Alex was born in 1980 a city called Manizales in Colombia's coffee region. He has lived in this region alllife, amongst the mountains. In 1996 when Alex finished high school he decided to follow his childhood dream and became a policeman for almost 7 years in the anti narcotics division. Alex decided to then look for a new direction in life and ended up in tourism in 2003. Alex started started working as a tour guide for domestic tourism until 2008 when he moved exclusively to the market of international visitors. Alex enjoys the curiosity travellers have about the Colombian culture, allowing him to share his passion for his beautiful country.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: It happened by chance. After quitting the police, I visited a local university and saw a big posterg saying, ‘become a professional tour leader’, and having independently learnt English at 13, I thought it could be a great idea. The only thing that I wanted to check was whether I would have to teach mathematics (because I don’t like math t like matht like matht like math t like math! ) and when I found out that this was not the case I signed up!
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: Sharing great experiences with people from all over the world and showing them how amazing my country is, and the best part of it that I actually learn a lot about their cultures as well!
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: Of all the places that I've seen, my favourite is the Amazon jungle.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: It was in August 2014, when I finally saw the pink dolphins on the Peruvian side of the Amazon River.
Q: What is the craziest request you've ever had from a client?
A: Hahahahaha, this memory always makes me laugh, it happened in the Colombian Central Andes. One day I was coming out from a beautiful hacienda in the middle of nowhere with 15 travellers from England - it was a difficult horseback ride coming down from the hacienda to the bottom of a canyon and then to the top of a mountain. Once we arrived at the top after a couple of hours, one of the travellers said with a strange voice and covering his mouth: “ALEX!!!, I think I lost my teeth!!!, they fell off somewhere next to the river... can you please go back and try to find them?”.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: My smart phone, nowadays it basically works as my operations centre! If you have a good phone with the right apps, you no longer need a book or a TV or a Walkman or a GPS, everything is there - you don't even need cash.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: There are two famous actors that I would like to meet and travel with: - Liam Neeson - Christoph waltz
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: Sadly...yes, in 2010 I was staying on an island in the Caribbean in front of Cartagena with an extremely wealthy family from the United states of America It was a beautiful place with a lovely temperature of 41° Celsius and 99% humidity, so, at lunch time I came out of my room wearing a sleeveless tshirt, and the travellers sent a strong complaint to the company saying that I had lunch with them in my underwear. Believe me... it won't happen again.