jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017


I originally found Francisco through a web search and once we were in contact I immediately felt at ease with him and knew that I'd be well taken care of.  

All the tours that he took me on: Quito historic center tour, Mindo cloud forest and Otavalo were very personalized for me and I felt more like I was just hanging out with a friend who had a lot of knowledge of his country.  

That was exactly what I was hoping for. In fact, Francisco even invited me to a local LGBT event one evening which was a great way to meet locals and have local insight.  

Now I feel like I've made a new friend in Ecuador.  Francisco is extremely knowledgeable about his country, not just about the tourist sights but history, politics and many other topics.  

Thank you


viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2017


Hello my Ecuador Daddy!

I receive in the mail a tour brochure from my alumni college advertising
Galapagos  Islands 4 nights on Santa Cruz II, 3 nights Quito in Hilton
Colon Hotel. The cost for single person (no roommate) is $11,195. 

There is a pre-side trip to Mashpi Rainforest staying in the Mashpi Lodge
$3795 for single person.

Then there is a post trip  to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley at $4495.
Airfare from Quito to Galapagos then  to Guayaquil is $600.

Taxes for The Santa Cruz II is such a large ship having 50 suites
and cabins. This is too large of ship, too many people.

My dear, you got me the BEST. You are such a good tour guide and stay
in my budget.

My whole 6 weeks in Ecuador was about $6000.

Big hug...

Glenn Owen

jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017


The Mountains of Ecuador have always fascinated me, so on my Last visit at the Hands of one of the Best tour Operators in this Country Francisco Guayasamin  - Ecuador Tour Guide, 

Antonio Burgos García and me too our tour of Condors and hummingbirds. Suffice to say we saw Condors and had ample opportunity to photograph them and also see Many Varieties of hummingbirds. the array of these Coloured flying gems was Incredible with up to 8 or ) different species present in the Various Places we stopped that had Gardens planted with native plants so these fascinating birds came to feed. One of my favourites the White Necked Jacobin, here photographed in the misty Rainforests of the foothills of the Andean Mountains at Bella Vista Lodge..

Jeffrey Sáez 

miércoles, 6 de julio de 2016


After researching the best way to see the different ecosystems in Ecuador we chose Francisco’s tour company. We spent the last part of April 2016 in Ecuador. It will be a top tour destination soon as it is truly a beautiful place.

He came immediately the first morning after receiving our frustrated call, to hotel the first morning, as we'd discovered missing baggage. We had just spent 10 days in Peru experiencing one mishap after another (inc stolen backpack with passports, $$ &meds)  and to say we were frustrated and anxious is an understatement.

Francisco  came in with a huge, welcoming smile, summed up the situation and immediately had us feeling like he would take care of whatever came up seamlessly from that point.  He is high energy with the ability to go with the flow on daily basis, enthusiastic, accommodating, knowledgeable and just friendly by nature!

Francisco spent 7 nights with us, doing a loop through the lushly forested jungle, rain & cloud forests. This tour was amazing, each day filled with beauty & excitement while seeing the best in each area. The hotels/ resorts were charming with the amenities requested inc steam thermal baths.

Francisco Guayasamin  knows this part of his country intimately and his knowledge is vast from the history to the flora & fauna of each area.  He is interesting! We never tired of listening to him and in fact admitted that we looked forward the stories, facts, myths thru out each day. He is knowledgable, interesting and funny!

He also has a way of encouraging even the most timid to try new adventures and foods. For example there was zip lining in Mindo through the cloud forest where the views were out of this world!
Seven zip lines, with a hike higher  between each line … yep, with enthusiastic and gentle coaxing two of our truly hesitant group went way out of their comfort zone and did it!!
Of course this was a major accomplishment & a high light of their trip!!

Francisco was warned ahead of time that we had varied food preferences from very simple, mild fare to wanting to try any and everything local. Again, Francisco knows many of the restaurants in each area. Weather simple,exotic,fancy or casual, inexpensive or not he will guide your group to a good, mostly excellent choice to relax & regroup while eating exactly what you wanted, without even knowing it! We had only one so so meal the entire 10 days. He also has a knack for knowing when its time to take a break before we realized it for ourselves.

We spent the remainder of our vacation in Quito where Francisco Guayasamín  has spent his life. I will say only this… we saw every part of this old and interesting city with a guide whose intimate, vast knowledge and love for each place we went was there for everyone within earshot to see.

 Again I will say only that the stories, the history, the places we were taken through out 10 days - Quito, the jungle, the cloud and rain forest... perfect!!! 

Sandie McClary

jueves, 22 de enero de 2015


"I visited Ecuador on my own, without ever having been to South America before.  
Francisco Guayasamin made the trip a pleasure from beginning to end.

I described some of things I wanted to experience in Ecuador, and Francisco arranged it all.  
He met me at the airport, and made sure I was situated in my hotel.  Francisco showed me a side of Quito that I doubt many visitors get to see.  He knew the history of all the sites, and was able to speak knowledgeably about everything from the history of the indigenous people of the area to today's politics.  

Francisco also arranged trips outside of Quito so that I could see the market at Otavalo and the surrounding area as well as the beautiful countryside to the south of Quito on the way to Baños de Agua Santa.
If you want to see more of Ecuador than the average visitor, contact Francisco!  He'll make your vacation a truly unique and enjoyable adventure!"

Bruce  Van Horn 

viernes, 26 de diciembre de 2014


If you are thinking of hiring Francisco Guayasamin  as your tour guide, you will NOT regret engaging him! 

We were extremely impressed with how well he listened to what we were - and were not - interested in, and tailored his recommendations / escorted excursions accordingly! 

He is a font of knowledge, and gave us confidence in navigating the area independently as well as with him! A real find!!!

Rick & Noland

miércoles, 17 de diciembre de 2014


Inspiring history lessons, succulent food, invigorating walks, and a LOT of laughter: These are some of the reasons I recommend Francisco Guayasamin  for anyone contemplating a tour in Ecuador or a move to Ecuador. 

He's the man who can!


viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2014


I came to Ecuador three years ago as a tourist and fell in love with the place. A few months ago, I quit my job after working at Microsoft for 14 years and decided to return to Ecuador in order to see more of the country and to improve my Spanish. An old friend from work recommended
Francisco Guayasamin as a tour guide.

I spoke with Francisco a couple times over Skype from the US and found him friendly and knowledgeable. He booked an excellent hotel for me, picked me up at the airport, and made sure
I was comfortable in my hotel room. My initial plan was to take Spanish classes at one of the many language schools for foreigners in Quito. However, Francisco offered to help me with my Spanish at no additional cost. So, we’ve been speaking in Spanish ever since I arrived. He corrects my mistakes, teaches me practical, everyday Spanish, and when I get stuck, he’s able to explain things to me in English. I’ve been studying Spanish over Skype with different language schools over the past three years (since my first trip to Ecuador), and have worked with multiple teachers from Guatemala and Ecuador. Francisco is among the best teachers I’ve worked with, and charges less for this combined service (tour guide + language teacher) than any school I found (and I’ve searched across multiple Latin American countries).

Over the course of three weeks, I visited numerous sites in and around Quito with Francisco, attended several cultural events that I would never have discovered on my own, despite my travel experience and all the travel books I armed myself with before returning to Ecuador. He also discovered that I’m a glutton, and so took it upon himself to help me explore the culinary traditions of Ecuador, in addition to its history and nature sites. Every day we ate something different and he would explain the origins of the dish, how it’s prepared, etc. At my request, he also introduced me to several locals and thanks to him, I now have some great friends in Quito. He even introduced me to one of the most famous authors in the country, and thanks to him, we’re now friends! This was a cultural immersion experience beyond my wildest dreams.

Perhaps the highlight of my visit was the weeklong trip to Baños de Agua Santa and to Alausí. I cannot rave enough about this trip. Francisco arranged all the details, as usual, and we went together. We took the bus, and the ride was fun because of the great scenery and because I enjoyed chatting with him all the way (another chance to work on my Spanish). The hotels he chose in both towns were excellent, and he knew all the neat sites to visit. One of the things that stood out to me was his friendly manner in dealing with everyone, from the bus drivers to the street vendors. He treats people with respect and it pays dividends.

Last but not least, I’ve been considering getting residency here in Ecuador. Francisco knows all the paperwork that needs to be done. He helped me prepare a list of all the documents I needed to bring with me and, once I arrived in Ecuador, he started taking me to the government offices where I needed to get certain documents certified and helped me submit the right application forms, etc. Needless to say, this isn’t an easy process for a foreigner to try and navigate alone. I had heard from others that it’s best to avoid lawyers because of their tendency to overcharge and overcomplicate things. With Francisco, the process was a breeze. He kept apologizing to me for what he considered too much bureaucracy in Ecuador. I didn’t know what he was talking about because as far as I was concerned, it couldn’t have been easier—thanks to his help, of course.

If you want to visit Ecuador as a tourist, or if you want to learn practical conversational Spanish and get a real taste of the culture, I highly recommend Francisco Guayasamin. And if you’re trying to apply for residency, do yourself a favor and try him out. You won’t be sorry. If you want to contact me in person to hear more about my experience, please don’t hesitate. I’ve given Francisco permission to give out my email address and phone number in the US upon request.

Moe Ibrahim

lunes, 1 de septiembre de 2014


Mi sono messa in contatto con una agenzia “ Canela Travel”  tramite internet e ho parlato con Franzisco Guayasamin  e mi sono messa d’accordo per girare un po’ quito e dintorni per quattro giorni………

La partenza arriva, il volo lungo, l’arrivo a Quito….in aereoporto mi aspettava Patrizia e Geoffry, Patrizia sorella di una ecuadoriana che ho conosciuto a gubbio, Mariza..  sono stati molto gentili con me…….l’incontro con l’agenzia “Canela Travel” è stata la prima bellezza e la meravigliosa accoglienza sud americana…….. la seconda aver conosciuto, tramite FranziscoGuayasamin,  

Gloria un’amica che mi ha appoggiato e si è unita a me a girare un po’ l’Ecuador….. mi ha ospitato a casa sua e di sua sorella per tutto il tempo che sono stata a Quito……. Che dire del popolo ecuadoriano un connubio di spontaneità e dolcezza e cortesia…….. 

“Canela travel” un ‘agenzia da contattare se si vuol avere una visione vera e reale dell’ Ecuador…. Di certo rispettando le tradizioni e la cultura del luogo, Franzisco Guayasamin ha organizzato la visita di Quito e dintorni in maniera esemplare e veramente alternativa alle classiche visite turistiche…..

Grazie “País Canela Travel”, grazie Franzisco di avermi fatto innamorare dell’Ecuador e di avermi lasciato addosso la voglia di tornare ancora………
Non posso raccontare tutto…… ricordo la passeggiata sul volcan di Quito, indimenticabile…. Il vento…….il paesaggio……il cibo cucinato in cima alla montagna…….i lama…….le foto……..e le risate……

Una delle bellezze che l’agenzia mi ha donato è vivere a contatto con il popolo, sentire i profumi, sapori inimmaginabili, sorrisi e occhi che non si incontrano tutti i giorni……… le tortillas indimenticabili, e indimenticabili sono gli occhi della bambina che aiutava la mamma a cucinare, l’unico tavolino, grandi pentole, caffè con cannella con cioccolata e bevanda tipica gustosissima…………..

Il viaggio in Euador, un esperienza indimenticabile, grazie all’inizio felice e fortunato di aver conosciuto e incontrato “Canela Travel” il suo titolare, Franzisco Guayasamin, grande cultore di anime e relazioni aperte e vere. 


jueves, 14 de agosto de 2014


Francisco Guayasamin traveled around Ecuador with me for most of my three week trip
in April and May 

I highly recommend him for enyone considering a trip to Ecuador.
Graious, funny, well organized.

Francisco also speaks very good English and is an Ecuadorian historian in his own right.

Other tour guides asked him questions and wanted to follow us around one tour of indigenous tribes.

From the moment he met me at the airport, I felt like a V.I.P.
Best of all, we are now friends and I have someone to look foward to spending more time
 with when I move to Ecuador.

The best tour guide I´ve ever had, if you don´t use Francisco it will be our loss


lunes, 5 de mayo de 2014


  • You know you have a fantastic tour guide when other tour guides look to him or her for information. This happened when I toured Ecuador with Francisco Guayasamin. At one museum, a tour guide for an American listened to Francisco as he described to me the history of an Indigenous tribe. The guide started asking Francisco questions about the tribe and asked us if he and his client could tag along with us. Now that's impressive!    
  • From the moment I arrived in the airport, I was treated like a VIP. Francisco's knowledge of Ecuador as as immense as his graciousness. I emailed him with the things I wanted to do and he created the perfect itinerary. I cannot imagine touring Ecuador without him.
  • I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who wants to visit this beautiful country to contact Francisco. What a difference it made for my magical tour of Ecuador.

  • Nelson Sears


miércoles, 23 de abril de 2014


  • Ecuador Gay Tour Guide is one of the highlights of our international travels.
    We told them what we wanted and they exceeded our expectations.

    We were met at the Quito airport when we landed and were treated to the Ecuador only experienced by locals which is what we wanted. Every detail was attended to.

    No tour guide book or other company has matched the service we received by them.

viernes, 17 de enero de 2014


During my first trip to Ecuador I decided to contract a personal tour guide, Francisco Guayasamin. My experience was amazing and he took me to different cities and showed me the real Ecuador. I ate the custom plates, visited local markets within the cities. Francisco educated me about ecuador's historic places in a unique way. I felt really comfortable and lucky to have him as my personal tour guide. Francisco is a down to earth guy and he looked out for me at all times and through many circumstance through out the tour. He will get you the best hotels, with breakfast included, and eatery places. Francisco's honesty and the way he organized the tour, made my trip to Ecuador beautiful and relaxing. Guess what!! I will be visiting Ecuador next year with some friends.


sábado, 14 de diciembre de 2013


Francisco Guayasamin worked with me as my guide during my recent 16 day visit to Ecuador (November 2013). Before arriving in Ecuador Francisco was in contact with me via email to carefully organise and discuss my itinerary. Francisco was there on my arrival into Quito airport and came to the airport on my departure.

Francisco has an incredible knowledge of his country and is very sympathetic to the different cultures of Ecuador. He worked really hard arranging things for me, making sure that we stayed in exactly the right hotels for my budget (I was particularly impressed with his choice of hotel in Quito). We journeyed from Mishahualli in the Amazon to Alausi in the highlands of Ecuador. Ecuador is a beautiful, colourful and fascinating country with wonderful, friendly people, and there were so many interesting places that Francisco showed me, well worth the 16 days I set aside for the trip.

I will definitely ask Francisco to work with me on my next visit to Ecuador. Francisco is an intelligent and knowledgable guide, but most of all he's a great companion to travel with, whom I now consider my friend.


miércoles, 18 de septiembre de 2013


I recently visited Ecuador and had occasion to use the professional services of Francisco Guayasamin as my guide.

A combination of circumstances caused my visit to be quite challenging in both medical and bureaucratic terms so I needed enormously more from a guide than the informed narration of walking tours or bartering services at the local market stalls. I needed someone who knew how to actually get me in to see a competent physician on limited notice and someone who knew where to go and what to do on the Ecuadorian side when a passport has gone missing.

domingo, 14 de julio de 2013


Francisco Guayasamin was our guide while in Ecuador.

Yes, he knew his culture and politics very well with varios options for travel and lodging.

He gave Alex and me a plethera of activities to experience while in Ecuador

He is a marvelous guide. He knows a lot about tourism but he is quiete knowledgeable about 
becoming a citizen and getting a bank account. What is happening is lawyers are hiking their prices on wealthy EXPATS and expats who have property are taking advantage of expats who are moving their as they are pushing cost up. 

He has assisted may gay expats and they continue to go him for things they don´t understand.
He refers to the expats as his children

I like Alausi which is a small town in the highlands. 
I love Cuenca, which is in the highlands (about 8.200 ft. above sea level) offers more activity and gay community.  I went to their Gay Pride Celebration while there. 

He more than met my expectations.
He had an agenda to follow
BUT he was flexible as we made changes in some areas which I don´t regret. 

We were together night and day for 15 days.
He is more like extended family
(He introduced a handsome professional man to me and we hit it off)
Ecuadorians are kind, loving, and accommodating people.

I like the people that Francisco introduced to me.
They are all professional and friendly.

Thank you for the experiences you gave me.
Oh!!! and the handsome cyclist, unforgettable.



Dear Francisco,

We continue to travel but Ecuador still falls at the top of our list of places we have loved.

The one thing I could not find in other travel agencies was the great agenda/itinerary that you created for us. It had each days activities and prices for activities. That was one of the things we enjoyed most about your services, your knowledge to plan activities and estimate the cost without any hidden surprises. You honored everything you said you would and that is valuable in building trust.

Thanks again!


lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013


I would like to comment on my tour guide Francisco Guayasamin.

I asked Francisco to show me around Quito for several days. He took me up to volcanoes on a lift, what an experience to look down below on Quito at such a height, the view was like looking through the eyes of the condor. The crater was interesting, farms all organic, two ways in and out, and active as a volcano. A home for five thousand years of the  "real" Ecuadorians.  (Indigenous people)

We spent time in the colonial part of Quito during the day and in the evening. Quito can be a very lively place at night. We had some good eats and the best hot chocolate.
You must try it, not the hot chocolate that we have in the states.

Francisco took me to the navel of the earth and to the most fantastic museum, a must to see! We also visited others. We were there on Mother’s Day and were treated to a variety of music from various groups.

When you go to Ecuador I strongly suggest that you look up Francisco Guayasamin to show you around to absorb flavors of an Inca city.

If you want to see more only ask and he will do as much as he can to see that you have a good time.


jueves, 21 de febrero de 2013


I had the pleasure of engaging Francisco Guayasamin as my guide during my trip to Ecuador.

He made everything so easy from our first discussions planning the itinerary to the last day we were there. Francisco has a deep, thorough knowledge of the country and has many contacts in different cities that made the travel experience unique.
When I travel to different places around the world, one of my goals is to experience the country as a local does. Traveling with Francisco Guayasamin  instantly makes you a local and you get a chance to really experience the culture.

Through his network of contacts and his knowledge of  hotels, inter country transportation, restaurants, leisure activities, points of interest, etc Francisco will be able to guide you to an individually tailored vacation experience based on what you want to do.

The highlight of my trip was the two days we spend in Ba
ños doing some of the extreme sports activities.

I would not hesitate to recommend Francisco Guayasamin  as a guide.
You will not be disappointed.

John Sullivan
Dallas, Texas USA

miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2013


"My daughter and I were on a Tour and chose Francisco Guayasamin at random from a listing in a popular Tour Guide (could have been Lonely Planet or something similar).

We were not disappointed, as Francisco showed up on time and proved to be a most interesting, educated, and personable guide of major sights in Ecuador. He even selected a great (non-tourist) restaurant for lunch and made sure we returned to our hotel in time to depart with our tour. He is a gentleman and a scholar: heartily recommended as a tour guide."
Categoría de servicio: tour guide
Año de primera contratación: 2006
Sus mejores cualidades: Grandes resultados, Experto, Gran integridad
Elizabeth Korosec

miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2013


I want to thank my very kind guide Francisco Guayasmin. He not only got me around to some wonderful places I had no idea existed, he was a shoulder to lean on when my feet hurt too much, a grocery shopper and nurse when I ummm well ate the wrong things.

If you are going to ...Ecuador work with Francisco Guayasamin, (friend him at Ecuador Gay Tour Guide) to plan any kind of trip you wish to take, highlands or Galapagos Islands or the Amazon he will get you there.

Second the staff at the hotel was wonderful, my lousy Spanish skills made it hard to share but they were there when I needed help and this is one nice place for 42 dollars a night. 

And finally, Ecuador thanks for letting me visit and see some amazing places, great talent, good art, wonderful smiles, good food and a wonderful example of a working Democracy dealing with the challenges of providing services to the people and participating in the global community. 

I hope to go back so now it is time to figure out how to get these feet to cooperate with my ambitions.


jueves, 25 de octubre de 2012


I can vouch for "Francisco Guayasamin "as a truly excellent guide to Ecuador -
in our case, to Quito and its surroundings.

We had planned to hire him for only one day,
but he was SO knowledgeable and friendly that we booked additional days with him. 

(BTW, we are not part of the gay community, but are very supportive!)

Rich Way

martes, 26 de junio de 2012


"Francisco Guayasamin was my tour guide off and on for three weeks.

When you hire this man you get much more than a guide.
He is a real traveling companion and quickly becomes your friend as well as guide.
He is easy to work with, a real gentleman and very polite.

Francisco Guayasamin  knows a lot about traveling almost everywhere in Ecuador.
We covered the Central Highlands (Andes) from Quito to Loja.

He is excellent at making travel arrangement and great at recommending accommodations, restaurants and entertainment.

He was always there to help me pick the best options for my budget and style of comfort.
You can't go wrong if you pick Francisco Guayasamin, Ecuador's premium gay tour guide."

           Tolo Perry   

miércoles, 20 de junio de 2012


"I am so happy that I found "Francisco Guayasamin" on the internet and hired him as my guide to Ecuador! Not only is he a very personable and friendly guy, he is extremely knowledgeable about his country and very enthusiastic about sharing it with people. His input in developing an itinerary was very helpful; and his ability to be flexible with that itinerary and make last minute changes as we went along was vital to our trip's success. He is able to accommodate a variety of special interests, including glbt and nudist activities which were aspects of Ecuador life that I wanted to explore.
"Francisco Guayasamin" was able to show me the real Ecuador.

Thanks to Francisco, my trip was very informative and productive, and helped me to develop an intelligent impression of the country based on actual observation and experience as opposed to internet hype. I would not have accomplished nearly as much on my trip had I not had Francisco with me.

If you are planning a trip to Ecuador,
I highly recommend you have Francisco show it to you.
He is worth every penny!"

New York 

jueves, 31 de mayo de 2012


"Gracias Francisco por un viaje fantástico y entrañable por Ecuador.
Lo pasamos muy bien, fue una manera amena de conocer  tu país.
Fue un viaje innolividable.

Hemos viajado por todo el mundo, pero todos los guías siguen un formato igual casi en todas partes.
Solo te llevan a sitios turísticos y para comer, solo donde ellos ganan comisiones.

Tú eres diferente. Tu manera de guíar es muy cercana, personalizada y humanizante.  
Contigo realmente pudimos experimentar lo que es ser ecuatoriano.

Para los turistas  gays tienes un gran carisma y una muy buena manera de tratar a la gente.
Encontramos en ti una persona culta con una preparación y conocimiento de su país muy profunda.

Para quienes realmente deseen conocer el Ecuador, Francisco Guayasamin es el guía ideal. 

Jeffrey Saez y Antonio Burgos. 

domingo, 27 de mayo de 2012


    Recently (April/May 2012), my brother and I took a vacation to Ecuador.  Neither of us had been there before and our goal was to see the exciting and beautiful sites of Ecuador, but also to become familiar with the different peoples and customs of Ecuador and to observe their everyday lives and routines as they went about their daily activities.  We wanted to see how it would be to live in Ecuador as a resident of the country.

    While planning the trip, my brother happened across the website of Francisco Guayasamin, a professional tour guide in Quito, Ecuador.  He emailed the site and found Francisco to be very friendly.  After several discussions, we decided that a guide would be very helpful if we were to experience as much as we would like during the 2 weeks that we had for our trip.  After email discussions with Francisco to express what we wanted to do on our trip, he submitted a proposal for a trip itinerary, which we discussed and modified several times until we finally developed the actual trip itinerary.

    We arrived at the Quito airport around 9:30 pm.  Francisco met us at the airport and accompanied us to our hotel which he had arranged for us.  Our Spanish is very minimal, and from the time we hailed a taxi to take us to the airport, Francisco, who speaks English quite well, was our interpreter.  That skill was extremely valuable to us during the entire trip.  It also gave us the opportunity to practice our limited Spanish speaking abilities while being secure that Francisco would keep us out of trouble if we said something wrong, which I did frequently.  Of course, we understood even less than we spoke, so Francisco’s help with language was a major benefit to having him as our guide. 

    From the day we arrived, Francisco was with us every day.  He had made arrangements for activities, accommodations, and travel needs.  We followed our itinerary, but also made small adjustments as we felt like doing so.  We traveled from Quito through the high country to Banos, Alausi, and Cuenca, including smaller towns in between.  We took some back roads which offered many interesting sites including volcanic lava flows, absolutely beautiful scenery of the Andes mountains, waterfalls, and rivers, as well as views of the rural life of farmers and residents outside the cities.  We also traveled on nice newer highways, through the valleys, and in the clouds.  The roads are sometimes rough, but always winding.  I was glad that Francisco had arranged for a driver and vehicle for us so we did not have to drive.  Having the driver allowed us to concentrate on seeing the sites, and our luggage was secure while we traveled from hotel to hotel.  The driver was also very friendly and we enjoyed the company as we rolled down the road.  We asked every question that came to mind, and Francisco answered them all.  We found him to be very knowledgeable about any aspect of his country.  We discussed the many indigenous peoples of Ecuador, the history from the time the Spaniards arrived in the 1500’s, the current government, and the many influences of the Catholic Church, and of course toured many beautiful cathedrals built under the guidance of the Church and architects brought from Europe.  Francisco knows all regions of the country and can educate you about them all.  We did not visit the Amazon region because of time constraints, but did get a very good tour of the highlands and coastal regions.   

    After leaving Cuenca, we drove to Guayaquil, and then up the coast the Puerto Lopez and towns in-between.  We passed banana plantation, coffee plantations, cocoa plantations, and of course saw beautiful beaches.  We stopped anywhere along the way we chose, and enjoyed the flexibility we had by having a dedicated driver and vehicle. A day on the beach at Puerto Lopez was relaxing and beautiful.  We toured other towns along the beach after leaving Puerto Lopez and enjoyed the sites and activities in each.  Even with various changes my brother and I made to the itinerary, Francisco altered hotel arrangements as needed and kept us on schedule to be back in Quito the day before we returned to the U.S.A.  We relaxed the last day in Quito, visited some craft shops that Francisco told us about in Quito, had a leisurely meal at a very modern shopping mall in Quito, and visited the botanical gardens.

    Our trip to Ecuador accomplished everything we expected and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.  Francisco was very instrumental in making our trip successful. He is honest, friendly, extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of Ecuador, and fun to travel with.  I highly recommend him as a guide if you are taking a trip to Ecuador.  He is very flexible and will spend as much time with you as  you want, from 1 day to your entire trip if you desire.  You may contact him through his website.  He is NOT a high pressure salesman and he will respond to your email in a friendly and courteous manner.

 I hope you have a nice vacation to Ecuador.

Rick Bettes
Texas, U.S.A. 

lunes, 20 de febrero de 2012


My friends, 

You have to go to this website.  Meet this wonderful, honest, travel guide, (one on one),
real estate prefessional, and great easy going person to spend time in the Equador
Americans don't know aboout.

I can tell you personally that our idea of Equador is jaded.
So...His site is: http://paiscanelaguia.blogspot.com  
His name is Francisco Guayasamin, and emal: canelatravelsur@yahoo.es

Plan an awesome and inexpensive time just 3 and 1/2 hrs south of Miami. 
Culture, history, and Fun.

Thomas David Rosenberger

miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2012



I want to thank you again.
You are the best tour guide ever.
I am telling everybody about your professional and courteous service and your affordable rates.

See you in the future.

Don Martin

viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2011


My name is Al Walles.  I am an American living in Quito, Ecuador. 
I have known Francisco Guayasamin for just over a year now.

Francisco Guayasamin  has helped me find an apartment, has given me tours of Quito and the Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World park at the Equator), and has helped me many times with medical problems that I have had.  He has accompanied me to doctors, translated for me and even helped me at home when I was laid up with a broken leg.

I have talked with many people who have used him for a tour guide and everyone 
I have talked with seemed to be very happy with him.  I also know one man who bought a condo down here with Francisco’s help.  Francisco assisted him in finding the condo and getting him together with an attorney and even ran some papers around to get them certified for the lawyer.
I would recommend Francisco to anyone who comes to Ecuador as a tour guide and as a helper with moving here and setting up you life as a retiree.

Las Vegas - U.S.A.

lunes, 25 de abril de 2011


Not only did I find "Francisco Guayasamin" a great local guide for understanding the behind-the-scenes stories of Quito and Ecuador in general, he proved to be indispensable in helping me fight for and win buying a condo in under three weeks for an incredible price.

I'd recommend Francisco especially for gay travellers, as he is also a local activist for the GLBT community and can help navigate you to prudent choices around the country.

But he is a proven and appreciated guide for people of every background and you will enjoy his company very much.

Thank you Francisco for whowing me some great local eating spots in quito. 
It was nice to get a break from the usual tourist food and your knowledge of where to look 
would make a traveling chef like Anthony Bourdain proud.

                                                                            Kalina Kucera
Recommendation in "Lonely Planet