Meet our Guides
I feel very strong about using local guides from the countries we visit as I believe they offer to you the love and passion they have for their country. Local guides enhance your tour as they have the knowledge and experience to ensure you see the best sights plus they often take us 'off piste' to walks and pathways hardly trodden by other visitors.
It is also part of my commitment to support, wherever possible the economy of the village, town and/or country we visit. I want to ensure that the guides and all the team we use are paid fairly and treated respectfully. People are very important to me: as in my guests, my team and everyone involved. Happy people make happy tours and that is simple.
So here are a few of our guides saying hello:
Carlos (right) our friendly Madeiran Guide. Fluent in English and passionate about his country. Carlos led our first walking tour in March 2018 and enthralled us with the variety of walks and his knowledge of nature. He is great fun to be around and very motivational.
“Carlos is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of walking on Madeira. He very carefully thought about the best walks to put on for our group, so that we saw all aspects of walking on Madeira – from Levada walks, with magnificent views to stunning high level mountain walks. A day with Carlos, as your guide, will leave you exhilarated by the end of the day and wanting to come back for more walking the next day.” Harry Hazlehurst regular on our holidays and a member of the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association)
Rachid (Centre) our Moroccan Guide. Rachid is a highly experienced specialist mountain and Sahara desert guide but also loves to offer coastal walks. He is fun and friendly and happy to tie a few shashes to keep off the Moroccan sun.
"Rachid is the most excellent guide. His English is impeccable. He was quietly and politely attentive to what we wanted to do and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. He always looked after every member of the party, assessing our capabilities and adapting accordingly. I am looking forward to the gruelling trek up Mount Toubkal in 2018, totally confident that Rachid will lead us safely and comfortably there and back" June Maw a very regular on our tours and a member of LDWA and Outdoor Duo Walking Club.
Sara (Second left) our Lanzarote guide. Sara has a deep passion in her tours to increase people´s awareness of the environmental, historic, social and cultural patrimony of Lanzarote. She aims to achieve this by commenting and interpreting along her trekking tours throughout the volcanic parks. I met Sara in 2017 when she led a walking festival and through her walks discovered a whole new side to Lanzarote; an extremely interesting volcanic island…so I wanted to share it with you. Sara says "By getting to know our environment we learn about it and also learn to value it, love it and protect it".
"Friendly, bubbly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who immediately felt like a good friend" Darrel Helas a fellow walker on the December 2017 Walking Festival.
Anja and Raphael our Majorcan Guides who led us through some amazing routes in April 2018. They are also going to be leading our Chamonix tour in September 2019 taking us through Switzerland, Italy and France.
Anja and Raphael's Review
"The Tour guides on the Majorca trip, I thought were excellent. They had first hand knowledge of the area where the walks were to take place and led them at a pace which enabled the slowest walker to keep up.They were very friendly, spoke good English, communicated well and blended into the group with their easy going personalities. I would certainly recommend them to other groups" Chris Holt Member of the Ramblers Association, UK