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Jonas V.

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Welcome to Mexico, a country I fell in love with since my first stay as an anthropologist in 1999, staying several months in a farmer community.

Working as a guide in Belgium since 2006, I decided to move to Mexico in 2008 to show all the cultural and natural wonders of this incredible country to other people.

Let me guide you through the real stories behind Mexico City and elsewhere: its architecture, the archeological sites in the surroundings, the stunning landscapes but also its people and folklore of today. Mexico City and its surroundings offer an amazing crossing point between european culture and history, prehispanic traditions and vibrant modernity. Complex and colorful, dynamic and generous, Mexico leaves nobody indifferent; here, you have fun while learning lots of things. Did I forget the incredible Mexican food? I have a special tasting and market tour, and good food is always part of my tours, I can even organize a cooking class.

It is my pleasure to adapt tours to all kind of needs and interests. Forget about fixed schedules, meal times, generic visits without attention to the details, forced shop visits. . . with me as a private guide you can decide it ALL by yourself.

I have guided city walking tours, bike tours, as well as excursions of several days to the surrounding states, for those who want to go beyond the dynamic and endless activities within the city. Some options are Tepotzotlan, Tula and Queretaro, farming villages and nature in the Huasteca, the region of Oaxaca, my personal favourite with never-ending arts&crafts, festivities, petrified waterfalls, markets and amazing food. Or go native in Cuetzalan, and indigenous town in the dramatic lush Sierra Norte mountains of Puebla. Combine several UNESCO Heritage sites like the ruins of El Tajín and Xochicalco, colonial towns and monasteries. I can also set up specialized dive tours in Central Mexico.

You want more? Consider a private roundtrip of one, two or three weeks to other areas of Mexico: the colonial cities of the western Bajío, the Gulf Coast, Oaxaca, Chiapas or the Yucatan. You can rely upon my knowledge of the Mexican road system and proper insurance, crucial for a safe trip when going by car (of course, you can also opt for walking, biking, horseback or even rafting!). Please contact me if you want to design a longer roundtrip across the country together with me.

Do you want you to feel like you have lived in Mexico for years, while being surprised at any minute? With me as a tour guide, you will experience Mexico in a unique way like you wouldn't have imagined! Availability and very specific interests are (almost) never a problem, because I work together with a small group of thrusted, reliable, equally high-quality mexican guides with a wide range of experiences, that can take over if necessary.

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We highly recommend Jonas for any tour that he offers. We were fortunate enough to have him for two full-day historical tours. Thank you, Jonas, we all learned a lot of enjoyed your tours.
Karen Hartz

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License as a tourist guide by the Flemish community, Belgium (2006)
Two years of cooking and chocolate course by the Flemish community, Belgium (2005-2006)
License as a tourist guide by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism (2009)
Degrees as a bio-engineer and anthropologist (1998-1999)
Course on Cultural Tourism - Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH - National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City)

Guiding for several major european travel agencies such as Thomas Cook, Kuoni, OAD, SNV, Joker, Fox.

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