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Eduardo

Eduardo was born and raised in El Salvador, in a Valley where fascinating archaeology can be found. He completed high school and two years of Industrial Engendering at a State University, and from here (during the Salvadorean Civil War) Eduardo moved to the USA, and later Canada. Eduardo had a daughter and a son while living near Niágara Falls. After this he decided to return to El Salvador. When Eduardo was in the USA and Canada, he found that few people knew about his country, so he thought it was a good idea to train to become a Tour Guide in 2002/2003, allowing him to show others his amazing country. Since then, he has been guiding in El Salvador and leading trips in Guatemala or Honduras.

Specialist: Honduras, El Salvador


Interview

Q: How did you fall into tour leading?

A: The news that comes from this part of the world is not the best and my idea is to change that perception. I love to share unique and beautiful places with my guests.

Q: What do you like most about tour leading?

A: Connecting people to my culture.

Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?

A: Mesoamérica, meaning the area from México city, traveling south to the western tip of Costa Rica - and that includes my home country, El Salvador.

Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?

A: I had a lady from England and one of her two adopted sons from El Salvador. They travel to Guatemala/El Salvador. But what Carlos really wanted was to find the place where he was adopted from. While we were touring the country, they researched to find his biological parents, and found them a few days later! They called me for a meeting and Carlos broke in tears. He was so nervous until the moment he saw and hugged his biological mum. The sad part is that I lost track of them both.

Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?

A: To take them to illegal places! Also, travellers wanting to find owls but not wanting to go out at night.

Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?

A: Guide books, laser pointer and a tablet.

Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?

A: Since having fun and learning about the local culture is the goal, I can think of no one in particular! But if I have guests that are interested in archaeology, biology, geology, volcanos or bird watching, I’ll be happy!

Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?

A: I have certainly done it, for sure!


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