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Wonderful! Plain and simple, our trip to Arg... · Argentina - Nov 22 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Mark A. - Local specialist: Maria Barciela

Wonderful! Plain and simple, our trip to Argentina met and exceeded my expectations. The planning and the execution was nearly perfect. The guides could not have been more informative and accommodating. Gabie, in Bariloche was simply amazing! Her background and knowledge was very impressive. In summary........Viva Argentina!

Michael

Where do I start but to say .... · New Zealand - Nov 18 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Michael F. - Local specialist: Eloise Le Bout

what was planned by Eloise our guide, was brilliantly put together. I had an idea of the places where to go and with a little tinkering between ourselves Eloise came up with, for us, a perfect tour. Everything was smooth from the moment we were picked up at the airport, to the moment we were dropped off for our return. Knowing that everything was booked and paid for when we arrived at each accommodation, and tour meant there was never a concern with any payments. The only thing we had to... read more

what was planned by Eloise our guide, was brilliantly put together. I had an idea of the places where to go and with a little tinkering between ourselves Eloise came up with, for us, a perfect tour. Everything was smooth from the moment we were picked up at the airport, to the moment we were dropped off for our return. Knowing that everything was booked and paid for when we arrived at each accommodation, and tour meant there was never a concern with any payments. The only thing we had to concern ourselves with and put our hand in our pocket for was where to get something to eat and drink on each day. The only blip was that our trip to Milford Sound was cancelled due to bad weather, but the weather is beyond anyone's control.
Highlights for us was Lake Tarawera and the thermal beach, Akaroa for penguin watching, which turned out to be a quaint little town also, and whale watching in Kaikoura to which the company concerned upgraded us to a helicopter flight so we had an added bonus to boot.
All in all the tour Eloise put together for us was just what we wanted and if I am ever to go back to New Zealand, I know who I will contact; Eloise, watch out for my next call !

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Eloise Le Bout, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot Michael for this very kind review. I am so glad you and Balbinita enjoyed New Zealand, and your trip that much. And what a lucky surprise for you to have had a free upgrade from our partner in Kaikoura, for your flight over the whales.
I will watch our for your next call then :), and hopefully next time you visit, the weather at Milford Sound will be welcoming!
Eloise

Betsy

Our experience with KimKim was outstanding! T... · Jordan - Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Betsy J. - Local specialist: Amanda Qardan

Our experience with KimKim was outstanding! This was our first time using KimKim and we will definitely use them again! Amanda - who helped us set up the trip - was a wealth of information, and patience! And her follow through was unsurpassed, including checking in with us several times during the trip. Akram - our driver - was outstanding! His love of Jordan came through everyday and we learned a ton from him, including the history, culture and politics of Jordan and the surrounding countries. We were lucky to have both of them involved in our trip!

Awesome trip and Excellent Agent! · United Arab Emirates - Dec 3 - Dec 9, 2019

Traveler: Nia C. - Local specialist: Pradeep Fernando

Pradeep was excellent! He was a joy to work with and really helped to bring my vision alive! I would be happy to work with him again! We had a great time! He was super friendly and very helpful!

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Pradeep Fernando, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Nia, for your kind words. So pleased to have all of you enjoy your time in Dubai and look forward to your next trip. Please convey love and regards to your mum & dad, Kalvin and the rest of the crew. Compliments of the season to you all and thank you again!

Bruce

12 Days in Myanmar · Myanmar - Nov 28 - Dec 9, 2019

Traveler: Bruce M. - Local specialist: Jack Burma

Just returned from a 12 day trip to Myanmar. Our host/guide(s) Jack et al were great. We were met at all of our destinations by a guide and driver. Accommodation was very comfortable, several with lots of character/history. Highlights were:

1) Boat Trip from Mandalay to Bagan on a small river boat that had 7 cabins. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was very relaxing and we got to see lots of activity along the river with a few stops for land tours here and there.
2) Bagan. We spent two... read more

Just returned from a 12 day trip to Myanmar. Our host/guide(s) Jack et al were great. We were met at all of our destinations by a guide and driver. Accommodation was very comfortable, several with lots of character/history. Highlights were:

1) Boat Trip from Mandalay to Bagan on a small river boat that had 7 cabins. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was very relaxing and we got to see lots of activity along the river with a few stops for land tours here and there.
2) Bagan. We spent two days in Bagan. The first day was with a guide who showed us some of the more notable pagodas and also took us on a tour of a local farm village which we enjoyed. The second day we were on electric scooters and had lots of fun exploring around the place.
3) We flew from Mandalay to Heho and then got driven to Kalaw which is a small town in the foothills (elevation around 5000 feet). We stayed in a hotel that was at one time an English school. From here we rode bicycles for three days through the hills and ended up at Inle Lake. We had good quality Bianchi hybrids and the local driving population were very respectful to bike riders.
4) Inle Lake is very cool and where we encountered the most tourists. We enjoyed visiting the Inle Horse Club (where you can ride horses if you like) as well as the Red Mountain Estate Winery. These two venues are very close together and the winery is very well done. We also went around the lake in a long boat for a day which was a lot of fun.
There are a few cautionary notes for travelers to Myanmar. We took US $ which are readily accepted everywhere. However, at the airport money exchanges, if the bills were not in mint condition, they would not accept them. This includes any writing on the bill or the slightest tear. Secondly, our credit card company cancelled our card when we initially tried to pay for our trip. A lengthy discussion ensued between me and the credit card company but they indicated that there was a computer algorithm which was responsible for the cancellation and it could not be over ridden. Fortunately KimKim offered us an alternative payment through a wire transfer.

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Jack Burma, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Bruce for visiting our beautiful Myanmar and we're very glad to hear you had a great stay in Myanmar during your visit.

We're always happy to do a great job for every visitor who choose Myanmar as holidays destination.

We hope to see you again in the future in Myanmar.

Best,
Jack

Best service for Morocco! · Morocco - Dec 4 - Dec 8, 2019

Traveler: Alison L. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

First of all, the assistance Yassine provided from the day I made contact with him was fantastic. He worked with me to build a trip that would meet all of our needs and the response time was immediate and the details provided were perfect to enable me to make decisions about our trip.

Secondly, our driver in Morocco, Hassan, was so incredibly sweet and basically worked for us 24/7 to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see, made sure we were always well taken care of and was always... read more

First of all, the assistance Yassine provided from the day I made contact with him was fantastic. He worked with me to build a trip that would meet all of our needs and the response time was immediate and the details provided were perfect to enable me to make decisions about our trip.

Secondly, our driver in Morocco, Hassan, was so incredibly sweet and basically worked for us 24/7 to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see, made sure we were always well taken care of and was always honest, cheerful, and gracious.

Thirdly, the accommodations were spectacular, from the cozy spot in Chefchaouen to the lavish Dar Roumana in Fes and Riad Bellamane in Marrakech. The rooms and service at each location were above and beyond our expectations.

Our favorite spot was Chechchaouen, were we hiked to the Spanish mosque at sunrise, returned to our hotel for a lovely breakfast, and then toured the city. Hassan provided us with a guide at the last minute, Youssef, and Youssef was a local who spent 2 hours with us touring the medina and explaining everything about the gorgeous blue city.

Our stop at Volubilis was an unexpected delight as well--we spent an hour walking through the well preserved ruins of an ancient Roman city with no other tourists around. A lunch of delicious couscous on an outside terrace at a hillside restaurant in Moulay Idriss completed this stop en route to Fes.

In Fes, we had a delicious meal at Dar Roumana and a full day tour where we saw all of the key sights. Finishing the day at a Hammam, followed by a delicious dinner at Maison Blanche/MB and a drink at the gorgeous rooftop of Hotel Sahrai completed our visit to Fes.

The long ride to Marrakech was a bit more than we expected, but the scenery was interesting and we made it a beautiful Riad and went off exploring the medina--much more commercial and crowded but still interesting. The restaurants and cafe scene is much more active in Marrakech, but it remained our least favorite spot due to the crowds and overall tourist feel and carnival aspect of the famous Djema el Fna square. The YSL museum was a highlight, and we went first thing in the morning and beat the crowds and enjoyed seeing his designs and info on his incredibly creative life.

I highly recommend booking with Yassine if you want a completely no-hassle trip with all details taken care of, as well as the flexibility of a private service at the highest level.

Jacopo

Short and very well organized trip · Chile - Nov 25 - Nov 28, 2019

Traveler: Jacopo C. - Local specialist: Daiana Andion

Kimkim has been very helpful in organizing the trip while able to offer the best value for money service. Daiana has been very responsive also for small details. Huellas Del Desierto has been able to organize a short trip that was at the same time able to touch the most amazing areas in the time. The most beautiful one being the Altiplanos Lagunas.

Manoj

Amazing Peru, Great arrangements ! · Peru - Nov 14 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Manoj V. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Dear Anne,
We had a wonderful, without any glitch, well planned Holiday in Peru.
Initially we wanted to visit only Matchu Pitchu, but as we started interacting with Anne, we were encouraged to add many other places and we are glad that you suggested it!
The trip was very meticulously planned and executed. Our itinerary was shared with us with all relevant details, our tickets were printed, guides arrived on time, pick up driver arrived on time and the estimation of time was correct so the we... read more

Dear Anne,
We had a wonderful, without any glitch, well planned Holiday in Peru.
Initially we wanted to visit only Matchu Pitchu, but as we started interacting with Anne, we were encouraged to add many other places and we are glad that you suggested it!
The trip was very meticulously planned and executed. Our itinerary was shared with us with all relevant details, our tickets were printed, guides arrived on time, pick up driver arrived on time and the estimation of time was correct so the we could always adhere to the timing.
The best part was the Guides who were well informed and good people, who shared lot of information and gave us insight into the places as well as into other matters as well
Peru is quite a large country and offers many different options. The tour generally required a reasonable fitness since on many days you end up walking quite a few kilometers
The altitude issue was well planned , starting from lower to higher in gradual way which helped
All in all we had a very good trip and coming all the way from India was totally worth it
Thanks Anne, the support team of peruvian Soul, other agencies and all
Regards
Manoj M Vaidya

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Manoj!

Thanks for taking the time and leave these comments. We really appreciate it. I am happy that you get the chance to explore our country and get to see its diversity and highlights, especially because you have flown from so far. I really hope you could meet the real soul of Peru!

It was also great to meet you and your family in person! Julio says hi, and also thank you for your company. Wish you the best on your future journeys!

Best,
Anne

The trip was well organized and everything we... · Costa Rica - Nov 22 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Dennis M. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

The trip was well organized and everything went smoothly.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for your good review, I am very happy everything was perfect during your visit to this amazing country.

I hope you will visit us again in the future.

Thanks,
Olman

Michael

We used Kimkim for traveling in Colombia in N... · Colombia - Dec 2 - Dec 4, 2019

Traveler: Michael G. - Local specialist: Natalia Rojas

We used Kimkim for traveling in Colombia in Nov-Dec 2019. All was great! Communication, punctuality, service, transport, guides. Thanks to Natalia!

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Natalia Rojas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Michael! I hope you keep amazing memories of Colombia. We hope to organize another trip for you soon.
All the best to the future
Regards from Bogotá
Natalia

Everything was great! The best island was El ... · Philippines - Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Shari T. - Local specialist: Dan Barmatz

Everything was great! The best island was El Nido for us so i think it would have been nice if we had stopped there first!The overall trip was a very unique experience!

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Dan Barmatz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Shari!

I'm glad that you had a great time here, and noted about El Nido. I'm trying to keep the best for last usually, but it would have made sense otherwise as well :)

Hope to see you soon, and that your winter won't be so cold back in the states.

Cheers!
Dan

Italy · Italy - Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2019

Traveler: Cory U. - Local specialist: Fabio Fasone

Had a ton of fun. All the recommendations for restaurants were on point. The Wine tour was a little underwhelming. That is pretty much my only criticism of the vacation. Thanks for everything !!

Visiting Jordan · Jordan - Nov 8 - Nov 17, 2019

Traveler: catherine h. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

All of the guides were incredibly accomodating and lovely. Hasan in particular was delightful. It would have been nice if a bit more commentary was volunteered. The site where we stayed in the desert or Wadi Rum could have had slightly cleaner bathrooms, but it was generally wonderful and a glimpse into an entirely different world.

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Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Catherine, thank you for taking time in writing this review and for your kind words for Hasan, he will be happy to hear that!
It has been a pleasure to welcome you in Jordan, thank you so much for choosing In2Jordan!

KimKim is the best · Morocco - Nov 24 - Dec 3, 2019

Traveler: Daniel P. - Local specialist: Megan Lower

KimKim was fantastic! The remote planning process was simple and seamless, working within my budget to optimize my time spent in Morocco. Megan’s itinerary hit all of the major highlights with some hidden gems along the way. This included a night in the majestic city of Chefchouen, a hidden cafe here and there, and a tour of the biggest garden in Marrakech. All of the guides were knowledgeable and respectful. At no time as a solo traveller did I feel pressured or unsafe.

Omar my driver... read more

KimKim was fantastic! The remote planning process was simple and seamless, working within my budget to optimize my time spent in Morocco. Megan’s itinerary hit all of the major highlights with some hidden gems along the way. This included a night in the majestic city of Chefchouen, a hidden cafe here and there, and a tour of the biggest garden in Marrakech. All of the guides were knowledgeable and respectful. At no time as a solo traveller did I feel pressured or unsafe.

Omar my driver was also sensational! He had remarkable driving skills for the chaos of the city streets, the winding curves of the mountains, and the blind turns of the medinas. He was not only able to safely get me to where I needed to go but was able to entertain and delight along the way. He was even considerate enough to invite me to meet his mother in Ouarzazate, and he purchased a birthday cake for my birthday in the Sahara! My trip was truly made extra memorable by his presence.

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Megan Lower, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Daniel!
So glad to hear you had a great trip to Morocco! Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind words! I will definitely pass along your appreciation to Omar. It was our pleasure to help you create a most memorable trip!

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 ;)

Nepal - 13 days. Trip of a lifetime. · Nepal - Nov 2 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: Todd F. - Local specialist: Sangita Bajracharya

Truly a trip of a lifetime and an experience that will always stay with us.
Nepal was always a destination I've wanted to visit. Sangita was an almost pleasure in lining up a trip that covered all you would want out of a trip. Always available, plenty of recommendations.
The entire experience was seamless. A perfect mix of culture, food, history, adventure & relaxation.

Sangita & Bipin are wonderful warm & welcoming. The ideal host and can easily tell they love what they do and go the... read more

Truly a trip of a lifetime and an experience that will always stay with us.
Nepal was always a destination I've wanted to visit. Sangita was an almost pleasure in lining up a trip that covered all you would want out of a trip. Always available, plenty of recommendations.
The entire experience was seamless. A perfect mix of culture, food, history, adventure & relaxation.

Sangita & Bipin are wonderful warm & welcoming. The ideal host and can easily tell they love what they do and go the extra mile. When I travel I look for those unique experiences. We are very grateful to Sangita & Bipin for showing us their country, traditions and the time we got to explore Nepal.

We felt that warm hospitality of feeling at home while being away. A lot of thought, care & personal touch went into the experience. Well organized, spaced out and perfectly fitted.
Each stop had it's own unique feel & charm. The trekking was an incredible experience and definitely something we'd like to do again.

We really enjoyed the welcoming dinner & Farewell dinner with Sangita & Bipin left us with a warm fuzzy feeling at the beginning & the end. I highly recommend Sangita for booking your trip to Nepal! Truly a gem of a trip & unforgettable time in Nepal.

Thanks so much for a trip of a lifetime

All the best from Canada - Namaste :)

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Sangita Bajracharya, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Todd,

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We are so glad to know a wonderful couple like you. It was indeed our pleasure to organize your trip to Nepal and we are glad to hear you enjoyed all our arrangements and the company of our team members. We look forward to seeing you back in our country someday :)

Best Regards from Nepal
Sangita and HNB team

Great Family Trip · Costa Rica - Nov 24 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Laura M. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

This was our second trip to Costa Rica and Randall did a great job of organizing exactly what we wanted this time around. There was only one glitch when a river rafting trip was cancelled at the last minute, but Jimmy Villegas immediately found and booked an alternative tour rappelling down waterwalls which turned out to be a real highlight of our vacation.

Geneva

Amanda was great and our driver, Midhat, was ... · Jordan - Nov 28 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Geneva J. - Local specialist: Amanda Qardan

Amanda was great and our driver, Midhat, was also great and very patient.

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Amanda Qardan, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Geneva,
Thanks a lot for the feedback, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Jordan and also got on well with the driver!
All the best, Amanda

Lena is an amazing trip organiser! · Jordan - Nov 27 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Erin R. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Lena is an amazing trip organiser!

We worked closely together to create the perfect 3 day tour beginning in Amman and finishing in Aqaba. Lena is an amazing communicator and made sure all of our requests were met.
After I stuffed up some of the dates, Lena was quick to re-book everything smoothly without too many excess costs - seriously amazing!
We had a fantastic time in Jordan thanks to Lena and the convenience of Kim Kim personalized tours.
Great value, great service... I couldn’t recommend it enough!

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Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Erin,

It was really my pleasure planning this trip with such a lovely person like you. I'm happy that we noticed the mix up with the dates before, so luckily things could be fixed. Great that you enjoyed your time here in Jordan, I'll pass the compliments on to the team! :)

All the best,
Lena

Rachel

Wonderful tour of Morocco with knowledgeable guides and unforgettable experiences · Morocco - Nov 2 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Rachel N. - Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

My partner and I wanted somewhere warm to visit in November, with good views and lots to see and explore. Morocco certainly delivered and we couldn’t have organised the trip without kimkim and Morocco Immersion.
We’re busy working people and didn’t have enough time to independently research where to go, what to do in Morocco and investigate what’s feasible to achieve in one week. The process of booking the trip through kimkim was smooth and easy. Sharon, our tour organiser, was so helpful... read more

My partner and I wanted somewhere warm to visit in November, with good views and lots to see and explore. Morocco certainly delivered and we couldn’t have organised the trip without kimkim and Morocco Immersion.
We’re busy working people and didn’t have enough time to independently research where to go, what to do in Morocco and investigate what’s feasible to achieve in one week. The process of booking the trip through kimkim was smooth and easy. Sharon, our tour organiser, was so helpful throughout and even when we changed our minds endlessly on what we could achieve in a week of visiting Morocco, she was incredibly patient and accommodating to our changing preferences. Sharon made sure the holiday was tailored to what we wanted and gave great advice on where we should visit and what we should do. Given Sharon was a real expert in the area, her suggestions were invaluable so that we got exactly what we wanted out of the holiday.
We decided on having 1 full day in Marrakech before moving on to explore the Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and surrounding areas for 4 days of travelling. The final 2 days of the tour would see us return to Marrakech for some ‘downtime’ so that we could explore the fascinating city in our own time.
We had a private driver for the duration of the trip, Hicham, who went above and beyond to ensure we had the best time possible without having to stress about what we were doing each day. In each location we visited, a local tour guide would greet us and take us on some incredible adventures. The organisation and transition to each individual tour was flawless. We’d arrive in a new location and within 5 minutes, we were whisked off to ride camels, walk through bustling markets, eat dates from palm trees and visit movie sets!
Morocco Immersion who gave us the tour were incredible. Hicham was so kind and considerate - he took us to all the best spots for great photos and was so careful not to impose, ensuring we still had alone time as well. Our favourite part of the tour was the night in the desert, which we travelled to by camel while the sun was setting. The sunrise the next day was simply stunning as well; a moment we’ll never forget admiring the sun rising only surrounded by the Saharan sand.

There was a lot of driving on the trip but it didn’t feel too bad as it was constantly broken up by regular stops and guided tours along the way. Marrakech can feel quite overwhelming as a tourist, however with a guide it’s far better. Through kimkim and Morocco Immersion, we really were provided with a truly immersive experience they promise, enabling us to learn about the culture, the history and fall in love with the beautiful country. Thank you for a brilliant experience, we cannot wait to return!

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Sharon Louthian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rachel!

Thank you for the great review and thanks for letting us be a part of your Morocco adventure! We are so happy to hear that you had a fantastic time and we definitely will look forward to your next visit and showing you more of our beautiful country.

Also, it was lovely to get to meet you during your tour of Marrakech (and again in Dades). I will make sure to pass on the review to Hicham and on behalf of the whole Morocco Immersion family, I just want to say thanks once again.

Keep in touch and let us know when you are ready for Morocco Immersion Part II!
Sharon

My son and I had a wonderful trip to Chile. ... · Chile - Nov 20 - Dec 3, 2019

Traveler: Mariellen S. - Local specialist: Nicholas Colombo

My son and I had a wonderful trip to Chile. We travelled from the Atacama Dessert to the Lake District and finally to Patagonia. Isla de Magdalena and Torres del Paine National Park! Thanks to Nicholas, the trip was planned perfectly. We had a lot to see but we also had our down time and time to tour on our own. Ending in Patagonia was awesome!

Such a beautiful country with wonderful people. We hope to return someday and see more of the National Parks!

Thank you NIcholas!

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Nicholas Colombo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mariellen!

I'm really happy that you and your son had a great time exploring Chile! It's great that you got to experience such variety and had a good balance between activities and time and leisure.

Whenever you plan to come back count on me! It was a pleasure meeting in Santiago.

All the best,

Nicholas

Our trip to Morocco was so amazing! · Morocco - Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Megan P. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our trip to Morocco was nothing short of amazing. We have never traveled with a guided tour and now I'm questioning why we haven't. Abdellah was awesome from the very beginning, communicating everything we needed to do in order to prepare for our trip. He was available anytime we needed him throughout our vacation as well which meant so much to us. I had left a precious luxury item at Tiziri camp which was rather far from where we were headed yet Abdellah and Karim made sure I had it in my... read more

Our trip to Morocco was nothing short of amazing. We have never traveled with a guided tour and now I'm questioning why we haven't. Abdellah was awesome from the very beginning, communicating everything we needed to do in order to prepare for our trip. He was available anytime we needed him throughout our vacation as well which meant so much to us. I had left a precious luxury item at Tiziri camp which was rather far from where we were headed yet Abdellah and Karim made sure I had it in my hands before I left for the states. I can't say enough amazing things about this team as they made my family's trip very memorable. While Abdellah worked behind the scenes to ensure everything went smoothly, Karim executed everything beautifully and pretty much made our entire trip so memorable. If you decide to go to Morocco, staying overnight at Tiziri Luxury camp is a must, especially the camel trek to the site. The experience was surreal and unlike anything else. One thing I would change about our itinerary would be the hotel/riad accommodations. If you're used to luxurious, western hotel rooms, I would suggest staying at a riad for the experience 1-2 days then request a 5-star hotel the rest of the trip. Although the riads were stunning, I prefer hotels but hopefully next time (soon)! I would definitely book another trip with KimKim again! Thank you for your excellent customer service, Abdellah and Karim!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Megan, wow! Thank you so much for this great 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a loyal customer and helping to share the word about us. We’re here for you anytime.

Chokrane!
Abdellah
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We just returned home from a 10 day trip to A... · Argentina - Nov 22 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Lilly A. - Local specialist: Maria Barciela

We just returned home from a 10 day trip to Argentina, visiting Buenos Aires, Bariloche, and Mendoza. From the beginning to end, starting with the planning, guides, accommodations, and even to our drivers who could not speak English but smiled trying, it was a memorable experience.
Thank you.

Awesome adventures in Philippines · Philippines - Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Sanaz Sarah M. - Local specialist: Dan Barmatz

Very pleased with our tours and all the arrangements. It was a life time experience and loved our private tours. Highly recommend it.

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Dan Barmatz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Sarah and Shari! It was a pleasure to meet you here. Hope to meet you again soon :)

Exactly what I wanted/needed! Thank you Julia! · Norway - Nov 25 - Dec 3, 2019

Traveler: Jah N. - Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

I contacted KimKim for a much needed solo trip away and I was thinking about Norway. Julia was my specialist and she was fantastic! Not only did she listen to all of the things I wanted, but she was super fast in her response time. What most impressed me was that she would respond, day or night and at one location where they couldn't find the reservation she was available in real time. Additionally, she messaged me throughout the trip to see how it was going. She made my experience... read more

I contacted KimKim for a much needed solo trip away and I was thinking about Norway. Julia was my specialist and she was fantastic! Not only did she listen to all of the things I wanted, but she was super fast in her response time. What most impressed me was that she would respond, day or night and at one location where they couldn't find the reservation she was available in real time. Additionally, she messaged me throughout the trip to see how it was going. She made my experience wonderful. Surprisingly, the additional add of Finland ended up being the highlight for me so I'm glad she was able to help me add that on.

The accommodations were super fantastic particularly the Lapland Hotels Bulevardi in Finland and Malangen Resort in Norway. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Ivalo is worth doing but it's more about the destination and experience than the accommodations or food which aren't stellar. Everything was really great.

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Julia Plaschke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jah, thank you so much for the nice feedback. I am glad you had a wonderful time!
Best,
Julia

Brad

Riding With Grasshopper · Vietnam - Oct 24 - Nov 27, 2019

Traveler: Brad W. - Local specialist: Jasmine Whitney

We had a specific requirement to accommodate our own tandem bike. Kimkim and Grasshopper Adventures were very attentive to that and made it happen.
Our trip was a chain of itineraries beginning in Bankok and ending in Hanoi, with the mix of companions changing as we went. At one time we were 16 (a bit over the promised limit of 15) but on the final leg we were the only travelers, making it a private tour with a guide, a passenger van and a service truck and two drivers! A bit much for a... read more

We had a specific requirement to accommodate our own tandem bike. Kimkim and Grasshopper Adventures were very attentive to that and made it happen.
Our trip was a chain of itineraries beginning in Bankok and ending in Hanoi, with the mix of companions changing as we went. At one time we were 16 (a bit over the promised limit of 15) but on the final leg we were the only travelers, making it a private tour with a guide, a passenger van and a service truck and two drivers! A bit much for a couple who ordinarily ride on their own. They were very attentive.
Accommodations were always 5 star if available and excellent in every case. The entire trip was well researched. We were impressed with Grasshopper Adventures' focus on patronizing local businesses and restaurants and seeking those which included a mission to help disadvantaged youth get training in the booming hospitality trade.
Early in the trip we were both had colds and the heat was debilitating, causing us to fall several times on the second day out and we had to ride in the van for the last few km. The guides, staff and our riding companions were all very attentive and supportive. At 76, we were at least a decade senior to all the others.
Guides and assistants who stood out were Sophat and Rong, in Cambodia, and Ky and Huong in Vietnam. We came to know Rong and Huong quite well because we were always last in and they were riding sweep. My only minor complaint is that they were too attentive and I kept having to remind them that "I can do it myself." There were two communication lapses which did not detract from our experience. On our arrival in Cambodia, Sophat was surprised by our tandem bike. He never let on to us and he managed it smoothly. And in Saigon we were sceduled for a foodie tour on Vespa motorbkes, but we did not know and had arranged for dinner with some departing companions that evening.
Our favorite experience was at Phong Nha national park with the Choy Lap Farm Stay, karst landscape, caves, waterfalls and scenic riding.

Italy Trip Review 2019 · Italy - Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2019

Traveler: Johnny H. - Local specialist: Valentina Boscoscuro

Valentina has been extremely accommodating throughout the entire process — from proposing an itinerary, to making late changes in our plans due to weather, to ensuring that our trip was going well. Our trip to Italy would not have been the same without her. I would definitely work with her again should I travel back to Italy in the future.

Indian golden triangle · India - Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Abdon C. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

Must-do trip in north India to get to know important spots of Indian's history and get amused by the marvellous architectural accomplishments.
At the same time, it is a very touristic tour. One will be pushed to buy stuff by the guides (which for sure is normal and moves the economy but one should be given the option in advance).
Jaipur is a great city, walking around the city is an experience of its own.
Make sure to review (and change if you want) the hotels given by the agency before accepting the tour.
The agency provided a great driver

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Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Abdon,
Thank you for your kind appreciation. You are so generous in making such a wonderful review.
We hope that we will receive the opportunity to serve your India tour again!!!
Regards
Priya

Awesome 9 days in Morocco · Morocco - Nov 21 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Rita B. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our trip was wonderful. Our driver Faysal was by our side throughout the trip. Other than in Casablanca, all our hotels and Riads were exceptional. Riad Lina in Chefchaouen and Riad Passali were the best. Every day was planned well, with time to tour and rest. Faysal was very attentive and helpful. He knew the roads, ATM's well. His took us to a store to get scarves and water before the nights in the Sahara. Cannot thank him enough for everything he did for us.
This is one of the best trips we have had.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Rita,

We would like to thank you for this amazing review. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing you and everyone else who visits Morocco with only the best there is to offer. It’s so nice to hear that our driver Faysal has helped to make your experience such a positive one, we wish you safe travels in 2020 and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,
Abdellah
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Marrakech, Essaouira & the Grand Tour of the Sahara Region · Morocco - Sep 27 - Oct 7, 2019

Traveler: Selene C. - Local specialist: Hakim Alibouche

Hakim did a wonderful job planning our vacation. He was very responsive to our feedback and worked with us to create an itinerary that suited everyone's needs. A night in the Sahara was a highlight of the trip where we enjoyed a beautiful cloudless night of star gazing. Getting to the Sahara involved a lot of driving so we were happy to have the company of our driver, Said, who brought joy to our long van rides. We got to stop at many attractions along the way to break up the drive. Exploring... read more

Hakim did a wonderful job planning our vacation. He was very responsive to our feedback and worked with us to create an itinerary that suited everyone's needs. A night in the Sahara was a highlight of the trip where we enjoyed a beautiful cloudless night of star gazing. Getting to the Sahara involved a lot of driving so we were happy to have the company of our driver, Said, who brought joy to our long van rides. We got to stop at many attractions along the way to break up the drive. Exploring Ait Benhaddou was tons of fun and I was glad to have stopped to take the studio tour in Ouarzazate (never would have thought to stop there without the help of kimkim). All of our accommodations were lovely, especially Dar Azam in Marrakech - Omar and Sana (employees or Dar Azam) were extremely welcoming.

Costa Rica family vacation · Costa Rica - Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Yves B. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

We organized the trip through Olman, and communication was very smooth (quick replies to questions). Hotels and transportation was all very good (in particular the hotels in Arenal and Manuel Antonio areas).

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Yves,

Thanks for your review.
We are very happy you had a great time and good to know you liked my service, offer the most personalized experience is what makes us the best option to take an amazing experience.
I hope you will visit Costa Rica in the future, we will be more than glad to assist you in case you need it.

Best,
Olman

Wayne

A memorable Nepal tour · Nepal - Nov 17 - Nov 28, 2019

Traveler: Wayne D. - Local specialist: Sangita Bajracharya

What a fabulous introduction to Nepal my recent trip was. Whilst primarily visiting Nepal to attend a conference, I organised a 12 day tour to follow the conference using kimkim and their local Nepalese travel agent Sangita & Bipin and the team from HNB. “Wow” did I hit the jackpot, Sangita & Bipin were fabulous and put together a trip to encompass all my requirements of wildlife, natural and cultural sites along with an insight into to the cultural history of Nepal. From the first meeting... read more

What a fabulous introduction to Nepal my recent trip was. Whilst primarily visiting Nepal to attend a conference, I organised a 12 day tour to follow the conference using kimkim and their local Nepalese travel agent Sangita & Bipin and the team from HNB. “Wow” did I hit the jackpot, Sangita & Bipin were fabulous and put together a trip to encompass all my requirements of wildlife, natural and cultural sites along with an insight into to the cultural history of Nepal. From the first meeting Sangita was a true professional, continuity providing advise, updates on tour program and where needed calming words whilst I experience the frustrations of airport delays through out the length of the tour. In fact she went far and beyond when one of my travelling colleagues inadvertently left some expensive electronic items in her hotel room and didn’t realise till we were some two hours out of Kathmandu and could not contact the hotel by mobile phone - a quick WhatsApp message to Sangita and within five minutes the items had been located and placed in safe storage for pickup on return to Kathmandu. Sangita and her team use top rated guides, drivers and provided excellent accommodation during the length of my trip. A highlight was having breakfast on the balcony of the Sarangkot Mountain Resort overlooking Annapurna south mountain on what was an exceptionally clear morning. There were many trip highlights from the overnight trek to Australia camp with guide Bhim who is a top rate guide and certainly made the trek the fantastic experience it was, but the one highlight that will last a life time was the cultural tour of Kathmandu provided by Bipin, I can’t say enough about this experience-for me this was what the essence of what I wanted an insight into the cultural history of Nepal. Yes you can explore Kathmandu on your own with out a guide, but you don’t experience or receive the insight into the culture delivered by a local with an extensive knowledge and more so a passion for the history of his country - Bipin your in-depth tour will always be a lasting memory. So if you are planning a visit to Nepal for a multi- day trek or just to experience all it has to offer non trekking visitors I can highly recommend Sangita and Bipin and the HNB team they run a five star operation.
Wayne

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Sangita Bajracharya, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mr. Wayne,

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We are so glad to know a wonderful person like you. It was indeed our pleasure to organize your trip to Nepal and we are glad to hear you enjoyed all our arrangements and the company of our team members. We look forward to seeing you back in our country someday :)

Best Regards from Nepal
Sangita and HNB team

Really great trip to Patagonia! · Patagonia - Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Melanie G. - Local specialist: Erin Wiley

I was very impressed with the kimkim platform and Dittmar Adventures! Erin was extremely helpful from the very first moment that I requested information, responded quickly, and worked with me to build a customized trip that fit into my budget and schedule. Not having to manage the logistics on my own made the planning so much easier.

Highly recommend the guided tours of Torre Del Paine, Perito Mereno Glacier, the Estancia and the guided hikes via Walk Patagonia (Pablo was great). All of... read more

I was very impressed with the kimkim platform and Dittmar Adventures! Erin was extremely helpful from the very first moment that I requested information, responded quickly, and worked with me to build a customized trip that fit into my budget and schedule. Not having to manage the logistics on my own made the planning so much easier.

Highly recommend the guided tours of Torre Del Paine, Perito Mereno Glacier, the Estancia and the guided hikes via Walk Patagonia (Pablo was great). All of these tours were very well run, and the guides provided very interesting information.

The one suggestion I have for the future- unfortunately, due to weather our Penguin tour in Punta Arenas via Solo Expediciones was cancelled. It is very important to have a plan B for this ahead of time, because it seems that the penguin tour is frequently canceled for weather and the “alternate Condor Tour” offered by Solo Expediciones was extremely disappointing.

Thank you to Erin and Julia for your responsiveness and for setting us up with a great trip!

Costa Rican Honeymoon · Costa Rica - Jul 1 - Jul 9, 2019

Traveler: Matt H. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

My wife and I were unfamiliar with Costa Rica but she loves sloths so we selected this location for our honeymoon. With minimal details aside from sloths, Olman was able to plan a beautiful vacation for us. It included a romantic stay for a few nights at a resort as well as a multitude of excursions. Thanks to Olman, we had a great experience in Costa Rica with wonderful memories - we are now planning a trip to Hawaii because of our past experience with KimKim.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Matt,

I am very happy you had a great time in Costa Rica.
That is great to know you saw sloths and had a great experience.

Also, that is excellent to know you are planning a trip to Hawaii, I hope you will have a terrific time in your next expedition.
I hope to see you again in the future in this paradise.

Thanks,
Olman

Amazing Grand Canary experience! · Spain - Nov 22 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Michelle L. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

My husband and were able to see five of eight Grand Canary Islands in the course of 11 days. Gilles came up with a great itinerary based on our suggestions of things we wanted to see or do on our trip. The first portion of the tour, visiting the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Islands Gilles arranged local guides for us. Both guides, Juan Miguel and 'Paco' had amazing knowledge of the history of each island and we thoroughly enjoyed our time and hikes with both of them! Gilles then accompanied us... read more

My husband and were able to see five of eight Grand Canary Islands in the course of 11 days. Gilles came up with a great itinerary based on our suggestions of things we wanted to see or do on our trip. The first portion of the tour, visiting the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Islands Gilles arranged local guides for us. Both guides, Juan Miguel and 'Paco' had amazing knowledge of the history of each island and we thoroughly enjoyed our time and hikes with both of them! Gilles then accompanied us for the last three islands, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Graciosa. Gilles is originally from Belgium but has made Lanzarote his home for 15 years. He has a great passion and love for his adopted home and has amassed a great knowledge of the history and the special features of the islands. Our days were full and some were long, but we enjoyed every minute of the experience. We met so many friendly people along the way and learned so much about the islands and the unique culture, landscapes and cuisines along the journey. We highly recommend Gilles and Grand Canary Islands!

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Gilles Audenaerde, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Michelle,
thank you again for your review. It was a pleasure to share those moments with you. Keep enjoying your travel.
All the best!
Gilles

Overall a great trip · Jordan - Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Noel d. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Had a great trip, everything from planning, preparation and changes during the trip worked very well. We had a great driver who had a pleasant driving style and provided us with a lot of background info about Jordan.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Noel,
Welcome Home :)

Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Symphony

I’m so happy with the Bali service of kimkim ... · Indonesia - Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Symphony S. - Local specialist: Nadia Wiharja

I’m so happy with the Bali service of kimkim it’s beyond words! My guide Yohanes & driver showed me Bali the way I always wanted to see it. They were amazing!

Surprising Poland Memorable Experience · Poland - Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Wilhelm W. - Local specialist: Jared Reisman

The KimKim Team truly came through beyond my expectations for this short, but very memorable trip to Poland. The hotel choices were excellent, well except for one, but fortunately all others were top class. The drivers were very professional, puntual and friendly. The tours I booked were amazing, but also had plenty of time to spend on my own exploring Krakow and Warsaw. My visit to Auschwitz was with a private driver and guide. I strongly recommend it to avoid the crowds even in late... read more

The KimKim Team truly came through beyond my expectations for this short, but very memorable trip to Poland. The hotel choices were excellent, well except for one, but fortunately all others were top class. The drivers were very professional, puntual and friendly. The tours I booked were amazing, but also had plenty of time to spend on my own exploring Krakow and Warsaw. My visit to Auschwitz was with a private driver and guide. I strongly recommend it to avoid the crowds even in late November. Krakow is jut beautiful all around. The visit to Czestochowa was perfect to break the long drive between Warsaw and Krakow. They even drove me through various castles called the Eagle Nest drive. Upon my arrival in Warsaw they provided me with a local cell phone which I could use to contact their local agent Igor Setkowicz. Igor was amazing. He was very attentive to my needs throughout the trip. I book the trip through KimKim’s trip advisor Jared Reisman here in the USA. He also was extremely responsive of any questions or changes during the booking process and trip. I loved the KimKim contact online interface and the various things you can sign up for. They also provide you with online maps of places of interest, dining, etc. Which ai used quite a bit. Overall I will strongly recommended giving these folks a call if you are going to Poland or you are traveling anywhere else where you need to be more independent and not tied to a specific group travel. Before I decided to go with KimKim I tried to book my journey through other agencies I have use extensively in the past like Alexander & Roberts, Kensington Tours and Abercrombie & Kent. KimKim beats them all by far when it comes to customer service.

I recommend the Kimkim team in Colombia witho... · Colombia - Nov 14 - Nov 24, 2019

Traveler: laurie w. - Local specialist: Chio Tabakman

I recommend the Kimkim team in Colombia without reservations. We had a fantastic trip and I could not have asked for a better agency to work with.
In terms of the initial planning, they patiently helped me through deciding whether to go to Colombia or Peru, which areas to cover, and worked with me through my endless questions and changes. Lisa and Chio worked out an amazing itinerary for our family based on our stated interests, and changed it with only a few weeks to go when it turned out... read more

I recommend the Kimkim team in Colombia without reservations. We had a fantastic trip and I could not have asked for a better agency to work with.
In terms of the initial planning, they patiently helped me through deciding whether to go to Colombia or Peru, which areas to cover, and worked with me through my endless questions and changes. Lisa and Chio worked out an amazing itinerary for our family based on our stated interests, and changed it with only a few weeks to go when it turned out that we could not easily get the appropriate vaccine to visit the Amazon. I had been a little distressed at the need to change the plans at that late date, but they quickly came up with a revised itinerary and I think it turned out even better because we had one fewer plane flight that way within the country.
Chio and Jules answered every question I had after arrival with patience and frequently checked in on us. Jules brought us to our hotel late at night upon arrival in Bogota and made several good suggestions for the rest of the trip. I was really impressed with Kimkim's organization, planning, and the guides they chose in each location were fantastic - very nice, fun, comfortable to be with and knowledgeable, and patient with our attempts to speak and understand Spanish, which made the trip so much more fun and intimate. I really felt like we (me, my husband, and early twenties daughters) got so much out of the trip when with the guides, particularly in Bogota, on our hike in Tayrona Park, and our visit to La Boquilla fishing village. We also really loved going to Minca and staying in the mountains, and the hotel near Tayrona was spectacular. On the way from Minca to Cartagena, a long drive, we were a bit nervous about a country-wide protest's impact on our ability to get through (though sympathetic to the cause), but we had a fantastic driver with whom we had many good conversations and he took great care of us, in addition to being such a sweet and interesting person. We really learned a lot on this trip, stayed in some lovely places, saw varied terrain, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thanks so much to Kimkim for this experience.

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Chio Tabakman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laurie, how are you?

Thanks so much for your comments! Helping you and your family with this experience was our pleasure and with Jules, we were happy to be with you every step of the way. For us is great knowing that a traveler had a great time during their holidays in beautiful Colombia and we hope you come back soon!

Chio

The trip was very well organised by Adriana, ... · Costa Rica - Nov 13 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Uli D. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

The trip was very well organised by Adriana, she was very helpful, especially when it came to last minute changes. The hotels where fantastic, all nature guides were awesome, very knowledgeable, pick ups were all on time and everyone was super friendly. La Paloma Lodge in Osa is outstanding, In hindsight I should have included a two night stay at Sirena Ranger Station, some people who stayed at Paloma did this and where blown away by this experience.
In Porto Viejo I would include a walk... read more

The trip was very well organised by Adriana, she was very helpful, especially when it came to last minute changes. The hotels where fantastic, all nature guides were awesome, very knowledgeable, pick ups were all on time and everyone was super friendly. La Paloma Lodge in Osa is outstanding, In hindsight I should have included a two night stay at Sirena Ranger Station, some people who stayed at Paloma did this and where blown away by this experience.
In Porto Viejo I would include a walk through Cahuita National Park rather than a walk at Punta Uva. ( this was very basic). The trip from San Jose to Porto Viejo was 6 hours due to road works......was not enjoyable but not much do be done about it. If I had to leave something out of the programme, it would be Porto Viejo and spend time in Arenal area instead.
The company at Monteverde who ran the zip line at Selvatura can be highly recommended.
All up, a fantastic trip, true pure vida........thanks a lot Adriana and the team, I will definitely recommend you......

Lucas

Overall excellent experience... · Cuba - Nov 24 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Lucas T. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

Overall excellent experience. Vinales National Park was worth the 3 hour drive. Bike ride through Vinales was incredible. Very thankful that we did a full day guided tour in Havana on our first day. It helped us get our bearings and find a comfort zone for the remainder of the trip. Karin was very responsive and tremendous to work with.

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Lucas, thank you very much for this review and I am pleased to hear that overall you had an excellent experience and that you had enjoyed your time in Viñales. It was a pleasure helping you create your customized trip. :-)

Cycling Costa Rica coast to coast · Costa Rica - Nov 12 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Tommy H. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our driver (Mau) and our guide (Julio) we’re very friendly, knowledgeable and responsive to our requests and needs . They really added to the success and enjoyment of the trip. We would highly recommend this trip-especially with Mau and Julio.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tommy,

Thank you for your comments. It makes us so happy that you have enjoyed the trip that we organized for you, we know that we are very lucky to have such dedicated people like Mau and Julio working with us and it is great that you have had the chance to share with them your trip.

All the best!
Randall

10 extensive days in the beautiful Colombia · Colombia - Nov 14 - Nov 22, 2019

Traveler: Chen G. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We had a great experience planning our trip with Laura and the KimKim team.
All our drives we're nice and polite the vehicles were very clean, in all cases except once our drivers arrived on time.
Our guides were great and we got to ask them about their daily life and learn a lot more about Colombian culture. In general the tours outside the city were more comprehensive then the city tours. We especially enjoyed our in and around Valle de Cocora tour with the wonderful Mauricio, who was full... read more

We had a great experience planning our trip with Laura and the KimKim team.
All our drives we're nice and polite the vehicles were very clean, in all cases except once our drivers arrived on time.
Our guides were great and we got to ask them about their daily life and learn a lot more about Colombian culture. In general the tours outside the city were more comprehensive then the city tours. We especially enjoyed our in and around Valle de Cocora tour with the wonderful Mauricio, who was full of knowledge kindness and joy.
I wouldn't hesitate to plan another trip through KimKim as it really takes the hassle out of planning it yourself.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chen!

Thank you for taking the time to talk about your experience with my team and I. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tours, and will definitely pass on your comments regarding Mauricio!

Warm regards from Cali,

Laura

Wonderful 10 days trip to Colombia · Colombia - Nov 14 - Nov 22, 2019

Traveler: Tal G. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We had a wonderful 10 days trip to Colombia. From start to finish our experience with Laura in Kim Kim was perfect. She gave us plenty of options and listen to our feedback and needs and answered all very promptly and kindly.
I would highly recommend using her services.
The guides were good and I wish to particularly mention Mauricio who walked us through the Valle de Cocoa and Salento. His knowledge, energy and beautiful way made it the favourite part of our trip!!!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tal!

Thank you very much for these kind words, I'm so happy you and your family enjoyed your time in Colombia!

Kind regards from Cali,

Laura

As someone who usually plans all my own travel.........I am happy we went with KimKim! · Sri Lanka - Nov 3 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Mindy K. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

As someone who usually plans all my own travel.........I am happy we went with KimKim!
As someone who usually plans all our own (extensive) travels and doesn’t particularly like traditional tours, KimKim’s model intrigued me. I liked that they surveyed the type of trip I was looking for. I loved the fact that they use destination contacts local to the region. I loved the fact that they did all the vetting of guides and accommodations for me. Then, with so many options in my chosen destination... read more

As someone who usually plans all my own travel.........I am happy we went with KimKim!
As someone who usually plans all our own (extensive) travels and doesn’t particularly like traditional tours, KimKim’s model intrigued me. I liked that they surveyed the type of trip I was looking for. I loved the fact that they use destination contacts local to the region. I loved the fact that they did all the vetting of guides and accommodations for me. Then, with so many options in my chosen destination and unfortunately a tight time schedule, I appreciated the customization based on all of the above.
We had a wonderful (albeit too short) tour of Sri Lanka. Shalindra listened to us well and put together the exact itinerary we were looking for. He was knowledgeable, communicative and responded quickly to any questions or concerns. He was available for support before and during the trip. Kapila, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable. He was good company and a very safe driver at what appeared to us to be very challenging road conditions???
We loved the chosen boutique hotels and found the country fascinating. We will return to Sri Lanka to cover more ground when we can allot the amount of time that It deserves. Thanks to all involved.

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Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mindy,

Thank you very much for your lovely review given to us about your experience had in Sri Lanka. It was a pleasure of mine to communicate with you and meet all the expectations at the trip planning stage.

Please do spread your word among your friends and family to visit our beautiful country Sri Lanka.

If you plan another trip please do contact me again!

Best Regards,
Shalindra

We left Morocco feeling like we were family! · Morocco - Nov 22 - Nov 27, 2019

Traveler: Margi S. - Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

Our trip was amazing from start to finish. Sharon was incredibly responsive each time I had a question and made some great suggestions that helped make our trip perfect. In fact, Sharon’s helpful and quick responses are the reason we chose Kim Kim and Morocco Immersions as our tour group. Even though it was our first trip to Morocco, it felt like we were visiting family. Hicham was an informative guide, and went out of his way at every chance to make our trip perfect. He narrated our drive... read more

Our trip was amazing from start to finish. Sharon was incredibly responsive each time I had a question and made some great suggestions that helped make our trip perfect. In fact, Sharon’s helpful and quick responses are the reason we chose Kim Kim and Morocco Immersions as our tour group. Even though it was our first trip to Morocco, it felt like we were visiting family. Hicham was an informative guide, and went out of his way at every chance to make our trip perfect. He narrated our drive to the desert through the High Atlas Mountains with the history of Morocco as it passed by our window. It was the best history lesson ever! The camel excursion was a highlight, and the luxury campsite in the heart of the desert was unbelievable. We had local guides in each of the cities we visited, and all were informative and sweet. Ait-Ben-Haddou was another highlight. Our Riad in Marrakech was beautiful, and right off the Jemma-al-Fenna square. We wandered Marrakech right from our bedroom door. From start to finish, this was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you to Sharon and her family for everything!

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Sharon Louthian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Margi, for the fabulous review and for uploading so many gorgeous photos! We are so glad that you had a great time on your trip and super happy that you felt like you were visiting family. I'm so glad that I got to meet you while you were here and we are looking forward to your return to Morocco so that we can show you even more!

On behalf of the whole Morocco Immersion family, thanks for letting us share our love of this beautiful country with you!

Keep in touch!
Sharon

One of my favorite trips EVER · New Zealand - Nov 16 - Nov 26, 2019

Traveler: Geena U. - Local specialist: Emeline Rose

Every guide we had, and every employee at all the bed and breakfasts/motels we stayed at, were so kind, helpful and thoughtful. Emiline created an amazing trip for us unlike anything we’ve experienced before. Makes me wanting to come back to New Zealand for more! The itinerary was very detailed and Emiline was always very immediate with her response and helpful all along the way, from the planning to while we were on the trip and had some weather mishaps. Thank you Kimkim for yet another unforgettable trip for us!

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Emeline Rose, local specialist, responded to this review:

Kia Ora Geena,

Thank you for your nice feedback! I'm very glad you enjoyed your trip to New Zealand and got the chance to complete the Routeburn Track.
I hope you get the chance to come back, maybe to explore the North Island ?

The Manaslu Trek was fantastic. Everyday was... · Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2019

Traveler: Lucy B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The Manaslu Trek was fantastic. Everyday was stunning new scenery, amazing people and fascinating villages. Amanda was brilliant at fielding all our questions and patiently allowing us to investigate all options before settling on a final itinerary. Sonam, our guide and her team were incredible. Calm, capable and great fun. They gave us an amazing insight into Nepalise life and were so open, friendly and encouraging. They really made the trip.

Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. · Myanmar - Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Christine C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. To start with Anne was one of the best communicators I have worked with. She was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Our guides were also wonderful and understood what we were looking for in experiences. In Yangon we learnt so much from our guide. Inle Lake was the highlight of our trip. We loved the 2 days and wished we had more time. This was enhanced by our wonderful guide, Wei. He was delightful. In Bagan we were once again thrilled with... read more

Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. To start with Anne was one of the best communicators I have worked with. She was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Our guides were also wonderful and understood what we were looking for in experiences. In Yangon we learnt so much from our guide. Inle Lake was the highlight of our trip. We loved the 2 days and wished we had more time. This was enhanced by our wonderful guide, Wei. He was delightful. In Bagan we were once again thrilled with the guides we had. May really assisted and made the market and cooking class a day to remember. I have absolutely no negative feedback and will be recommending Kimkim at any opportunity. I hope to have the pleasure of travelling with your help in the future. Thank you

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your review! It was fun planning this mother-daughter trip and our guides had a blast sharing their hometowns with you. We'd love to welcome you back to Myanmar again or another kimkim destination soon!
Best regards,
Anne & The Myanmar Pure team

Barclay

I had a great time in Jordan · Jordan - Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2019

Traveler: Barclay R. - Local specialist: Sarah Eaton

I had a great time in Jordan. The driver's personalities were great and love what they do. I can't say that what we got was different than what another tour company could have provided though. I booked my own hotels so it was essentially boiled down to a car service. Sarah was incredibly responsive. The drivers were on time 100% of the time. It would have been nice to have a SIM card provided like my Egypt tour gave. Or provided A Jordanian delicacy on arrival as a welcome gift. Or something more to make it stand out. But everything went swimmingly from the transfers and planning.

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Sarah Eaton, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Barclay,
Thanks so much for the feedback about your trip, and for letting us at In2Jordan make it a smooth and positive experience for you. I have shared your ideas with our team. May you have many great travel adventures in the future!
-Sarah

One week in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Nov 17 - Nov 24, 2019

Traveler: Ron R. - Local specialist: Beatriz Villalobos

We booked two excursions for our one week stay in Costa Rica in November. One, out of San Jose, was to Poas Volcano and then La Paz waterfalls and nature park. Our guide was Edgar and we had a lovely time despite the rain and fog up in the mountains. Edgar was fun to be with and informative. I absolutely loved La Paz, especially in the mist and drizzle. Just magical! Our other excursion was from Puerto Viejo, the Cahuita national park. Our guide was Shailo Rose and he was charming and such a... read more

We booked two excursions for our one week stay in Costa Rica in November. One, out of San Jose, was to Poas Volcano and then La Paz waterfalls and nature park. Our guide was Edgar and we had a lovely time despite the rain and fog up in the mountains. Edgar was fun to be with and informative. I absolutely loved La Paz, especially in the mist and drizzle. Just magical! Our other excursion was from Puerto Viejo, the Cahuita national park. Our guide was Shailo Rose and he was charming and such a wealth of information about local plants and animals and growing up in the area. This was my wife's favourite day. To be honest we had two free days to walk around San Jose and I think one would have been sufficient. We would have loved to have had an extra day in Puerto Viejo!

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Beatriz Villalobos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ron, I am very pleased to hear that you had a nice time and that our team meet our main goal of satisfaction beyond the senses. We look forward to having you here again soon.

great trip · Egypt - Sep 3 - Sep 11, 2019

Traveler: Mark N. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Had a really great trip. enjoyed it immensely. Definitely would recommend. to others. If I could make one suggestion though. It would be great if the local guides had a cooler on their cars with cold water in it. At many of the less touristy sites it was very hot when we went and there was no place to even buy cold beverages. Would be nominal cost but would make the trip much better

all the arrangements were well planned and pe... · Colombia - Nov 4 - Nov 17, 2019

Traveler: nazim j. - Local specialist: Juan Ortiz

all the arrangements were well planned and perfectly executed
our guides in all the cities were excellent and went out of their way to accommodate our needs and wishes
all in all it was a great trip
i would recommend Kimkim and Yuliana without reservation

Norway - north and south in 9 days · Norway - Nov 16 - Nov 24, 2019

Traveler: Kum C. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

My trip was planned by Fridur and after a lot of messages back and forth, the entire schedule was turned upside down or rather north south reversal and no regrets!!! Thanks to Fridur who managed to get all the things we wanted to do into our schedule.
Camp Tamok was our first stop and it was well worth the entire day spent there. Dog sledding with Kristin was fantastic with the huskies sooooo loveable and strong. What an experience! Then we tried our hand(and legs!) at cross country skiing... read more

My trip was planned by Fridur and after a lot of messages back and forth, the entire schedule was turned upside down or rather north south reversal and no regrets!!! Thanks to Fridur who managed to get all the things we wanted to do into our schedule.
Camp Tamok was our first stop and it was well worth the entire day spent there. Dog sledding with Kristin was fantastic with the huskies sooooo loveable and strong. What an experience! Then we tried our hand(and legs!) at cross country skiing which was done with head lights and plenty of snow! Another incredible experience. But the best is yet to come. Andreas took us to chase the northern lights and there was no chase, cos the lights came to us literally. We set up a camp fire on a frozen lake, and voila after some time we saw the first rays of the aurora. What came in the next 30 minutes were a feast for the eyes and camera as we witnessed the dancing aurora lights with our own eyes!!! What a sight. And this is only the first day. All thanks to the great experience and knowledge of Andreas, great guy and great company.
Next day we went snow shoeing near Tromsø which was another excellent experience. Followed by Tromsø city tour on our own. Boy my face almost froze on the way across the bridge to the cathedral. Oh and how we tried our best not to slide and fall on the slippery ice was fun.
Next thing on the list was to spend the night in a glass igloo waiting for the aurora. An unforgettable experience in Lyngen North but the Aurora decided not to show up in Lyngen that night. :-(
Then we were off to Stavanger for the Preikestolen hike. It was an adventure with ski poles and ice spikes to keep us from falling in the slippery ice. We had a great hike with some really friendly people in the group and our guide Fabrizio was great with the camera. His photos were amazing.
It was a really tiring hike but the reward of the views during the trip and the Pulpit rock makes it worthwhile. Unbelievable sights!
The grand finale of the trip was Norway in a nutshell from Bergen to Oslo. Highlight was the Flam railway and the fjord cruise. Fantastic views.
It was a great trip with fantastic experiences and unforgettable views. I have to say that the best hotel stay in the trip was Bergen Bors hotel with their warm and sincere staff that is ever ready to help and provide helpful tips. This is what makes the hotel the one we want to return to!!!
Oh and not forgetting the Norway in a nutshell staff(sorry forgot the name) in Flam who recommended us to take an earlier train and to stop at Vatnahalsen and explore the charming hotel and its surroundings as it was getting dark and we had to wait for the next train to Oslo. Views there were stunning.
All the above planned and recommended by Fridur, great plan and recommendations. Not all rosy and nice as some minor hiccups, mostly more detailed information needed, which Fridur was on hand to provide within minutes so no major drama.
5 stars service !!!

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for the review, Kum!
I’m glad to know that you enjoyed your trip and I had a great time planning this with you 😊 The photos are absolutely amazing!
Thank you again for booking your trip with us and I hope to see you again in Norway someday!
All the best to you and Chia

I had a great time and appreciate the profess... · Nepal - Nov 17 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Lou V. - Local specialist: Raj Gyawali

I had a great time and appreciate the professionalism and flexibility with my trip schedule.
Everybody from Social Tours did a great job.
I will highly recommend Social Tour for anybody looking to do trekking in Nepal.

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Raj Gyawali, local specialist, responded to this review:

Lou, many thanks for this wonderful review. It was a short trip and I am glad it worked out well - Hope to see you in Nepal once again!

Tyler

Manaslu Trek - Adventure of a Lifetime · Nepal - Oct 23 - Nov 6, 2019

Traveler: Tyler W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Our trek in the Himalaya was an incredible experience and we were so happy that we decided to book with the KimKim/Himalayan Trails. Our local specialist, Kripa, was an invaluable resource as we tried to determine which trek was right for us. She was responsive, helpful, and always available to answer any and all questions we had while planning the trip and the KimKim interface made communication seamless and easy. Our guide, Nawang, was one a warm, kind, and fun-loving and companion on... read more

Our trek in the Himalaya was an incredible experience and we were so happy that we decided to book with the KimKim/Himalayan Trails. Our local specialist, Kripa, was an invaluable resource as we tried to determine which trek was right for us. She was responsive, helpful, and always available to answer any and all questions we had while planning the trip and the KimKim interface made communication seamless and easy. Our guide, Nawang, was one a warm, kind, and fun-loving and companion on the trail. He had friends in every village we passed through and had a knack for picking the best tea houses and side trips for us along the way. Our porter, Paljong, was really more like a second guide on the trek and brought humor, levity and a helpful attitude along every step around Manaslu. We hope to get back to Nepal for another trek someday, and when we do, we'll absolutely use KimKim/Himalayan Trails again!

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tyler and Anastasia,
Our team is thrilled to hear such good feedback and we are really proud to hear you had an amazing experience with us.

Our door of Himalayan Trails is always open for your service and we will continue to arrange absolutely amazing trips for you in the coming day! Until we meet to take care of your self :)

Best,
Kripa

Amira

Highly professional and extremely organized c... · Jordan - Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Amira S. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Highly professional and extremely organized company. Tamara arranged a seamless 5 day trip with very short notice (last minute trip) and accommodated all my requests. I spent one night in Amman, a day in Jarash/Madaba/Mt Nebo, a day in Petra, and my final day visiting a crusader castle in Karak. My driver Mohamed Ali Hilalat was exceptional. He went out of his way to make sure my stay was as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Always on time, a great conversationalist with a wealth of... read more

Highly professional and extremely organized company. Tamara arranged a seamless 5 day trip with very short notice (last minute trip) and accommodated all my requests. I spent one night in Amman, a day in Jarash/Madaba/Mt Nebo, a day in Petra, and my final day visiting a crusader castle in Karak. My driver Mohamed Ali Hilalat was exceptional. He went out of his way to make sure my stay was as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Always on time, a great conversationalist with a wealth of knowledge about the history, geography and culture of the region. Mohamed is a live embodiment of the famous Jordanian hospitality and kindness. Jordan is full of beautiful natural hiking trails, inter-twined with historically significant areas and natural reserves. If you’re interested in an authentic Jordanian experience and not just a cookie-cutter tourist attractions trip, Mohamed is your man. Went on a “backdoor” trail to see Petra and my Bedouin guide Mua’az did a phenomenal job showing me “off the beaten path” areas that made Petra more mesmerizing.
It’s obvious that this company’s owner takes great pride in his work and strives to show customers what’s special about Jordan.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amira,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Top notch outfit. Tummas was my guide and was... · the Faroe Islands - Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: akilan A. - Local specialist: David Whale

Top notch outfit. Tummas was my guide and was able to modify the tour based upon my activity level. Extremely knowledgeable about Faroese culture and history. Would not hesitate for a second to use them again.

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David Whale, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Akilan. Thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Faroe Islands. It was a pleasure to meet with you in person after all of our online communication. Hurry back in the summer! Best regards David and Tummas

Jonathan

This was a truly amazing trip, I got to see e... · Vietnam - Nov 14 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Jonathan B. - Local specialist: Alex Nguyen

This was a truly amazing trip, I got to see everything I wanted to see and experience.
Alex the travel agent was simply amazing as well, catering this trip to my needs, available at any given time help, answer questions, give information and make any small changes I requested.

Thank you Alex and KimKim for an amazing trip

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Alex Nguyen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jonathan :)

So lovely to have your review for a busy Monday :) Thank you again for your so cute gift and a great meeting :). I hope that the memories will last forever in your life time and we could keep in touch for your returned trip to our country :)

Have a safe flight back home!
Regards,
Alex

Took the Pikey Peak 8 day tour and was tailor... · Nepal - Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Rob S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Took the Pikey Peak 8 day tour and was tailored to our requirements. Amanda was extremely helpful and professional throughout. The planning.The trek was superb and the guide and porter were absolutely fantastic . The whole team delivered a unique and 1st class unforgettable trip. I would not hesitate in using this team again in the future.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Rob, thanks so much for your review, especially your photos! It's so lovely to get a sneak peek into your trip, I *almost* feel like I was out on trek with you :)
Great to hear you had such a great time with Wangchhu your guide while on trek.

Until next time, all the best,
Amanda

Eon was excellent! · South Africa - Nov 8 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: Geoff G. - Local specialist: Deborah Smook

Eon was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and gave us time to spend together as a family.
Thanks to Debra for all the helpful tips for the road trip as well!

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Deborah Smook, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Geoff

Thank you so much for the great review!

Eon is indeed a great guy and we are so happy that we could have them on your trip. I hope you enjoyed your whole experience in South Africa as well.

Hope to have you in SA again someday soon.

Kind regards

Deborah

Minda

All of our guides were exceptional! Lina in B... · Colombia - Nov 7 - Nov 21, 2019

Traveler: Minda H. - Local specialist: Chio Tabakman

All of our guides were exceptional! Lina in Bogata, Mauricio in Villa de Leyva, Natalia in Pereira, Daniel in Medellin, Juan in Tayrona Park, Carolina for the cooking lesson and Ingrid in Cartagena. The guides were all very knowledgeable and obviously proud of their wonderful country.
We enjoyed all of the things we experienced. A couple of things that stood out were the visit to the coffee farm that was run by women, the visit to Bazurto market with a local that knows her way around. We... read more

All of our guides were exceptional! Lina in Bogata, Mauricio in Villa de Leyva, Natalia in Pereira, Daniel in Medellin, Juan in Tayrona Park, Carolina for the cooking lesson and Ingrid in Cartagena. The guides were all very knowledgeable and obviously proud of their wonderful country.
We enjoyed all of the things we experienced. A couple of things that stood out were the visit to the coffee farm that was run by women, the visit to Bazurto market with a local that knows her way around. We also enjoyed the physical beauty of all the different areas of Columbia and being able to do a bit of hiking.

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Chio Tabakman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Minda!

I'm really happy that you enjoyed your trip and time in Colombia! For us, it was a pleasure to help you put the experience together and I'll make sure your guides know how happy you were with them!

Best regards,
Chio

Preeti did a fabulous job!!!! Everything was ... · Iceland - Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: Mary Ellen C. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti did a fabulous job!!!! Everything was terrific! Very well organized and detailed.....
The only activity that we didn’t enjoy as much as everything else was the ice cave tour. The “ice cave” itself was interesting but we didn’t know that it involved a good 45 minute + drive to and from the meeting point to get to the cave (it was not a very enjoyable ride at all).

All of the hotels/accommodations were great.
We would definitely recommend Preeti!
Mary Ellen

Rebecca

Rich, rewarding trip · Myanmar - Oct 17 - Nov 11, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

From start to finish, in country operator Myanmar Pure made our 26-day trip to Myanmar a seamless, rewarding experience. Passing off logistical arrangements allowed us to focus on all this geographically and ethnically diverse country has to offer. Our requested itinerary included the well known "don't miss" sites and a peek into the often unseen "real" life of Myanmar people. Myanmar Pure delivered. Owner Anne's relationship with her local guides brought us into homes for meals, tea, and... read more

From start to finish, in country operator Myanmar Pure made our 26-day trip to Myanmar a seamless, rewarding experience. Passing off logistical arrangements allowed us to focus on all this geographically and ethnically diverse country has to offer. Our requested itinerary included the well known "don't miss" sites and a peek into the often unseen "real" life of Myanmar people. Myanmar Pure delivered. Owner Anne's relationship with her local guides brought us into homes for meals, tea, and conversation. We were even serendipitously invited to join wedding receptions in two small villages, an opportunity missed if our guides had not been there to translate. More often than not, we were the only foreign visitors in places off the standard tourist trail.

While the known sites were certainly worthwhile, the overall best part of the trip for us was the brush with day-to-day life. The depth of that experience we owe to Myanmar Pure. Anne chose well when she selected local guides Zayyar, Lu Wine, Thinzar She and Aung Naing Thu. They were our gateway to rewarding interactions with the people we met on the course of our travels. And, they were just plain fun to be around.

We recommend "the kimkim team" for anyone considering Myanmar. Your pre-trip questions will be answered promptly, courteously and completely, and in-country logistics will, if our experience is an indicator, run smoothly.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Becky & Rich,
Thanks for sharing your feedback of your recent Myanmar journey - I'm glad we were able to design a rewarding, smooth trip for you! The unexpected experiences (like weddings!) and interactions are magical and delighted that our guides were able to bring you a bit closer to their local culture through these events.
All the best to you and we hope 2020 brings many more rich travel experiences,
Anne

Nicky

Incredible Manaslu · Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2019

Traveler: Nicky K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had the most incredible Manaslu trek! It was brilliantly organised by Amanda who was incredibly informative and remained undaunted by our endless questions and changes to the itinerary. Our guide Sonem was just amazing and could not have been more caring and supportive. She really looked after us, trying so hard to secure the best accommodation and manage our expectations, checking the food and the kitchen at the tea houses, often cooking for us herself. She was so full of energy fun... read more

We had the most incredible Manaslu trek! It was brilliantly organised by Amanda who was incredibly informative and remained undaunted by our endless questions and changes to the itinerary. Our guide Sonem was just amazing and could not have been more caring and supportive. She really looked after us, trying so hard to secure the best accommodation and manage our expectations, checking the food and the kitchen at the tea houses, often cooking for us herself. She was so full of energy fun and warmth: we all loved her. Her team of porters and sub guide were also so cheery warm and positive. Watching over us cheering us on and never complaining.
The trek was more of a challenge than anticipated and the altitude punishing, but the scenery was spectacular as we climbed from rivers to jungle stunning open plains and the majestic awe inspiring mountains. The villages, people we met on the trail, mountain mules and Yaks were fascinating: new wonders every day. We all loved it: there were highs and lows, times spent huddled frozen in our sleeping bags hugging hot water bottles, cold showers and seriously basic accommodation but our spirits always lifted when we were walking and we all feel a huge sense of achievement. We are so looking forward to the comforts of home but will never forget Nepal and Manaslu.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nicky and everyone,

We did have some back and forths in the lead up, I'm so glad how it all worked out in the end. It was such a pleasure to meet all of you when the time finally came for you to arrive: 8 strong, caring and adventurous women full of questions and enthusiasm. Then when we saw each other at the end, you all with so many stories to tell about your trip, I just love the 'high' you get at the end of a trek and I really saw that in all of you. I know there are going to be some... read more

Hi Nicky and everyone,

We did have some back and forths in the lead up, I'm so glad how it all worked out in the end. It was such a pleasure to meet all of you when the time finally came for you to arrive: 8 strong, caring and adventurous women full of questions and enthusiasm. Then when we saw each other at the end, you all with so many stories to tell about your trip, I just love the 'high' you get at the end of a trek and I really saw that in all of you. I know there are going to be some very jealous partners/husbands and families once you get to show them your photos and tell a story or two.

It was truly a pleasure to meet all of you, to be able to introduce you to some of the special people who showed you around and to play our small part in your Nepal story. Congratulations on not only completing a tough trek, but doing it in style! We'd have you back, if you're game! :)

All the best,
Amanda and Team

Anne

Ecuador was amazing but don’t hike during electrical storm · Ecuador - Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Anne O. - Local specialist: Edwin Vega

Pedro was great and shared lots of interesting facts. He was very accommodating with some of the changes we made at the beginning of the journey. He picked us up at the airport and then the next morning arrived to take us to Otovalo and the leather town and a good place to eat On the way back we stopped to buy roses on the side of the road. What a treat. On Monday, Santiago was on time to pick us up. His car was also very clean and he was interesting to talk to. We drove to the Cotopaxi park... read more

Pedro was great and shared lots of interesting facts. He was very accommodating with some of the changes we made at the beginning of the journey. He picked us up at the airport and then the next morning arrived to take us to Otovalo and the leather town and a good place to eat On the way back we stopped to buy roses on the side of the road. What a treat. On Monday, Santiago was on time to pick us up. His car was also very clean and he was interesting to talk to. We drove to the Cotopaxi park to walk 5 km around a lagoon. It was a nice hike. We noticed that the volcano top was storming and it has turned to snow within the hour around the lake. It started to sleet just as we got to the car. We headed up the volcano road which was very slippery for his car. I suggested if he was not comfortable we could skip the hike. He drove us up to the parking lot of Cotopaxi to walk the 400m to the refuge. The weather was extremely bad with snow and sleet. I trusted his judgement since he is a local guide. However, he should never have let us hike up Cotopaxi in an electrical snow storm. I didn’t realize the danger and he did not seem concerned. We got up halfway to the refuge in the storm and my husband and I immediately started to pick up an electrical charge which I did not understand at the moment what was happening. I knew it was bad and as I was being shocked and in pain he ignored these dangerous signs of an imminent sign of being struck by lightning. I immediately turned to run down the mountain screaming help me. Then I got a shock or was actually struck by lightning. My husband then got to me and rushed me down the mountain as fast as we could. I don’t know how I survived. Everything I’ve read about this situation that I now understand this to be is that it is rare to survive this type of electrical phenomenon and most people do not survive to tell their story. I know I would not survived if I’d had a heart problem because there was no phone signal or medical training by our guide. After my horrifying experience we drove to the hacienda and enjoyed the rest of our journey as much as we could. El Porvenir was awesome. The last day was supposed to be hiking on Quilotoa. In addition to not feeling well and the fear of hiking in the rain again, we asked to change our journey and went to the cloud forest to see hummingbirds and at lunch at Papallacta. We stopped at an amazing Rose plantation I found a brochure for in Papallacta. We appreciate all the last minute changes but my experience prompts me to ask a lot of questions about the knowledge of safety that these free lance guides are expected to have. We never knew the risks of hiking at high altitudes while it is snowing and with poor weather but our guide should have. When I did some research on the internet and mentioned to my guide that we shouldn’t have gone and that I was lucky to be alive he blew it off and said I should’ve unzipped my jacket? What? I expected an apology and for him to do additional research into this subject of hiking in an electrical storm. For the 2 days we stayed after, I remained in a short of shocked state unsure of my emotions and physical well being although I felt mostly well. We were so far from anywhere and I didn’t want to go to an Ecuadorian medical facility. I pushed the incident to the back of mind so as to enjoy my life since it was spared and the rest of our trip. I visited my doctor a few hours after my arrival home and have been given a bill of health which I am grateful for. My doctor had only seen a few patients who have been electrocuted/shocked/struck by lightning and told me how lucky I was to not have had any damage or death. most don’t live to tell the tale.

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Edwin Vega, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anne!

Thanks so much for your feedback!

First of all, I´m glad that the overall trip experience was positive. With regards to the hike at the Cotopaxi National Park, I´m very sorry that you experienced this beautiful place in such a negative way. I´d like you to know that all the guides that work with us are professionals and certified and under no circumstances would they put the lives of our tourists in danger. We already sat down with Santiago and agreed that he should have taken the... read more

Hi Anne!

Thanks so much for your feedback!

First of all, I´m glad that the overall trip experience was positive. With regards to the hike at the Cotopaxi National Park, I´m very sorry that you experienced this beautiful place in such a negative way. I´d like you to know that all the guides that work with us are professionals and certified and under no circumstances would they put the lives of our tourists in danger. We already sat down with Santiago and agreed that he should have taken the situation more seriously and will definitely do so in the future. On a company level, we are establishing some new standards in operations in order to increase the security and feeling of comfort of all our travelers. We will be receiving reports from the national climate and weather agency, so that we can always give proper information on expected weather conditions at each destination, especially in the mountains.

Please know, that we take your comment very seriously and will do everything to be able to avoid such situations. I hope that all in all you returned home with good memories! If I can help you with anything else in the future, please let me know!

Take care,
Edwin

Pikey Peak Trek Nepal - November 2019 · Nepal - Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2019

Traveler: Peter h. - Local specialist: Sangita Bajracharya

We are a group of 3 from Australia that completed the Pikey Peak trek in November in 2019. Sangita was very helpful in organising our trip and answered all our queries. It was our first visit to Nepal and the trek was fantastic. We were lucky to have some good weather and had fantastic views of the Everist region and surrounding country. Our guide Bhim was extremely knowledgable and went out of his way to impart his knowledge and to ensure we had a good trip. Our porter Pemba (who is also a... read more

We are a group of 3 from Australia that completed the Pikey Peak trek in November in 2019. Sangita was very helpful in organising our trip and answered all our queries. It was our first visit to Nepal and the trek was fantastic. We were lucky to have some good weather and had fantastic views of the Everist region and surrounding country. Our guide Bhim was extremely knowledgable and went out of his way to impart his knowledge and to ensure we had a good trip. Our porter Pemba (who is also a guide) did a great job and was a pleasure to walk with. All in all the trip was a great success and I would be happy to recommend Sangita and Bipin for those considering a treking trip in Nepal

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Sangita Bajracharya, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mr. Peter & family,

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. It was indeed our pleasure to organize your trek in Nepal and we are glad to hear you enjoyed all our arrangements and the company of our team members. We look forward to seeing you back in our country someday :)

Best Regards from Nepal
Sangita and HNB team

Jordan visit November 2019 · Jordan - Nov 10 - Nov 16, 2019

Traveler: Daniela G. - Local specialist: Sarah Eaton

Sarah was amazing through this whole process from beginning to end! She mentioned doing 2 extra things while visiting Petra. We had dinner with a local family which was quite nice. We also went to Petra at night. Petra during the day was amazing too. We took full advantage of both days. On the first afternoon we saw the treasury for the first time. We took pictures from a scenic overlook. Then explored a little further and would up at the high place of sacrifice. Day 2 we started super early... read more

Sarah was amazing through this whole process from beginning to end! She mentioned doing 2 extra things while visiting Petra. We had dinner with a local family which was quite nice. We also went to Petra at night. Petra during the day was amazing too. We took full advantage of both days. On the first afternoon we saw the treasury for the first time. We took pictures from a scenic overlook. Then explored a little further and would up at the high place of sacrifice. Day 2 we started super early and went to the monastery. On the way back we went to see some of those other tombs on the hill and saw a sign for a trail to go see the treasury from the highest point. This was so worth the extra couple miles of walking. On the first day, the tour of Amman and Jerash...I had no idea what to expect of the sites we would see. The biggest surprise was the Aljoun Castle. On our way to Wadi Musa our driver, Ahmad, took us to “little Petra” and joked about a surprise and it was a stop to see a boulder formation that looked like an elephant. Ahmad had snacks for us in the car along with water. That was fun. Both drivers stopped at rest areas so we could get out, use the restrooms, grab a snack, and maybe a souvenir. The short stay in Wadi Rum was great. We had a desert tour (also suggested by Sarah) that was so much fun. Our guide for this was fun with his driving and taking us on a route that gave us quiet time from other tourists at some of the stops. Mt Nebo and the Baptism site were well worth it also. For the Dead Sea day, Sarah has booked us a room at a hotel that had a private beach and that made everything so easy. This was the thing I had been looking forward to the most. I have been intrigued by the Dead Sea since I was a small child when I saw it in a book of natural wonders of the world. I know I missed a thing or two, but Jordan, our drivers, the locals, and the sites we saw all exceeded our expectations. This was an absolutely amazing experience!!

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Sarah Eaton, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Daniela,
I am so glad that you both had a great experience here in Jordan and that the trip was what you had been hoping for! I will pass along your kind review to the team here at In2Jordan. Thanks for letting us be a part of making this trip special for you!
-Sarah

Dineia

Amazing Trip · Sri Lanka - Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Dineia P. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

We had plan to visit Sri Lanka this year, however after the events at Easter time we almost gave up this trip. We are glad we have done it. Just spend 2 weeks in Sri Lanka with Kimkim and I totally recommend it.
We had a great time here and we have visited amazing places. Sri Lanka is an amazing destination that combines awesome nature, landscapes, history, beach and food.
Anoj was great, always helpfull during the trip, making this a wonderful experience.

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Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dineia,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful island.

Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are very grateful you visited Sri Lanka as planned.

Please spread your words and lovely experience among your friends and family too.

Thanks again,
Shalindra

Fil-Am Girls in Morocco! · Morocco - Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: Kathleen M. - Local specialist: Megan Lower

Megan has been extremely helpful with the planning and booking processes of our Moroccan trip. She's very organized and responds to all my questions in a very timely manner. She's very patient with my 0 knowledge about the country. I highly recommend her expertise to all others who plan to visit Morocco. Thank you Megan!
To our driver/guide, Omar, my friends and I couldn't be more grateful for his professionalism and compassion for his craft. He welcomed us with a big smile on his face. He's... read more

Megan has been extremely helpful with the planning and booking processes of our Moroccan trip. She's very organized and responds to all my questions in a very timely manner. She's very patient with my 0 knowledge about the country. I highly recommend her expertise to all others who plan to visit Morocco. Thank you Megan!
To our driver/guide, Omar, my friends and I couldn't be more grateful for his professionalism and compassion for his craft. He welcomed us with a big smile on his face. He's always on time. Made sure we are all safe and comfortable. He treated us as his family (where he welcomed us to his humble abode in Rose Valley - much respect for this Berber family, such a beautiful one! ). He was very patient with our last minute requests. Even if he already dropped us off at our riad, he kept sending messages throughout the night just to make sure we are doing great. Our stay wouldn't be this awesome if not with him. With that, Omar, we are extremely grateful!
We would also want to commend, Emily from the private riad at the desert for being the nicest and caring and hospitable. She welcomed us with open arms, cooked good food for us, chitchatted with us during our stay. We love that she's so cool and sweet that we feel like we could have stayed longer and enjoyed her company and that of the serenity of the desert.
All riads and hotel we stayed at were all superb. There were a few mishaps but doesn't outweigh its beauty and the staff's professionalism. The riads will absolutely make you feel like you are in a different place and era.
Overall, the experience was one for the books. Something me and my friends will definitely treasure for the rest of our lives. Thanks to Kimkim and Wanderlust Voyages! Kudos to all! Keep it up!

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Megan Lower, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kathleen!
So glad to hear you guys had a fabulous trip to Morocco! Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind words! I will definitely pass along the kudos to Omar and also to Emily. It's our sincere pleasure to have helped you create such a memorable trip!

Amazing Trip! Once in a lifetime! · Brazil - Sep 15 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Jamie A. - Local specialist: Luciana Almeida

Our trip to Brazil was truly incredible! We asked kimkim to provide us with fun adventures, as well as time for relaxation and they sure did deliver!
Luciana was so helpful and knowledgeable and was quick to respond to our questions. She took care of any issues that arose and made our vacation run smoothly. We highly recommend this service as they provide access to local adventures that you wouldn't normally come across on your own and every part of our vacation was better than the last!
This is the only way we will be booking our travel in the future!

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Luciana Almeida, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a nice review, Jamie.
We are passionate about travel and so we designed each itinerary with such care and dedication!
So happy that you enjoyed all the experiences. Another dream came true. 😍
It was a pleasure to organize your trip and you are welcome here again at any time!
All the best, Luciana Almeida

Had a wonderful time on our 13 day Columbia t... · Colombia - Nov 4 - Nov 17, 2019

Traveler: Nafisa T. - Local specialist: Juan Ortiz

Had a wonderful time on our 13 day Columbia tour . Yuliana who coordinated everything was wonderful .
All our guides - Viviana in Bogota, Claudio in Amazon, Jaime in Medellin & Roberto in Cartagena were excellent & very informative.

Nafisa

Doug

Our Spartan adventure · Greece - Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: Doug A. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

I don't know where to start , but wow! Harris knocked it out of the park. We have done trips with zero planning, and done trips where we tried to book all the things ourselves but this trip was nearly perfect. Harris and his group in Greece know what they are doing. They matched us with the right tour guides and hotels, planned transfers and connections perfectly. Our tour in Delphi with Penny was so informative, her ability to weave all the layers of information together was exceptional. ... read more

I don't know where to start , but wow! Harris knocked it out of the park. We have done trips with zero planning, and done trips where we tried to book all the things ourselves but this trip was nearly perfect. Harris and his group in Greece know what they are doing. They matched us with the right tour guides and hotels, planned transfers and connections perfectly. Our tour in Delphi with Penny was so informative, her ability to weave all the layers of information together was exceptional. Our Naxos food tour with Katarina was just as nice, local recipes supplied and additional places to visit for us was perfect. Thanos guided us around Santorini with a tour of the other side of the island, it was such a pleasant day, very interesting and the connections with our group to make sure we felt a connection to the island was nice. Popi was our guide on another tour of Santorini and we got to see the cave houses and a whole different perspective from her. This was not just a vacation tour but a personally selected vacation that fit our group. The interaction with Harris, questions asked and ideas that he had all made sense. The security of having local contacts and agents that have actually searched out the best local talent, from drivers to guides and hotels is worth the extra money spent. Book the trip! Thanks again, we will be back for more soon.
Doug and Dixie

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Doug,

Thank you very much for your time to write this review and of course I cannot thank you enough for your kind words. The whole team is more than happy that you enjoyed your time in our country and and we appreciate the positive feedback for our partners as they were part of a great experience for you.

Looking forward to work again together in the future so we can plan your next trip to Greece!

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

Incredible experience to Southern Africa! · Zambia - Oct 28 - Nov 7, 2019

Traveler: andrew y. - Local specialist: Deborah Smook

The trip planned for us by Deborah and Tara at Elgin Africa was amazing. We came up with a base plan and they took it from there. From the boutique hotel in Cape Town to the Victoria Falls Hotel with its incredible history to the tented safari camp in Zimbabwe, everything was well organized and came through without any glitches whatsoever. All in country land transfers were pre-arranged and were always on time (or early). We did 3 private day tours in Cape Town; Stellenbosch, the Cape... read more

The trip planned for us by Deborah and Tara at Elgin Africa was amazing. We came up with a base plan and they took it from there. From the boutique hotel in Cape Town to the Victoria Falls Hotel with its incredible history to the tented safari camp in Zimbabwe, everything was well organized and came through without any glitches whatsoever. All in country land transfers were pre-arranged and were always on time (or early). We did 3 private day tours in Cape Town; Stellenbosch, the Cape Peninsula, and shark cage diving (highly recommended). The safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana were nothing short of incredible. The safari guides and drivers were all top-notch professionals and we enjoyed spending time with them and learning about their countries. They all had stories to tell. The food was also amazing; we were always surprised at the quality of the meals that were prepared for us.

We would highly recommend Elgin Africa and Deborah for anyone looking to spend time in Southern Africa.

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Deborah Smook, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Andrew and Chisty

Thank you so much for choosing us and I am super happy that you had such a great experience. It was really nice meeting you as well!

I hope to see you again soon in SA!

All the best,
Deb

Jessica

Wonderful trip! · France - Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2019

Traveler: Jessica Z. - Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Stephen's planning was exactly what we were looking for! Each of the guides/tours he booked for us were excellent - we learned a lot and had a blast the whole trip. Our hotel was also outstanding. Could not recommend his services more!

13 Day Peru trip was FANTASTIC! · Peru - Oct 29 - Nov 10, 2019

Traveler: Shari G. - Local specialist: Liz Karen Llolle Jihuallanca

Our 13 day trip to Peru was fabulous! This is the first time I have used any kind of travel service and I will use one again. The activities planned were exactly what we wanted, the multiple, multiple transfers were seamless, the guides were wonderful, and the entire experience was great.

Liz made all the arrangements and the few times that I had questions she was available to answer. A welcome surprise that she arranged for us was a cooking class. That is not something I would have done on my own and it was fun and the food was fantastic.

I highly recommend Kimkim and Liz!!!

Morocco - Fes, Marrakesh and the Agafay Desert · Morocco - Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2019

Traveler: Sania M. - Local specialist: Megan Lower

We visited Morocco in October for 1 week and had an amazing time! Megan was professional, responsive and always willing to help us with last minute adjustments to the trip. Our tour guide while on the trip, Omar, was wonderful and always went above and beyond to make sure the trip was special and memorable for us - he has a great playlist which made even the long-drives enjoyable,
and he was always a willing photographer to help capture every moment. The highlight of the trip was definitely the day we spent glamping in the desert driving ATVs and riding camels during the sunset.

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Megan Lower, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sania!
So glad to hear you had a great trip to Morocco! Thank you so much for leaving a trip review and for your kind words! It's our pleasure to help you create a memorable trip!

Sascha

2 hikes while in Nepal · Nepal - Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2019

Traveler: Sascha S. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

In general we think that the guides here are less professionell than in other countries. We had two different guides (Dawa and Pemba) and both experience were simillar. The guides here only give you information when you ask.

However it was always easy to communicate with Kripa. So with her we made good experiences.

We did like both treks so from the nature it was worth to visit Nepal.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sacha, I'm very sorry to hear that both of our guides were not able to meet your expectations. Your experience is one that we are not proud and as you may see from other reviews quite atypical.

Even though your experience was not great with our guide I'm happy to know that you were very much satisfied with the alternatives we have provided to you in return.

We appreciate your helpful and constructive feedback, which will help our service become better in the future and we hope you return soon!

Best,
Kripa

José

Surprise, a good one · Sri Lanka - Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2019

Traveler: José B. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

I didn't have any expectations about it, and the whole trip surprised me, specially my driver: what a good mood, i have to say. Since we had to drive for several hours almost every day he truly made the difference. Hotel and food were good as well, so the tours, the places; its entire history. I believe this opened my mind about Sri Lanka, and that's one of my favorite feelings about a trip.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jose,
Thank you very much for your feedback on your experiences here in Sri Lanka with us. It was a great honour to serve you, hope you will surely visit Sri Lanka again.
Thank you very much
Best Regards,
Yasantha

Wonderful Desert Experience · Morocco - Nov 5 - Nov 7, 2019

Traveler: Anuj D. - Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

We had a great time working with Sharon in planning our desert experience in Morocco. We were even more fortunate to have an amazing driver, Sallam, who took us through our trip. We could not have asked for a better driver/guide. Sallam was extremely warm and personable. He was flexible when we wanted to change plans. Sallam did a remarkable job of knowing when to share stories/sights while also knowing when to give us time to relax. He adjusted his driving based on our comfort level. ... read more

We had a great time working with Sharon in planning our desert experience in Morocco. We were even more fortunate to have an amazing driver, Sallam, who took us through our trip. We could not have asked for a better driver/guide. Sallam was extremely warm and personable. He was flexible when we wanted to change plans. Sallam did a remarkable job of knowing when to share stories/sights while also knowing when to give us time to relax. He adjusted his driving based on our comfort level. Sallam was not only a wonderful guide but he is now a friend that we plan to keep in touch with. He made the experience much more enjoyable especially given how long of a drive it was.

Overall, the desert experience was very fun. The camel ride was very nice and the sand dunes were beautiful. The camp was very nice and we were looking forward to enjoying the experience under the stars at night. However, unfortunately the high winds caused us to have to stay inside. The amenities were above expectations with the nice toilet and shower. We were a bit disappointed to not have more time at the camp in the morning. After breakfast, we were quickly pushed to pack up and leave the site. We expected more time in the morning to enjoy the desert in peace.

Overall it was a very nice experience. The driving time was a bit much but the Camp was quite nice. Sallam made the experience so much more enjoyable for us. He was the best driver/guide we could have asked for.

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Sharon Louthian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anuj - Thanks for the great review. We are thrilled that you had a fantastic time with Sallam. Sorry to hear that the weather didn't quite cooperate with your overnight stay in the desert, but glad that you enjoyed the camp none-the-less.

I will be sure to share your review with Sallam and just want to say thanks on behalf of the entire Morocco Immersion team for choosing us to be a part of your Moroccan adventure.

Keep in touch!'
Sharon

Our trip to Peru was marvelous, in particular... · Peru - Nov 6 - Nov 15, 2019

Traveler: Paul B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Our trip to Peru was marvelous, in particular because our needs were catered for in every way beforehand by Jesus. Careful questions and answers resulted in an itinarary that proved to be well put together and balanced. The guides, in both Lima and Cusco, were very knowledgable re the local history and cultures informing us each step of the way what to look for and why. All the hotels were well managed, clean and comfortable. All transport went smoothly and on time; Air, Rail, Road and... read more

Our trip to Peru was marvelous, in particular because our needs were catered for in every way beforehand by Jesus. Careful questions and answers resulted in an itinarary that proved to be well put together and balanced. The guides, in both Lima and Cusco, were very knowledgable re the local history and cultures informing us each step of the way what to look for and why. All the hotels were well managed, clean and comfortable. All transport went smoothly and on time; Air, Rail, Road and horseback!
Difficult to single out highlights from so many but; the three lunch locations on the cycle tour with Luis, the day at Machu Picchu with Julio and a days horse ride with Javier were voted the top three by us. Julio in particular gave us so much insight to Peruvian culture for which we will forever be grateful.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Paul!
Thanks so much for such a nice and detailed review.
During these years, we´ve been working a lot in order to improve our services and thus provide the best possible trip experience for our clients, this is why we feel very happy to know the positive results and the nice comments you have regarding all the good job our staff has done!
We all thank you so much for trusting us and for your kindness from the day we met up at Lima hotel until I said goodbye at Lima airport hotel It was a... read more

Hi Paul!
Thanks so much for such a nice and detailed review.
During these years, we´ve been working a lot in order to improve our services and thus provide the best possible trip experience for our clients, this is why we feel very happy to know the positive results and the nice comments you have regarding all the good job our staff has done!
We all thank you so much for trusting us and for your kindness from the day we met up at Lima hotel until I said goodbye at Lima airport hotel It was a great pleasure to talk to you pre/post tour!
I hope you come back to Peru at another time so you can explore more of the highlights of our country and can horseback to the Apu Wanakaure, which, unfortunately, you could not do. Good reason to come back! Luis, Julio, and all the staff are really glad to have offered you a great time!
Stay in touch and wish you all the best to you!
Kind regards,
Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team

YGD - Wonderful service resulted in an amazing vacation! · Philippines - Nov 6 - Nov 16, 2019

Traveler: Reema D. - Local specialist: Dan Barmatz

Working with Dan and the YGD Travel Agency was easy and seamless. Dan took into account all of my various questions and patiently worked with me on making this trip perfect. He was quick to respond and answer questions I had, whether related to specific points of interest or about traveling through the Philippines in general.

Once on the ground, YGD was in contact with me on a regular basis to provide updates on exact pickup times and/or address any questions I had. The few small hiccups... read more

Working with Dan and the YGD Travel Agency was easy and seamless. Dan took into account all of my various questions and patiently worked with me on making this trip perfect. He was quick to respond and answer questions I had, whether related to specific points of interest or about traveling through the Philippines in general.

Once on the ground, YGD was in contact with me on a regular basis to provide updates on exact pickup times and/or address any questions I had. The few small hiccups we experienced (e.g., a tour operator picked us up much later than anticipated) were addressed immediately. From the hotels booked to the tour guides, the service was impeccable.

I'm grateful to the YGD team for an amazing vacation and would definitely recommend them to anyone!

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Dan Barmatz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your review! Me and the YGD Team are grateful to be a part of your vacation here in the Philippines. It's always heartwarming to realize that our service did in fact made some one's trip better, and to us it means the world.

Until we meet again,
Dan and the rest of YGD Travel :)

Best trip ever because of Kimkim · Japan - Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2019

Traveler: Candyce K. - Local specialist: Patrick Marsh

I cannot begin to write a review that can give my friends and my experience traversing the Nakasendo Trail in Japan. I think a large part of this amazing time was the service provided by Kimkim and the team. We did not use a guide but honestly, this group is so organized, they gave us almost step by step instructions on how to hike the trail, going to far as to provide pictures of junctures so that we could not get lost even if we tried.
All our train tickets, itinerary and inn... read more

I cannot begin to write a review that can give my friends and my experience traversing the Nakasendo Trail in Japan. I think a large part of this amazing time was the service provided by Kimkim and the team. We did not use a guide but honestly, this group is so organized, they gave us almost step by step instructions on how to hike the trail, going to far as to provide pictures of junctures so that we could not get lost even if we tried.
All our train tickets, itinerary and inn reservations (including food restrictions) were all handled ahead of time with no necessary added work on our part. In fact, due to the typhoon that occurred just prior to our trip, a Kimkim agent came to our inn with updated instructions and amended train tickets to accommodate the change in plans due to problems on the trail. I have never, never experienced such service in my life.
This is what I would say, if anyone is considering walking the Nakasendo Trail, please trust your trip to Kimkim. Yes, you can do it yourself, and yes it might cost to give it over to this company. However for peace of mind and even looking back on it now, it was the smartest move and the best money I have ever spent on a trip.

Nepal & Muldai Trek · Nepal - Oct 29 - Nov 5, 2019

Traveler: Cheryl R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

This was our first time using KimKim but it has been a very positive experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Himalayan Trails were our tour agent and from the outset they were nothing but efficient helping us to plan exactly what we wanted from our trip. Amanda was quick to respond to any queries and provided lots of additional useful information to ensure we were well prepared in advance. The accommodation we had was full of character and in traditional Nepali style... read more

This was our first time using KimKim but it has been a very positive experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Himalayan Trails were our tour agent and from the outset they were nothing but efficient helping us to plan exactly what we wanted from our trip. Amanda was quick to respond to any queries and provided lots of additional useful information to ensure we were well prepared in advance. The accommodation we had was full of character and in traditional Nepali style rather than anonymous chain hotels, every pick up or meeting happened on time, she even managed to find us last minute accommodation when one of our guest houses had overbooked. Our trekking guide, Mindu, kept us safe, fed and watered and motivated when we needed it - his cheerful singing and whistling along with his infectious laugh kept us entertained for 4 days on the Muldai trek. Our city guide, Subash, was always on hand to answer our endless questions and was great company painting pictures of the sights we visited with lots of stories. He soon joined in our teasing and banter (and gave as good as he got!). We had a fabulous trip but it was the people we met who made it so special. We have fallen in love with Nepal and will definitely be back and will not hesitate to use Himalayan Trails again. Thank you everyone - you did an amazing job!

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cheryl, thanks so much for your review and very kind message you sent over as well. It's been our absolute pleasure to assist with your trip - well done on getting through your trek, challenges and all!

It was lovely to meet you both and I do have a feeling we'll be seeing you in these parts again in the future :)

From Amanda and the Team!

Easy to navigate and packed with highlights. ... · Jordan - Nov 9 - Nov 15, 2019

Traveler: Paul G. - Local specialist: Sarah Eaton

Easy to navigate and packed with highlights. Sarah and my driver Hasan were awesome :)

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Sarah Eaton, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Paul,
Thanks so much for choosing In2Jordan for your trip. I am so glad to hear it went smoothy for you.
Your feedback is truly appreciated!
-Sarah

José

Overall experiente was fine · Jordan - Oct 19 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: José B. - Local specialist: Amanda Qardan

Overall experiente was fine; both Amanha and the driver (unfortunatelly I forgot his name) were always helpful. Hotels were also good most of the time, though I've experienced a major disappointment with Memories Aicha Luxury Camp: how do they put a panoramic tent in the middle of the camp facing others and killing privacy? The whole experience there was almost useless.

Another issue was the store I was brought to buy souvenirs next to Mount Nebo (the usual touristic shop who happens to be... read more

Overall experiente was fine; both Amanha and the driver (unfortunatelly I forgot his name) were always helpful. Hotels were also good most of the time, though I've experienced a major disappointment with Memories Aicha Luxury Camp: how do they put a panoramic tent in the middle of the camp facing others and killing privacy? The whole experience there was almost useless.

Another issue was the store I was brought to buy souvenirs next to Mount Nebo (the usual touristic shop who happens to be "friends" with guides) where I bought this mosaic for FIVE TIMES the price I happened to find a few minutes later in another place (not sure if it is the exact same thing but it seemed quite similar).

Jordan is a beautiful and expensive country. Not sure if I would ever visit again but I've enjoyed it.

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Amanda Qardan, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jose,

Thank you for your feedback, panoramic tents in Aicha Camp get the best reviews by far, we are sorry that he didn't get this experience. And we have discussed the issue with all the drivers about souvenir shopping.

All the best and thank you for traveling with In2Jordan and Kimkim!
Amanda

David

Normally I handle all of the details... · Greece - Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: David C. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Normally I handle all of the details for my trips. This time, however, I wanted to join friends who were already using Kimkim. WOW! I could not be happier!

Harris impressed me over and over from transportation and hotel choices to tours and guides. It quickly became obvious he knew what he was doing. In fact, you could tell Harris had hand-picked every part of the experience based on what we were interested in doing.

Our first hotel experience in Mystras was spectacular and fit... read more

Normally I handle all of the details for my trips. This time, however, I wanted to join friends who were already using Kimkim. WOW! I could not be happier!

Harris impressed me over and over from transportation and hotel choices to tours and guides. It quickly became obvious he knew what he was doing. In fact, you could tell Harris had hand-picked every part of the experience based on what we were interested in doing.

Our first hotel experience in Mystras was spectacular and fit perfectly for our time in Sparta. Not only was the hotel quality, but each morning at breakfast Joanna taught us more about Greek foods and especially Greek coffee.

Our guide in Delphi, Penny, was amazing! We benefited from her being born and raised there, and her knowledge of history was exactly what we wanted as we toured the "Center of the World."

The hotel in Athens was perfectly situated at the foot of the Acropolis with breathtaking views of the Parthenon. It was also within walking distance for everything we wanted to do in Athens. If I were to change anything about our time in Athens, it would be to add one more day so we could see even more.

Our time on Naxos was an opportunity to slow down the pace of the trip, and settle into Greek island life. They have a saying on the Islands - "Siga, Siga" - "slowly, slowly". The family run Adriani Hotel was a great way to begin that process. The roof top deck provided a beautiful view of the city, and the breakfasts prepared by Adriani, the hotel namesake and family matriarch, were delicious!

Our food tour on Naxos with Katerina was tasty. Born and raised on Naxos, she used her culinary education and knowledge to provide insight into it's history and the local delicacies. She even made recommendations for a drive around the island with places to see and food to taste.

When we arrived in Santorini, we were met by Papi who gave us a wonderful tour that included an an amazing winery overlooking the caldera and a walk through some of the older cities at night. It was breathtaking!

The next day we met Thanos for our walking tour of the Caldera. Thanos is a teacher, with a passionate love for the outdoors, history, and people. As we walked through the old cities around the Caldera, Thanos shared about their history, pointed out local flowers and trees (which my wife loved), and helped us understand the culture of Greece on the islands. Our time with Thanos included a private tour of a multi-generational winery which produced a wine that was internationally noted as possibly one of the best in the world. If you go to Santorini, you MUST tour with Thanos.

I have traveled and/or lived in 30 countries around the world. My experience in Greece would definitely fall in the top three places. Thanks Harris for making this experience amazing, we are not disappointed!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear David,

Thank you very much for your kind words and I am really happy that you enjoyed your trip to our country. Also the whole team is more than happy that you had an incredible trip and you left with the best memories. Of course I would be happy to work again with you in the future and organize an other trip for you any time!

Wish you happy and safe travels!

King regards,
Harris

Rituparna

Family of Four on an adventure to witness the Northern Lights · Norway - Nov 5 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Rituparna B. - Local specialist: Sonja Ikonen

Our trip to Northern Norway and the Finnish town of Kilpisjarvi was a dream come true. Our tour guides, Gareth and Amanda from Adventure by Design were awesome. I loved that We were treated like family and they were so patient with my kids. Traveling with a young family is always s challenge and Gareth and Amanda definitely made it easier. We got to see some amazing Northern Lights, reindeers, beautiful frozen lakes. It was a wonderful trip which was very well planned in a short time.

Pj

I have to say that this trip was well planned... · Morocco - Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2019

Traveler: Pj W. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

I have to say that this trip was well planned and organized and Yassine was available to our group for any questions we had. The gem of our trip was our driver, guide, security, translator and now friend Mohammed he made our trip amazing, we had over 22 hours of driving and he made us feel safe and assisted us along the way.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the review PJ! It makes me happy to hear that the trip went well and that you felt safe with Mohammed. I totally agree with you that he is a gem. His work is very much appreciated and we are thankful to have him on our team. Thank you again and best wishes!

Janine

Morrocan dream! · Morocco - Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2019

Traveler: Janine M. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Yassine curated an amazing trip for my group of 6. From the very start of the planning he was extremely responsive and helpful in organizing the entire trip. I can safely say that each one of us had a fantastic time on this trip! The trip was better than we all expected and Mohammed, our driver was just amazing. We are all more than happy with the service we received, especially the fast response to any issues that may have occurred. The entire trip went smoothly and the only thing we would... read more

Yassine curated an amazing trip for my group of 6. From the very start of the planning he was extremely responsive and helpful in organizing the entire trip. I can safely say that each one of us had a fantastic time on this trip! The trip was better than we all expected and Mohammed, our driver was just amazing. We are all more than happy with the service we received, especially the fast response to any issues that may have occurred. The entire trip went smoothly and the only thing we would change would be to spend and extra night in the sahara! The boys especially loved the sahara, and we were very grateful to Mohammed for being flexible with us and allowing us extra time there to ride the quads/dune buggies on both days. Every single accommodation was just breathtakingly beautiful and we enjoyed the coziness and personalization of all the riads. The guides in both Fes and Marrakesh were very helpful in navigating those two big cities. Hakim (our guide in Fes) was especially helpful in taking us to places to buy specific items we wanted to take home, we would never have found those places on our own. Needless to say we came away from this trip with a experience of a lifetime and we are all truly grateful to Yassine and his team for accommodating this.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Reading your review makes me continue to love the work I do, so thank you so much! I'm glad to hear that you felt safe with Mohammed and that you enjoyed every aspect of the trip we planned for you! Being available for our travelers to provide them with the support they need is one of our priority and I'm happy to hear that you appreciated that. I see that you really enjoyed your time in Merzouga and I totally agree that spending an extra night there would have been more fun, especially... read more

Reading your review makes me continue to love the work I do, so thank you so much! I'm glad to hear that you felt safe with Mohammed and that you enjoyed every aspect of the trip we planned for you! Being available for our travelers to provide them with the support they need is one of our priority and I'm happy to hear that you appreciated that. I see that you really enjoyed your time in Merzouga and I totally agree that spending an extra night there would have been more fun, especially when traveling with friends. I'm glad your driver Mohammed was there to make it more flexible for you all. Mohammed is truly a special person on our team and I'm glad you enjoyed his company. I would have to agree with you that tour guides are helpful to have in Fez and Marrakesh. I will share your words about Hakim with him, I'm sure he will appreciate it! Thank you again for everything and I'm honored that I had to work with you and plan your Morocco trip!

How kimkim Trips Work in Morocco · Morocco - Oct 25 - Nov 4, 2019

Traveler: Julie S. - Local specialist: Megan Lower

We are very pleased with Kimkim and Megan. We were most pleased with our driver Mohammed. We were told our driver would be Yassine who got rave reviews on line. We were met by Mohammed which was a surprise to us. When we checked into the hotel in Casablanca, we were told we would have to pay taxes, and breakfast was not included. Our itinerary said taxes and breakfast were included. We also missed the Jewish Museum as promised by the itinerary. We had to wait to be able to enter the... read more

We are very pleased with Kimkim and Megan. We were most pleased with our driver Mohammed. We were told our driver would be Yassine who got rave reviews on line. We were met by Mohammed which was a surprise to us. When we checked into the hotel in Casablanca, we were told we would have to pay taxes, and breakfast was not included. Our itinerary said taxes and breakfast were included. We also missed the Jewish Museum as promised by the itinerary. We had to wait to be able to enter the Mosque when we probably would have enjoyed the Jewish Museum more. So we didn't get off to a great start on day 1. When we spoke with the guide and our driver Mohammed, the issues were resolved, but we shouldn't have had the problems in the first place. Where meals were provided, and we mentioned we needed vegetarian for at least 2 of us, they were not aware of our requests in advance (ie. Auberge Chez Pierre). These places should have been aware our dietary needs in advance. All the riads were great. We loved the Chez Pierre the best. The food was amazing! Mohammed turned out to be a fabulous driver and very attentive to our needs. I got very sick and he was truly concerned and helpful.

Amazing Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 19 - Oct 30, 2019

Traveler: Emily K. - Local specialist: Sangita Bajracharya

Kimkim connected me with Sangita to help me plan a 12-day solo trip to Nepal during Tihar. She listened to all of my requests and planned the perfect trip for me. I started in Patan, then flew to Lumbini, and then traveled by bus to Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, and back to Kathmandu, ending the trip in Bhaktapur. Sangita took care of all of the domestic travel, accommodations, and tours. While I did meet her once, we were in constant communication during the trip. My guide throughout the... read more

Kimkim connected me with Sangita to help me plan a 12-day solo trip to Nepal during Tihar. She listened to all of my requests and planned the perfect trip for me. I started in Patan, then flew to Lumbini, and then traveled by bus to Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, and back to Kathmandu, ending the trip in Bhaktapur. Sangita took care of all of the domestic travel, accommodations, and tours. While I did meet her once, we were in constant communication during the trip. My guide throughout the Kathmandu Valley was actually her husband, Bipin. Both Sangita and Bipin were knowledgeable, warm, and welcoming. I felt like a family friend the whole time. I can’t say enough good things about them. As for the destinations, I liked them all. Patan is a beautiful city with a lot of culture. I went on a special street art tour there, and learned about the local scene there. In Lumbini, I was on my own. I hired a driver to take me around to the different monasteries. They were all beautiful and unique, designed in the architectural style of the host country. I couldn’t pick a favorite. In Pokhara, I had a guide named Bharat who was also amazing. He was so kind and taught me a lot about the Himalayas, Pokhara, and the Tibetan refugees. Chitwan National Park was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I stayed at Hotel Parkside, where the staff is fantastic. Gopal was my guide for the excursions. He can spot a bird from miles away and tell you exactly what kind it is. I told him about my love of rhinos, and we actually ended up finding five of them during my stay. They were so cute! It was amazing to see them in the wild. I would definitely stay at Parkside again. In Kathmandu, I had free time to celebrate Laxmi Puja with my friend at her home. Then, in Bhaktapur I met back up with Bipin to tour the city. It is a beautiful, historic city. I stayed at Vajra Guest House, which I also highly recommend. The two owners Sajan and Sujan are so sweet, and they really made me feel at home. Overall, I had a great time in Nepal. My favorite parts were the wonderful people I met there and the beautiful Chitwan National Park (with the rhinos.) I would love to return again, and if I do, I will definitely contact Sangita. Thank you all so much!

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Sangita Bajracharya, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Emily,

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. It was indeed our pleasure to organize your Nepal trip and we are glad to hear you enjoyed all our arrangements and the company of our team members. We look forward to seeing you back in our country someday :)

Wish you both all the very best.

Best Regards from Nepal
Sangita and HNB team

Machu Picchu, Andes Mountains and Coffee Plantation · Peru - Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: Lawrence D. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

I think we were very fortunate to have Aldo as our guide. We were a very inquisitive group and Aldo was able to answer all our questions and provided us with educated information and in-depth explanations of what we were seeing. He was always calm and very patient. He had us prepared for all our destinations. Although we did miss seeing the Machu Picchu Temple of the Sun. We arrived 5 minutes after it closed. All our drivers were punctual and transported us safe and sound to our... read more

I think we were very fortunate to have Aldo as our guide. We were a very inquisitive group and Aldo was able to answer all our questions and provided us with educated information and in-depth explanations of what we were seeing. He was always calm and very patient. He had us prepared for all our destinations. Although we did miss seeing the Machu Picchu Temple of the Sun. We arrived 5 minutes after it closed. All our drivers were punctual and transported us safe and sound to our destinations. There were several "wow" moments that I will never forget, but our arrival at the Sun Gate, after a challenging hike, was my most memorable moment.

Amazing Trip Planning · Iceland - Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2019

Traveler: Aaron R. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti and the team were fantastic and answered all of our questions and created a unique and memorable trip for us. I want to go to Iceland again and I know who I am going to ask for help in the future!

Julie

Our experience in Nepal was magical. · Nepal - Oct 24 - Nov 11, 2019

Traveler: Julie E. - Local specialist: Marie Stissing Jensen

Our experience in Nepal was magical. It was a return visit for my husband and I and we were not disappointed. The place remains amazing, the people warm and welcoming and our overall experience reinforced our love of the country. The Kathmandu Guest House was a good start with a great location in the bustle of the old town. Amit, our guide in the city, was sensitive to our wishes, thoughtful and informative. He did not rush us at any time but gave sensible advice on how long to stay and where... read more

Our experience in Nepal was magical. It was a return visit for my husband and I and we were not disappointed. The place remains amazing, the people warm and welcoming and our overall experience reinforced our love of the country. The Kathmandu Guest House was a good start with a great location in the bustle of the old town. Amit, our guide in the city, was sensitive to our wishes, thoughtful and informative. He did not rush us at any time but gave sensible advice on how long to stay and where to be. The Balthali Lodge was our only disappointment, not a view shared by our travelling companions I don’t think! We thought its location 2 hrs east of Kathmandu added unnecessary travelling for a view of the hills we could have found west of the city. The road to the resort was shocking, even by mountainous Nepalese standards! This made our drive to Bandipur long and required an earlier start than would have been necessary from a more westward location. This left us with little time to explore the beautiful old town again before it was dark. Another half day here would have been better - possible if we had been that side of Kathmandu the previous night. The Old Inn was as lovely as we remembered! Our trek lived up to all expectations. Our guide Nema and his assistant Nema Tassi were excellent. They set a brilliant pace and were attentive to our needs and safety at all times. Accommodation along the way was first rate and the morning views from Gurung Lodge, La Bee Lodge and Himalayas Lodge were all stunning and worth waking up at dawn for. The tea house in Tadapani was basic but adequate, the cold and damp were simply due to altitude and cloud! The morning view made up for it and was quite stunning. The Hungry Eye Guest House in Ghorepani was much better than “just a tea house”. Our trek up Poon Hill was worth every step and we enjoyed wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurnas. We were genuinely sad to say goodbye to our team, including two splendid porters who always raced ahead to get us the best rooms they could! The drive down from Ulleri was exhilarating, made more so by the brilliant and thoughtful driving and I’m sorry I don’t know the drivers name. Arriving at Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara was a treat. Lovely hotel in the Lakeside area and a great place for R&R. I’m glad we chose an extra day here. Next was the rafting trip. It was enormous fun and as people who’d rafted before exhilarating and made us smile the whole way. We had been led to believe it would be a drift, we were glad it wasn’t but if we’d known there were rapids involved may have dressed differently! Sukra Lama was a brilliant boatman and his team provided us with amazing food and a comfortable camp in lightning time great team work! Recommend him to anyone. Our next location was Tharu Lodge in Chitwan. A lovely place, great food and comfortable accommodation. Our jungle walk, elephant day, Jeep safari and river safari were all magical in their different ways but the highlights were 5 grazing rhino in the meadow and watching the elephants bathing and playing n the river. Our return to Kathmandu gave us an extra day to explore Patan. On reflection perhaps we should have asked for a hotel that end of the city for a change but the central location of KGH in old Kathmandu was still great.
Our driver over the visit was good. Always
punctual, helpful and polite. My only reservation was that he seemed to rate speed over comfort and at times his determination to arrive on time made for scary moments and a bumpy ride. However, he is not responsible for the state of the roads!!!!
As you can tell we thoroughly enjoyed our return visit and would happily recommend you to friends wanting a tailored tour and indeed all the individual operators.

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Marie Stissing Jensen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Julie,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a thorough review of the trip. I am very happy that you enjoyed the holiday and all the individual parts of the journey. I will convey your feedback to all the concerned guides and staff, as they will be pleased to hear from you. Thank you also for recommending our services, we hope to see you and your friends back here in Nepal.
All the best,
Marie

What a fabulous introduction to Kathmandu · Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 8, 2019

Traveler: Flaminia R. - Local specialist: Raj Gyawali

What a fabulous introduction to Kathmandu ! Raj of Socialtours arranged for us the perfect exploration of the city and its surrounding areas. He understood that we were looking for contacts with the locals and this is exact what we did in the few days ( too few) we spent in Kathmandu. From the Aarthi ( sitting in the midst of the Nepali faithful) at Pashupatinath to the exploration of the local markets , and the walk in the Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana we really felt the... read more

What a fabulous introduction to Kathmandu ! Raj of Socialtours arranged for us the perfect exploration of the city and its surrounding areas. He understood that we were looking for contacts with the locals and this is exact what we did in the few days ( too few) we spent in Kathmandu. From the Aarthi ( sitting in the midst of the Nepali faithful) at Pashupatinath to the exploration of the local markets , and the walk in the Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana we really felt the connection with the locals . We especially enjoyed the dawn walk of Bhaktapur ( not to be missed !) . In all of our travels , we never had a similar experience : we tasted street food breakfast , witnessed the morning prayers and offerings in the street and in the temples and got the major sightseeing spots all to ourselves. I especially want to commend Raj , Sarita and Bikram our extraordinary guides , not only did they explained to us what was happening but we also shared many laughs and had a lot of fun with them . Bikram in particular knows everyone in Bungamati and Bhaktapur and was able to introduce us to a lot of the locals. Naturally our experience would not have been the same without the kindness and the warm welcome we received from the Nepali people . We will be back !

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Raj Gyawali, local specialist, responded to this review:

Flaminia, so happy to hear that the trip went well, and you loved our specials - we are also very fond of these trips, and think they are amazing experiences well worth offering. Am sure to transfer this feedback also to Bikram and Sarita and let them know how much you enjoyed their services.

Look forward to seeing you in Nepal again!

CK

Thank you KimKim and Norway! · Norway - Nov 2 - Nov 8, 2019

Traveler: CK E. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We booked our 7 days trip through Kim Kim. Our agent - Ms Ingrid was very helpful. This was our first time we visited Norway, our ultimate aim was to chase the Northern Light and indeed we were lucky enough to see lot and lot of them! Thanks to the guide - Ms Trine. Also never forget our experience with Reindeer and Sami Culture and the reindeer soup provided was awesome!
We had a good time in Tromsø as the city was beautiful with snow. The hotel in Tromsø was fantastic and the breakfast was... read more

We booked our 7 days trip through Kim Kim. Our agent - Ms Ingrid was very helpful. This was our first time we visited Norway, our ultimate aim was to chase the Northern Light and indeed we were lucky enough to see lot and lot of them! Thanks to the guide - Ms Trine. Also never forget our experience with Reindeer and Sami Culture and the reindeer soup provided was awesome!
We had a good time in Tromsø as the city was beautiful with snow. The hotel in Tromsø was fantastic and the breakfast was the best of all!
Lucky that our 2 days stop-over in Bergen had a three hours guided cultural tour with a local - he really know the in and out of the city. The stop over was too long for us as we had not much things to do. The hotel location was just beside the train station but the hotel room was not that cosy.
The train to Flåm and Fjord cruise were a great experience as well. We like the cool weather and beautiful surrounding in Flåm.
We had a short stay in Oslo, just walked around the city and visited the World War II site.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ck,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review for us and so many nice pictures you have! I am so happy you enjoyed your trip all in all and was lucky enough to see the Northern lights as well!

Thank you so much again and I wish you all the very best!
Best,
Ingrid

Jordan 🇯🇴 · Jordan - Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2019

Traveler: Roxanne M. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

Carmen organised our trip and took into consideration the amount of activities we wanted to do and managed to arrange the perfect itinerary. She was easy to communicate with and get a hold of whenever we had any queries. The mobile app with all the information provided exceeded my expectations and really made a difference as I was able to keep track of the trips itinerary with the added bonus of extra info on Jordan e.g. tipping etc which was really useful to have. Our drivers throughout... read more

Carmen organised our trip and took into consideration the amount of activities we wanted to do and managed to arrange the perfect itinerary. She was easy to communicate with and get a hold of whenever we had any queries. The mobile app with all the information provided exceeded my expectations and really made a difference as I was able to keep track of the trips itinerary with the added bonus of extra info on Jordan e.g. tipping etc which was really useful to have. Our drivers throughout were safe which I was really pleased about, we felt comfortable with them and appreciate their professionalism throughout.

We feel our money was well spent and we would definitely recommend Carmen and her team.

The only downside is that we wish we would have more time in Jordan 🇯🇴

Thank you for your wonderful and professional service

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Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Roxanne,
thank you so much for your time in taking time in writing this great review, I will pass these also to your drivers. I am so happy you enjoyed our beloved Jordan and we hope to have you here again to show even more about the pearls of this beutiful country.
It has been a pleasure dealing with you also because of your patience and understanding for unexpected situations.

See you again in Jordan Inshallah ;)

Warm regards from Aqaba

Larry

A beautiful and memorable trip · Peru - Oct 22 - Oct 31, 2019

Traveler: Larry K. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

I have traveled in Peru on my own and my experience was that there was one difficulty after another. However with KimKim, almost everything went smoothly and our experience was beautiful. People at KimKim must have worked very hard to make the trip go so well.
The food KimKim chose was great, the hotels were wonderful, the guides and drivers showed up on time. Our guides Jorge and Juan were knowledgeable, courteous, and personable, providing us with many insights into ancient Peruvian... read more

I have traveled in Peru on my own and my experience was that there was one difficulty after another. However with KimKim, almost everything went smoothly and our experience was beautiful. People at KimKim must have worked very hard to make the trip go so well.
The food KimKim chose was great, the hotels were wonderful, the guides and drivers showed up on time. Our guides Jorge and Juan were knowledgeable, courteous, and personable, providing us with many insights into ancient Peruvian cultures.
Anne, who was our tour director, was very flexible in designing our trip as we had to postpone the trip 3 weeks before the scheduled date and reschedule for a month later. We decided to add a few more days to our trip after the postponement, and Anne graciously and gracefully added to our itinerary seamlessly. She also arranged for us to go to places a little off the beaten path such as Aspero, (which I highly recommend as the tour there gave us so much insight into the Caral culture.)
The only thing KimKim asked us to do on our own was to buy plane tickets to and from Lima to Cusco. Somehow LATAM got my wife's last name wrong, assuming that it was my own, and supplied us with bogus passport numbers. (The customer service agent at LATAM said the bogus numbers were due to us having purchased the tickets in the United States. This does not make sense to me.) It took my wife and I three hours talking to the LATAM central office to correct these difficulties. Given that at least the bogus passport numbers were predictable and the assumption about my wife's last name probable, KimKim might take it upon themselves to purchase these tickets for their customers to obviate these difficulties. However, that only made plain to us what a marvelous job the personnel at KimKim had done in making our trip comfortable, delightful, and extraordinary.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Larry,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us. I am really happy that everything went great and that you had a great time with Jorge and Juan! I know that Peru could be a little bit overwhelming. Here in Peruvian Soul, we wanted to thank you again for trusting us with this adventure. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this memory!

I am sorry you had that issue with LATAM and maybe if you decide to come back to Peru, I will make sure to help you with domestic flights, too!

It was really nice to meet you in person and hope to meet you and Dian again, very soon!

Amazing Honeymoon in Peru! · Peru - Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2019

Traveler: Brittany F. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

My husband and I visited Peru for our honeymoon in October. Jesus and his team at Peruvian Soul planned the perfect trip! We began our trip in Lima, traveled to Paracas, and then returned to Lima before making our way to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Having all of our transfers and transportation pre-arranged by Jesus/Peruvian Soul allowed us to relax and focus on enjoying the sites and culture.

Peruvian Soul’s tour guides and affiliated tour experts provided invaluable... read more

My husband and I visited Peru for our honeymoon in October. Jesus and his team at Peruvian Soul planned the perfect trip! We began our trip in Lima, traveled to Paracas, and then returned to Lima before making our way to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Having all of our transfers and transportation pre-arranged by Jesus/Peruvian Soul allowed us to relax and focus on enjoying the sites and culture.

Peruvian Soul’s tour guides and affiliated tour experts provided invaluable guidance, insights, and local experiences to enhance our trip. In Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we had the same guide for several days, Julio. His spirit and pride in the local culture and history is contagious! Our Andean Wedding was one of the special highlights that Peruvian Soul and Julio coordinated for us. It was truly a spiritual, unique, and unforgettable moment that connected us with the beautiful landscape and living history of the Andean people.

Another highlight was hiking Machu Picchu. Even though it was raining, our guide Eddy brought a positive attitude to the day and showed us a great time. We also recommend people see the less visited Paracas and Ballestas Islands, where we had a helpful guide, Alexander. This area is very remote and filled with beautiful vistas of deserts and wildlife, such as penguins, sea lions, cormorants, and terns. In Lima, we enjoyed exploring what is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city. The food was awesome throughout Peru, but especially in Lima. For a high-end treat, Kjolle located next to the famous Central restaurant, our dinner there was one of the best meals of our lives.

Each day in Peru brought a new adventure. Now we know why everyone recommends to pack layers—each day we experienced a wide range of temperatures. Also, note that the sun is very strong even on chilly days.

Overall, we had an amazing honeymoon and would recommend Peruvian Soul to anyone visiting Peru for the first time!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi, Brittany!

Thanks so much for such extended and beautiful reviews! This motivates us to improve our services every day and continue creating memorable trip experiences to our clients.

We are really happy to know you had a wonderful visit to Peru and were comfortable with the activities, professional tour guides and friends. During the tours, a guide becomes a friends and always shows the best of our country with lots of passion and dedication.

Julio and the other tour guides were... read more

Hi, Brittany!

Thanks so much for such extended and beautiful reviews! This motivates us to improve our services every day and continue creating memorable trip experiences to our clients.

We are really happy to know you had a wonderful visit to Peru and were comfortable with the activities, professional tour guides and friends. During the tours, a guide becomes a friends and always shows the best of our country with lots of passion and dedication.

Julio and the other tour guides were undoubtedly amazing and met your expectations sharing knowledge, passion and lots of details with you which makes us very glad as you were in very good hands.

I hope you had a phenomenal time with your husband and that you can come back someday again to our country for visiting other destinations from the many our country has to offer you both. You are always welcome here in Peru, so hope to be part of your new travel plans!

Greetings from all the team and I wish you the best!!
Jesus, Peruvian Soul & Kim Kim team