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The Ecuador & Galapagos specialist for fascinating cultural and adventure tours in the Andes; relaxing beach holidays at sandy beaches at the Pacific Coast; trips into the mysterious verdant world of the Amazon rainforest; comfortable hotel accommodation in major cities; and cruises which let you explore the enchanted Galapagos Islands.

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

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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.

A blue-footed booby in the Galapagos
Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu Adventure - 10 Days

Combine two of South America's most iconic destinations into a single trip on this 10-day tour of the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. You'll start in Ecuador, spending several days island-hopping, snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife viewing in the Galapagos. Then you'll cross the border to Peru, spending a night in Lima, another in Cusco, and finally taking the scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. A visit to the famed "lost city of the Incas" is the perfect way to end this diverse adventure.

Nazca boobies in the Galapagos
Cruise the Galapagos Archipelago - 10 Days

Explore the Galapagos Islands on a yacht! This 10-day tour takes you around the archipelago to see Humboldt penguins in their natural habitat, snorkel with sea turtles, explore tidal pools, visit Charles Darwin Station, hike to a volcanic crater, and spot blue-footed boobies in the wild. After spending the first night on dry land, you'll island-hop to various islands, including San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, and North Seymour, stopping at various natural attractions along the way.

Recent Trip Reviews for Ecuador Galapagos Travels

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

Traveler: Breann B. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

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

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Hotel Review

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!

Cleanliness & Comfort

Firm beds, great water pressure, cleanliness, and balcony
Staff

Clean rooms and shared spaces with great character and light
Authenticity & Character

The style and decor
Location

Being close to Mercando El Camino, Tres Gatos, and Abysma.

Napo Cultural Center

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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.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Everything was comfortable and clean
Staff

They were are so great
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
Activity Reviews

Quito - Coca - Napo Cultural Center

Ecuador

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

Food

Gourmet meals and drinks!
Transport

Timely, skilled, and friendly
Guides, drivers and staff

Everything! They are perfect!
Quality of Experience

The culture, the wildlife, and the beauty of the environment

City Tour Quito - Cooking Class - Mitad del Mundo - Quito

Quito

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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!

Food

Empanadas, local fruit, and chocolate!
Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Karen and Danny were wonderful!
Quality of Experience

Local ingredients
Katarzyna

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

Traveler: Katarzyna W. - Local specialist: Lucia Cazar

* 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

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Hotel Review

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

Location

Nothing... building is built already :) ...bit far from the main street, unpleasant too come back to at night
Cleanliness & Comfort

Not much comfort, noisy, practically no internet
Staff

Standard, polite, informative staff
Authenticity & Character

Furniture, bed sheets, overall aesthetics and integrity of the place - all seemed of random choice
Activity Review

Snorkeling at Kicker Rock

San Cristobal Island

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Activity Review

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

Food

Excellent diversity available for customers on any type of diet.
Transport

Great full-day-trip-equipped boat, unfortunately gasoline polluted water in a bathroom, they had it covered with extra water supply.
Guides, drivers and staff

Standard
Quality of Experience

Uninhabited island visited after the snorkelling, where you can observe marine iguanas.
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Lucia Cazar, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Cara L. - Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo

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

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Hotel Review

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.

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Adventure in the Amazon

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

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Rom , the local guide is very knowledgeable.

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Jackeline Valarezo, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Susan W. - Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira

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

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Hotel Review

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

Location

Quiet but near town and national park
Cleanliness & Comfort

Fireplace in bedroom
Staff

Personal and prompt service
Authenticity & Character

The interior
Activity Review

Otavalo - Cloud forest of Mindo

Otavalo

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Hummingbirds we’re amazing

Food

Outdoor dining
Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

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Alvaro Pereira, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Stacy A. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

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

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Hotel Review

This hotel is modern, clean, and very comfortable.

Location

Close to mountain adventures
Cleanliness & Comfort

Extremely clean
Staff

Friendly
Authenticity & Character

Very beautiful design/architecture
Activity Reviews

Day Trip to an Uninhabited Island

Puerto Ayora

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Activity Review

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.

Food

Couldn't believe the cook could make such unbelievable dishes in such a small kitchen!
Transport

The boat could use a bit more shade and comfortable seating for such a long trip
Guides, drivers and staff

The boat crew were on top of it!
Quality of Experience

Biking from Cotopaxi to Quilotoa Day 1

Ecuador

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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.

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Uriel M. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

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

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Hotel Review

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

Location

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

They couldn't do enough for us. Friendly, sincere.
Authenticity & Character

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City Tour Quito - Cooking Class - Mitad del Mundo - Quito

Quito

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Food

I was impressed with the quality of the food at the lodge. The soups were amazing!
Transport

The transportation is great. The bus trip from Quito to Amazon is very long so be prepared for that.
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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

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 :)

Ravi

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

Traveler: Ravi R. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

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

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Hotel Review

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.

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Day Trip to an Uninhabited Island

Puerto Ayora

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Day trip to Bartolome island was amazing, highly recommend!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Ravi!
Planning an amazing trip with you was really fun, we are really happy that you could experience the Galapagos Islands and all of its natural wonders. I truly hope that you can come back, we will welcome you with open arms for a new and exciting adventure next time, remember we still have a lot of places to take you!
Even though it was last-minute I am glad you had an amazing time! Alvaro and I say that it was awesome to meet you on the final night and show you a little bit of the... read more

Hola Ravi!
Planning an amazing trip with you was really fun, we are really happy that you could experience the Galapagos Islands and all of its natural wonders. I truly hope that you can come back, we will welcome you with open arms for a new and exciting adventure next time, remember we still have a lot of places to take you!
Even though it was last-minute I am glad you had an amazing time! Alvaro and I say that it was awesome to meet you on the final night and show you a little bit of the local life :)
We hope to see you soon my friend! Best vibes in the future!!
Regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Nakiska

AMAZING!! Best trip we have ever had! · Ecuador - Mar 6 - Mar 13, 2022

Traveler: Nakiska P. - Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo

I cannot give a high enough review for kimkim. Our local specialist Jackeline went above and beyond for us in every way and was always there when we had a question or needed something. Our super adventurous and knowledgeable guide Diego made our whole week so fun, exciting, and educational. Our other guide, Alex, was also amazing and so fun to visit Cotopaxi with. We were truly blessed in the team from kimkim that helped us make this trip the best we have ever had. We cannot wait to return to Ecuador.

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Jackeline Valarezo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Nakiska,
Thank you for such a nice comment!
It was amazing to create these memories for you and Kaelynn. Also, it was lovely to share a little bit of your time at the hotel talking about your experience. If you decide to come to Ecuador and do something else, I will be happy to organize it and give you more memories in Ecuador. I hope your future tours in Ecuador or any other part of the world be happy and full of unforgettable remembrances.
Best regards from Quito! :)

Kaelynn

Amazing!!! · Ecuador - Mar 6 - Mar 13, 2022

Traveler: Kaelynn J. - Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo

Using kimkim was such a breeze! Our travel agent Jacky and tour guide Diego could not have been a more perfect match for us. Both spoke very good english and were amazingly patient with me trying to test my Spanish skills. Jacky set everything up so we could just enjoy our trip and was so sweet even with all of our questions. Both truly made our trip an unforgettable experience.

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Jackeline Valarezo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kaelynn,

Thank you so much for such a lovely review!

I am really happy that I could be part of your experience in Ecuador and also that I could create an unforgettable time for you and Nakiska. It was a pleasure to be in contact with you all those months. If you decide to return to Ecuador, I would love to meet you up and maybe enjoy a beer together.
Have a great future travels!
PD: I will let Diego know what you wrote about him!
Jacky!

Honeymoon in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador · Galapagos Islands - Feb 17 - Feb 25, 2022

Traveler: Kara B. - Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo

We had the best trip to the Galapagos Islands with Jackeline's help! She helped us decide between a few types of trips and was always available to answer questions. We picked an 8-day cruise through the Galapagos and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Jackeline called ahead to let the crew know it was a special trip for us. Our cabin on the boat was upgraded and the chef baked us a surprise cake (no easy task on a small yacht!). We realized we needed a covid test to re-enter... read more

We had the best trip to the Galapagos Islands with Jackeline's help! She helped us decide between a few types of trips and was always available to answer questions. We picked an 8-day cruise through the Galapagos and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Jackeline called ahead to let the crew know it was a special trip for us. Our cabin on the boat was upgraded and the chef baked us a surprise cake (no easy task on a small yacht!). We realized we needed a covid test to re-enter the states and Jackeline had someone meet us at the airport to administer. It was so easy and seamless - we had results within one hour. I highly recommend Jackeline, KimKim and the Galapagos Islands for future travel!!

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Jackeline Valarezo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kara and Harold,
Thank you for such sweet comments.
I am so happy that I could be part of the organization of your honeymoon. For me, it was nice to talk with you during those months, and preparing this experience for you was a pleasure. I truly hope I managed to forge unforgettable memories and hope to see you again in Ecuador.
I will let the cruise know that you are happy with the services, and the detail they could arrange for you.
I wish you future great tours together.
Jacky!

An unforgettable holiday!! · Ecuador - Jan 29 - Feb 6, 2022

Traveler: Marina N. - Local specialist: ERIKA BERMEO

What an amazing adventure Erika planned for us!!

We planned our holiday with very short notice. Erika was fast, responsive and available at any time right from the start. She took all of our demands into account and quickly planned a beautiful route with carefully chosen safe and exquisite hotels along the way.

Once in Ecuador she came to meet us with some small gifts which was extremely kind on her behalf and most importantly throughout our stay in Ecuador she was just a message or a... read more

What an amazing adventure Erika planned for us!!

We planned our holiday with very short notice. Erika was fast, responsive and available at any time right from the start. She took all of our demands into account and quickly planned a beautiful route with carefully chosen safe and exquisite hotels along the way.

Once in Ecuador she came to meet us with some small gifts which was extremely kind on her behalf and most importantly throughout our stay in Ecuador she was just a message or a phone call away whenever we needed her or had any doubts about the journey.

Her choice of accommodation was impecable, at all our stays we were greeted by extremely educated and welcoming staff, and all the facilities were extremely clean.

Thank you for an amazing trip Erika!

Hotel Review

Huasquila Amazon Lodge

Cotundo

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We were lucky enough to spend 3 days at this lodge. The attention was completely personalised, we were taken care of at every minute. Doña Cecilia made sure everything worked according to plan, and overlooked everything so it was perfect for us. Her husband was also extremely kind to us, and always had a smile and a "¿Cómo les fue, disfrutaron hoy?". Saúl was our guide for most of our stay there, he was so welcoming and did a great job at taking us on two different hikes, as well as on our full day trip. Finally, we can't forget the food! Best food ever!! We enjoyed every single dish they served us. We'd recommend this lodge with our eyes closed, it was incredible!! Gracias chicos por su excelente trabajo, les esperamos por Mallorca!

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ERIKA BERMEO, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Marina

Thank you very much for your words, it was a pleasure to help you plan your trip. It is always a pleasure to know that everything was fulfilled in detail and that you were very happy in Ecuador. I wish you good luck in your activities.

Feliz dia de la amistad

Greetings from the middle of the word.

Amazing Ecuador · Ecuador - Jan 15 - Feb 1, 2022

Traveler: Lubomir R. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

We have never been to Ecuador before but after this trip I will strongly recommend to everyone to go to Ecuador and with KimKim :) Daniel was absolutely essential help by preparing my itinerary. I had already some idea but he helped me to make it to the perfection. Let's imagine: we saw in 18 days Galapagos, Guayaquil, Cajas, Cuenca, Gualaceo and Chordeleg, Ingapirca, famous market in Guamote, Chimborazo - 5 000 meters, Baños, Cotopaxi - 4 800 meters, Laguna Quilotoa, Otavalo and of course... read more

We have never been to Ecuador before but after this trip I will strongly recommend to everyone to go to Ecuador and with KimKim :) Daniel was absolutely essential help by preparing my itinerary. I had already some idea but he helped me to make it to the perfection. Let's imagine: we saw in 18 days Galapagos, Guayaquil, Cajas, Cuenca, Gualaceo and Chordeleg, Ingapirca, famous market in Guamote, Chimborazo - 5 000 meters, Baños, Cotopaxi - 4 800 meters, Laguna Quilotoa, Otavalo and of course Quito.
All the time the itinerary work perfectly. All the transportations in Galapagos were just accurate. But the best person was our Guide and driver Christian. He was our guide from Guayaquil till Quito. Every day in the good mood even he must work hard, every day precise picking up us from each hotel, giving a perfect explanation and explaining all my questions. Thanks to him we understand mot just history, architecture and culture but also the people of Ecuador. I have to mention he was driving very safe.
If you ask me what was the best in our trip I couldn't tell you. Everything was just perfect. Galapagos? Cuenca? Ingapirca? Quito? Or Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Baños? Each of this locations were different and wonderful in its way. In addition the hotels we have used were so nice and unique!
Thank you everybody in KimKim who was involved and a special thanks to Daniel and Christian.

Pamela and Lubomir Repka.

Hotel Reviews

Ikala Quito Hotel

Quito

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Casa Pimampiro

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Mainao

Puerto Ayora

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Exe Galería Man-Ging

Guayaquil

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Carvallo

Cuenca

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Posada Ingapirca

Ingapirca

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La Floresta

Baños

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Hacienda La Cienega

Latacunga

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Patio Andaluz

Quito

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Arrive on San Cristobal Island, Visit the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill & La Lobería

Galapagos Islands

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Snorkeling at Kicker Rock

San Cristobal Island

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Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, Highlands Tortoises & Charles Darwin Station

Puerto Ayora

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Day Trip to an Uninhabited Island

Puerto Ayora

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Arrival and transfer to hotel in Guayaquil

Guayaquil

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Guayaquil - Salinas-Santa Elena

Ecuador

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Guayaquil City Tour - Free afternoon

Guayaquil

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Guayaquil - Cuenca - City Tour

Guayaquil

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Cajas National Park - Cuenca - City Tour

Cuenca

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Gualaceo - Chordeleg - Cañar Province

Cuenca

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Gualaceo - Chordeleg - Cañar Province

Cuenca

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Ingapirca Ruins - Guamote

Ecuador

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Guamote - Chimborazo - Baños

Guamote

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Baños - Pailón del Diablo- Cotopaxi Hacienda

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Cotopaxi National Park - Quilotoa Lagoon

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Otavalo Market & Cuicocha Lake

Quito

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City Tour Quito - Cooking Class - Mitad del Mundo - Quito

Quito

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COVID Test at your Hotel

Ecuador

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola!!
Thank you so much Lubomir and Pamela for your comment!
It’s incredible to know that you had an amazing trip, and that you could learn about the history, traditions, culture of Ecuador. I am happy that you could enjoy the landscapes this beautiful country has to offer.
It was awesome to work with you and giving you an unforgettable experience!
If you wish to return to Ecuador, you can always count on me without a problem! Also, if your family or friends want to travel to Ecuador, I will... read more

Hola!!
Thank you so much Lubomir and Pamela for your comment!
It’s incredible to know that you had an amazing trip, and that you could learn about the history, traditions, culture of Ecuador. I am happy that you could enjoy the landscapes this beautiful country has to offer.
It was awesome to work with you and giving you an unforgettable experience!
If you wish to return to Ecuador, you can always count on me without a problem! Also, if your family or friends want to travel to Ecuador, I will be happy to help them!
Safe travels and thank you once again,
Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Lindsey

Amazing Adventures Exploring Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos! · Ecuador - Dec 27 - Jan 7, 2022

Traveler: Lindsey F. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

Thank you to Daniel and Jacky for helping us plan an amazing trip to mainland Ecuador and to Galapagos. They helped make travel as easy as possible during these uncertain times! They were so accessible and even met us a few times in Quito which was awesome. Dario was our guide for the majority of the time and he was so knowledgeable and fun to be around! We started off with a city tour of Quito, made it to Cotopaxi, Quilotoa Crater, had an adeventure filled couple of days in Banos, checked... read more

Thank you to Daniel and Jacky for helping us plan an amazing trip to mainland Ecuador and to Galapagos. They helped make travel as easy as possible during these uncertain times! They were so accessible and even met us a few times in Quito which was awesome. Dario was our guide for the majority of the time and he was so knowledgeable and fun to be around! We started off with a city tour of Quito, made it to Cotopaxi, Quilotoa Crater, had an adeventure filled couple of days in Banos, checked out the main market two hours outside of Quito and then spent several days exploring some islands of Galapagos! All tours were on time and all covid tests were negative which made for a fantastic trip! Thanks again for a memorable trip!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Lindsey!!
Thank you so much for such kind words! We were really happy to work with you three to give you an unforgettable experience. The fact that we were able to jump in a few times to be part of your trip was even more awesome! I hope Holly and Emilie had an amazing time too!
I wish you three the best, hoping that you truly forged some everlasting memories, and if you ever wish to return count on us :)
Safe journeys in the future my friend, Best vibes from the middle of the world!
- Daniel, Jacky, and Dario

Beyond Amazing - Galapagos (and Daniel!) · Galapagos Islands - Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2022

Traveler: S V. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

Planning a visit to a “bucket list” location like the Galapagos can be daunting…especially if you are a working parent on a budget. Whereas many people will tell you that you need to go via a “got you covered, take you everywhere and serve your every need” cruise, that just wasn’t in our budget…and quite frankly, isn’t our style either. We’ve traveled to 5 continents and doing it on our own – getting local flavor – that’s the way we’ve planned all of our trips…But to do the Galapagos right,... read more

Planning a visit to a “bucket list” location like the Galapagos can be daunting…especially if you are a working parent on a budget. Whereas many people will tell you that you need to go via a “got you covered, take you everywhere and serve your every need” cruise, that just wasn’t in our budget…and quite frankly, isn’t our style either. We’ve traveled to 5 continents and doing it on our own – getting local flavor – that’s the way we’ve planned all of our trips…But to do the Galapagos right, (in a pandemic!)..well, we were beyond thankful to have KimKim (and Daniel specifically) on our team.

Originally planned to go in December 2020, we needed to postpone during the pre-vaccination Covid days. So, we punted a year – and rejiggered our thoughts. We shared what our interests were…hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling...and a little down time. We shared our budget. We shared our needs and wants. And KimKim came up with several options for us to look through and decide between. Once we were a go, we felt great about our itinerary – and even got hotel confirmations to help us feel like we for sure had a place to go (something we worried about a little since we’d never done business with KimKim before.).

At the last minute – weeks before our trip – we asked to add a new option to our plan. Again, KimKim came through. In the end, we were able to explore four islands and had a really wonderful understanding of the geography, endemic animals, and saw every bird, reptile, amphibian, and mammal on our list more than once. We’re an active family – we were genuinely very happy with how busy our days were but that we also had evenings and sometimes afternoons to do a little swimming in the ocean and enjoy local flavors.

We had guides meet us at every point, helping us navigate tricky things like the boats between Santa Cruz and Isabela…if we needed dinner ideas or reservations, they were there. And if a guide was running behind, we had Daniel on WhatsApp always willing to check things out and ensure we had what we needed in real time. As we were there over the holidays, we also appreciated Daniel explaining local traditions to us so we weren’t operating as ugly tourists (and also knew to buy some grapes to bring in the new year!)

In short, we cannot recommend KimKim / Daniel highly enough.

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Susan!!
Thank you so much for these amazing comments! The team and I had a great time working with you for these months and I especially loved talking with you all during your trip via WhatsApp, from reading your excitement about your days in the islands, sending tiny tips about what to do or to keep your eyes peeled for a huge iguana at the airport which you even got to see!
Time passed so fast, working for many months to come up with the perfect trip, the gathering of information and... read more

Hola Susan!!
Thank you so much for these amazing comments! The team and I had a great time working with you for these months and I especially loved talking with you all during your trip via WhatsApp, from reading your excitement about your days in the islands, sending tiny tips about what to do or to keep your eyes peeled for a huge iguana at the airport which you even got to see!
Time passed so fast, working for many months to come up with the perfect trip, the gathering of information and new changes to make the trip even better! But we did it!!
I truly hope this was an unforgettable experience for you and your family.
It was fun to joke around and share with you our local traditions such as my hideous Año Viejo, the grapes, the recipe for Sancocho, my super awesome turkey, and much more!

Looking forward to meeting you all sometime in the future :)
Your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel

This was Eileen’s dream trip. · Galapagos Islands - Oct 21 - Nov 4, 2021

Traveler: Tom D. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

This was Eileen’s dream trip. In March of 2020 we came one question away from booking our trip with another company when COVID-19 stopped the world.

At the beginning of June 2021 we started talking to KimKim and they connected us with Daniel Larrea, their Ecuadoran expert. They could not have found anyone better. Three different itineraries came to us in a couple of days. They were all good, but one was really on target for us. We asked, and Daniel answered a lot of questions over the... read more

This was Eileen’s dream trip. In March of 2020 we came one question away from booking our trip with another company when COVID-19 stopped the world.

At the beginning of June 2021 we started talking to KimKim and they connected us with Daniel Larrea, their Ecuadoran expert. They could not have found anyone better. Three different itineraries came to us in a couple of days. They were all good, but one was really on target for us. We asked, and Daniel answered a lot of questions over the next few months. A number of tweaks to the schedule were not a problem. We booked and waited for October.

At every step, Daniel was superb and a pleasure to speak with from the “middle of the world” as he likes to say. Responses to our questions came within hours.
They always contained an amazing level of detail, whether on hotels, guides, pickups, or transfers. Everything was well planned.

He even came to meet us at the hotel the day we landed!

We got home on November 4th and it could not have gone better. Everything Daniel arranged worked out like clockwork. The guide, David, in Quito was a true professional. He has an amazing level of knowledge on everything from history to the flora and fauna we saw along the way. After we expressed interest he rearranged the whole 5 day schedule so that we could participate in the Sunday Quito bike ride. The bonus to that was being able to hike at Cotopaxi on Monday with almost no one else there.

Once we transferred to the Galapagos, the ship the Integrity, was luxurious and beyond our expectations. The staff was outstanding. Having a stateroom with a kingsize bed, a private balcony, and only 16 other guests certainly helped add to the level of luxury and attention provided. 8 days flew by in a blur of hikes, snorkeling, kayaking led by the expert naturalists on board. All of the meals were delicious and varied and they accommodated a dietary restriction perfectly .

Another terrific choice by Daniel was our guide in Guayaquil. Francisco provided us with a wonderful city tour in the morning and early afternoon. He then came back to get us at the hotel at 11 PM to drive us to the airport and walk us through every aspect of airport check-in up until we said our goodbyes at the entrance to security.

We are happy to give top marks in every category for Daniel and all the folks he lined up to take care of us. The KimKim model of using local experts certainly worked for us and we wholeheartedly recommend the company and its chosen experts!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Tom and Eileen!
I cannot thank you two enough for such fantastic comments. It was fantastic to have you here at the middle of the world!!
I am insanely happy to read that the results for this trip ended up as we planned and probably even better!
It was great to plan this trip for you two and improvising while you were already here made things even more fun like the biking tour of Quito haha!
We had some great times, even realizing how huge yet small the world can be, expecting Mike's... read more

Hola Tom and Eileen!
I cannot thank you two enough for such fantastic comments. It was fantastic to have you here at the middle of the world!!
I am insanely happy to read that the results for this trip ended up as we planned and probably even better!
It was great to plan this trip for you two and improvising while you were already here made things even more fun like the biking tour of Quito haha!
We had some great times, even realizing how huge yet small the world can be, expecting Mike's turn to come to Ecuador and all :)
I truly hope we at Kimkim and the EGTeam got to forge some unforgettable memories for you and Eileen!

I wish you two the best in the future, and if you ever wish to return you can always count on your local friend from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Avik

We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planne... · Ecuador - Nov 30 - Dec 14, 2021

Traveler: Avik B. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planned by Daniel and his team!
Our trip included days in Quito, the Galapagos islands and Cuenca
In Quito our guide Danny worked really hard to make sure we got to see the Mitad del Mundo/Intinan museum site, downtown Quito, the Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa lagoon in a packed schedule.
Our RTPCR tests for travel to Galapagos was arranged by Danny right at the hotel.
In Puerto Ayora/Galapagos, we were booked into a lovely hotel - Ikala -... read more

We had a really lovely trip to Ecuador planned by Daniel and his team!
Our trip included days in Quito, the Galapagos islands and Cuenca
In Quito our guide Danny worked really hard to make sure we got to see the Mitad del Mundo/Intinan museum site, downtown Quito, the Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa lagoon in a packed schedule.
Our RTPCR tests for travel to Galapagos was arranged by Danny right at the hotel.
In Puerto Ayora/Galapagos, we were booked into a lovely hotel - Ikala - right by the wharf and it was great to see the nightlife as well as have lunch on a ranch with giant tortoises nearby.
Cuenca is where Daniel really hit it out of the park with his hotel and room selection at the Cruz Del Vado. Amazing hotel, superb views. Also a special shout out to our guide Genaro who was really knowledgeable both of the flora and fauna in Cajas National park as well as the history of the region when we toured Ingapirca ruins.
the RTPCR test for our return was also arranged by Daniel and it was great to just enjoy the country without having to worry about a lot of the logistics. Daniel or Lucia were always available via Whatsapp for any questions or for minor delays due to traffic for airport pickups etc.
I wouldn't hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Daniel and Responsible Travels SA for a trip to Ecuador!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Avik & Ashely!

I am so excited about this review 😊
Thank you so much for these awesome words, it was amazing to plan a trip for you and to have the chance to organize everything together, also I am glad that the trip was what you expected it to be from the beginning until the end of it!
Thank you for noticing each and every member of our team, and of course kudos to Lucia for making this possible too!
I am glad you enjoyed every day, once again thank you for these amazing... read more

Hello Avik & Ashely!

I am so excited about this review 😊
Thank you so much for these awesome words, it was amazing to plan a trip for you and to have the chance to organize everything together, also I am glad that the trip was what you expected it to be from the beginning until the end of it!
Thank you for noticing each and every member of our team, and of course kudos to Lucia for making this possible too!
I am glad you enjoyed every day, once again thank you for these amazing words!
Please feel free to contact me anytime, I wish you the best in the future!!

Best wishes from The Middle of The World!

Daniel ;)

We had a blast Daniel planned our first trip ... · Ecuador - Dec 3 - Dec 16, 2021

Traveler: Stacey S. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

We had a blast Daniel planned our first trip to Ecuador and did such a great job we planned another with him. And our guide christen I can say enough good things about him . He was so informative and made our trip even more enjoyable. thank you for all you did for us . We are very grateful 🙏 😀 we had such a wonderful time

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

So the first one was so good that WE MADE THE SEQUEL haha!!
I was thrilled to be contacted again by you to plan even more of Ecuador for you and Tim! Once again it was amazing working with you and insanely fun every single day!
Remember that if you want to close it with a trilogy I am here for you haha!
I truly hope we meet again sometime my good friends,
Best regards from the middle of the world!
Daniel ;)

We had the best time Daniel prepared the most... · Ecuador - Oct 10 - Oct 27, 2021

Traveler: Stacey S. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

We had the best time Daniel prepared the most wonderful trip for us.. our guides Dario and Diego were awesome .we enjoyed Ecuador so much . We loved are whole trip 😍

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Stacey!
Thank you so much for these kind words, It was so fun working with you all!
I loved laughing so hard with you all especially when we were talking about the Anacondas and BOOM! You saw like 6 of them haha!
I truly hope you enjoyed the country and forged everlasting memories!

Ecuador is as phenomenal as our planner and guide · Ecuador - Nov 19 - Nov 28, 2021

Traveler: Ellen R. - Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo

Everything about the trip was well-executed and wonderful! From the beginning planning stages with Jacky to the days with our guide Dario, we really had an amazing experience. You can tell that both of these individuals love their country and have a passion for what they do. I don't think we could have had quite the experience without the proper planning. The lodging was incredible and Dario took us out to places we wouldn't have even thought of. I'm really glad my husband and I took a chance and booked through kimkim. It was our first trip with them but won't be the last!

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Jackeline Valarezo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ellen,
Thank you so much for your nice review and for sharing your experience!
I am really happy that you and James enjoyed your time in Ecuador. For me was a great experience to organize your tour and be part of the memories you have of Ecuador and our people. If someday you decide to visit the Galápagos Islands, I will be happy to help you to create an unforgettable tour.
By the way, Dario said he enjoyed guiding your tour, and he keeps the best memories of this time.
Thank you for... read more

Dear Ellen,
Thank you so much for your nice review and for sharing your experience!
I am really happy that you and James enjoyed your time in Ecuador. For me was a great experience to organize your tour and be part of the memories you have of Ecuador and our people. If someday you decide to visit the Galápagos Islands, I will be happy to help you to create an unforgettable tour.
By the way, Dario said he enjoyed guiding your tour, and he keeps the best memories of this time.
Thank you for such amazing vibes, I hope we will meet again, but either way, I wish you great future tours and happy life!
Best regards from Quito,
Jacky

Elaine

We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador. It all o... · Ecuador - Nov 5 - Nov 15, 2021

Traveler: Elaine G. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador.
It all occurred without a single glitch.
Daniel met us as soon as we arrived at our hotel to go over details.
He did his best to make us happy in every regard.
Our guide and driver, Christian, was knowledgeable and engaging as well as being a most excellent driver.
We most enjoyed the zipline and our hike to the lagoons. We loved the charming towns of Banos and Cuenca. I had the best Chinese food ever in Banos. The trucha (trout) was exceptional at the... read more

We had a wonderful tour of Ecuador.
It all occurred without a single glitch.
Daniel met us as soon as we arrived at our hotel to go over details.
He did his best to make us happy in every regard.
Our guide and driver, Christian, was knowledgeable and engaging as well as being a most excellent driver.
We most enjoyed the zipline and our hike to the lagoons. We loved the charming towns of Banos and Cuenca. I had the best Chinese food ever in Banos. The trucha (trout) was exceptional at the lagoons. Had the best roast pork ever at the market in Cuenca. My mouth is watering recalling all the fabulous meals we had.
Thank you for your excellent service.

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Elaine and Ben!
Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience!
I had so much fun working with you and Ben, and that moment we shared on the day of your arrival was fantastic. Cristian has told me that he also had an amazing time with you too!
Best Chinese food in Baños? That sounds awesome and I will definitely get back to you when I am in Baños so you can give me the recommendation this time :)
I am glad you liked all the food and I hope you also liked the Canelaso... read more

Hola Elaine and Ben!
Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience!
I had so much fun working with you and Ben, and that moment we shared on the day of your arrival was fantastic. Cristian has told me that he also had an amazing time with you too!
Best Chinese food in Baños? That sounds awesome and I will definitely get back to you when I am in Baños so you can give me the recommendation this time :)
I am glad you liked all the food and I hope you also liked the Canelaso on the final day in Cuenca!
Thank you for such amazing vibes, hopefully, we will meet again, but either way, I wish you the best in the future!

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

Tom

Excellent!!!! · Ecuador - Sep 15 - Sep 29, 2021

Traveler: Tom B. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

It was a great trip perfectly organized by Daniel. From the very beginning he listened to all my suggestions and put together an unforgettable itinerary. He was very attractive and quickly responded to my emails and messages. He was a pleasure to deal with!
Daniel also put me in touch with an excellent tour guide, Christian.
I spent four days with Christian taking daily trips and i can say that he was exceptionally good. Whether sightseeing and telling me about the history of Quito,... read more

It was a great trip perfectly organized by Daniel. From the very beginning he listened to all my suggestions and put together an unforgettable itinerary. He was very attractive and quickly responded to my emails and messages. He was a pleasure to deal with!
Daniel also put me in touch with an excellent tour guide, Christian.
I spent four days with Christian taking daily trips and i can say that he was exceptionally good. Whether sightseeing and telling me about the history of Quito, encouraging the hiking up the Cotopaxi volcano, or walking around Otavalo markets, Christian was very caring and attentive to my needs. He also had a great sense of humor!
I loved snorkeling and observing wildlife in Galapagos islands, it was a lot of fun!
I also had a truly unforgettable time in Amazon jungle! Got to eat ants, watch anacondas and pink dolphins, trek through the jungle at night, listen to the sounds of exotic birds, and cook a meal with indigenous people in their village. Breathtaking experience!!!
It was my second time using Kimkim to help me organize a trip and I am very impressed with them. Will definitely use them again in the near future. I also recommend their services to everyone!!!!
Thank you, again!!!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Tom!!
Wow, I loved every single word of this review! I am so glad you had an unforgettable time, I must say it was awesome to be in contact with you and be there for you during your trip. I was talking to Christian and he said he enjoyed every single day too!
I am still impressed that those ants have an intense lemon flavor! Thank you once again for these amazing words, for traveling with Kimkim and Responsible Travel (EGT). If you want to return you know who to message :)!!
I wish you the best for the future, and BEST regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel :)

Cristina

Trip was great, especially during a global pandemic · Ecuador - Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2020

Traveler: Cristina M. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

This was the second trip I took using KimKim and both times it's been great. Daniel planned everything I ask for and he did a great job given pandemic limitations. He added in nothing extra I didn't request and was able to make everything else work for us. Daniel was able to keep the trip in our budget, was extremely communicative the whole time during our trip, and continued to give us tips and advice throughout our time.

The only negative part of the trip was a transportation mishap... read more

This was the second trip I took using KimKim and both times it's been great. Daniel planned everything I ask for and he did a great job given pandemic limitations. He added in nothing extra I didn't request and was able to make everything else work for us. Daniel was able to keep the trip in our budget, was extremely communicative the whole time during our trip, and continued to give us tips and advice throughout our time.

The only negative part of the trip was a transportation mishap getting from one place to another. We ended up in a small car having to drive overnight hours in the opposite direction only to return the same way we came and go hours more. Even though this was frustrating for us, Daniel tried everything he could to find a different form of transportation but the pandemic restrictions and lack of tourism at the time were really to blame. Daniel went above and beyond to help during that time.

Our guides were all great. My sister and I basically had a private trip from place to place and had a local guide who knew the area in each national park we went to. This was a trip packed with outdoor adventure just like we requested. Thank you very much!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Cristina!
I am so excited to read this review! It was really fun to plan this trip together, especially during the tough times in the middle of the pandemic back then which makes it even more unforgettable!
Thank you and your sister for your trust in our country, and as we mentioned before, whenever you are ready to come back to Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands you can always count on me!
It was amazing that you managed to see so many things like that Anaconda chilling in the... read more

Hola Cristina!
I am so excited to read this review! It was really fun to plan this trip together, especially during the tough times in the middle of the pandemic back then which makes it even more unforgettable!
Thank you and your sister for your trust in our country, and as we mentioned before, whenever you are ready to come back to Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands you can always count on me!
It was amazing that you managed to see so many things like that Anaconda chilling in the river!

Anyway, I am glad that Charmander lit the way for you. I wish you and your sister safe and awesome journeys in the future :)

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Responsible Travel Ecuador packs a heck of a punch and a very good one that is! · Ecuador - Apr 5 - Apr 19, 2021

Traveler: Bryan M. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

I was fortunate to be paired with Daniel at Responsible Travel Ecuador through KimKim. This was my third time booking a trip on KimKim and once again it does not disappoint! The 15 day tour I did started out in Galapagos Island which was efficient since you need PCR Test to go to the Island and I did everything from boat tours, snorkeling, walking tour, lava tunnel and a day of relaxation! The tour continued to Quito where I was given two insightful tours from Andrea who also is from... read more

I was fortunate to be paired with Daniel at Responsible Travel Ecuador through KimKim. This was my third time booking a trip on KimKim and once again it does not disappoint! The 15 day tour I did started out in Galapagos Island which was efficient since you need PCR Test to go to the Island and I did everything from boat tours, snorkeling, walking tour, lava tunnel and a day of relaxation! The tour continued to Quito where I was given two insightful tours from Andrea who also is from Responsible Travel which included walks around Old City as well as the churches in the area as well as seeing the middle of the Equator and Volcano that overlooks the city of Quito. Unfortunately Cotopaxi was closed for maintenance but driver Marco Herrara took me to Quilotoa which was a fantastic sight to see and he did an amazing job explaining Ecuador on the way there as well as Quilotoa and the story behind the volcanoes. I ended the tour in Cuyabeno which was a unique 3 day tour in Amazon area and the tour guides were amazing with the walking tours as well as boat tours. Javier was a great driver for the pick ups to and from the airport and I was lucky enough to stay in wonderful hotels such as Deja Vu in Santa Cruz, Hotel Vieja Cuba in Quito and Nicky's Amazon Lodge in Cuyabeno. I recommend you to have your trip in Ecuador planned with Responsible Travel!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Bryan!
WOW! Thank you so much for such an awesome review! I actually took a long on replying to this review because I was showing it to Marco, Andrea, Javier, and our pals at Cuyabeno! We are very happy that you had such a great time in Ecuador. I truly hope we managed to forge unforgettable memories and hope to see you again in Ecuador for that pending trip to Cotopaxi and that pending post-pandemic drink!
Thank you for the good vibes, and see you again someday :)

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Mylinda

Daniel was amazing!! He was always available ... · Ecuador - Feb 21 - Mar 2, 2021

Traveler: Mylinda D. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

Daniel was amazing!! He was always available if we needed him! It was very reassuring. We had a phenomenal time in the Galápagos AND Daniel was able to plan the trip within our budget after we discussed details. I would highly recommend Daniel and if we decide to go to the Galápagos again, I will reach out to him in the future!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mindy, Kevin, and Kade!
Thank you so much for the good vibes and the amazing comments, I am very happy to know that you enjoyed your trip to the max! Working on your trip was an amazing experience and learning about your experiences was wholesome in every way.
I truly hope I got to forge great memories for you all because you sure did leave some amazing memories for me :)

Haha, You did it!! The Godzilla pictures are AWESOME!

I wish you all the best in the future, and if you decide to come back sometime, feel free to contact me!

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

Annette

great trip tp the galapagos · Galapagos Islands - Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2020

Traveler: Annette P. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

We had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos! the trip went smooth and we always had a guide to meet us at different islands upon arrival. Our guides were helpful and great at rectifying situations. For instance, my boyfriend and I were going to go on a snorkel/dive session. He was going to dive while I snorkeled, but we were going to be on the same boat. For some reason, I was instructed by one of the boat companies to go on a different boat. I assumed we were meeting together but thought it was... read more

We had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos! the trip went smooth and we always had a guide to meet us at different islands upon arrival. Our guides were helpful and great at rectifying situations. For instance, my boyfriend and I were going to go on a snorkel/dive session. He was going to dive while I snorkeled, but we were going to be on the same boat. For some reason, I was instructed by one of the boat companies to go on a different boat. I assumed we were meeting together but thought it was odd. Our guide Darwin recognized this and called the guide on my boat and asked them to turn around so we could be on the same boat. Darwin was great at looking out for us! Our flight also got delayed and he was able to change his schedule so that we could walk around the island more instead of wait for several hours in the airport. Also, I had left my phone charger on a different Island and Karina, our guide from that Island, had it sent to Darwin! I figured it was gone forever! All in all, the Galapagos is a wonderful place and we would love to return!

RICHARD

Great Trip Ecuador · Ecuador - Feb 6 - Feb 27, 2020

Traveler: RICHARD K. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Isabel Fernandez worked so hard to make our trip to Ecuador so memorable. Every part of the trip was smooth. No hassles in terms of pick ups and transportation. Our guide, Christian was fantastic. We told Isabel what we loved to do as travellers (hiking, nature, etc.) and she worked with us to plan a perfect vacation. She made great suggestions and we worked together to make our Ecuadorian experience so memorable. Rich and Melissa

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rich and Melissa!
I'm happy to hear that you had a great experience in Ecuador, your trip was indeed very special, you were able to see experience the vast diversity of wildlife exploring the Galapagos Islands, the rainforest, cloud forest, and even the Andes while horseback riding! It was a pleasure building this vacation for the two of you, glad it met your expectations!
All the best for the two of you,
Isabel

The Galapagos and Beyond · Galapagos Islands - Feb 13 - Feb 24, 2020

Traveler: Pat Y. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Hi Linda was the most wonderful source and seemed to tune in to our
particular needs.
The guides were wonderful. Christian did a great job in Quito with our
two excursions..even took Bob to a shop for him to buy a coat. Impressed with
his knowledge and driving in difficult conditions...rainstorms.
Carlos in Santa Cruz took us to a great beach where we were the only people for an hour or so and we loved that...great swimming.
The ships crews were just amazing...great food and terrific... read more

Hi Linda was the most wonderful source and seemed to tune in to our
particular needs.
The guides were wonderful. Christian did a great job in Quito with our
two excursions..even took Bob to a shop for him to buy a coat. Impressed with
his knowledge and driving in difficult conditions...rainstorms.
Carlos in Santa Cruz took us to a great beach where we were the only people for an hour or so and we loved that...great swimming.
The ships crews were just amazing...great food and terrific outings..was
impressed by all the activities that were offered.
We liked all the hotels especially liked our stay on Santa Cruz Island and woul
have stayed there for one more day and one less day in Quito.
I loved the atmosphere of the hotel in Quito, but it was very noisy ...with
dogs barking and the cars so sleeping for me was difficult.
Truly a wonderful trip for two seniors that suited us perfectly.
Well done Linda and her associates!
Pat and Bob Yaccato

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Pat and Bob,
thank you so much for your kind words, I'm very happy to hear that you had a wonderful holiday here with us in Ecuador! Thanks as well for your feedback regarding the hotel in Quito, I'll take that into account for future reservations.
I hope that you'll take many beautiful and long-lasting memories of Galapagos, the cruise ship and the Andes back home with you!
All the best for the two of you,
Linda

First Class Service Every Step of the Way · Ecuador - Jan 23 - Feb 6, 2020

Traveler: Mary Ellen G. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

We have so much to share regarding the start to finish adventure that Isabel planned for us. I know she was there in the background managing every leg of the trip and I only wish we could have thanked her in person. Planning with Isabel was easy with 2 way back and forth communication. She listened to what we wanted and delivered completely with perfect guides, transportation, top notch hotels and tours. This was the first time we have used a travel service such as Kimkim and it made the... read more

We have so much to share regarding the start to finish adventure that Isabel planned for us. I know she was there in the background managing every leg of the trip and I only wish we could have thanked her in person. Planning with Isabel was easy with 2 way back and forth communication. She listened to what we wanted and delivered completely with perfect guides, transportation, top notch hotels and tours. This was the first time we have used a travel service such as Kimkim and it made the trip so easy with everything coordinated and booked for us. Special mention goes to David Carrion, who met us at Quito airport and became our friend and guide for the next several days. He was professional and knowledgable about his home country and city with many excellent suggestions. Thank you Isabel for suggesting cooking class and market tour with Chef Edwin of Altamira Restaurant which was one of our highlights. Second guide, Marco Herrera took over for the next leg to take us on a beautiful tour of Cotopaxi and Banos. He took very good care of us and was excellent driver through 2 torrential downpours and travel company for my chatty husband. We absolutely fell in love with Hotel Luna Volcan and wish we had booked for 2 nights. The trip then moved to Amazon and Napo Wildlife Centre. I think Isabel picked the best ecolodge in the area and would recommend this one over all others. Three days of exploring the jungle and river with our guide, Juan was perfect. We then switched gears to travel to Galapagos. We were happy Isabel suggested staying on land using boat tours to uninhabited islands during the day. Huge shout out to Isabella Island hotel, Iguana Crossing which was the nicest hotel on the island. We enjoyed exceptional service and upgraded accommodation. Again we wish we had a second night to enjoy this beach paradise. Another mention needs to be given for honest island residents. My husband dropped his passport by accident when we were out for dinner. By the next morning, there was a tourist news feed broadcasting a picture of his passport and asking where he was staying so it could be returned. Not really the way to become famous but we sure appreciated all the care and concern. Our tour guide, Julio and his lovely young daughter, Mia were absolutely fantastic and took us on a couple of amazing tours. Then we taxi boated back to Santa Cruz for 3 night and again had a lovely oasis hotel, Ikala Hotel close but away from the hustle and bustle. 2 boat snorkelling and island hikes were similar in structure but gave us a wider perspective of different species on each island. We sadly had to say goodbye to Galapagos and fly back to Quito. Tour ended with David meeting us and a very special and private tour of a rose farm close to the airport. What a treat that was! The last hotel Isabel chose was EB Hotel close to the airport for an early morning flight. They even offered to pack us brown bag breakfasts because buffet was not open that early. It was a quiet and lovely way to end a very busy and exciting tour. When I say this was a trip of our lifetime, I am not exaggerating. Thank you Isabel for all your background planning and coordination! I am not exaggerating when I say this is the lady to talk to for your Ecuadorean tour!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mary and Richard, thank you very much for your lovely and very detailed review, this will surely help other travelers! First of all let me tell you that I will keep in mind your feedback regarding Baños and Isabela, both places are really great (Not to mention the hotels!) but sometimes time can be tight so I will explain that spending a little bit more time will be worth it!

I'm glad to hear that you made precious memories here, hope you have many pictures to show friends and family!... read more

Dear Mary and Richard, thank you very much for your lovely and very detailed review, this will surely help other travelers! First of all let me tell you that I will keep in mind your feedback regarding Baños and Isabela, both places are really great (Not to mention the hotels!) but sometimes time can be tight so I will explain that spending a little bit more time will be worth it!

I'm glad to hear that you made precious memories here, hope you have many pictures to show friends and family! We could not meet in person but it was a real pleasure to plan this trip with you, hopefully, in the future you will come again to explore different regions of Ecuador!

Kind regards,
Isabel

Flexible planning meets your needs · Ecuador - Jan 7 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: Sherry k. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Lots of pre-planning emails with Isabel resulted in a beautiful trip. Two little glitches along our 3-week mainland trip were resolved very quickly. Our guide/driver Marco was knowledgeable , and when we asked for a deviation, he knew if it was do-able. Wonderful stays at Les terrazzas de Dana in Mindo (recommend Chocolate massage), Hacienda Porvenir(beautiful, peaceful lounge and hiking outside your door.) Thursday market at Sasqisili was fun.

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sherry!
Thank you for your lovely feedback, I'm glad it met your expectations! It was a pleasure planning this trip with you. Marco was more than happy to help you have the best experience, this includes flexibility and the ability to make on-spot changes to show you the most interesting sights for you.

I hope to hear from you again in the future!

Best wishes,
Isabel

Quito and surrounding area · Ecuador - Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2020

Traveler: Unni S. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

We were two teenager families traveling in mainland Ecuador for the first time. Stayed 6 days in Quito area with visits to Mindo, Cotopaxi and Quilotoa. Our guide Marcelo was perfect match with his deep knowledge of biology and earth sciences, as well as being very flexible and service minded. Highly recommended!

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Unni, thank you very much for your feedback and your recommendation, I'm more than happy to hear that you and your teenagers have enjoyed the trip into the surroundings of Quito with Marcelo!
Greetings from Quito to you and your family,
Linda

He Great Galápagos Experience · Galapagos Islands - Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2020

Traveler: Linda M. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

I can’t remember all of the guides names but they were all very good. The entire trip was incredible.

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda! Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm extremely happy to hear you and Allen have enjoyed every minute of your trip. David and our guides in Galapagos send their regards, they couldn't but mention how an amazingly cooperative couple you are, and we thank you again for that.
My best wishes to both of you and I hope to hear from you again in the future, maybe to plan you another adventure in this wonderful country, Ecuador :)

Greetings from Quito!
Isabel

xiaojing

Highlights Galapagos, jungle, cuenca... · Ecuador - Jan 19 - Feb 2, 2020

Traveler: xiaojing j. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Highlights()
1. Galapagos
2. jungle
3. cuenca
4. scenery while driving
5. The Old Towne Hotel in Quito was very nice and the owner was great to assist with any questions, needs and went above and beyond to make our stay memorable

Negatives (in no particular order)
1. No electricity or air conditioning in jungle
2. The driver from Quito to spoke no English
3. The hotel in Alausi was very bad.
4. The return schedule from the jungle to the airport quite poorly calculated and created unnecessary stress with us nearly missing our flight

Perfect tour · Ecuador - Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2020

Traveler: Hege K. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

All transport and drivers felt safe and was punctual. Our guide to mindo (Marcelo Chavez) was maybe one of the best guides we have experienced. He really payd attention to the groups needs and gave good and pedagogical information. He was truly professional, positive and service minded. Hotel in mindo (Dragonfly) and Cotopaxi was memorable. All activities was good.

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Hege, I'm pleased to hear that you've had a great time with your guide Marcelo and that you've enjoyed the hotels and activities during your tour. It was a pleasure to help you and Unni plan this trip for you and your families, and I hope that you've enjoyed your time on Galapagos as well.
I wish you all the best for future travels,
Linda

Family of Four (Dec 25-Jan 5) · Ecuador - Dec 24 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Mark L. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Thanks to Iveth for organizing a wonderful 13-day trip and to Cristian for making it special. Cristian was very personable and was knowledgeable about local history and customs. He also made great adjustments to our itinerary when appropriate. Iveth stepped up and visited when one of us did not feel well for a couple of days.
Highlights included horseback riding at Cotapaxi; Rose Success rose plantation; Hacienda Las Cuevas (a lovely place to stay carved out of the rock); Casa Gangotena... read more

Thanks to Iveth for organizing a wonderful 13-day trip and to Cristian for making it special. Cristian was very personable and was knowledgeable about local history and customs. He also made great adjustments to our itinerary when appropriate. Iveth stepped up and visited when one of us did not feel well for a couple of days.
Highlights included horseback riding at Cotapaxi; Rose Success rose plantation; Hacienda Las Cuevas (a lovely place to stay carved out of the rock); Casa Gangotena Hotel on an historic square in Quito (great rooms, lovely food, and craft cocktails); the weaving demonstration and people at Peguche Wasi; and our days at Napo Wildlife Center in the Amazon basin. The people were great everywhere we stayed. Cristian’s suggestions for local lunch stops were wonderful and we enjoyed our time with him. We also thought the Cultura Manor Hotel was a nice introduction to the ambience of Quito. We particularly enjoyed our leisurely lunch at La Plaza Restaurant in the Hotel Mama Cuchara (which is by ArtHotels who also have locations in Otavalo and Cuenca). It has a great rooftop bar with views of the historic center and of the Virgin Mary statue on the Mirador de Panecillo. The bar was tended by Juan Pedro who crafted his own cocktails and had virgin versions for the kids.
Being in Ecuador at New Year’s was a treat. In many places, we saw groups of men and even kids clumsily dressed as women who sang and danced amusingly in front of our car. For a couple of coins, we could pass through. Some of them kept us laughing. Cristian explained the tradition and even confessed to having done the same as a young man. The atmosphere for our NYE dinner in the monastery at Hacienda Cusin was wonderful as were the folk dancers would performed in the garden. Although, the rooms there were very tired, the service was great and we loved getting the hot water bottles as part of the turn-down service. And yes, we did find the secret stair in the monastery.
The Amazon was a fabulous part of the trip. The lodge was very well done, the excursions were well planned, and the service was very nice. We saw three species of monkeys, macaws, parrots, a toucan, a young and a full-grown anaconda, caimans, giant river otters, tarantulas, and many other beautiful birds. Our canoe crews were excellent. The visit to the village was a bit touristy but we danced their dance and bought a few hand-made things from their shop.
Our transfers with Alejandro upon our arrival and the day of our departure were excellent. He was flexible and helpful in making our last day in Quito a great day. We had 10 hours between our arrival from the Amazon and the time we needed to return to the airport. So, we went on our own unplanned excursions. We spent two hours at the home and museum of Ecuador’s famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín. This is an absolute must and we highly recommend going there. We then went to the historic Quito area where we came across numerous street performers and an entertaining parade. Alejandro held onto our luggage while we toured. So, it really helped make it a great day.
We do have a few suggestions noting that some of the drives were tiresome and it was cramped being in a small SUV. Skip the Thermae at Papallacta. The cabin was fun, the treatments were fine, and the hike was nice, but the hot springs were filled with locals who stand in line to get in. The place lost its charm with so many people there so it was not worth the drive. White water rafting would have been more fun.
The little village at the middle of the earth was very touristy. The egg demonstration, walking the line, and the water draining demonstration, were all pretty hokey. The monument next door was fine and the relief map in the French pavilion was helpful. The nearby Le Crater Restaurant was fogged in so we did not have a view but even so, the service and the food were disappointing. We do recommend a stop at the Quitsato equator. Their explanations and materials were very well done and it was good that Cristian had us stop there.
In Napo we would have preferred to have one of their naturalists (which is usually included) instead of hiring and paying for our own directly which was apparently due to holiday scheduling difficulties. Pedro was not very engaging, even at meals. He could have made it more fun for us and our teens. Our indigenous community guide Jorge was good at spotting animals and we even heard Pedro asking Jorge for information about the animals. We still enjoying Napo and would recommend it.
We had a great trip to the Galapagos prior to having kids and would have worked that it if we had more time.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Mark!
Thank you sooooo and really much for you amazing and complete review, this is so helpful for us to know your feedback!
I am so glad you enjoyed all and every place and activity you visit with Cristian, the itinerary detailed of the experience you have was created with all my heart with such amazing company of Nancy, she was wonderful since the beginning to get the final trip for your delight.
I really appreciate all your kind words and it was fantastic to share a good talk with... read more

Dear, Mark!
Thank you sooooo and really much for you amazing and complete review, this is so helpful for us to know your feedback!
I am so glad you enjoyed all and every place and activity you visit with Cristian, the itinerary detailed of the experience you have was created with all my heart with such amazing company of Nancy, she was wonderful since the beginning to get the final trip for your delight.
I really appreciate all your kind words and it was fantastic to share a good talk with you when I visited you to confirm everything is ok with your health!
All the places you visited and enjoy an accommodation experience, are so gracefull of your review, this is so helpful to keep improving their services in a positive and motivated way.
Honestly, I really appreciate your review, because coming from you, as a trip experience specialist, this is a feedback so important to keep planning the best trips with a genuine
sense of my country orchestrated with great service!

I have already told your kind words to Cristian, Alejandro and the staff involved in your itinerary, they are so happy!

Thanks a lot again to you and your family, and send my greetings too!

Best regards,
Iveth

Great trip · Ecuador - Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2020

Traveler: Manoj N. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Had a great time in Ecuador. Kimkim team - especially Iveth - was very helpful and went out of their way to make sure that we had a good trip. Thank you!

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Manoj, Rima, and Sidharth!
Thanks a lot for coming to Ecuador to enjoy this amazing adventure, I am really happy, you had a Great trip in Ecuador.
For me, it was a pleasure to assist you during your trip process and I keep a great memory of you and your family in my country, now is yours too, you can come back whenever you want!

Warmest regards,
Iveth

Our trip to Ecuador was wonderful. I feel we ... · Ecuador - Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Ann C. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Our trip to Ecuador was wonderful. I feel we experienced as much as we could in our 7 day adventure. Iveth was lovely and I found it very special that she met us at the airport and joined us on the trip to Huasquila Lodge in the Amazon rainforest. I enjoyed her insight, information into our travels and advice when we were on own.. It was such a pleasure to have Marcelo drive us. I learned alot from him, enjoyed his knowledge, he was patient with our lack of spanish, its was fun to hear of... read more

Our trip to Ecuador was wonderful. I feel we experienced as much as we could in our 7 day adventure. Iveth was lovely and I found it very special that she met us at the airport and joined us on the trip to Huasquila Lodge in the Amazon rainforest. I enjoyed her insight, information into our travels and advice when we were on own.. It was such a pleasure to have Marcelo drive us. I learned alot from him, enjoyed his knowledge, he was patient with our lack of spanish, its was fun to hear of his family, and very thankful for our late night drives and that he gave up so much of Christmas holiday to be with us. Christian who was our driver from the rainforest to Banos taking in so many sites and waterfalls, he was so kind as he helped me to navigate the trails to waterfalls ( I have to admit I was not prepared for terrain) and taking video and pictures of our adventures. I so enjoyed his company and learning of his big family, traditions, and his recommendations for Banos, we did take his advice on eating Guinea pig (Cuy).
It was memorable and so fun to spend time with my son Denver, he tries to keep me young and challenge of my comfort zone. You all helped with that.
Iveth, Marcelo, and Christian will remain in my heart with a SMILE.
Thanks so much,
Ann Collins

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

My dear, Ann!
Thank you really much, I really appreciate your so kind words, for me, it was fantastic to meet you and to meet Denver, It was an honor of being part of this trip planning since the beginning with your lovely son, Denver.
You rocked all time, and as you realized Ecuador is crowded with amazing and a lot of places to visit in so short distances and in a very small country, small but beautiful!
So you took advantage of all your time here, and for Marcelo, Christian and me, all of... read more

My dear, Ann!
Thank you really much, I really appreciate your so kind words, for me, it was fantastic to meet you and to meet Denver, It was an honor of being part of this trip planning since the beginning with your lovely son, Denver.
You rocked all time, and as you realized Ecuador is crowded with amazing and a lot of places to visit in so short distances and in a very small country, small but beautiful!
So you took advantage of all your time here, and for Marcelo, Christian and me, all of us feel honored of have hosted you in here, and no doubt, both of you dear Ann and dear Denver, we will remain you with a BIG SMILE TOO in our heart!

Warmest regards,
Iveth

Superb vacation in Ecuador and Galapagos islands. · Ecuador - Dec 21 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Roman M. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

We had nice vacation in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands - it was one of our best vacation. All transfers and accuracy were excellent. Majority of tours were superb - the best guide was Veronica, the first tour after arrival to Santa Cruz - Turtles Farm and Darvin Station. The last one on the Islands - Bay Tour was ok: tour guide had limited English (basically few major sentences), also it was a similar one we had already on the islands earlier.
Once again, thank you so much for organizing one... read more

We had nice vacation in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands - it was one of our best vacation. All transfers and accuracy were excellent. Majority of tours were superb - the best guide was Veronica, the first tour after arrival to Santa Cruz - Turtles Farm and Darvin Station. The last one on the Islands - Bay Tour was ok: tour guide had limited English (basically few major sentences), also it was a similar one we had already on the islands earlier.
Once again, thank you so much for organizing one of the best our vacation, we enjoyed it a lot. We are already thinking to visit more countries in Latin America.
All the best Yelena and Roman

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Yelena and Roman,
thank you very much for your feedback about your trip to Ecuador and Galapagos! Thanks as well for your feedback about guides and excursions - this always helps us to continuously improve our service.
I am very happy to hear that you had a great time and that you are planning on visiting more countries in Latin America.
All the best for future travels,
Linda

Quito, Galápagos · Ecuador - Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2019

Traveler: Nancy C. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Every aspect of our trip was well choreographed. Isabel did a great job making sure things moved along seamlessly. Our cruise on the Coral 1 in the Galapagos was wonderful. The staff was very professional, knowledgeable and kind. The snorkeling was fabulous. We then went to the rainforest. What an experience- one extreme to another. We enjoyed our canoe trips and jungle walks immensely. One thing I would strongly recommend is flying in and out of the amazon instead of driving. That was not at all fun. In all, my family as I were very pleased with our trip!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nancy! thanks a lot for your valuable feedback.
I'm happy to hear that you had a wonderful time, I know your family was looking forward to snorkeling especially, and of course, an adventure in the rainforest.
Regarding transportation to the rainforest, right now there is only one airline that flights, but this year two more airlines will start flying, hopefully, this would make the flights more reliable and so, the tours to the rainforest more comfortable!

A life changing journey · Ecuador - Dec 17 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: Marsha S. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Our trip to Ecuador was incredible and surpassed all expectations! Iveth put together the perfect trip based upon on interests and budget. She was extremely communicative in the months and weeks leading up to our trip, and was in regular contact with us and our guides throughout our trip. Thanks to Iveth we were able to see and learn about so many different parts of the country. We spent 18 days traveling through mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We spent half of our trip journeying... read more

Our trip to Ecuador was incredible and surpassed all expectations! Iveth put together the perfect trip based upon on interests and budget. She was extremely communicative in the months and weeks leading up to our trip, and was in regular contact with us and our guides throughout our trip. Thanks to Iveth we were able to see and learn about so many different parts of the country. We spent 18 days traveling through mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We spent half of our trip journeying through the highlands, the Amazon rainforest, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, and Quito; the second half we spend in the Galapagos Islands. She arranged for us to have a private guide/driver while on the mainland - Christian. He was one of the best guides we've ever had, in any country! He was kind, caring and funny. He was so knowledgeable about Ecuador's history, culture, and especially the nature! Thanks to Christian, we feel like experts on Ecuador. His love and passion for his country shined, and it truly made our experience extra special.

Our vacation to Ecuador was unique for a number of reasons, but mostly because Iveth was instrumental in coordinating and executing our marriage proposal. She assisted my fiance with planning every detail of his proposal, including ensuring that eleven 'love notes' were received by eleven different hotels. The proposal took place overlooking the spectacular Lake Quilotoa, and it will be one of our most cherished memories. She also assisted my fiance with planning a very special hotel stay at the beautiful and romantic Hotel Rumiloma. Iveth was always there for us; we had some issues with our airline tickets and she was immediately available to assist. When we both felt sick one day in Quito, she came to our hotel first thing in the morning with Pediasure and medicine. She was extremely attentive to all of our needs, and she went above and beyond to make sure our time in Ecuador was well spent. She is extremely organized and we never had to worry about our itinerary, pick ups, transfers, etc. Her positive energy and love for her country radiates, and we could not have imagined this trip without her playing a part in it. I plan to tell all my friends and family to work with Iveth when planning their Ecuador trips, and we will certainly work with her again on our next visit to the wonderful Ecuador!

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Heyyyyyy! My lovely and uncommon traveler friends!
It's going to be difficult forgetting you, I could say I won't forget you for more than one reason!
Thanks a lot for coming to visit my beautiful Ecuador, as you know it is your home whenever you want to come back.
I am so happy you enjoy every second, before coming, during your stay and of course after the trip with a lot of anecdotes to tell everyone!
I loved planning your trip with special details I was imaging you will love, and it's... read more

Heyyyyyy! My lovely and uncommon traveler friends!
It's going to be difficult forgetting you, I could say I won't forget you for more than one reason!
Thanks a lot for coming to visit my beautiful Ecuador, as you know it is your home whenever you want to come back.
I am so happy you enjoy every second, before coming, during your stay and of course after the trip with a lot of anecdotes to tell everyone!
I loved planning your trip with special details I was imaging you will love, and it's great to read on your amazing review you loved!
Even though there were some situations unexpected, you were an amazing travelers and exceptional trip partners, when you keep together, being optimistic and being confident in the advice, and as I told you: It's great to keep together but especially in difficult moments!
Having you here, was also a great experience for me, now I feel I can do everything, lol.
Thanks a lot again for your amazing words, for all my team, it was fantastic assisting you every day, I have already let them know all your feelings on this lovely message, Christian, Marcelo and all places where you enjoy your accommodation, were so happy of receiving your message.

When you return to Ecuador, your family or your friends, remember, you have more than one friend here to help you with anything!

With all my heart ;)
Iveth

Good memories of Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 15 - Dec 25, 2019

Traveler: Ayesha S. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

Had a great time (10 days) at various location along the Andean highlands in Ecuador with our guide, Cristian, organised by Iveth. What a gorgeous, scenic country and friendly people!!
Iveth took to time to tailor the itinerary to hit all the places we selected. And even helped us out with a couple of issues along the way. Cristian was with us the whole trip and his assistance was exemplary and invaluable. He was willing to accommodate changes, make suggestions and was not stuck to a set... read more

Had a great time (10 days) at various location along the Andean highlands in Ecuador with our guide, Cristian, organised by Iveth. What a gorgeous, scenic country and friendly people!!
Iveth took to time to tailor the itinerary to hit all the places we selected. And even helped us out with a couple of issues along the way. Cristian was with us the whole trip and his assistance was exemplary and invaluable. He was willing to accommodate changes, make suggestions and was not stuck to a set checklist. His input about local customs, traditions, etc., added to experience.
In retrospect, I would've liked to have had two days in Quito and vicinity and skipped Guayaquil; and definitely would've added a couple of visits to the museums to learn about pre-Inca settlements/history.
Will come back again to visit Yasuni and Galapagos the next time. Thank you, Iveth and Cristian, for making it a memorable trip.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Ayesha!
Thank you so so so much, I really appreciate your time and your kind words!
I am so glad you enjoyed a great time in Ecuador, and you take advantage of every detail organized in your itinerary, behind every daily programming there is a committed staff, so I will let them know all your lovely words.
As I can see you will return to visit more of the Ecuadorian wonders, I will be more than happy to assist you in anything you need!
Cuenca, Yasuní, Galápagos, Cristian and me, will be... read more

Dear, Ayesha!
Thank you so so so much, I really appreciate your time and your kind words!
I am so glad you enjoyed a great time in Ecuador, and you take advantage of every detail organized in your itinerary, behind every daily programming there is a committed staff, so I will let them know all your lovely words.
As I can see you will return to visit more of the Ecuadorian wonders, I will be more than happy to assist you in anything you need!
Cuenca, Yasuní, Galápagos, Cristian and me, will be waiting for you and for Latha of course!
Thanks for being great travelers and keep enjoying your adventure with the best vibes.

Warmest regards,
Iveth

Our 5-day adventure to Ecuador was terrific. ... · Ecuador - Dec 28 - Jan 2, 2020

Traveler: Kristin T. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Our 5-day adventure to Ecuador was terrific. Highlights: historic Quito, Cotapaxi, Banos, the avenue of waterfalls, the eco-lodge in Tena and rafting! Everything made easy on the booking end by Linda and on the ground by guide extraordinaire, Marco.

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kristin,
I am very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time (and New Year's Eve) in Ecuador! It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I hope that you'll come back one day to explore more of Ecuador.
All the best for you and Elisabeth,
Linda

Great Trip with Amazing Guides · Ecuador - Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Denver C. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

My mother and I really felt like we were being looked after and had a great experience from start to finish in Ecuador.

Marcelo and Iveth greeted us at the airport on our first day and went the extra mile to make sure we felt welcomed.

A real highlight of the trip was the two nights we spend at the Amazon lodge-- the staff there, including Sabino, our guide, were incredible. It made for a great adventure.

Then, we were again put into good hands with Chrisitian, our guide through the Waterfalls route.

Overall, the trip was unforgettable and Iveth and company made it really easy on us.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

My dear friends, Ann and Denver!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you the idea of taking advantage of your time our beautiful Ecuador was essential, your kind words make me feel satisfied, You have mentioned the truth, all the people involved enjoy and make with passion this amazing activity of tourism with the only one goal, you got an amazing experience to keep as an unforgettable experience.
So thanks a lot for take the time and your experience... read more

My dear friends, Ann and Denver!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you the idea of taking advantage of your time our beautiful Ecuador was essential, your kind words make me feel satisfied, You have mentioned the truth, all the people involved enjoy and make with passion this amazing activity of tourism with the only one goal, you got an amazing experience to keep as an unforgettable experience.
So thanks a lot for take the time and your experience to mention to Marcelo, Sabino, Huasquila Lodge, Cristian, and of course more people behind to make possible receive this type of experiences in words.
My friends from Ecuador Galapagos Travels will be thrilled and grateful for knowing you're finally arrived safe and with a good vibe after this adventure!

Have an amazing 2020 and please keep traveling together, you are a treasure for each one of you! Thanks a lot again, and have an amazing day!
Warmest regards from your Ecuadorian friend,
Iveth

Jon

This trip was perfect! · Ecuador - Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2019

Traveler: Jon P. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

The guide, Cristin was amazing! He made my trip special and unforgettable. I have memories that will last a lifetime. The trip was perfectly organized. The food and stay were well orchestrated. I would recommend this group to anyone visiting Ecuador!

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Jon!
I am so glad to hear you had a great trip in Ecuador!
Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind and warm words! I will definitely pass along your appreciation to Cristian, for him it was amazing too, spending this precious time with such an interesting person like you, he really enjoy to share this trip to discover and to show you the wonders of my beautiful country!
Thanks for your time of coming here, and thanks for this message that you are taking in your... read more

Dear, Jon!
I am so glad to hear you had a great trip in Ecuador!
Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind and warm words! I will definitely pass along your appreciation to Cristian, for him it was amazing too, spending this precious time with such an interesting person like you, he really enjoy to share this trip to discover and to show you the wonders of my beautiful country!
Thanks for your time of coming here, and thanks for this message that you are taking in your soul to share with more people who would like to live this experience too!
It was our pleasure of being part of this memorable trip also for me!

Best regards,
Iveth ;)

Trisha

Linda planned a great trip for me! · Ecuador - Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2019

Traveler: Trisha E. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda was amazing. My travel plans were fluid early on and she gave me numerous options and updated along the way as I finalized the details, with regular communication. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Trisha, it was a pleasure to assist you while planning your tour and I am more than happy that we could organize the perfect trip for you to Galapagos! I hope that one day you'll get the chance to return so that you can visit the other islands as well!
I wish you all the best for future travels,
Linda

Carolyn

Couldn't Have Been Better! · Galapagos Islands - Oct 10 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Carolyn T. - Local specialist: Iveth Granda

I cannot say enough about Iveth and her team. They were absolutely phenomenal. Our trip to the Galapagos went off without a hitch. And given the fact that there was a countrywide shutdown of transportation and its providers, it was a miracle that none of our plans were changed. They were quick on their feet, responsive and- most of all- protective of us and of our experience. The tours that Iveth arranged in the islands were informative, fun and adventurous. A few times we had personal guides... read more

I cannot say enough about Iveth and her team. They were absolutely phenomenal. Our trip to the Galapagos went off without a hitch. And given the fact that there was a countrywide shutdown of transportation and its providers, it was a miracle that none of our plans were changed. They were quick on their feet, responsive and- most of all- protective of us and of our experience. The tours that Iveth arranged in the islands were informative, fun and adventurous. A few times we had personal guides that provided one-on-one insight into the Galapagos and its amazing inhabitants. We saw every animal we wanted to see! The hotels that we stayed in were all good to great with hot showers and comfortable beds (true necessities after a day of exploring!).
Iveth was truly lovely and she made sure that we were taken care of every step of the way. She knows her territory and she loves her country and its people. Her enthusiasm shows through in her attention to detail and her ability to put the right guide with the right people. When we return to Ecuador, which we have promised Iveth we would, we will definitely use her services again.

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Iveth Granda, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Carolyn, and Jonathon!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you, your happiness is mine, I am really thrilled you had a wonderful in my beloved Ecuador!

For all my team is a commitment to make of your trip an amazing experience, I will pass on your kind words to all the Responsible Travel Team, they will be happy and grateful too for coming to our country and keep enjoying since the beginning to the end!

And, remember you promised to come back... read more

Dear, Carolyn, and Jonathon!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review!
As I told you, your happiness is mine, I am really thrilled you had a wonderful in my beloved Ecuador!

For all my team is a commitment to make of your trip an amazing experience, I will pass on your kind words to all the Responsible Travel Team, they will be happy and grateful too for coming to our country and keep enjoying since the beginning to the end!

And, remember you promised to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country "The Country of four worlds", and for us, it will be a great pleasure to assist you again.

Thanks a lot again, and have an amazing day!
Warmest regards from your Ecuadorian friend,
Iveth

7 Days in Ecuador: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas · Ecuador - Sep 28 - Oct 5, 2019

Traveler: Young C. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

I am so thankful for all the help that Kimkim has provided for my trip. The trip was booked at the very last minute and had a lot of twists and turns. I don't think our family enjoyed the trip as much as we did if we haven't have Isabel and our trusted guide, Christian. Isabel worked before and after her normal working hour to help me when a national strike by transportation works paralyzed the country for a couple of days. Christian educated our family on food, custom, history and geography... read more

I am so thankful for all the help that Kimkim has provided for my trip. The trip was booked at the very last minute and had a lot of twists and turns. I don't think our family enjoyed the trip as much as we did if we haven't have Isabel and our trusted guide, Christian. Isabel worked before and after her normal working hour to help me when a national strike by transportation works paralyzed the country for a couple of days. Christian educated our family on food, custom, history and geography with his kind manners and excellent knowledge. I would definitely consider working with Kimkim for our next adventure. Thank you!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Young! Thank you very much for the feedback about your trip, I love to hear that you had a great time here in Ecuador even though we didn't have much time to plan for it! I will let Christian know about your kind words, I know he loves sharing our culture so he definitely had a great time with you! I hope you have the chance to come back someday.

Kind regards,
Isabel

Heather

Top Wildlife Lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon · Ecuador - Sep 4 - Sep 25, 2019

Traveler: Heather K. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

It was an absolute pleasure working with Mathias:

1. He listened carefully to our special areas of interest (birding photography) and designed a fantastic itinerary for us.
2. The accommodation and guides that he set up for us exceeded our expectations.
3. His personal input and support when we needed urgent medical assistance was invaluable.
4. He was always available and responsive throughout the whole 4 week trip

In Mindo, Mathias set us up with Edison from... read more

It was an absolute pleasure working with Mathias:

1. He listened carefully to our special areas of interest (birding photography) and designed a fantastic itinerary for us.
2. The accommodation and guides that he set up for us exceeded our expectations.
3. His personal input and support when we needed urgent medical assistance was invaluable.
4. He was always available and responsive throughout the whole 4 week trip

In Mindo, Mathias set us up with Edison from http://www.swordbilledexpeditions.com/about-us/ . Ed’s bird knowledge was remarkable, his photographic skills superb, he was able to get us into unusual and remote locations, he introduced us to fascinating people and was just a wonderful person to spend time with. We stayed at the Septimo Paraiso and the Bellavista Cloudforest Lodge, both of which were stunning

My research showed very mixed feedback between Cuyabeno and Yasuni, and so based on Mathias’s recommendation we did both – and in hindsight he was completely correct. They are very different, unique and special in their own distinct ways. In Cuyabeno we stayed at the Nicki Lodge for 5 nights and I loved it. We met a couple of travelers who had had bad experiences at some of the other local lodges, but the service and friendliness from our staff was fantastic. The lodge is more casual and low key but I felt closer to the environment and with the narrower rivers the forest seemed to be more intimate. We had a young guide called Jefferson who was from Quito - he had fallen in love with the natural environment and was passionate about sharing it with us. Through his share dedication we managed to see a young family of endangered otters, the beautiful fresh water dolphins, birds, insects, caiman, spiders and flora (as well as lots of very muddy walks – well worth the effort). The lovely lodge chef cooked up tasty local meals shared at one long table which allowed us to meet backpackers through to seasoned international travelers.

Sacha Lodge, on the other hand, was truly spectacular and upmarket. Mathias organized a “master” ornithologist for us (a local Kichwe called Osca) who managed to help us identify 130 bird species in 3 days (including a great sighting of a juvenile Harpy Eagle), over and above the 5 monkey species, stick insects, frogs, parrots at the clay lick, and quiet moments in the canoe simply enjoying the environment.

There is no way we could have put together a trip like this without the local knowledge, experience and expertise of Mathias and his team. Mathias provided us with a level of service, professionalism and personal input that I have never experienced before. Kudos to him and his team.

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Heather,

thanks a lot for your review. I’m very happy that you enjoyed your time here in Ecuador and that you could achieve one of your main objectives, which was getting many bird species in front of the camera! It has been a pleasure for my team and I organizing this trip for you and having you here.
I’m also very glad that we were able to get your health issues solved quickly so that you didn’t miss out too much of this trip that you had been planning for a very long time.... read more

Dear Heather,

thanks a lot for your review. I’m very happy that you enjoyed your time here in Ecuador and that you could achieve one of your main objectives, which was getting many bird species in front of the camera! It has been a pleasure for my team and I organizing this trip for you and having you here.
I’m also very glad that we were able to get your health issues solved quickly so that you didn’t miss out too much of this trip that you had been planning for a very long time.

Hopefully, you can come visit us another time to see the rest of this beautiful country!

Best regards and see you soon,
Mathias

Steven

Islands and Amazon eco. · Ecuador - Aug 31 - Sep 14, 2019

Traveler: Steven M. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

Ecuador, the essentials. Quito, Yasuni National Park Amazon, and Galapagos!

Our 14 day vacation was exceptional from start to finish. Our trip advisor, Isabel Perez, worked with me in the months leading up to our holiday to ensure we were able to visit our 'must see' places, and also find relaxation time. Her recommendation of the Napo Cultural Centre in Yasuni was the perfect choice for us. Not only is this first class eco-lodge located in a beautiful part of the Amazon, but it is also... read more

Ecuador, the essentials. Quito, Yasuni National Park Amazon, and Galapagos!

Our 14 day vacation was exceptional from start to finish. Our trip advisor, Isabel Perez, worked with me in the months leading up to our holiday to ensure we were able to visit our 'must see' places, and also find relaxation time. Her recommendation of the Napo Cultural Centre in Yasuni was the perfect choice for us. Not only is this first class eco-lodge located in a beautiful part of the Amazon, but it is also home to the local indigenous community school, doctor's office, and cultural events. So you can interact with the local people as well as the parrots and monkeys!

Then after a few days visiting more of Quito we spent 6 unforgettable days on Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. Kimkim arranged for our door to door transportation, great hotels, and unforgettable activities.

We highly recommend partnering with Kimkim to ensure you have the best, seamless, and unforgettable experience in Ecuador!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve! I'm glad the two of you had a wonderful experience here in Ecuador, hope it was a healing time and you came back home with renewed strength! It was a real pleasure planning this trip with you, hopefully, you will come back and see more of the wonders Ecuador has to offer.

Warm regards,
Isabel

Options for Touring Ecuador · Ecuador - Jul 27 - Jul 29, 2019

Traveler: Leslie T. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

The trip was amazing. Isabel did a wonderful job of planning the trip and Christian, our tour guide was unbelievable. He took us everywhere on the itinerary and even included extra stops along the way that he thought would interest us. He was very knowledgeable and we had a fantastic time on the trip. We would definitely recommend that anyone traveling to the Quito area use KimKim and request Christian as your tour guide!

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Leslie,
I'm so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time and experiences in Ecuador! I will hand over your nice words to Christian and everyone else who helped to make your short-trip an unforgettable experience!
Please don't hesitate to contact me again in case you - or maybe friends of yours? - want to come to Ecuador again one day! It will be a pleasure for me to plan another great trip together with you.
Warm regards from Ecuador,
Isabel

Trip to Galapagos Islands · Galapagos Islands - May 27 - May 31, 2019

Traveler: Keri B. - Local specialist: Isabel Pérez

We enjoyed our 5 days of sailing in the Galapagos aboard the Fragata. Our guide, Roberto, was entertaining and knowledgeable about the islands. We especially enjoyed our interactions with the crew, namely Ramon and Jordan. They made our time aboard the boat fun by joining us for games. It was great to get to know them.

Overall, we had a great experience.

One suggestion is about snorkel gear rental. The Fragata website is not clear about cost of rentals. It lists a price for snorkel... read more

We enjoyed our 5 days of sailing in the Galapagos aboard the Fragata. Our guide, Roberto, was entertaining and knowledgeable about the islands. We especially enjoyed our interactions with the crew, namely Ramon and Jordan. They made our time aboard the boat fun by joining us for games. It was great to get to know them.

Overall, we had a great experience.

One suggestion is about snorkel gear rental. The Fragata website is not clear about cost of rentals. It lists a price for snorkel equipment. What is not clear is that this price is for either snorkel and mask OR fins. If you want the full package, it is double the cost.

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Isabel Pérez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Keri! I'm happy you all had a great experience, especially with the crew!
I'm really sorry about the confusion with the prices for the snorkel equipment but thank you for letting me know! I will get in touch with the company so the website is reviewed and it clarifies the exact price of the full package.
Kind regards,
Isabel