower above the trees

Jorge, our guide through the Andes was fantastic. Offered many sites and activities in addition to the itinerary. Although the 4 hour drive over the bumpy dirt road was unpleasant, Jorge and our driver Winston were always positive and... read more

Marcello, our guide at the Napo Culteral Center was amazing. He was very knowledgable of the native culture, language and the jungle animals and plants. We saw red Macaws gather to a clay link, the jungle from both the river and a tower above the trees

Jorge, our guide through the Andes was fantastic. Offered many sites and activities in addition to the itinerary. Although the 4 hour drive over the bumpy dirt road was unpleasant, Jorge and our driver Winston were always positive and personal. Again, I was impressed by the range of Jorge's knowledge of the landscape, culture, language and politcal/history of Ecuador. I felt we did too much driving in the Andes and would have enjoyed taking walks in the foothills.

We did not have a specific guide in the Galapagos. I would have appreciated a detailed itinerary to better plan for the days. The boating days to the other islands and snorkeling were definitely a highlight. The crews were very helpful, kind and great cooks

Hotel Review
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora

It was so nice to spend 3 nights in one hotel, very relaxing. It was a short walk to restaurants and shops. The staff were very helpful. Answered our questions about the the area. Since our group were in 3 different rooms, we utilized the setting area as a meeting point. It was like having a private living room .

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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito

Lots of fun

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Quito - Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador

The walk around the lake was lovely

Quito - Coca - Napo Cultural Center
Ecuador
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Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

The farm with great tortoises was exciting, beautiful scenery.

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Free Morning - Afternoon Boat Tour
Galapagos Islands

We were ready for the free morning. This boat tour to yhe trail did not offer anything new that we had seen on a previous trip. Also, we were unaware of the opportunity to snorkle on this trip

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Local specialist: Iveth Granda

I started planning this trip in 2019 and bec...
Ecuador | Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2022

Lois
Lois B.
Colorado Springs, CO | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

I started planning this trip in 2019 and because of COVID, had to reschedule it a few times. It began with about 15 people in the group and we ended up with a group of seven senior women. Our guides on the mainland (Marco and Gorge) were outstanding, very patient and knowledgeable.

We spent two nights at the Napo Cultural Center which was the most memorable for me. The staff was very accommodating, food delicious and watching the macaws at the clay lick was amazing. read more

I started planning this trip in 2019 and because of COVID, had to reschedule it a few times. It began with about 15 people in the group and we ended up with a group of seven senior women. Our guides on the mainland (Marco and Gorge) were outstanding, very patient and knowledgeable.

We spent two nights at the Napo Cultural Center which was the most memorable for me. The staff was very accommodating, food delicious and watching the macaws at the clay lick was amazing.

Hotel Review
Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor
Quito

The rooms were spacious, the food delicious and the staff was very gracious. Loved all the charming rooms we could visit and the long stemmed roses.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Hola Lois!
Thank you so much for your kind words and amazing review!
It is truly amazing that we finally got to make this trip a dream come true after all this time!
Working with you and the group was very fun and something I will remember forever! The Context, the timing, the results, in the end, we did make everything work out!
I am so glad you got to enjoy the middle of the world!
I wish you all the best! Thanks again!!
Daniel

Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador
Galapagos Islands | Aug 12 - Aug 23, 2022

Thomas
Thomas R.
Huntington, NY | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Alvaro named this trip "Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador" and he was totally accurate. Our trip was 12 days in total and it was full of memorable and magical experiences, breathtaking nature and fun and excitement. The hotels were all fantastic and each and every guide along the way was terrific. There was not one glitch in any of our transfers, travel arrangements or tours. We were treated like special guests in this magnificent country. Alvaro was a pleasure to work with and he... read more

Alvaro named this trip "Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador" and he was totally accurate. Our trip was 12 days in total and it was full of memorable and magical experiences, breathtaking nature and fun and excitement. The hotels were all fantastic and each and every guide along the way was terrific. There was not one glitch in any of our transfers, travel arrangements or tours. We were treated like special guests in this magnificent country. Alvaro was a pleasure to work with and he worked closely with us to make sure he put together the exact kind of trip that we were hoping for. He used his expertise to guide us to the right choices for us and, after getting to know us through our conversations, even made sure to include several wonderful surprises along the way. We feel very lucky that we were matched up with Alvaro and we don't have a single bad or negative thing to say about our trip. Don't hesitate to book with Alvaro...you will be so happy you did.

Hotel Reviews
Patio Andaluz
Quito

The hotel is beautiful and has old-warm charm. The staff is extremely friendly and professional. Our two-story room was wonderful. The breakfast was quite nice.

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Napo Cultural Center
Quito

This was an amazing experience. It's situated in the jungle but every care has been taken to ensure a comfortable and memorable time. An on-duty chef prepared fantastic meals...even including a beautiful birthday cake for my birthday. Our guide, Tyson, was the greatest guy. He was tireless in making sure we saw as much wildlife as possible. Every time we came back to the lodge we were greeted with a different ice-cold juice and a cold, damp hand towel. The rooms themselves were very nice and comfortable.

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A truly educational experience.
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Hotel Rincon de Puembo, BW Signature Collection
Puembo

We were only here for a night, because of its proximity to the airport. It's a very nice hotel and the staff was very professional.

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Galapagos Sunset Hotel
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

This hotel is exceptional. Our beautiful room had a breathtaking view of the harbor and sunset. Susanah found out it was my birthday and she brought me a complimentary bottle of wine. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough.

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Isamar Hotel
Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela

Right on the water, our ocean front room was lovely and had a spectacular view of the beach. The restaurant (across the street) prepared a wonderful dinner for us and had a beautiful breakfast. Ava did everything to make sure that we had a wonderful stay in this beautiful hotel.

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Hotel Sol y Mar
Galápagos

This hotel is in the perfect spot in Puerto Ayora. The room was lovely and the view of the pool and harbor was beautiful. The restaurant served a fantastic breakfast.

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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo - Middle of the World
Quito

Marco was our guide for all of our time in Quito and he was simply wonderful. Such a kind gentleman and very informative. We feel like we actually made a friend in him. The walking tour of Colonial Quito was terrific and we loved the Mitad del Mundo.

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Marco was exceptionally great.
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Welcoming Cocktail Class at Night
Quito

We LOVED this experience. So much fun and we made delicious drinks and were served fantastic food. Edwin was truly a wonderful host and his assistants, Josue and Karen, were so sweet.

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Edwin is fantastic. We highly recommend this.
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Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

Another wonderful day with Marco. The hike in Mindo was beautiful. We loved stopping at the Alambi Reserve and seeing the scores of hummingbirds feeding.

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Marco is the best!
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Quito - Yaku Kausay Indigenous Experience in the Amazon
Ecuador

This was a very interesting and unique and educational experience.

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Indigenous Encounter and Hike to Mama Cuna Path (Yaku Kausay Experience)
Yasuni National Park

Everything we did with Tyson in the rain forest was amazing. The hike to the lookout tower, a paddled canoe down the Black Creek, watching the macaws drink at the sulphur pond. Everything was incredible.

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Tyson was an amazing, caring guide throughout our time in the jungle.
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Sacred Wayusa Ritual, Goodbye and return to the City (Yaku Kausay Experience)
Yasuni National Park

We opted not to do this ritual.

Cooking Class Experience in Quito
Quito

Back with the fabulous Edwin, this time with Josue, Karen and Mishelle assisting him, we LOVED this experience. So much fun and very informative. We were given drinks and watched so much wonderful food being prepared and then we got to eat it all. Delicious! A very memorable afternoon.

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The food was truly exceptional.
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Edwin is the best!
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Afternoon Adventure to Teleferico Cablecar
Quito

Another terrific afternoon with Marco. We loved the spectacular Telefrico ride and the view from above. We got fantastic pictures on the swings that overlook the valley.

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Marco is so great!
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Welcome to San Cristobal Island! Visit to the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands

This was a great overview of San Cristobal. Lenin was a very informative guide.

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Dinner by the Sea on the Enchanted Islands
Galapagos Islands

This is a very nice restaurant and they prepared a lovely meal for us.

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Explore Tintoreras Islet
Puerto Villamil

Our guide was terrific. The area where we kayaked wasn't the most exciting but it was a lot of fun. The snorkel area was nice but a little cold and murky.

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Terrific guide
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Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

We loved this experience. We learned so much and had a wonderful afternoon with our terrific guide, Daniel, and the tortoises.

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The restaurant at Rancho Primicias is really fantastic. We had a delicious lunch there.
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Daniel was great
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Kayaking Adventure in Tortuga Bay & Afternoon Bay Tour of Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora

The kayaking trip in Tortuga Bay was really wonderful. We saw SO many sea turtles around us, reef sharks, a nest with baby great blue herons. This is a spectacular place to spend the afternoon.

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Jose was a terrific guide
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Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

This trip was truly spectacular. The Altarmar is a gorgeous boat, the crew was friendly and Felipe was an excellent guide. We saw many blue-footed boobies, frigates and such when we pulled alongside Daphne Major Island. We loved exploring the uninhabited Bartolome' and learned so much from Felipe there. Then the snorkeling off the beach at Santiago was fantastic...we saw sea turtles, a reef shark and many beautiful fish. Lunch back on the boat was excellent. As was the trip back. An awesome day.

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Well worth the money
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Felipe and the boat staff were excellent
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Transfer to Airport on Baltra Island
Puerto Ayora

This was very smooth. Just like everything else that Alvaro set up.

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Every single driver we had on this trip was great
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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Hello Thomas!

Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean the world to me and thank you again for a such detailed review of your experience in our megadiverse country: Ecuador

Helping you and Matthew was truly unique, and being able to help you be part of such an important birthday was magical. You now have the 4 wonders of Ecuador in your heart!

My best and warmest hugs from the middle of the world and looking forward to seeing you again!
Alvaro

Beautiful country and memorable trip
Ecuador | Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2022

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Hiu Ching C.
Hong Kong SAR China | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Kim Kim is a very useful and user friendly site for my trip planning. Daniel is very responsive and helpful in planning my itinerary to Ecuador. He adjusted the itinerary several times to accommodate my flight changes and preferences. He is friendly and knowledgeable, and provided a packing list for my reference. Daniela was also helpful and she set up a WhatsApp group for communication right before our trip.
The trip to Ecuador is very memorable. The country is beautiful and we had some good... read more

Kim Kim is a very useful and user friendly site for my trip planning. Daniel is very responsive and helpful in planning my itinerary to Ecuador. He adjusted the itinerary several times to accommodate my flight changes and preferences. He is friendly and knowledgeable, and provided a packing list for my reference. Daniela was also helpful and she set up a WhatsApp group for communication right before our trip.
The trip to Ecuador is very memorable. The country is beautiful and we had some good tour guides. The best guide was Darwin in Isabella Island in Galapagos. He took great photos and videos with his GoPro underwater and took the group to see a variety of marine life, including penguin, seahorse, sharks, sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, birds, etc. It was absolutely fantastic to be so close to the animals in their natural habitats. Besides Galapagos, Quilotoa has stunning scenery, the Equator is fun to visit and the Quito historical town is very pretty.
The cons of the itinerary is that there is a lot of time spent on the car and/or boat each day. The hotel locations and the route can be further improved to reduce the driving time. This is especially true for our hotels in Quito, which were rather far from the attractions.
It would also be helpful if we get more information on the exact activities and what we should bring and wear each day, especially for the boat trips.
Overall, we had a very good trip in Ecuador and would love to visit again.

Hotel Reviews
Kitu Hotel
Quito

The hotel is quite old and the shower does not work so well. It is a bit noisy. However, the staff is very nice and friendly. It is also close to some good restaurants.

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Posada del Mar
Puerto Ayora

The owner is extremely helpful and nice. The location is very convenient and close to the pier. The room is big with a balcony. The hotel is very comfy.

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Hotel La Jungla
Puerto Villamil

The hotel is far away and the hygiene is not good. The shower sometimes doors not have hot water. The room is big and has a sea view.

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Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

The hotel looks new and is clean and very comfortable. The location is not the most convenient for tourist attractions but it is close to many good restaurants. The design of the hotel is pretty.

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Beautiful design
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Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Close to the airport, comfortable, clean and big room. The pool is tiny and the gym is small. But the restaurant is decent.

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La Floresta
Baños
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Activity Review
Excursion to Los Tuneles
Galapagos Islands

The trip is wonderful and the best of my 2 weeks in Ecuador. We saw many marine animals in their natural habitats and were very close with them. Darwin was a fantastic guide and he took great photos and videos with his GoPro underwater. We saw penguin, sharks, seahorse, sea lions, giant sea turtles, colourful fish, etc. The ocean was stunningly beautiful. I wish we could snorkel for longer.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Hola Hiu and Kasey!
Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience!
For me, it was really an amazing experience to be able to work together to create your perfect trip plan! I am thrilled that both of you had a wonderful adventure at the Galapagos Islands and most of all enjoyed it to the fullest. Daniela is also very happy to have worked with you too! Feel free to reach out anytime!

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

AMAZING! We will definitely use KimKim again ...
Ecuador | Aug 26 - Sep 2, 2022

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Karla C.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2022

AMAZING! We will definitely use KimKim again and again to help plan our vacation. We had very limited days in Ecuador, about 7 days. Lucia did an amazing job customizing our travel itinerary to include all of the things we wanted to do, like a food tour to experience the most typical and traditional dishes in Ecuador. She also helped us plan our adventure in the Amazonian Rainforest. Lucia took care of booking the hotels, transportation, and tours. Thank you! This gave us such peace of mind and we were able to really enjoy our vacation.

Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2022

Hola Karla,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I love to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ecuador, it was a pleasure to plan your vacations!
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again.

Best regards!
Lucía.

Hello Daniel, this trip was quite an adventur...
Ecuador | Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2022

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Janis Z.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Hello Daniel, this trip was quite an adventure. My favorite place was the Napo Cultural Center. I loved traveling the river in boats, the clay lick, the tower, our guide, Marcelo, and the wonderful staff.
The travel in the Andes to volcanos, caldera, etc. was beautiful and interesting. I don’t like moving hotels every night and some of the drives were too long. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed having him with us. Two hotels stand out for me...in Quito... read more

Hello Daniel, this trip was quite an adventure. My favorite place was the Napo Cultural Center. I loved traveling the river in boats, the clay lick, the tower, our guide, Marcelo, and the wonderful staff.
The travel in the Andes to volcanos, caldera, etc. was beautiful and interesting. I don’t like moving hotels every night and some of the drives were too long. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed having him with us. Two hotels stand out for me...in Quito the cultural Manor and CotopaxiPungo were both beautiful and interesting. The drive to the Cotopaxi Pungo was too rugged and long.
In the Galapagos, Bibi was excellent and then we had a mixture of guides. I would have appreciated more advance knowledge about the experiences, especially the trip to Bartolom, which I wisely skipped and would have been too much for me. Some of us went to Tortuga Bay which was very nice and should have been offered as an alternative. The hotel Deja Vu was nice, friendly and very well located. We all enjoyed it. (Ps...I was the oldest person in this group of 7)

Hotel Reviews
Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor
Quito

As a person who loves historical hotels and restoration, this was just right for me. Our room was charming and the common areas were pleasant and comfortable. We enjoyed dinner there one evening and 3 breakfasts in a lovely, sunny breakfast room. The staff were kind, attentive and helpful. I can’t speak about the location since we only used planned transportation.

Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cotopaxi Pungo
Cotopaxi Area

I enjoyed this hotel. The location was stunning. I loved fires in the fireplaces and the beautiful restaurant/breakfast space. My dinner was excellent and the activities manager took us for an exploration of the grounds with great enthusiasm.

Location
Views in all directions.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were chilly
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora

Very nice for the Galapagos

Location
Walking distance to village, shops and restaurants.
Staff
Friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito

Guide, Marco, was great. It was Sunday so we experienced the bustle of the city. We also all enjoyed the cooking class and the tasty lunch we created.

Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Excellent guides and drivers. So appreciated.
Another Day, Another Uninhabited Island
Galapagos Islands

Needed more advance knowledge of long, rough boat trip. I wisely skipped this. Alternative could have been offered.

Free Morning - Afternoon Boat Tour
Galapagos Islands

Walked this island and met the local wildlife. Beach. Lunch. Snack were amazing.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Napo Cultural Center experience
Yasuni National Park

I loved this experience, guide, staff, indigenous presentation, tower, clay lick ., etc.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Ecuador

I didn’t hike down. Took lots of time.

Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Great guide, lunch, introduction to tortoises, Darwin Center. Fun!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Hola Janis!
Thank you so much for your message and kind words! I truly enjoyed working with you and the group all this time! I am glad everything was able to come true in the end!
Your feedback is so important for us, thank you for sharing all of your thoughts, this will definitely help us improve even more in the future!
All of the guides send you and the group their best regards, it was an awesome experience!
Ecuador will always be here for you if you ever wish to come back!

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Ecuador family holiday
Ecuador | Aug 15 - Aug 28, 2022

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Andy W.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

The whole process from first contacting Daniel at Kimkim to discuss the itinerary through to arriving back home at the end of the holiday was as seamless as it could have been. Daniel was super responsive throughout and always happy to talk through any changes to the itinerary we wanted, and the guides/drivers we had in Ecuador were similarly super helpful and friendly (Danny, Francisco, Segundo and Pablo).

All the accommodation booked was exactly what we wanted (the Huayna Capac suite at... read more

The whole process from first contacting Daniel at Kimkim to discuss the itinerary through to arriving back home at the end of the holiday was as seamless as it could have been. Daniel was super responsive throughout and always happy to talk through any changes to the itinerary we wanted, and the guides/drivers we had in Ecuador were similarly super helpful and friendly (Danny, Francisco, Segundo and Pablo).

All the accommodation booked was exactly what we wanted (the Huayna Capac suite at the Luna Volcan adventure spa in Banos was particularly amazing) and all the activities were excellent (horse riding in Cotopaxi national park was a favourite of the kids, despite the weather). There was a lot of travelling during the holiday but the vehicle Daniel booked was perfect and spacious for a family of four.

Iberia airline were awful throughout but that's nothing to do with Kimkim and in fact Daniel helped a lot by finally getting Iberia to return our luggage which they lost. So if you want a reliable tour guide I would recommend Kimkim.

Hotel Review
Luna Volcán Adventure Spa
Baños

Book the Huayna Capac suite if you are in a family of four and it is available, the views are incredible. Checkout is 1230 lunchtime so make the most of it and checkout at 1230....

Activity Review
Agroecological Farm - Mompiche
Quito

We only stopped here because it was en route to our final destination but so glad we did as it was fascinating to get a personal tour of the farm and amazing lunch.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
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Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Hola Andy and Pamela!

It was truly awesome to plan a beautiful trip for you and the family in Ecuador. I am so excited that everything was perfect and that everyone enjoyed the beautiful wonders that our country has. I will be looking forward to our next adventure in Galapagos and the Amazon.

Greetings from your local friend!
Daniel :D

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short tri...
Galapagos Islands | Aug 24 - Aug 30, 2022

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Wynette Y.
Takoma Park, MD | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short trip to the Galapagos in August 2022 and Alvaro at kimkim set up every detail. Through Alvaro, kimkim continues to provide a wonderful, small group, personalized trip. We had the luxury of being met at airports and ports, and taken to comfortable, well-located hotels. Whenever I had a question or there was a problem (in our case, in the form of a cancelled flight that threw the schedule off), Alvaro was there and worked intensely to help. ... read more

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short trip to the Galapagos in August 2022 and Alvaro at kimkim set up every detail. Through Alvaro, kimkim continues to provide a wonderful, small group, personalized trip. We had the luxury of being met at airports and ports, and taken to comfortable, well-located hotels. Whenever I had a question or there was a problem (in our case, in the form of a cancelled flight that threw the schedule off), Alvaro was there and worked intensely to help.

Before the trip, Alvaro worked through several different itineraries with me, as I tried to figure out what would work. He was, throughout, friendly, cordial, responsive, and full of suggestions that might fit. He listens well, and never seems to get impatient. I'll always associate our memorable trip with his benevolent presence, and would highly recommend both him and kimkim!

Hotel Review
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

Hi, this hotel is clean and stylish, and the staff go out of their way to be helpful, in a quiet, intelligent way. The breakfast was also fresh-cooked and very good!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Dear Wynette!

You are so amazing and I loved planning a journey for you and Arielle to the Galapagos Islands. I appreciate very much your kind review, I still have lots of plans for you to get to know the other hidden wonders that Ecuador has to offer you.

Warm hugs from your friend in the middle of the world!
Alvaro

Amazing experience
Ecuador | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2022

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Christina B.
Windsor, CT | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

I cannot say enough good about this the KimKim company and Daniel. Our trip was booked for March of 2020 and canceled because of Covid. The company and Daniel kept in touch over the difficult years and was always so helpful and pleasant. We were able to rebook our trip and go in March of 2022. It was a amazing and memorable trip. The communication was great and Daniel was on top of everything. It was nice to be able to meet him. I would highly recommend using KimKim to travel. read more

I cannot say enough good about this the KimKim company and Daniel. Our trip was booked for March of 2020 and canceled because of Covid. The company and Daniel kept in touch over the difficult years and was always so helpful and pleasant. We were able to rebook our trip and go in March of 2022. It was a amazing and memorable trip. The communication was great and Daniel was on top of everything. It was nice to be able to meet him. I would highly recommend using KimKim to travel.

Hotel Reviews
Kitu Hotel
Quito

Amazing staff and nice accommodations. Good location.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Blue House Youth Hostel
Quito
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nicky Amazon Lodge
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Such a great time in such a special place.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito

It get a little rushed and I wish we were told to bring our passports so they could be stamped. We also did not have time to see the original location.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Arrival to the rainforest
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Beyond amazing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Adventure in the Amazon
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Indigenous Community, Laguna Grande, & Igapó
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hiking & canoeing in the rainforest
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Farewell Cuyabeno! Returning to the City
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
COVID Test at your Hotel
Ecuador

Didn’t have this… not applicable

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Hola Christina!

Thank you so much for your kind words and amazing comments. It was truly amazing to be in contact for such a long time and finally get this trip done. I am so glad that it was not just any trip but that it was something you will truly remember forever! I wish you all the best and hopefully we will meet again someday!

Best vibes from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Meet the Galapagos sharks
Galapagos Islands | Jul 23 - Aug 2, 2022

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Jonathan N.
Summit, NJ | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

This trip was fantastic. Exceeded expectations. We swam with so many sharks (totally safe). My wife and I went for our honeymoon. Alvaro tailored the trip to our budget and special requests even last minute requests were accommodated.

The discovery dive is great for beginner divers and was definitely worth it. All the fish and shellfish based specialties were the best foods and we had fun hiking and sampling the local beer.

Who knew sharks at Galapagos would be friendly! read more

This trip was fantastic. Exceeded expectations. We swam with so many sharks (totally safe). My wife and I went for our honeymoon. Alvaro tailored the trip to our budget and special requests even last minute requests were accommodated.

The discovery dive is great for beginner divers and was definitely worth it. All the fish and shellfish based specialties were the best foods and we had fun hiking and sampling the local beer.

Who knew sharks at Galapagos would be friendly!

Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Dear Jonathan!

I am so happy you enjoyed a beautiful time in the Galapagos Islands with your wife! The Galapagos wildlife is so unique too!

I am looking forward to receiving you back in Ecuador for another adventure!

Warm hugs from the middle of the world!
Alvaro

My trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands ! Thank you Daniel !
Galapagos Islands | Jan 11 - Jan 22, 2022

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Hung T.
Modesto, CA | Reviewed on Aug 08, 2022

My trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands was very pleasant and enjoyable. Thanks to Daniel, my travel details were ironed out before , during and after the trip. I had issues with my covid test result being delayed and had a mild panic, anxious situation, but with Daniel help I was able to enjoy the rest of my trip, During the trip, Daniel was very easy and fast to reach when I had questions . He helped me speak to one of the receptionist over the phone because I couldn't communicate in... read more

My trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands was very pleasant and enjoyable. Thanks to Daniel, my travel details were ironed out before , during and after the trip. I had issues with my covid test result being delayed and had a mild panic, anxious situation, but with Daniel help I was able to enjoy the rest of my trip, During the trip, Daniel was very easy and fast to reach when I had questions . He helped me speak to one of the receptionist over the phone because I couldn't communicate in Spanish . Daniel is very thorough when booking tours , he would follow through with the tour guides and made sure they were there on time and explained what I would expect on the tours. I also felt safe knowing that Daniel was only a call away via whatsapp. I'm using kimkim again for my next trip because my experience with Daniel's help made a huge difference.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 08, 2022

Hola Hung!
I am so thrilled and happy to read this review! Thank you so much my friend for such amazing words!
It was truly amazing to work with you on such an amazing trip! Even with the PCR Test issue with the flights we still moved everything perfectly! The trip went like a breeze and I am so glad you had such a good time. I wish you the best vibes from the middle of the world, and safe travels in the future!
If you ever wish to come back, you know who to call ;)
Your local friend,
Daniel :D

Ecuador w Tamer
Ecuador | Jul 11 - Jul 24, 2022

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Jill T.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

We were so very lucky to meet Tamer , and have him help us plan our trip to Ecuador . Planning is really not the right word , for what he did , caring , constant communication , before , during and after the trip . He listened to our personal needs, responded immediately at all hours , altered the itinerary as needed, and went above and beyond to not only assure comfort , but safety . A couple examples would be :, he took me out to coffee upon arrival , met our whole group after first day ,... read more

We were so very lucky to meet Tamer , and have him help us plan our trip to Ecuador . Planning is really not the right word , for what he did , caring , constant communication , before , during and after the trip . He listened to our personal needs, responded immediately at all hours , altered the itinerary as needed, and went above and beyond to not only assure comfort , but safety . A couple examples would be :, he took me out to coffee upon arrival , met our whole group after first day , and walked us to dinner to be sure we were safe, rearranged our guide , added two days of tours while we were there, had breakfast packed for us by hotels when leaving early . He is not only in constant contact with us , but also the guides. His english is perfect , all this is very comforting in a foreign country away from home for a extended trip .

I was recovering from a broken knee , he made sure steps were minimized at all hotels. Everywhere we went they knew ahead about my limitations and our dietary restrictions . He also stayed within our budget .
We loved everything about the trip . Especially the Amazon trip to the Napo cultural center . We had a wonderful guide , Jose, and terrific accommodations . Our driver and guide Francisco , could not do enough for us . He brought us homemade treats his mother cooked, coffee his friend grew , and tried to arrange for us to see his friends rose farm , when my daughter asked if we could see one .. he took us to much needed trips to the pharmacy , where his Spanish was necessary . There are countless little things he did to enrich our experience .

I hope this is the beginning of a long travel relationship with Tamer and a Kimkim . I can’t think of a better service , and really friendship .

Thank you , thank you . It was a meaningful experience for us , a once in a lifetime trip . Can not recommend them more . Beyond grateful .

Hotel Review
Napo Cultural Center
Quito

This was a really great and special experience . The guide , the program , the food, and the accommodations were so wonderful . It is extremely well run . The most clean place we were in Ecuador . They care a lot about you being there . It is a rugged trip , but we’re were very surprised with how nice the room was .

Authenticity & Character
Not a tourist trap . Authentic
Location
Amazon , tree tops
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cleanest place we were
Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kuri Muyu (Kichwa traditions) - Canopy Tower - Traditional Dinner
Yasuni National Park

The hike and the canopy tower was one of my most favorite activities of the 3 weeks in Ecuador . It was amazing . Pictures don’t do it justice . Seeing the birds , going at sunset . Being above the trees and seeing the whole forest and eco system . Our guide was beyond knowledgeable .

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to Papallacta
Quito

This was a nice day . Easier ride than mindo . Liked the hot springs . Definitely go to the more expensive spa . Even that was quite crowded . I guess I would try to go on weekday . We were there on weekend , and it was packed with little kids , very crowded . This took away from the experience for us . But the whole setup w food , hot springs and services is nice .

Quality of Experience
Food
We are there and the food was good and well priced
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Oh Jill! The honor was/is mine, to have been able to work with you and Eden, be part of this beautiful experience you had here in Ecuador, and above all, to have met you in person and got the opportunity to know how wonderful you and Eden are.

Our travelers' satisfaction is our BIG REWARD here in Kimkim, but to gain this cherished friendship with special ones is such a great privilege. I promise you that whenever you decide to visit again, Eden or Phoebe, or if any of your referrals would... read more

Oh Jill! The honor was/is mine, to have been able to work with you and Eden, be part of this beautiful experience you had here in Ecuador, and above all, to have met you in person and got the opportunity to know how wonderful you and Eden are.

Our travelers' satisfaction is our BIG REWARD here in Kimkim, but to gain this cherished friendship with special ones is such a great privilege. I promise you that whenever you decide to visit again, Eden or Phoebe, or if any of your referrals would like to explore this amazing country, you will have me here to count on 150% :)

I will convey your kind words to Francisco and all the guides you mentioned, they will be so happy about that. Sebastian says hi also :)

Until we meet again soon!

Yours,
Tamer

Adventures in Galapagos by Alvaro
Galapagos Islands | Jul 23 - Aug 2, 2022

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Stephanie A.
Ocala, FL | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

What a wonderful experience we had in Galapagos!

Alvaro was super attentive and responsive to all of our questions and had great insight on local activities. We felt very safe in our travels. Safe even to walk at night dressed like a tourist honestly. In all the places we visited in the Galápagos Islands. We speak Spanish but in all honesty the trip was so completely planned from start to finish with transportation and quick support that it really didn’t matter. I would definitely... read more

What a wonderful experience we had in Galapagos!

Alvaro was super attentive and responsive to all of our questions and had great insight on local activities. We felt very safe in our travels. Safe even to walk at night dressed like a tourist honestly. In all the places we visited in the Galápagos Islands. We speak Spanish but in all honesty the trip was so completely planned from start to finish with transportation and quick support that it really didn’t matter. I would definitely recommend the planning service to my friends who speak no Spanish. We wish we had done our scuba certificate because this is an incredible place to dive, but we did get to do a beginner/non-certificate “discovery” dive which was an amazing experience.

Some favorite places we visited below:

Isabella: smallest town we visited but the tours were WOW

Hotel- Casa de Marita - beachfront boutique hotel with an incredible view walking distance from the doc/ snorkeling/ beachfront dining. Walk the boardwalk and explore the seaside. =]

Volcano (Sierra negra) 10 mile hike in Isabella - Visit to the second largest crater in the world. This was an intense, gratifying hike. Definitely bring hiking boots (not sneakers) and a camera. Incredible view, and and quite satisfying.

Tintoreras: This tour was rather short compared to some others but we saw the most penguins, blue footed boobies, and sharks (in just a snorkel) than any other tour! Also lots of sea lions and marine iguanas.

San Cristobal:
Here the sea lions are everywhere along the boardwalk area (the most we saw anywhere). Go for a walk and greet MANY sea lions on the way on the park benches and sidewalks.

Casa Blanca- ADORABLE boutique hotel with incredible view (on the bay) and just in front of the main doc which was very convenient for our tours that left from there. Restaurant there is superb. Hostess was incredible.

Tijeretas- easy paved hike with a favorite snorkel spot. Up close and personal experience with playful sea lions and tortoises! Interpretation center is a great family activity.

Santa Cruz:
This is a fun island with lots of food, shopping, tours, and activities! The below 2 favorites are great family activities!

Acacia hotel - beauuuuutiful eco hotel that definitely felt like a treat with a private pool and modern/tasteful amenities.

Exploring and uninhabited island- Bartolomé. I wasn’t sure what to expect here but this was a great package because it was a larger boat with a great crew/ tour guide. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and champagne included with a rather easy hike and beautiful snorkel. We saw new and different creatures such as a manta ray and puffer fish in the reef, as well as tortoises, playful sea lions and parrotfish up close.

Highlands tortoises farm- a beautiful home for the tortoises and we were able to see them up close, watch them eat their fruits freely and had a wonderful tour guide who was passionate about her work. Wonderful restaurant was there too.

Hotel Reviews
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

This was so wonderful and charming. Beauuuuutiful eco hotel that definitely felt like a treat with a private pool and modern/tasteful design and amenities. The had robes hung up for us and several beautiful lounge areas. Also the hostess was wonderful, helpful, and inviting. Breakfast was fantastic!

Authenticity & Character
Modern eco style was very tasteful
Location
Central location
Staff
Warm, inviting and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable. Lived the robes and also the bathroom was no the stylish and clean.
La Casa de Marita
Puerto Villamil

This place was very impressive. One of our favorite hotels! The waterfront view was incredible. The garden was also so charming! Water front tapas for happy hour was a classy treat and dinner was also very good. Staff made us feel very taken care of as well.

Authenticity & Character
This place was very charming and definitely had a proud Latin American personality.
Location
This is located on the end of the beach where it’s quieter, but also just a few steps down the beach are many waterfront restaurants and also pharmacy/essentials in walking distance.
Staff
Welcoming, warm, and took great care of us!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Areas were clean, comfortable, and beautiful.
Casa Blanca
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

We stayed at the top floor suite and it had a great view, and a huge private patio. We could see the sunset from their incredible restaurant downstairs. Hospitality was wonderful and we felt well taken care of as well as safe in the area. Overall very impressed. This place is right near the bay doc which is both convenient and provides a great view!

Authenticity & Character
Lots of personality- was quaint and charming.
Location
Very convenient and beautiful sunset waterfront view .
Staff
Very attentive and took care of us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable. Loved the privacy of the top floor suite.
Activity Reviews
Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano
Galapagos Islands

This was an intense, gratifying 10 mile hike. Definitely bring hiking boots (not sneakers or hiking sandals) and a camera. Incredible view, and and quite satisfying. Tour guide was very energetic and knowledgeable.

Quality of Experience
Was the kind of challenging hike I was hoping for!
Food
Bagged lunch provided was good!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very knowledgeable
Transport
Dinner by the Sea on the Enchanted Islands
Galapagos Islands

Isla Grill was incredible. There were small sharks by the foot of the restaurant in plain view which was an added bonus for us! It really felt like a special occasion place. We had a bottle of the Isla Grill wine which was so good!

Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

I wasn’t sure what to expect here but this was a great package because it was a larger boat with a great crew/ tour guide. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and champagne included with a rather easy hike and beautiful snorkel. We saw new and different creatures such as a manta ray and puffer fish in the reef, as well as tortoises, playful sea lions and parrotfish up close.

Quality of Experience
Staff was so attentive and friendly! Also so many amenities. Very relaxing yet eventful day.
Food
Salad and dressing, fish, fried/battered bananas, huge breakfast, champagne, flan, everything was great and they thought of everything!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very friendly and attentive.
Exploring the Underwater World: Discovery Basic Diving Day in Santa Cruz
Galapagos Islands

We did the discovery tour and felt very well taken care of. We had an instructor walk us through instructions (just 2 students:1 instructor) and our instructor was very attentive. He made me feel safe and comfortable and took great go pro pictures and videos which were provided to us for free!

Explore Tintoreras Islet
Puerto Villamil

This was a favorite tour for sure. This tour was rather short compared to some others but we saw the most penguins, blue footed boobies, and sharks (in just a snorkel) than any other tour! Also lots of sea lions and marine iguanas.

Quality of Experience
Food
Gave us tangos (local chocolate covered biscuits kind of) after our snorkel =]
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Super knowledgeable and friendly, enthusiastic, and funny =]
Transport
Kayaking on Tortuga Bay
Puerto Ayora

This tour was rather self paced which was good for fitting different schedules. A long simple walk through town and on a beach, then kayaking was so much fun!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Self paced and more hands off large group tour
Transport
This was a lovely walk to the beach through town
Exploring the Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Beautiful family friendly experience with wonderful guide and ability to get up close and personal with land tortoises free range style. They seem very happy here. It was a beautiful tour.

Quality of Experience
Food
Cafe we visited on site was a delicious 3 course meal. So good!!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Amazing tour guide. Passionate about her field, educated, and an obvious live for the wild life.
Transport
Cabs
Welcome to San Cristobal Island! Visit to the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands

This was our first real tour. We actually were offered to do both areas to snorkel but elected to do just the first (tijeretas). This was a wonderful snorkel with an easy paced hike beforehand. Sea lions were very playful and friendly. Tortoises also were happy to swim with us! Snorkeling go pro pictures were included for free =]

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Dear Stephanie!

Working together on creating a fantastic adventure in the Galapagos, especially for such a special occasion was gratifying for me, and so awesome that you were able to discover the beautiful country of Ecuador.

It really warms my heart to know that you forged one-of-a-kind memories and that your expectations were fulfilled.

Remember, you have gained a new friend in the middle of the world!

I wish you all the best!
Alvaro

17 amazing days in Ecuador
Ecuador | Jul 13 - Jul 31, 2022

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Sandra S.
Spain | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

I can only highly recommend travelling to Ecuador with kimkim. My local agent, Alvaro, was absolutely incredible. There was no wish that he left unfulfilled and no question that he left unanswered- he was constantly available and I felt very much pampered and cared for. Moreover did the itinerary that he designed cover the best that this beautiful and diverse country has to offer: nature, wildlife, culture and history.
My local guides , who gave me exclusive tours and were shining bright... read more

I can only highly recommend travelling to Ecuador with kimkim. My local agent, Alvaro, was absolutely incredible. There was no wish that he left unfulfilled and no question that he left unanswered- he was constantly available and I felt very much pampered and cared for. Moreover did the itinerary that he designed cover the best that this beautiful and diverse country has to offer: nature, wildlife, culture and history.
My local guides , who gave me exclusive tours and were shining bright with an impressive wisdom of their country's history, local customs, and nature's wonders enriched my travel experience tremendously. They made sure that I got the best shots of the sights and wildlife, since I love photography, but also ensured that I learned a lot and broadened my horizon.
Thank you to the kimkim team for making this trip unforgettable, and most importantly, thank you Alvaro, for exceeding all my expectations on customer service.

Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Dear Sandra!

I am so happy to read your review as your trip came really close to my heart being a solo traveler myself.

I hope that you were able to take a little bit of this country deep in your heart, and I wish that you come back soon!

Remember, I am a text way from a fantastic new journey!

My warmest regards,
Alvaro

Quito and the Galapagos - with Daniel This w...
Galapagos Islands | Jul 13 - Jul 27, 2022

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Leslie D.
Woodburn, OR | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Quito and the Galapagos - with Daniel
This was our first time using Kimkim and we were so impressed. Our local specialist was so helpful from the beginning to the very end of our vacation. His recommendations provided us with all of the highlights and were perfect for our adventurous and nature-loving family of 5 (kids 9, 12, 15). We enjoyed snorkeling daily with playful sea lions and sea turtles. One of our best days was visiting the beautiful uninhabited island of Española were we saw... read more

Quito and the Galapagos - with Daniel
This was our first time using Kimkim and we were so impressed. Our local specialist was so helpful from the beginning to the very end of our vacation. His recommendations provided us with all of the highlights and were perfect for our adventurous and nature-loving family of 5 (kids 9, 12, 15). We enjoyed snorkeling daily with playful sea lions and sea turtles. One of our best days was visiting the beautiful uninhabited island of Española were we saw newborn sea lion pups and blue footed booby chicks and families of Albatross.
During our stay in Quito, we did day trips to Mindo which was one of our favorite places with the butterfly garden, bird watching and ziplining.
Daniel was quickly responsive with any questions we had and regularly checked in to make sure everything was going smoothly. The airport and boat transfers were seamless. We always had a guide waiting for us when disembarking, insuring we had no moments of feeling lost in a foreign country.
I would absolutely use Kimkim again to plan our next adventure.

Hotel Review
Kitu Hotel
Quito

The staff at Kitu were so welcoming and kind. Our room was comfortable and clean. Breakfast was conveniently located in the attached restaurant , and on days we had early pick ups, they were kind enough to provide a bagged meal for us. We would definitely stay there again when visiting Quito

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Close to town, markets and restaurants
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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo - Middle of the World
Quito

Our guide Cristian was absolutely amazing. He was so knowledgeable and accommodating.

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Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

We fell in love with Mindo! The variety of birds and butterflies were phenomenal. We also loved being able to see every stage of butterfly development from egg to hatching from their cocoons.

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Excursion to Los Tuneles
Galapagos Islands

Our guide Darwin was phenomenal. He was so knowledgeable and great with our kids (ages 9, 12 and 15). We loved seeing all of the animals while snorkeling and on land

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Wildlife Encounter in San Cristobal: Española Island
San Cristobal Island

This was the highlight of our trip to the Galapagos! We felt like we were right in an episode of National Geographic. We arrived to the beach to see newborn sea lion pups. We saw nesting blue footed boobies and albatrosses. We snorkeled with playful sea lions. Absolutely incredible experience

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Hola Leslie!!!
Aaah thank you all for such amazing comments and great vibes!
I am so glad that everything went well for you and that you were able to encounter so many amazing things. Sea Lion Pups are just too much!
Thank you for trusting me for the planning of such an important trip! I really with you and your family the best vibes ever. And if you ever wish to come back to Ecuador, hit me up!
As always, I will be more than happy to help you out!
Best regards from your local friend at the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Unforgettable trip to Galapagos organized by Tamer
Ecuador | Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022

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Alexander B.
Olney, MD | Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Tamer organized our trip to Galapagos with utmost precision and attention to the smallest details. He was endlessly patient, always willing to tweak the plans until everything was laid out to our liking (including the budgetary aspect). During our stay in Galapagos we visited Santa Cruz, Isabella and San Cristobal islands, all activities were well planned and ran with clockwork smoothness. Throughout our trip Tamer stayed on top of things, being in constant touch, and monitoring our... read more

Tamer organized our trip to Galapagos with utmost precision and attention to the smallest details. He was endlessly patient, always willing to tweak the plans until everything was laid out to our liking (including the budgetary aspect). During our stay in Galapagos we visited Santa Cruz, Isabella and San Cristobal islands, all activities were well planned and ran with clockwork smoothness. Throughout our trip Tamer stayed on top of things, being in constant touch, and monitoring our wellbeing, which permitted him to successfully resolve whatever minor glitches happened. Tamer only works with the most professional local guides, so whoever we met during our adventure was extremely nice, courteous and competent.
Thank you, Tamer, for these happy memories, and we hope to be back to Ecuador again, so that you can organize more adventures for us.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Cally Galapagos
Puerto Villamil
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casa Blanca
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
The Treasure of Galapagos: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
San Cristobal Island

The most beautiful diving experience i ever had

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Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Wonderful guide Viviana provided unforgettable tour

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Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora
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Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet
Galapagos Islands
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Sierra Negra volcano - Speedboat to Santa Cruz
Galapagos Islands
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Speedboat to San Cristobal Island - Interpretation Center - Tijeretas Hill
Galapagos Islands
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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dear Alexander :)

Thank you so so much for your feedback and insight; this is our true reward here in Kimkim, and as for me, mine was the strong hug I received from you when we departed 'temporarily' here in Quito.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you, to meet you, Irina and Tatiana in person, and to be a small part of those unforgettable memories you had here in Ecuador and the charming Galapagos Islands :)

I promise you that the next trip we will plan, whether for you... read more

Dear Alexander :)

Thank you so so much for your feedback and insight; this is our true reward here in Kimkim, and as for me, mine was the strong hug I received from you when we departed 'temporarily' here in Quito.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you, to meet you, Irina and Tatiana in person, and to be a small part of those unforgettable memories you had here in Ecuador and the charming Galapagos Islands :)

I promise you that the next trip we will plan, whether for you and your son or to any of your friends or referrals, will be nothing less than spectacular! We have some big plans coming :)

Till we meet again!

Yours,
Tamer

Incredible service by Daniel
Ecuador | Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2022

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Andrew B.
Bradley, IL | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Daniel helped us plan a tremendous trip to the Napo Wildlife Center and provided a great deal of expertise and advice. He set up a couple of guided tours in Quito for us that we enjoyed as well. He was easy to contact and always responded quickly with thoughtful and helpful information. We were highly impressed with Daniel’s service and would highly recommend him to anyone who is traveling to the area. read more

Daniel helped us plan a tremendous trip to the Napo Wildlife Center and provided a great deal of expertise and advice. He set up a couple of guided tours in Quito for us that we enjoyed as well. He was easy to contact and always responded quickly with thoughtful and helpful information. We were highly impressed with Daniel’s service and would highly recommend him to anyone who is traveling to the area.

Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Hola Drew!
Thank you and Maggie for these amazing words! It was truly fun and great to work with you two and I am so glad that you forged some truly unforgettable memories! I appreciate so much that you were able to enjoy our lovely and mega-diverse country. Please feel free to reach out any time!
Best vibes from your local friend at the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

We are so lucky we found Kimkim!We had booke...
Galapagos Islands | Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022

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Jamie S.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

We are so lucky we found Kimkim!
We had booked our flight and airfare already and were looking at pre-booking excursions for our Galapagos trip on our own, piecemeal trying to choose companies based on websites and pricing. Then Kimkim came to the rescue! Our specialist from Ecuador responded right away and asked what our trip goals were. She fashioned an individual itinerary that was perfect with local guides - Julio and David - that were terrific. The packaged price was very reasonable... read more

We are so lucky we found Kimkim!
We had booked our flight and airfare already and were looking at pre-booking excursions for our Galapagos trip on our own, piecemeal trying to choose companies based on websites and pricing. Then Kimkim came to the rescue! Our specialist from Ecuador responded right away and asked what our trip goals were. She fashioned an individual itinerary that was perfect with local guides - Julio and David - that were terrific. The packaged price was very reasonable and we just got back from our trip of a lifetime very satisfied! Only reason I didn't give 5 stars was there was a gap of a day to two hearing back from Erika when I was trying to firm up some details, but it was quickly rectified with a call to Kimkim customer service.

Activity Reviews
Breeding Center & Wetlands of Isabela Island
Galapagos Islands

A nice walk through the Wetlands and informative Breeding Center tour - lots of marine iguanas and tortoises.

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Explore Tintoreras Islet (Private)
Puerto Villamil

Saw penguins, blue-footed boobies, sharks, sea lions - combo land walking and snorkeling tour

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Kayak in Puerto Villamil
Galapagos Islands

Similar sights you see as the TIntoreras tour but you stay on the kayak - no walking - so good exercise and can get a bit closer to some of the wildlife - sea turtles, penguins. At the end we walked to Playa Concha to snorkel and that was great

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Excursion to Los Tuneles (Private)
Galapagos Islands

About a 45 min bumpy boat ride that was a little bit freaky in rough waters, but the end result was worth it - walking and pictures with the Blue Footed boobies and then to a 2nd site where w snorkeled with sea turtles!

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Local specialist: ERIKA BERMEO
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ERIKA BERMEO
Local specialist in ECUADOR | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Hi Jamie!
Thank you so much for your feedback! I am happy that everything was incredible for you and your family. Also, I will be working to improve this detail that you have mentioned!
Everything you have told us is important to us. I am delighted that everything went well and the guides provided you with an unforgettable experience.
I hope your visit Ecuador again and explore more of this beautiful country. Do not hesitate to contact me by Kimkim. I would be happy to help you again.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Best Regards from the Middle of the World
Erika

Our family trip was awesome we loved our plan...
Ecuador | May 21 - Jun 14, 2022

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Stacey S.
Grants Pass, OR | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Our family trip was awesome we loved our planner and our guide Christian. They made our trip full of life time memories. Thank you kimkim read more

Our family trip was awesome we loved our planner and our guide Christian. They made our trip full of life time memories. Thank you kimkim

Hotel Reviews
Casa de Piedra
Mindo

The hotel was beaten had a great time there

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Very helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Termas de Papallacta
Papallacta

The food and service the is wonderful had such a great time

Authenticity & Character
It was a awesome
Location
The views are beautiful
Staff
The helpful and friendly
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Very clean
La Floresta
Baños

They were very friendly and helpful to my family the kitchen staff were awesome they worked with my son and his culinary school assignment

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Location
The views
Staff
So helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean the hot water did last long enough to fill our massive bathtub but the showers was hot enough
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

Wonderful hotel

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Location
Staff
Very friendly and helpful
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Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo

We had a great time there wonderful food and our room was beautiful

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Staff
Very friendly
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Chilcabamba Lodge
Machachi

Wonderful and beautiful place

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Staff
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Hotel Spa Casa Real
Riobamba

Very beautiful place

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Wyndham Guayaquil, Puerto Santa Ana
Guayaquil

Love this place the beds are so comfortable the staff is awesome and food is great

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Staff
Friendly and helpful
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Carvallo
Cuenca
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Colón Salinas
Salinas

Very private the town was like a ghost town so it was different but love our room and food was good there

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Location
Staff
Very friendly not many spoke my language there though
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Selina Montañita
Manglaralto

This is a nice hotel but not really for family's it is the middle of a party town and it is loud a night

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
We didn't know to put sigh on door for cleaning so they didn't clean our room during stay
Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Beautiful hotel with great views most comfortable beds and awesome food

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Staff
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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo - Middle of the World
Quito

There were having a dancers there that day was awesome

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We love our drivers and guide so much
Transport
The Woodcarves of Ecuador - Visiting San Antonio de Ibarra
Ecuador
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Otavalo Market – Cuicocha Lagoon – Mindo
Otavalo

Wonderful shopping

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Cloudforest of Mindo & Return to Quito
Mindo
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Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Quilotoa Lagoon
Cotopaxi
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Quilotoa Lagoon - Baños
Ecuador
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Pailon del Diablo - Baños - Riobamba
Baños

I love this town and the surroundings

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Riobamba - Palmira - Cuenca
Riobamba
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Cuenca City Tour - Free afternoon
Cuenca

Awesome time in this town loved it all

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Ingapirca Ruins-Cuenca City
Ecuador

Very cool to experience

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Cuenca - Cajas National Park - Cacao & Mango Hacienda - Guayaquil
Ecuador
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Guayaquil City Tour - Free afternoon
Guayaquil

Had great time here

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Montañita - Guayaquil - Flight to Quito
Montañita
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Antisana National Park - Hot springs of Papallacta
Papallacta

Great way to end a trip for sure

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Termas de Papallacta
Papallacta
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Papallacta hot springs
Papallacta
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Papallacta - Quito
Ecuador
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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Hola Stacey!!
Thank you so much for these comments! I am so glad you and your family had such an awesome trip! It's so amazing to offer you multiple times our lovely and mega-diverse country and every time you have such an amazing time! Until next time, as always I will be more than happy to help you out!
Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Trip of a lifetime
Ecuador | May 29 - Jun 13, 2022

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Elena A.
Aurora, CO | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

The trip was a gift for my son's 13th birthday who wanted a trip of a lifetime. It was amazingly organized by the local specialist Alvaro. First, he spend the enormous amount of time with us planning the trip and provided us various options to choose from trying to accommodate our needs and beyond. And we were not easy customers because we were trying to go to so many different places in a short period of time and we had 2 kids of different ages and multiple culinary restrictions. All of that... read more

The trip was a gift for my son's 13th birthday who wanted a trip of a lifetime. It was amazingly organized by the local specialist Alvaro. First, he spend the enormous amount of time with us planning the trip and provided us various options to choose from trying to accommodate our needs and beyond. And we were not easy customers because we were trying to go to so many different places in a short period of time and we had 2 kids of different ages and multiple culinary restrictions. All of that was taking into consideration and finally we agreed on a schedule. We don't know what we would do without Alvaro because during the trip we had multiple situations where his involvement was required. It's South America after all and unpredictable things happen. For example our flights were changed or cancelled many time, and Alvaro went out of his way to adjust the schedule very quickly, making additional provisions for vans, hotels, boats etc.
First we went to Peru where we went to Palcoyo Mountain (substitution of Rainbow Mountain) and Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was amazing, and we had an awesome local guide Andre who is from the local tribe and we learned a lot about the local tribe traditions and history. Even my 6 year old loved it. I would strongly recommend to skip the Palcoyo Mountain though because it took 4 hour drive one way (half of it on a gravel road) to get there. The kids were throwing up all the way. Then you arrive to 17500 ft and have to hike up for about an hour. We are from Colorado so the mountain was not that impressive to us. My little one was so tired that the local guide carried her up the mountain.
Then we flew to Ecuador. That's a completely different country, more civilized, they used American dollars as their currency. We spend several days in Quito that is really beautiful and has a lot to do. We had a great guide Christian there too that was picking us up every day in the hotel and driving to multiple destinations. We loved the city tour and the cooking class. It was a unique experience where the whole family was cooking a lunch that was served to us later in a beautiful courtyard.
After that we went to Ecuadorian jungle at Napo Cultural Center. Despite the usual belief that jungle is scar it was a very comfortable, safe and even luxury experience. The only negative thing was that they didn't have a conditioner in the cabins but they tried to accommodate us as much as possible by giving us a second fan. There was no mosquitos at all!!! They fed us 3 times a day with exquisite dishes, met us after each jungle trip with a cold towel and exotic juice, even tried to feed us with a local delicacy (some beetle's larvae, which we didn't eat). The local guide Juan was a true jewel who knew jungle up and down, took us to a day and night walks, canoe ride, showing multiple animals on a way. We saw different monkeys, sloth, giant otters, parrots, herons, opossum etc.
The last stop in our trip was Galapagos Islands. We visited 3 islands and had a boat tour to the fourth one. Since the flights between the island were cancelled, Alvaro had to book speedboats to transfer us and applied the money left to the dinners we had on the islands. The nature is amazing there. We saw giant turtles, penguins swimming around us, sea lions, marine iguanas, flamingos and others. The best island was Isabella, and I would recommend to stay there more because they had real beaches and the little one had a chance to swim (not just snorkel) even though the water was very cold.
Overall, we were very pleased with a trip. We travel a lot and usually plan everything ourselves. With this trip we benefited so much from working with KimKim and Alvaro because they helped us with unpredictable changes in itinerary that would be very difficult and stressful to organize without them.
Thank you Alvaro and KimKim!! We recommended you to many friends and relatives and will travel with you in the future!

Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Dear Elena,Mikhail, Levi & Aviva!

It was truly my pleasure to work together on creating an amazing trip for you! All these challenges that we overcame together were oriented for you to enjoy a beautiful and hazzle-free journey.

I am so happy for you and your family had a wonderful time with long everlasting memories.

Remember and I am one text away from your next adventure!

I wish you all the best!
Alvaro

Everything was delightful with the guides ext...
Galapagos Islands | Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022

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Laurence S.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Everything was delightful with the guides extremely wonderful, esp Julio and David read more

Everything was delightful with the guides extremely wonderful, esp Julio and David

Activity Review
Explore Tintoreras Islet (Private)
Puerto Villamil
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Local specialist: ERIKA BERMEO
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ERIKA BERMEO
Local specialist in ECUADOR | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Dear Laurence,
Much appreciation for your comments! I'm happy to know that everything went perfectly for you and your family.
I hope you return to Ecuador and take in more of this stunning nation. Please feel free to contact me via Kimkim. I'd be happy to assist you once more.
Best wishes from Ecuador
Erika

Thank you Tamer.
Ecuador | Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022

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Irina G.
Olney, MD | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

We had amazing time, everything was arranged to our liking and went without any issues. read more

We had amazing time, everything was arranged to our liking and went without any issues.

Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

Thank you so so much, Irina. I really appreciate your feedback and will work with Alex on bringing you back again! :)

Amazing Adventure - Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - Daniel was INVALUABLE!
Ecuador | Jun 20 - Jun 28, 2022

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Marcy H.
Novi, MI | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Our trip using KimKim and our local specialist Daniel, was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! Daniel was truly invaluable to us during the planning as well as the actual trip as during our time there the situation in Ecuador was changing. My husband and I are experienced independent travelers so using a service like KimKim was new for us and I was apprehensive - I thought I could put it together myself but I didn't have the time to work on the logistics and since the Galapagos is so unique we... read more

Our trip using KimKim and our local specialist Daniel, was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! Daniel was truly invaluable to us during the planning as well as the actual trip as during our time there the situation in Ecuador was changing. My husband and I are experienced independent travelers so using a service like KimKim was new for us and I was apprehensive - I thought I could put it together myself but I didn't have the time to work on the logistics and since the Galapagos is so unique we wanted some help. We had several what's app calls and exchanged lots of messages as we tweaked the itinerary a few times. He was so friendly with excellent communication skills and listened to questions and understood what we wanted to experience in out time in Ecuador as we only had a week and there was so much to see between the mainland and the Galapagos islands. As things changed on the ground in Quito upon our arrival, Daniel called right after we landed as he already had a Plan B (C, D and E) as well. We felt safe and calm and I knew I Daniel was available to us anytime and so responsive on WhatsApp. Beyond the changes we made last minute, the rest of what we planned was wonderful. It was so wonderful to have the transfers, day trips and everything planned. The hotels I selected knew our itinerary and times we would be picked up. The town of Puerto Aroya on Santa Cruz was so much fun. We were picked up at the airport by Alexandra who was so warm and welcoming and explained our day as we headed off Baltra island to the ranch where we saw the tortoises on the reserve. The lunch was excellent and we had such a nice peaceful time enjoying the green lush ground watching the tortoises in their environment. I think the trip was perfectly planned to provide balance between busy days and then having some free days. We especially enjoyed the hike and kayaking around Tortuga Bay; the afternoon boat tour and snorkeling with a sea turtle is something I will never forget. Daniel made sure that we worked the trip around a beautiful day cruise to the island of Bartolome - his profile pic. We had a day on luxurious boat served a delicious breakfast and lunch while we hiked and again snorkeled with the penguins - that is what I wanted to see most. Due to our last minute changes from the mainland, we were now fortunate enough to visit another island and Daniel selected Isabela for it's raw beauty and wildlife. The speedboat ride was an adventure in itself and the boat tour there to La Tintoreras we really special - more penguins,, boobies and a lava tunnel full of animals and the opportunity for more snorkeling. Daniel and I pretty much connected daily as I just loved reaching out to him to share pics, our experiences and he was always responsive immediately and so positive. We loved the local fish market in Puerto Aroya just as he said we would - stopping by daily to see the women cutting up the fresh catch and having an audience of pelicans, sea lions, frigate birds, herons and marine iguanas. All right on the street - such an amazing experience. I think our land based tour with day trips was wonderful - we only wish we had more time! I have not stopped telling friends and family about Daniel and his amazing planning - having an on the ground local resource accessible to us all the time was truly invaluable. We are thankful for his guidance and kindness! Surely many of my friends have already asked about this trip or it's already on their bucket list. We definitely plan to use KimKim again for our next adventure - it is truly a great resource for independent travelers and took our trip to the next level!

Activity Reviews
Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Absolutely delicious lunch in such a peaceful environment. I could have spent all day walking amongst the giant tortoises. Our guide Alexandra was great and you could tell she loved being there and welcoming us.

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Alexandra and Andres were a great team
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Kayaking Adventure in Tortuga Bay & Afternoon Bay Tour of Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora

We enjoyed the whole day! Our first guide Ramiro was so welcoming and pointed out so many things along the hike to the beach - he offered to take so many pictures and made us feel at easy on the kayaks and we found so much wildlife together in the water. He made sure we got to our hotel with enough time to rest and have lunch before we were picked up and taken to the waterfront for the afternoon bay tour. This was so nice as we saw so many bird from the boat, enjoyed the walk on an island when we got off and it was our first snorkel. The captain of the boat made us feel at ease in the water and had a gopro and took amazing videos of me swimming with a sea turtle. It was a long busy day but great experiences to get a feel for the island.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Hola Marcy and Mike!!
Words cannot describe on how grateful and happy I am to have worked with you on this trip!
I am so glad you had such an amazing time in our lovely country despite the issues it was going through. Thankfully everything is back to normal so we are reactivating everything and as optimists as ever! It's so cool that you got to see so many things and live so many amazing experiences with a perfect mixture of the touristy stuff and local things too!
The whole time you were... read more

Hola Marcy and Mike!!
Words cannot describe on how grateful and happy I am to have worked with you on this trip!
I am so glad you had such an amazing time in our lovely country despite the issues it was going through. Thankfully everything is back to normal so we are reactivating everything and as optimists as ever! It's so cool that you got to see so many things and live so many amazing experiences with a perfect mixture of the touristy stuff and local things too!
The whole time you were here I only wished you the best, and even after your trip I still do!

Thank you once again for your amazing vibe and how you enjoyed our tiny yet huge country, even in the tough times! We truly wish for you to return someday and be able to enjoy mainland Ecuador!

Looking forward to hearing from you two soon, as always, I will be more than happy to help you out!! I am so glad you got to forge those everlasting memories :)

Best regards from your friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Rediscovering Ecuador—An Extraordinary Adventure
Galapagos Islands | Jun 14 - Jun 28, 2022

Mike
Mike B.
Boston, MA | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

We had the great good fortune to work with Daniel Larrea over the course of two years as we navigated COVID to plan our Rediscovery of Ecuador. Daniel arranged the first leg of our visit to the Galápagos Islands on the beautiful Galapagos Legend. The ship was most comfortable; the crew paid great attention to the many needs of their guests; and the guides/naturalists were knowledgeable and great fun. The second leg of our journey was intended to revisit Quito and surrounding areas and to... read more

We had the great good fortune to work with Daniel Larrea over the course of two years as we navigated COVID to plan our Rediscovery of Ecuador. Daniel arranged the first leg of our visit to the Galápagos Islands on the beautiful Galapagos Legend. The ship was most comfortable; the crew paid great attention to the many needs of their guests; and the guides/naturalists were knowledgeable and great fun. The second leg of our journey was intended to revisit Quito and surrounding areas and to reconnect with family. While we were not able to follow much of our originally planned itinerary due to social unrest and changing circumstances, we knew we were in great hands with Daniel who was concerned for our safety and in regular touch, keeping us apprised of a very fluid situation. Our driver/guide, Christian Chalcualan, provided safe passage to a number of alternative destinations and exhibited great knowledge of the culture and country. We particularly enjoyed the Guayasamin Museum, the cable car ride to Teleferico, and a visit to beautiful Papallacta with its hot springs and hiking. We also very much enjoyed our stay at La Palma Polo Club in the bucolic setting of Puembo. We would highly recommend Daniel for his personal touch, attention to detail, knowledge and love of Ecuador. Words cannot possibly express how grateful we are to Daniel with whom we look forward to planning our return trip!!

Hotel Reviews
Boutique Expedition Cruise Ship Legend
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Patio Andaluz
Quito
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Hola Joannie and Mikes!
Thank you so much for these kinds words :)
I must say that being in contact with you for these two years has been truly amazing and you have no idea how thankful and honored I was to be part of this big story and unique experience!
It was a bummer that many plans had to change due to the situation (which is finally under control!) but the changes we managed to do were just as amazing! I truly hope you had a wonderful experience and forged everlasting memories in our... read more

Hola Joannie and Mikes!
Thank you so much for these kinds words :)
I must say that being in contact with you for these two years has been truly amazing and you have no idea how thankful and honored I was to be part of this big story and unique experience!
It was a bummer that many plans had to change due to the situation (which is finally under control!) but the changes we managed to do were just as amazing! I truly hope you had a wonderful experience and forged everlasting memories in our lovely country. You all are fantastic people!
Looking forward so we can meet again someday.
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Amazing Trip
Ecuador | Jun 9 - Jun 17, 2022

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Eric S.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

I loved our trip to Quito! Our guide, Dario, and our driver, Ivan, were excellent and took good care of us. Jacqueline went above and beyond to help us have a safe and memorable trip. read more

I loved our trip to Quito! Our guide, Dario, and our driver, Ivan, were excellent and took good care of us. Jacqueline went above and beyond to help us have a safe and memorable trip.

Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo
Jackeline
Jackeline Valarezo
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dear Eric,
Thank you for your feedback on our services, guide, and transportation. I hope you return to Ecuador and have an even better time.
Have a wonderful time on your future tours.
Best wishes from Quito.
Jacky!

Above and beyond -- an amazing experience in Ecuador, in the face of many challenges
Ecuador | Jun 9 - Jun 17, 2022

Michael
Michael P.
Norwood, MA | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Our trip to Ecuador was amazing! Jackie in Ecuador was just incredible to work with.

We faced serious challenges in our trip when a general strike was called throughout Ecuador by CONAIE, an association of indigenious people. This involved roadblocks and protests throughout the country.

Jackie and the guide she hired, Dario, did an absolutely incredible job of working around these conditions to ensure a wonderful experience, even though this meant rearranging our itinerary and... read more

Our trip to Ecuador was amazing! Jackie in Ecuador was just incredible to work with.

We faced serious challenges in our trip when a general strike was called throughout Ecuador by CONAIE, an association of indigenious people. This involved roadblocks and protests throughout the country.

Jackie and the guide she hired, Dario, did an absolutely incredible job of working around these conditions to ensure a wonderful experience, even though this meant rearranging our itinerary and schedule completely.

When our Ecuadorian Ballet Folklorico performance was cancelled, she arranged a private performance in a beautiful hotel.

When the city of Banos was blocked off, Jackie and Dario suggested Mindo insteady - a gorgeous nature destination with hummingbirds, ziplines and river rafting.

It was a hit and we were safe and well cared for throughout the trip.

In my last day relaxing in the thermal baths at Papallacta, I couldn't recommend KimKim enough to the travelers around me. Thank you!

Activity Reviews
Project at School in Otavalo
Otavalo
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo
Jackeline
Jackeline Valarezo
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dear Michael,
Thank you for your kind words and comments.
Working on your tour was fantastic for me, and knowing that I could create such a pleasant experience in the midst of a strike warmed my heart.
You were such a wonderful group, so upbeat and welcoming. It was wonderful to communicate with you during those days.
I wish you successful future tours for everyone.
I hope you can return to Ecuador and see the places you missed this time.

Best wishes from Quito.

7 day trip to the Galapagos
Galapagos Islands | Jun 9 - Jun 15, 2022

Ciaran
Ciaran C.
Colombia | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Lucia helped us out so much after we had some inconvenience getting into Ecuador, and had to change our flights and plans at such short notice.
The itinerary was amazing, with lots of snorkeling, and day trips, with some free time to explore and do more ourselves.
The only minor inconvenience was that when it said that breakfast was included we were not sure if it was in the hotel or on the tour. It was in the hotel so we missed breakfast our first day
All the guides in the Galapagos were... read more

Lucia helped us out so much after we had some inconvenience getting into Ecuador, and had to change our flights and plans at such short notice.
The itinerary was amazing, with lots of snorkeling, and day trips, with some free time to explore and do more ourselves.
The only minor inconvenience was that when it said that breakfast was included we were not sure if it was in the hotel or on the tour. It was in the hotel so we missed breakfast our first day
All the guides in the Galapagos were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Activity Reviews
Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

Great way to get to know the Galapagos and the local wildlife

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Morning Bay Tour & Afternoon at leisure in Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora

Great snorkeling, some great videos and pictures from this experience, and our guide knew the best places to see turtles and other fish. The hike and swim were also incredible

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island & Kayaking on Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Islands

Our guide Viviana was great but we couldn't see much on the kayaks as the water was quite cloudy and dirty. Tortuga bay is a must visit on Santa Cruz island though!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Excursion to Los Tuneles
Galapagos Islands

Incredible snorkeling experiences, guide knew the best spots and was very accomodating to help get pictures and videos using the GoPro. Very knowledgeable on the local wildlife and surrounding area

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Pinzon Island & La Fé
Puerto Ayora

First snorkel spot was very wavy and tough to see much. Second snorkel spot was so clear as we swam with sea lions, turtles, sharks and more! Definitely worth it for the second snorkel alone. Did some fishing (didn't catch anything unfortunately), got a lovely lunch on the boat, and enjoyed both la fe and pinzon

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet
Galapagos Islands
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Hola Chas,

Thank you for your nice words, we will be working to improve those details! We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again!

Kind regards,

Lucía.

Our trip turned out to be one of the best we’...
Galapagos Islands | May 15 - May 31, 2022

Roni
Roni C.
Sedona, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Our trip turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever taken! The kimkim team switched team members mid planning but after a “get to know you” period all was good! Covid also played a major roll in getting this trip from planning to execution. So even though we had some hiccups, all turned out well.

Daniel Larrea, our travel planner, put together an amazing itinerary. Learning about my passion for art, he created an Art day for me. From touring museums to wandering through the street... read more

Our trip turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever taken! The kimkim team switched team members mid planning but after a “get to know you” period all was good! Covid also played a major roll in getting this trip from planning to execution. So even though we had some hiccups, all turned out well.

Daniel Larrea, our travel planner, put together an amazing itinerary. Learning about my passion for art, he created an Art day for me. From touring museums to wandering through the street art fair, I saw amazing Ecuadorian art. Our guide, Daniel Silva, was engaging, honest and a joy to be around. He guided us for two days around Quito. From the Art day to the City walk day, our days were filled with stunning churches, an engaging cooking class and lots of knowledge about a city I knew little about. It was a wonderful experience.

Daniel Larrea also provided us with seamless transfers between airports and locations. Upon our arrival in Baltra, we expected a driver to our hotel. What we got was an incredible naturalist, Vivianna, who took us to a land tortoise preserve, giving us a first class tour and background of this incredible animal. Then we were taken to our hotel for the evening. The morning transfer from the hotel back to Baltra to meet the cruise team was seamless. My husband, who typically avoids tours and having people meet us at the airport and guide us to a our hotel, actually really saw the value and agrees this is the only way to travel from now on!

Thank you kimkim for making our trip to Ecuador and its natural wonders one for the ages!

Hotel Reviews
Casa Gangotena
Quito

This boutique hotel located in old town Quito was a gem. Exquisitely appointed and filled with stunning arrangements of Ecuadorian roses, Casa Gangotena was a beautiful oasis after a long day of travel and sightseeing.

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

After a two hour motorized canoe ride up the Napo river and then a 25 minute ride up a tributary in a manual canoe, this lodge sits on the far side of a tranquil lagoon. The naturalists and Amazonian natives who led our twice daily excursions were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Tips for future travelers

Be prepared to get wet!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Hola Roni!!
Thank you so much for your kind words and comments about your trip! I truly enjoyed talking all this time with you two for so long during the pandemic. And when the day finally arrived I was just as excited as you! I am so glad everything went as planned and that you and Mark enjoyed our lovely country to the max! Feel free to reach out anytime!
Safe journeys my good friend.
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Galapagos islands
Galapagos Islands | May 13 - May 22, 2022

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DJ ..
United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 29, 2022

Tamer created us a brilliant trip to the Galápagos Islands which turned out to be the most wonderful experience. Tamer was extremely helpful with all our requests and very quick at responding and assisted us beyond what was required! What we loved were the personal touches including greeting us as Quito airport and checking in with us whilst we were out there, not to mention my generous bday gift! All tours and pickups were smooth with no issues. We had lovely hotels with excellent views,... read more

Tamer created us a brilliant trip to the Galápagos Islands which turned out to be the most wonderful experience. Tamer was extremely helpful with all our requests and very quick at responding and assisted us beyond what was required! What we loved were the personal touches including greeting us as Quito airport and checking in with us whilst we were out there, not to mention my generous bday gift! All tours and pickups were smooth with no issues. We had lovely hotels with excellent views, friendly staff and were all clean. Acacia hotel was our personal favourite. All three islands were beautiful. We would highly recommend the Pinzon snorkelling tour, Kicker rock, the volcano Hike aswell as the trip to Espagnola! Memorable guides include Vivienne from Santa Cruz who took us on the highlands tours to see the amazing giant tortoises and Sol in San Cristobal. We will be forever grateful to Tamer for organising this trip for us who even went out of his way to help my husband plan something nice for my birthday. We would highly recommend!

Hotel Review
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

Everything from cleanliness and service to breakfast was absolutely brilliant. We couldn't not fault this place!

Authenticity & Character
Lovely rooms with good decor
Location
Close proximity to restaurants, pier, shops.
Staff
Friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sparkling clean
Activity Reviews
Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands
Discover Pinzon Island & La Fé
Puerto Ayora

A successful trip! we saw so much- sea turtles, rays, sharks and played with sea lions. Boat was comfortable and food great too

Sierra Negra volcano - Speedboat to Santa Cruz
Galapagos Islands

The hike took us about 5 hours and was more challenging than expected but definitely rewarding with stunning views!

Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on May 29, 2022

Dhaarica & Thaj, it was an exceptional pleasure of mine meeting you and working with you planning this bday trip; you are such a wonderful couple and deserve nothing less than perfect :). To know you have enjoyed every detail of this tour (and I will convey your appreciation to Vivienne and all hotels), and that we were part of creating such memorable moments for you means the world to us! It is what keeps our flare ignited and feeds our passion (in Kimkim and Responsible Travel) to burnish... read more

Dhaarica & Thaj, it was an exceptional pleasure of mine meeting you and working with you planning this bday trip; you are such a wonderful couple and deserve nothing less than perfect :). To know you have enjoyed every detail of this tour (and I will convey your appreciation to Vivienne and all hotels), and that we were part of creating such memorable moments for you means the world to us! It is what keeps our flare ignited and feeds our passion (in Kimkim and Responsible Travel) to burnish our performance and offer more to our precious travelers. I learned so much from Thaj :) and I'm so so happy that everything went as planned ;) Love the photos and the smiles on your faces! I hope to meet you again soon, whether in London (as the invitation was so much appreciated and accepted :)) or one more time here in Ecuador, as this beautiful country, honestly, has a lot more to offer. Thanks a million :)
Yours,
Tamer

What an epic adventure
Ecuador | May 7 - May 15, 2022

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Breann B.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on May 24, 2022

What an epic adventure. Daniel made our trip one of the best we have ever experienced! He planned everything and made any adjustments where we wanted. He created such a beautiful experience tailored specifically to us. Not having to think about scheduling anything on our own, or getting taxis when we needed, or worrying about keeping track of flight tickets or time frames made this trip feel so luxurious. We started in Quito and had the best day ever riding around with Danny! Danny took us to... read more

What an epic adventure. Daniel made our trip one of the best we have ever experienced! He planned everything and made any adjustments where we wanted. He created such a beautiful experience tailored specifically to us. Not having to think about scheduling anything on our own, or getting taxis when we needed, or worrying about keeping track of flight tickets or time frames made this trip feel so luxurious. We started in Quito and had the best day ever riding around with Danny! Danny took us to the equator, a private cooking class, the statue of Mary, and walked us through multiple places in the historic district. He also stopped alongside the road to buy us yucca bread just because he loved it so much and wanted to share it with us. We then flew to Coca and took a motorized canoe down the Napo to the Napo Cultural Center. Mari, the general manager was so lovely and helpful. She explained how the eco lodge works and answered any questions we had. Venancio was beyond perfect as our guide while we were there. He loves sharing the culture and knowledge he has about his people, the birds, and teaching the native language to us. He was incredibly flexible and would take us anywhere we wanted to go, see anything we wanted to see, and spend as much time as we wanted enjoying the rainforest and giving us his time. He is so selfless and has a heart of gold. We got to see spider monkeys, golden tamarinds, and the howler monkeys put on a show right in front of our eyes while on the canoe trip. The birds are so beautiful and diverse. It was so special to see them and learn about them from Venancio. He makes sure to get you the best photos through his telescope. Living amongst the Kachiwa people was an experience I will never forget. The chefs were incredible! Feeding us gourmet meals three times a day! The fresh juices and cold towels made for a super refreshing end to any adventure we had for the day. Our bartender Lenin was great as well! He was so happy to share his knowledge of local beverages and culture as well. He helped teach us some phrases in the native language also. The housekeeping staff and our boat drivers were the best! I will definitely be back to Napo and Quito in the future. Daniel made sure that this trip was perfect, and he created such a special place in our hearts for Ecuador. 10/10 would recommend!!!

Hotel Reviews
Ikala Quito Hotel
Quito

I love the Ikala Hotel! It is super clean, the rooms are so diverse and comfortable, the staff is super helpful and friendly, it’s quiet, and I would love to stay again!

Tips for future travelers

Definitely book your stay here. You will be happy to have the wonderful places to walk to and the staff are always willing to get you a quick taxi to anywhere you want to explore!

Authenticity & Character
The style and decor
Location
Being close to Mercando El Camino, Tres Gatos, and Abysma.
Staff
Clean rooms and shared spaces with great character and light
Cleanliness & Comfort
Firm beds, great water pressure, cleanliness, and balcony
Napo Cultural Center
Quito

The Napo Cultural Center is breathtakingly beautiful. The staff are the very best. We were so comfortable in our room and everywhere we went! I loved being able to live amongst the Kachiwa people and learn about the culture! I also loved stepping outside and viewing wildlife.

Tips for future travelers

Drink water! Use bug spray! Be thankful and appreciate all of the people and wildlife. You won’t regret this trip. It’s one in a million.

Authenticity & Character
You’re staying in a village. You’re surrounded by culture, history, and wisdom.
Location
The culture, the wildlife, the beauty of it all, how remote it is
Staff
They were are so great
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was comfortable and clean
Activity Reviews
Quito - Coca - Napo Cultural Center
Ecuador

Venancio was the best guide! I loved exploring the rainforest and seeing all the wildlife!

Quality of Experience
The culture, the wildlife, and the beauty of the environment
Food
Gourmet meals and drinks!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everything! They are perfect!
Transport
Timely, skilled, and friendly
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito

Karen was amazing. We cooked with her in a treehouse amongst a beautiful garden of local ingredients. The food was incredible and we learned so much!

Quality of Experience
Local ingredients
Food
Empanadas, local fruit, and chocolate!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Karen and Danny were wonderful!
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Hola Kyle and Bree!

I am insanely hyped about this review! Thank you so much for these amazing words! Your pictures had me saying "WOW" the whole time! I am so glad this was a unique experience that surpassed your expectations in our lovely country. I am so glad everything went well and that you felt support before, during, and even after your trip with us.
Thank you for letting us give you this magical experience!

Remember, Ecuador isn't going anywhere, so if you wish to return, you know... read more

Hola Kyle and Bree!

I am insanely hyped about this review! Thank you so much for these amazing words! Your pictures had me saying "WOW" the whole time! I am so glad this was a unique experience that surpassed your expectations in our lovely country. I am so glad everything went well and that you felt support before, during, and even after your trip with us.
Thank you for letting us give you this magical experience!

Remember, Ecuador isn't going anywhere, so if you wish to return, you know who to contact ;)

I have a theory that your vibe always attracts the best experiences and wildlife encounters, and this is the perfect evidence of it!!

Best regards and best vibes from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Ps: Snowboarding in Colorado is still on my bucketlist haha!

'Last minute' solo trip of high expectations to GALÁPAGOS 🇸🇱
Galapagos Islands | Feb 21 - Mar 2, 2022

Katarzyna
Katarzyna W.
Qatar | Reviewed on May 04, 2022

* It was a 'last minute' solo trip of high expectations - they have been meet in 99% .
1% missing for skipping few breakfasts ahead of several-hours long activities - overlooking timings of my breakfast VS my departure - accommodation places could have prepared take away breakfast.

* Quality level of the activities will depend on a random assignment of the available guide. I have had a luck to meet wonderful knowledgable Señor Wilson Rojas at San Cristóbal Island, who provided me with... read more

* It was a 'last minute' solo trip of high expectations - they have been meet in 99% .
1% missing for skipping few breakfasts ahead of several-hours long activities - overlooking timings of my breakfast VS my departure - accommodation places could have prepared take away breakfast.

* Quality level of the activities will depend on a random assignment of the available guide. I have had a luck to meet wonderful knowledgable Señor Wilson Rojas at San Cristóbal Island, who provided me with the knowledge for the whole trip in one go.

* Planning the trip conversation is very American-tourist oriented; you are flooded with overly merry and abundant in adjectives vocabulary, as if you haven't chosen the place yet and you need to be convinced (feels like advertising to sell) - unnecessary; you need to fish out from all the redundant content what actually is the essence that the place has to offer - bullet points KIKKIM Guys, no need to sell me, what I have chosen to buy already, lol.

* Reliable, fluid logistics, well-in-place communication and organisation (even though remote), all details, including most of petty expenses have been secured. Overall great experience with KIMKIM; and guides preparing my plan - Lucia and Dani - gracias!

Hotel Review
Hotel Deja vu
Pto. Ayora

Overpriced for the value ($140 per night is outrageous); * Choice of young travellers (16+); very noisy, as adolescences are fun (not rest) oriented * Room comfort is low (old furnitures, bed sheets, no aesthetics) * Insufficient internet - almost not working when hotel has 50% of residents in place * Far from the main street

Authenticity & Character
Furniture, bed sheets, overall aesthetics and integrity of the place - all seemed of random choice
Location
Nothing... building is built already :) ...bit far from the main street, unpleasant too come back to at night
Staff
Standard, polite, informative staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Not much comfort, noisy, practically no internet
Activity Review
The Treasure of Galapagos: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
San Cristobal Island

Very interesting deep water spot, lots of wildlife to observe, long satisfying activity, rest on serene scenic island in vicinity. Enjoyable boat facilities.

Quality of Experience
Uninhabited island visited after the snorkelling, where you can observe marine iguanas.
Food
Excellent diversity available for customers on any type of diet.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Standard
Transport
Great full-day-trip-equipped boat, unfortunately gasoline polluted water in a bathroom, they had it covered with extra water supply.
Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on May 04, 2022

Hola Katarzyna

Thank you so much for your kind words, Katarzyna. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us, I am glad you enjoyed The Galapagos Islands. We count ourselves lucky for travelers like you. Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful pictures with us! Also thank you for the feedback we will be working to improve those details! We look forward to welcoming you to Ecuador again!

Kind regards,

Lucía.

Incredible Trip to Ecuador 13 - 26 Apr 20222
Ecuador | Apr 13 - Apr 26, 2022

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Cara L.
Indonesia | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

I would like to say thank you to Jacky, who has arranged my family trip to Ecuador from 13 - 25 Apr 2022. We have a fantastic trip and I am so thankful for all your arrangement. From Ittenary, Accomodation , and local guide. We particularly enjoy our trip in Cuya Beno, Amazon rain Forest, and Galapagos islands.
Jacky is very responsive if we asked something over the phone. She always stand by for response. Its make us worry - free during our trip. Once again , thanks Jacky for all your help.... read more

I would like to say thank you to Jacky, who has arranged my family trip to Ecuador from 13 - 25 Apr 2022. We have a fantastic trip and I am so thankful for all your arrangement. From Ittenary, Accomodation , and local guide. We particularly enjoy our trip in Cuya Beno, Amazon rain Forest, and Galapagos islands.
Jacky is very responsive if we asked something over the phone. She always stand by for response. Its make us worry - free during our trip. Once again , thanks Jacky for all your help. We definely will refer you to our friends back to our country.

Hotel Review
Mercure Alameda Quito
Quito

Staffs are friendly, and we made this hotel as our base. So that we can leave our luggages at the hotel, during our trip to Amazon rain forest and galapagos island.

Authenticity & Character
Staff
Activity Review
Adventure in the Amazon
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Rom , the local guide is very knowledgeable.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo
Jackeline
Jackeline Valarezo
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dear Cara,
I appreciate your kind words!
I am happy to know that I could create nice memories of Ecuador for you and your family, and of course, for me was a pleasure to meet you in Quito you are such a nice person.
If you recommend me, I will be happy to create amazing memories for any of your friends who are willing to come to Ecuador too.
I hope to be able to meet you again here in Ecuador or Indonesia ;).
I wish you happy future trips.
Jacky!

One week in Ecuador with one week of preparation!
Ecuador | Apr 9 - Apr 16, 2022

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Susan W.
Marion, NC | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Christian was an excellent driver and wonderful guide. He maximized our time in Ecuador to the fullest extent possible. He knew just where and when to take a break and found the most wonderful places for a meal or snack. He had a great knowledge of history and answered all our many questions about Ecuador from nature to economics to ecology and more. And he was a lot of fun to be around- game for anything and even pushed us to do a few things we weren’t sure about but greatly enjoyed!
Most... read more

Christian was an excellent driver and wonderful guide. He maximized our time in Ecuador to the fullest extent possible. He knew just where and when to take a break and found the most wonderful places for a meal or snack. He had a great knowledge of history and answered all our many questions about Ecuador from nature to economics to ecology and more. And he was a lot of fun to be around- game for anything and even pushed us to do a few things we weren’t sure about but greatly enjoyed!
Most memorable was the Quito teleferico, Quito cooking class, Mindo hummingbirds even though we aren’t birders, Banos waterfalls and hot springs, horseback riding in Cotopaxi and visiting the lovely Quilotoa crater. The hacienda stays were exceptional.
Main thing was that Alvaro pulled off planing our trip with a one week notice!! Awesome job!!

Hotel Review
Hacienda Pinsaqui
Otavalo

Outstanding service and beautiful rooms. Lovely surroundings. Very quiet and comfortable. Excellent food.

Authenticity & Character
The interior
Location
Quiet but near town and national park
Staff
Personal and prompt service
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fireplace in bedroom
Activity Review
Otavalo - Cloud forest of Mindo
Otavalo

Hummingbirds we’re amazing

Quality of Experience
Food
Outdoor dining
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Hello Susan & Christopher!

It was truly my pleasure to work together on creating an amazing trip! I´m so happy to know that you and Christopher had an amazing time in Ecuador and that you experienced firsthand that in such a little country you were able to experience so much!

We will welcome you with open arms on your next trip to our beautiful country.

Alvaro!

Fantastic time in Ecuador thanks to kimkim
Ecuador | Apr 3 - Apr 12, 2022

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Stacy A.
Wenatchee, WA | Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Our local specialist, Daniel, went above and beyond to ensure that our time in Ecuador was fun, safe, and packed with adventure. All of the guides we interacted with were knowledgeable about the area and were very friendly and fun to be around. Danny was our guide for the first two days of our time in Quito. We felt like he was our friend showing us around the city.
We really enjoyed our day trip and hike at Quilato Crater. This is a definite must for people making plans. I would also... read more

Our local specialist, Daniel, went above and beyond to ensure that our time in Ecuador was fun, safe, and packed with adventure. All of the guides we interacted with were knowledgeable about the area and were very friendly and fun to be around. Danny was our guide for the first two days of our time in Quito. We felt like he was our friend showing us around the city.
We really enjoyed our day trip and hike at Quilato Crater. This is a definite must for people making plans. I would also recommend going to the Mindo cloud forest.
And of course our time in the Galapagos was epic. I would like to have had more time to spend there. I'm sure someday we'll go back.

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa Sakiwa
Machachi

This hotel is modern, clean, and very comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Very beautiful design/architecture
Location
Close to mountain adventures
Staff
Friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Extremely clean
Activity Reviews
Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

You start the day early with a dingy ride to the sailboat you will be spending the next three hours on to get to the destination. It's worth it! The snorkeling was fantastic. We saw many white tipped sharks and so much other wildlife.

Quality of Experience
Food
Couldn't believe the cook could make such unbelievable dishes in such a small kitchen!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The boat crew were on top of it!
Transport
The boat could use a bit more shade and comfortable seating for such a long trip
Biking from Cotopaxi to Quilotoa Day 1
Ecuador

This is a perfect way to get up close and personal with Cotopaxi volcano. But be ready for very high altitude hiking. The guides help keep the pace slow.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Hola Stacey!
I am so glad to read these amazing words about your trip! Thank you once again for choosing us and I must say I am insanely happy to have worked with you two to give you an unforgettable experience! It was pretty fun to meet up in short moments but they were truly a blast. I hope you two returned home filled with the best vibes and that unique energy you get by visiting our tiny yet lovely country. Hope to see you soon :)
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Unforgettable trip to the Amazon with kimkim! Our trip to the Amazon was amazing! Our guides Rom, Jefferson and chef Freddy were exceptionable
Ecuador | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2022

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Uriel M.
Canada | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Our trip to the Amazon was amazing! Our guides, Rom and Jefferson made our experience unforgettable. Daniel was in constant contact with us every step of the way. The Nicky lodge chef, Freddie made exceptional food and also sings and plays the guitar along with the other guides. read more

Our trip to the Amazon was amazing! Our guides, Rom and Jefferson made our experience unforgettable. Daniel was in constant contact with us every step of the way. The Nicky lodge chef, Freddie made exceptional food and also sings and plays the guitar along with the other guides.

Hotel Review
Nicky Amazon Lodge
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The Nicky lodge is cozy and clean. All the staff make you feel right at home. It's a big happy family and everyone loves nature and wants to share their knowledge with the guest.

Tips for future travelers

Make sure you bring products for mosquito and sun fly bites

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
They couldn't do enough for us. Friendly, sincere.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito
Quality of Experience
Food
I was impressed with the quality of the food at the lodge. The soups were amazing!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The transportation is great. The bus trip from Quito to Amazon is very long so be prepared for that.
Local specialist: Daniel Larrea
Daniel
Daniel Larrea
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Hola Uriel, Don, Christina, and Joni!
I am so glad the experience was something truly unforgettable. Planning and talking about this trip for such a long time was truly something amazing, and getting to know you all at the end was even better!
The journey to the Amazon is quite long, but the destination is just something amazing and totally worth it!
I wish you all the best, and I hope you are recharged with all the good vibes the rainforest gives you.

Once again, Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Really amazing experience, thanks to Daniel and Alvaro
Galapagos Islands | Mar 15 - Mar 22, 2022

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Ravi R.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2022

I had an INCREDIBLE trip to the Galapagos, with major MAJOR thanks to Daniel (and his colleague Alvaro). They took the time to understand me and what I wanted to do (they knew I liked to swim, wanted to see animals, and would be a solo traveler so would need support with logistics, etc) - and then organized an itinerary that solved for all of this. Daniel was always available to help me answer questions and ensure I was set for the next day, and really made me feel welcome. He even left a... read more

I had an INCREDIBLE trip to the Galapagos, with major MAJOR thanks to Daniel (and his colleague Alvaro). They took the time to understand me and what I wanted to do (they knew I liked to swim, wanted to see animals, and would be a solo traveler so would need support with logistics, etc) - and then organized an itinerary that solved for all of this. Daniel was always available to help me answer questions and ensure I was set for the next day, and really made me feel welcome. He even left a welcome package for me at the hotel the first night I arrived, with some gifts and a welcome message (and an incredible hand drawing he did himself). My final day I had a 6 hour layover in the airport, so Daniel and Alvaro actually came and picked me up and took me out to dinner as well. I even had an incident where clothes in my suitcase got wet in the rain one day in the Galapagos during transport, and a local person came and picked up my clothes, dried them, and brought them back the next morning. Overall the entire experience was so wonderful, hassle-free, and really nice - I always felt safe, taken care of, and relaxed when it came to thinking about the trip. I had a great time in both Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil (Isabel island was really amazing), and also on all the side trips where I benefitted from Daniel's recommendations (e.g., Bartolome Island). The best part is that Daniel made all of this happen on incredibly short notice - I asked to book the trip just one week before I traveled. I'm super SUPER grateful to Daniel, Alvaro, KimKim, and all of the local partner agencies, and I can't wait to meet Daniel and everyone again sometime in Ecuador. Thank you thank you :)

Hotel Review
La Casa de Marita
Puerto Villamil

Really loved this hotel. The staff were INCREDIBLY nice, the food at the restaurant was amazing, and the location right on the beach was perfect to take a swim any time of day. Perhaps the only downside was that the roof had a leak so on a rainy night I had to put a towel on the floor where the roof was leaking, but I think this will be fixed. Overall, really happy to have stayed here.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

Day trip to Bartolome island was amazing, highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff