Gary was born in a small village in Central America’s heartland, Guatemala. At 51 years of age, Gary is married and the father of three sons. As a teenager, he spent four years living and studying in the USA. He then moved back to his homeland with little idea what he wanted to do next, so threw himself into becoming a tour guide. He has worked in tourism ever since, marking 29 rich years of passionate presenting of this part of the world, and getting to know the variety of travellers that come his way.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: Well when I returned from the USA back to my homeland Guatemala I did not know what to do. Somebody told me about being a tour guide. So I decided to give it a try. I joined the school of tourism in Guatemala City to get a license, I loved it and decided that was going to be my way of life. Since then it has been.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: People, places. New destinations. Also the opportunity to talk to people about their history, so rich and varied. Travelling has been another life school, because I learned from my clients as much as I share with them.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: My homeland Guatemala. In particular the ancient ruins of Tikal.
Q: What has been your biggest travel highlight?
A: Visiting Las Vegas and going away to see how the Hoover Dam was built.
Q: What's the craziest request you've ever had from a client?
A: To fly a helicopter over an active volcano.
Q: What's the one thing you couldn't travel without?
A: My survival backpack.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: Everybody is famous for me.
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: Yes, but I was able to apologise. I am a simple human being. We make mistakes...