Diane MacdonaldCalgary, ALBERTA, Canada
Cervando was charming, knowledgeable, engaging and fun. He gave us space to explore and was responsive to our needs. There was no pressure to buy at any of the stops (coffee plantation, tequila distillery, small shops) which was appreciated and very different from large bus tours we have previously taken. He is a very safe driver and planned a great day full of history, natural beauty and local colour. He introduced us to local residents including children and local police. We highly recommend Cervando.
Larry MentzerUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour to San Sebastián with Cervando. He shared his passion for the Sierra Madres and the small magical Pueblo's. We truly enjoyed the San Sebastián tour, the views, and the small restaurant we stopped at. A highlight of the tour was our stop at the raicilla distillery. I'd highly recommend this tour to everyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Larry, thank you so much for your great comments and your kind wishes. I'd love to see you all again for another trip in the beautiful Sierra Madre. Wishing you all the best for this 2020!
Two weeks after we took our tour to San Sebastián del Oeste and the top of La Buffa, our family keeps talking about details of it every day. This tour was a highlight of our visit to Puerto Vallarta, thanks to our wonderful guide Cervando! I would highly recommend him to anyone. Hope to see you again when we are back to PV!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Olga, I highly appreciate your comments on your tour. It was my pleasure to spend the day with you and your family, in the mountains of San Sebastian. I'd love to see you again for another adventure!
Stacey NelsonUnited States
Cervando was great. He was on time, had a nice air conditioned van. He gave us suggestions on where to stop and what to do. We had 3 teens and he kept us at a nice pace. On our beautiful drive, he even stopped to save a turtle that was crossing the busy road. My kids were even able to hold the turtle. I will rebook Cervando and do another tour with him when we come back to Puerto Vallarta.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stacey, it was my pleasure to spend the day with you and your family. I'll look forward to seeing you guys agin for another adventure. Please tell your husband thanks from me, for his generosity.
Bonnie CantrellUnited States
Great tour and fantastic tour guide. Cervando was informative, and friendly. He was able to answer all of our questions about the area. We really enjoyed our visit to San Sebastian del Oeste. It really is a magical place. Full of history, very friendly people, and lots to explore. This was a full day tour (we were tired when we got back to our resort), with a good bit of walking. I highly recommend this tour and Cervando for your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonnie, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to San Sebastian. This is one of my favorite villages around PV, I didn't go back with my family last Saturday, but I'm going back to San Sebastian this weekend. Thanks for your review and hope to see you, Logan and your husband Robert again. Cervando
Our family of 7 had an incredible time touring San Sebastian and the gorgeous vistas and villages along the mountain route! Cervando's passion for his country, the land and the people was the best part of the tour. We learned about the area's history, the flora and fauna of the mountains and met many of his local friends along the way. We stopped at a small-batch Tequila producer, a local restaurant for delicious hand-made tortillas and seasonal food. Thank you Cervando for an unforgettable experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kim, thank you so much for your 5 stars rating and your great comments on your tour! It was truly a pleasure to spend the day with you and your family in the mountains of San Sebastian. I hope to see you all again for another adventure here in Puerto Vallarta.
Jean ShahnasarianUnited States
We enjoyed our tour with Cervando - visited several local vendors. Beautiful views of Puerto Vallarta from the mountains. And appreciated the hospitality of the local people. Thank you Cervando!!
Richard BoggessUnited States
Great tour guide and he was very generous providing food and drink
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Richard! Thank you so much for rating your tour 5 star. See you next time here in Puerto Vallarta.
Raymond D.United States
cervando is full of knowledge .... and you will learn a lot about mexico on this tour just be prepared for a lot of driving time :) and have a quesadilla
Richard WolfUnited States
Lise GorgoneUnited States
Our tour was excellent. Cervando had an excellent command of English. He knew many interesting facts about the country side and history of the area and Mexico. He was a very conscious and safe driver. The town of San Sebastian was so picturesque and charming. The gift shops had unique items at good prices. We would recommend this tour and Cervando our friends and others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lise, thank you for your excellent comments on your tour and for the 5 star rating! Hope to see you again for another adventure here in Mexico. The best for you in this 2019!
Carol SanchezUnited States
Cervando was a fabulous guide, so friendly, knowledgeable, and personable. Enjoyed the tour and the stops at the bakery, coffee roasters, and tequila tasting. He's an excellent driver. Take one of his tours - you won't regret it.
John CragleUnited States
Cervando was amazing, the price was perfect, the knowledge and history he was able to give wonderful. We booked only the two of us and Cervando was able to very easy adjust timing, location, stops and let us enjoy parts that interested us the most. Cervando's personal knowledge of Puerto Vallarta and San Sebastian was amazing, there is nothing better than a life long citizen to show you the best the city has to offer.
Phillip TelanderUnited States
Excellent tour, outstanding knowledge of the history of San Sebastian.
Shireen JafferUnited States
Cervando is amazing - he goes above and beyond to give you the best and most authentic experience. We travel a lot, go on many different types of tours (food, walking, free, private, big group), and this one was our favorite. He's funny, knowledgable, kind hearted, curious, and overall just incredible company to be with. We're coming back in two months and this time want to book him for more than just one day. He can customize different tours as well so we are excited to see what those options will be.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Shireen thank you very much for your great comments on me! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to spend the day with you. Thanks to you, I now have a better understanding of how Millennials travel. I'll see you in December for some new experiences here in Puerto Vallarta. Please, say hi to your husband and friends.
Nona OKeeffeUnited States
Cervando was absolutely wonderful, personable and 100% engaged for the entire day. He was intimately familiar with The Pueblo Magico, San Sebastián del Oeste, and knew most of the towns people — Hence, We felt ourselves welcome and treasured guests everywhere we went. Based on today's experience We would go with Tours by Locals anywhere, and certainly recommend CERVANDO!
Renae ChanceUnited States
Our family had the best day with Cervando. His knowledge of history and culture was amazing. Our tour day with Cervando was one of our favorite days during our visit to Puerto Vallarta!
Christina McTiernanUnited States
We had the most amazing day with Cervando visiting San Sebastian. He did an amazing job tailoring the tour to fit the interests of our family, which included my kids and my brother who absolutely loves talking about Mexican history. Cervando was such a joy to spend the day with! It felt like we spent the day with a close friend. We talked about the tour the whole rest of our trip- definitely the highlight! Cervando was over the top accommodating. It was a perfect day! Cannot recommend enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christina, thank you very much for the wonderful comments! It was my pleasure to meet your family and spend the day with all of you in San Sebastian. Congratulations for such beautiful family! Next time we have to go to Los Reyes!
Aundrea T.United States
Cervando picked up our family of 10 (adults) bright and early and we spent an incredible day seeing a side of Mexico we had yet to experience. He was knowledgeable and got in to the vibe of our very fun and jokingly family right away- which made the day of touring amazing! At every turn he customized the itinerary so that each of us (all 10 of us!) had a personalized experience- that is not an easy task and Cervando handled it with complete ease. My entire family had so much fun! We learned AND laughed!
Kristen NobleUnited States
Our tour to San Sebastian with Cervando was fantastic!!!! This was our 2nd day with him after spending Sunday on the city tour. Again he customized the day to what we were most interested in. Our stops along the way were so memorable, a hacienda where Richard Burton and Liz Taylor had once stayed, having freshly made corn tortillas at a little roadside stand and the tequila distillery where we got some new recipes using tequila! The little mom & pop restaurant in San Sebastian for lunch was the best!
Three of spent a lovely day with Cervando visiting San Sebastian. Cervando was well versed in local culture and the history of the area. While San Sebastian is not far, driving on cobblestones is slow and tedious; however it is well worth the trip. Along the way we stopped and made our own tortillas. We also visited a tequila factory where we learned about the production of tequila. It was much more sophisticated than we realized. It was very interesting and the owner is friendly and quite the character!
Lucie HaleUnited States
Thank you for an awesome day in San Sebastian. Cervando is very knowledgable. Thank you!
Alyson BellUnited States
Cervando took us on an amazing private tour to San Sabastian. We are 2 families with 6 college-aged young adults between us. He rented a larger van to accommodate all 10 of us. Cervando has incredible personal connections with locals in the area and also coming and going. We stopped at an unbelievable bakery, met with local shopkeepers, residents, taquilla distiller... All while learning the history of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco & San Sabastian. Cervando is a extremely knowledgeable & was wonderful guide!
Andrew RaphaelUnited States
Absolutely superb! Cervando is an amazing ambassador for his community & country, his self taught English is incredible and we talked on a wide range of topics. His knowledge of San Sebastian its history, the people & their culture as well as the flora & fauna was very illuminating. It also became an artisans tour of coffee & liquor productions, bakeries, leather works & silver smiths. The cafe we ate at felt like being guest in someone's home. Cervando & his tour far exceeded our expectations.
Jon L.Dorena, OR, United States
This was my fourth tour with Cervando. Need I say more? OK. I will. Cervando took this excursion request on short notice as one cruise port was cancelled and Puerto Vallarta added. We have done this particular tour before, but Cervando always finds something new and interesting to include, and, of course, the tour is new to the other participants. Prompt, courteous, informative, innovative. Superlative adjectives for Cervando. I feel like part of his family, as does my wife. He is the man!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jon, I hope you, Cindy and your family are doing well and ready to enjoy the holiday season. It was a great surprise to have you back in Puerto Vallarta! It's really an honor to know you feel like part of my family. On behalf of my family and myself thank you for being so kind with me and for your great recommendations to other customers. With best wishes, Cervando
Maria GonzalesUnited States
Best tour ever! It was truly a pleasure to hire Cervando for a private tour of San Sebastian. It was like we were with an old friend touring the Sierra mountain side. Cervando was friends with everyone we came in contact with in SS. We came away with a wonderful understanding of the history of the people and their ancestors. Cervando also drove thru PV and showed us the best taco stands. I can wait to return to PV and hire Cervando again for another tour!
Alice BrittonUnited States
Cervando was awesome. He was a wealth of knowledge and very helpful with our elderly parents. This was a wonderful tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many blessings to you and your family!!!!
Don G.United States
Ronald R LewisUnited States
We were asked our interests and they were catered to perfectly! We learned. We experienced. We ate deliciously. We shared an extraordinary day. Go anywhere with Cervando. Your tour will be fabulous!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ron, thank you so much for your kind comments. I had a wonderful day with all of you also! Please say hello to your wife Robyn and friends Jan and Kerry.
Sigmund LipskiUnited States
We visited Puerto Vallarta on a cruise ship on March 14th, 2017. Cervando provided us with a very professional and personal tour of the town of San Sebastian. The participants rated this the BEST tour of the entire cruise. Thank You, Sigmund
Teresa McMahillUnited States
What a delight it was to spend the day in San Sebastian del Oeste with Cervando and four of my closest friends. Not only did Cervando know seemingly everything there was to know about the history of this village (and everything else about Mexico, for that matter), he had developed friendships with many locals, which made the experience so much richer for us. His English was impeccable, driving safe & smooth, and he was exceedingly helpful to my 90-year friend with mobility issues. Cervando is a gem.
Davalynn NevinUnited States
This was our second time touring with Cervando. Our visit and lunch in San Sebastian was amazing. He introduced us to some local people and we learned about life in a beautiful Spanish Colonial town. We also learned to make tortillas, and enjoyed our time at the coffee plantation, and the tequila tasting. Thank you Cervando for showing us a wonderful time in Mexico.
Jon L.Dorena, OR, United States
This was our third excursion with Cervando in three years. After all, when you have the best, why bother with the rest! Courteous, informative, imaginative, considerate - - - what more could you ask for? We saw beautiful countryside, met interesting locals, sampled delicious Mexican cuisine, and absorbed intriguing local history and folklore. Pity the people who laid on the beach!
Jackie PradkoUnited States
Cervando is an excellent guide. He is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our day trip to San Sebastián and felt like we truly saw the Old Mexico in addition to learning so much. We loved visiting the quaint town, seeing how coffee is processed, eating fresh fruits from trees and learning about tequila production. Our lunch was fabulous. Cervando's relaxed and comfortable style made the trip seem as though we were traveling with an old friend. We highly recommend Cervando as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jackie thank you so much for such great comments! I love San Sebastian and I truly enjoyed the day with you and your husband.
Kathryn HoagUnited States
This is the second time we had a tour with Cervando. Both times were excellent. His knowledge of Puerto Vallarta and Mexico in general is excellent. He remembered that we are birders and took us to several spots to see birds along our way to San Sebastián. His English is excellent. He took us to a very small restaurant in San Sebastián to have local cooking. This was also excellent. You can tell that he really enjoys sharing his country with you and I would highly recommend him to everyone.
Lisa SchmidUnited States
One of the best experiences we had during our vacation. Cervando was so knowledgeable and accommodating. We got to see so many things most never see while on vacation. He taught us much about the area and the people of San Sebastián and Puerto Vallarta. More than we ever expected. He made us feel welcome and comfortable the entire day. This is a tour worth the cost and time. An experience not to be forgotten.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lisa, thanks a lot for your valuable comments and for your kindness, It was a very pleasant day in the company of your beautiful family. Please say hello to your husband Tom and your children : Jane, Will and Jacob. Thank you again.
William BoyerUnited States
Our tour of San Sebastian del Oeste was the highlight of my family's trip to Puerto Vallarta. Cervando was fantastic! We were very impressed by Cervando's knowledge of the area's culture, history, and natural environment. In addition, Cervando was flexibile... he learned about our interests and arranged a tour that met our wishes. We would highly recommend Cervando to anyone visiting the Puerto Vallarta area.
This tour was exactly as described and we will be enjoying the coffee, tequila and treats we purchased throughout the day. Cervando was very knowledgable and passionate about the people, vegetation, birds, Puerto Vallarta and San Sebastien. Our group of eight learned so much and truly enjoyed our tour with him. Thank you Cervando Tips: 1) there are about 10km of cobblestone roads, so bumpy and 2) you may want to bring mosquito spray if you usually get bitten at home)
Shirley RadderUnited States
This was a wonderful tour with a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Cervando. We stopped at a lookout where we were treated to freshly made tortillas which we filled with beans, cheese, tomatoes, and guacamole. Absolutely delicious. We then visited Hacienda Jalisco which, I believe, is where John Huston stayed when filming Night of the Iguana. On to San Sebastian to stop at a local coffee plantation and then lunch in San Sebastian de Oeste. Tiny restaurant delicious food..excellent!
Susan S.United States
Cervando was an amazing tour guide. Our family of 5 was thrilled with the experience. We had a great tour of San Sebastian. The mountains are just gorgeous. We loved the pastries at the top of the Sierra Madres and the museum stop too. So interesting! The coffee plantation was fun and the lunch was the absolute best. Delicious and very local & fresh. He was on time in the AM and understanding that we needed to be back at a certain time. Can't say enough good things about Cervando. Highly recommend!
Rebecca MaseUnited States
Cervando is an amazing guide. We had a beautiful and fascinating day with him exploring San Sebastian. Beyond the experience of this wonderful tour, we all felt blessed to meet this man.... a great soul! Thank you Cervando.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rebeca, having met all of you, was a blessing, I enjoyed your company so much! I hope to be your guide in another excursion in the future. Please say hello to Randy, Pat & Walter!
Paul BeckUnited States
We have nothing but good things to say about Cervando and this trip. He is an excellent guide, has an extensive knowledge of history and facts about his country and the local culture, was very sensitive to our needs & comfort, and treated his fellow countrymen with such respect and honor. I can't imagine why people would pay for large group tours when they can get a far more personal experience using Cervando. And San Sebastian was so quaint...a wonderful look into rural Mexico. So enjoyable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Paul thank you so much for recommending my tour. It was a pleasure to share this part of Mexico with you and your wife. My best wishes for you and your family!
Jill BrownUnited States
Excellent guide. Very informative and accomodating. Highly recommended. We enjoyed our tour to San Sebesatian very much.
Jon L.Dorena, OR, United States
Our ship challanged Cervando by not changing to central time and moving our departure time up an hour - - - the night before the tour! Not a problem for such a dedicated, enthusiastic, and informative guide. My fellow guests were effusive in their praise of Cervando. His running commentary left us feeling we knew San Sebastian from a previous life. You could sense the respect he received from locals we encountered. We were truly privileged to have Cervando guide us to San Sebastian del Oeste.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Lundquist, it was my privilege to have spent the afternoon with all of you in San Sebastian. And just to let you know. That preserve (marionberry) you brought me. It was so good, I had to hide it from my wife, as she almost ate it all. We enjoyed it so much! Thank you
Chad BradfordUnited States
Cervando is an excellent guide and the town of San Sebastian is a great destination. Cervando has a wonderful heart, loves his country, and is very knowledgeable about both his family and his country. I would recommend him highly for this trip or any other that he may offer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comments Mr. Bradford. Happy New Year!
Pamela WallickUnited States
It was an excellent adventure. He was well versed in every aspect of the tour. He knew all the flora and fauna. He understands the Mexican culture and was very willing to share this with us.The trip was not rushed, he stopped every time we asked him to. This is a tour we recommend. We give him 5 stars. This tour was far more than we expected. His van was clean and comfortable. He is well spoken in the English language. We were a group of four which made our tour very personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pam, thank you so much for your great comments! I had a great time with all of you! I hope to see again, to take you in another adventure. Please say hi to Judy, jim and Kyle. Greetings!
William R.United States
It was a pleasure to listen to and learn from someone who is as proud, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his country as Cervando. My wife and I took a private tour to San Sebastian, and we were able to travel at our own pace and take the time we wanted at the places we found most interesting. This was a much more individual experience than the larger tours can offer, and we felt that the small increase in cost(as there were only two of us) was well worth it. Very highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Russell, it was my pleasure to spend the day with you and your wife, in San Sebastian. Thank you very much for your recommendation. Greetings!
Cervando was the most delightfully warm, charming and friendly guide who took great care to make sure our day together was as memorable as it was interesting and educational. He is a Puerto Vallarta local who is extremely knowledgable about the area, its history and people as well as the wildlife and flora and fauna. Cervando took us to San Sebastian for the day and showed us so many interesting places and things. He drove carefully and expertly. Very highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andre, thank you very much for your kind compliments. It was my pleasure to be your guide, in your first visit to Mexico. You and your wife made the day very pleasant. Greetings!
Dennis FieldUnited States
Best tour guide I have ever hired. Highly recommend Cervando.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Field, thank you very much for your recommendation. I had a very good time with all of you. Please say hi to your parents and your friend.
Jeff McManusUnited States
Cervando was an excellent professional guide and transported us in a well maintained, immaculate and comfortable van. He was careful to determine our interests and spoke to them knowledgeably. He is exceptionally well versed in local history, culture, geography and botany and shared that in an interesting manner. He was unfailingly gracious, friendly and helpful and delighted us with many samples of local fruit unfamiliar to us. He exceeded our expectations in every way: we will never forget him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. and Mrs. McManus, It was really a pleasure to meet you. I had a very pleasant day with all of you in San Sebastian. I´m looking forward to seeing you again, to share with you, more of Mexico. Please, say hi to your friends!
Susan JudkinsUnited States
Cervando made our private tour to San Sebastian an absolute delight. Even while driving, we learned important facts about the history, culture and economy of Jalisco past and present. He pointed out scenic views, and was happy to accommodate time to take photos or other stops as desired. Each stop was made more fascinating by his knowledge of the people, plants and stories involved with each place. His van was comfortable, too. Development pressure will affect this area in the future--see it now.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Susan, thank you again for sharing your comments about your tour to San Sebastian. It was really a lovely day out with you and your friends. The photo book was indeed, a very pleasant surprise. Thank you for your generosity.
Charlene CohenUnited States
Our day touring San Sebastian del Oeste was just perfect in every way. Cervando was polite and filled us with information of the entire area through which we traveled. It was a great day and Cervando made it especially comfortable for us. We highly recommend a tour with Cervando! Alan and Charlene Cohen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr and Mrs, Cohen, I'm very happy to hear this. I would like see you again, to share more of Mexico with you.
Peter AltmanUnited States
Cervando saved our rainy trip to Puerto Vallarta. Because of him, we came home with great memories nonetheless. Whether picking fruit, buying jam from a woman in her home, or going into a small village to see people making tortillas in a small shop, Cervando made Mexico real and opened a window on the culture and great kindness of the people that we could not have opened ourselves. He was highly knowlegable talking about Mexican history, indigenous beliefs, and politics (we insisted.) Send our regards.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Altman, It was really a pleasure to have spent the day with you and your family. I appreciate your interest to learn about my country. Happy New Year!
Cory GashHouston, TX, United States
Cervando gave us a great tour of San Sebastian and the area outside of Puerto Vallarta. He really tried to make the drive interesting, by pointing out the local wildlife and plants, as well as telling us a lot of history of the area. We visited the town, had a great lunch, saw the silver processing plantation, saw the way tequila was made, visited a place where they grow and roast coffee, bought the best fresh bread ever and had a terrific day! Will take another tour with Cervando when we next return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Coralyn thank you very much for your comments, it was a pleasure to share with all of you, a bit of my country.I had a great time too! I'm looking forward to being your guide on another tour!
Cervando is charming and informative. The San Sebastian tour was a wonderful counterpoint to P.V. - it was like stepping into another century. There were many interesting stops along the way. Highly recommend this tour and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ms. Charette, thank you very much for your comments, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you and your friends. Merry Christmas!