Maria del Carmen Ruiz VazquezUnited States
Very descriptive tour guide. Was able to pick us up from the ferry station (coming from Buenos Aires) and introduce me and my son to his beautiful, serene city of Montevideo. From the Old City (Ciudad Vieja) to Pocitos and La Rambla beach district. Also had great dining recommendations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maricarmen & George. Un gusto haberlos recibido. Será hasta la próxima!
Thomas UrbanikRound Rock, TX, United States
Shalako was a very knowledgeable and engaging guy who provided an insightful overview of his city. Provided great insights into his country and its history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tom & Cindy for your visit! Pleasure having you both
Maura MazzerUnited States
I had asked Shalako if he could bring a little step stool with him to make it easier for my mother to get into the car (didn't know how high it would be). He had someone fashion one for our use (which we didn't need) so it shows how much care he puts into his guests. We had an awesome drive around the city, bought some nice amethyst (my birthstone) and had a great local meal with his sister. Saw how locals lived too so we have everything we requested done. He is a very knowledgeable, wonderful guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comment and an enjoyable day together. Hope your new amethyst brings you tons more of that positive energy you already have. Best wishes to you and your mom.
Montevideo is not a city with many memorable sights so it was absolutely great to tour with Shalako who shared his views and engaged on a multitude of topics to give us a real understanding as to what is happening inside Uruguay today and what life is like for the average person. Shalako is highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Roger and Lilly for being so easy going. Montevideo's appeal is not only what it is but also what's its not..that is a big metropolis with all the problems that go with it. I'm glad you enjoyed our day together!
Catherine RobertsANCASTER, ON, Canada
Wonderful tour fantastic guide, one of the best walking tours taken. Very knowledgeable and obviously loves his guiding. Flexible and sense of humour. A truly fantastic day had by my group. thank you for showing us the best of your city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, had a fun time with your group!
Jenny C.United States
Thanks much to Shalako! You made our group trip unforgettable! Shalako was an excellent tour guide and his knowledge of history and architecture served to enhance our experience and appreciation of Montevideo, Urguay. He was very proud of his country very much and that was very impressive. We highly recommend him!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jenny I'm glad you and your group felt this way in my hometown Montevideo. Hope there will be another excursion next season. You'll be most welcome!
Shalako showed us a lot of Montevideo in the short time of 3 hours our cruise allowed. He even catered to our specific request. It was a great experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot I wanted you all to get the most out of your quick stay in Montevideo. Glad you enjoyed it. Best of luck to Sophie in Brazil, hope you get to visit Uruguay again on a longer trip
Sarann KraushaarUnited States
Maybe it is Shalako's degree in social anthropology or, maybe, it's just his charming personality. The three very rainy hours we spent touring Montevideo and discussing history, architecture, culture, and politics was incredible. He is a professional with a passion for sharing his knowledge. You will not find a better guide to Montevideo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sarann & Stan for your visit and this kind comment. I'm glad you both were eager to learn about my country
Malcolm CoxNapier, HAWKES BAY, New Zealand
We had a fabulous time with Shalako in Montevideo. He conveyed his encyclopaedic knowledge of Uruguay with passion, conviction and humour. We liked how he compared and contrasted Uruguay with its neighbours. We saw so much, it was authentic and unhurried. Awesome - thank you Shalako!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Malcom! A pleasure being the host of your family
Mary JonesUnited States
Shalako was a fantastic guide. The flight over Montevideo was the perfect start to a great ground tour. He is a knowledgeable young man, with great patience with 4 old people, who were tired and hot. The day got to 38C before it was over, but he kept his cool, and tried to help us keep ours. He showed us just the places we were interested in seeing, and gave us good advise when needed. Lunch was at a great seafood place he knew, and we all enjoyed it. I certainly recommend him very highly to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary, Ted, Gin & Clancy for this heartfelt comment. I won't be a tour guide forever, but I'll always keep this fun memories of meeting nice kind people like you from across the world. Best wishes and good health to you all!
Maria S.Brooklyn, NY, United States
Shalako is the sort of person that even after he finished his tour, I wanted to talk to him longer He's a 1-man campaign for URU; he made me want to move there if I retire! He told us about tango, free masons, the culture of mate, & the benefits of living in URU On our tour we drank local beer, went to a flea market, & our kids went with him to the football museum He adjusted our tour when the lunch place couldn't accommodate our needs & took us to a fantastic out of the way place Sad our day end so soon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your comment really made my day Mary :) Actually, meeting you all did. I have this lingering feeling as if my faith in humanity come out re-assured
Montevideo was unknown to us and Shalako made it sound and feel like it was one of the best city in the world! He knows the city very well, loves it obviously, and makes us feel privileged to be there. We had a wonderful day with him, learned to know Uruguay (I must say discover) and even if it was Christmas Day, he found an open restaurant so we can share an Uruguayan Barbecue! Thank you Shalako!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this sensational comment even though it was a holliday and the city was closed. Best wishes
John RayUnited States
Montivideo, Uruguay was one of our favorite stops in South America. Shalako was a great guide and very passionate about his city and his country. We could not have hoped for a better experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Happy to hear this was a memorable day on your trip! Thanks & best wishes
Harriette WillUnited States
Shalako gave us an interesting and enlightening tour of Montevideo. He shared his obvious love for his city and country with us on a walking tour of the city center and on a car tour of the rest of the city, including various neighborhoods, parks, important buildings and monuments, the Playa and 2 markets. Shalako imparted his vast knowledge of Uruguay's history, culture, politics, and economy in an understandable, relevant manner enlivened with a sense of humor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind descriptive comment, Best wishes!
James KendrickUnited States
We had a last minute change in itinerary, asking Shalako to change the day which he did enthusiastically. He was particularly good in advance communications on meeting place and time and tour outline. He arrived 15 minutes before the agreed upon time. We had a great day, lunch with the locals, great efficient city tour, with shopping per our request. English is very good. He never hesitated using the proper word, and very often used vocabulary that you would only hear a native English speaker using.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tina & Jim for your visit and for this thoughtful comment!
Michele Kircher-SternigUnited States
Knowledgeable & friendly, a very enjoyable tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your visit!
This was a fantastic tour. Shalako is very knowledgable about the history and culture of Uruguay. He personally tailored the tour to my interests, and gave me a lovely day in Colonia. Even though the weather was not so great, exploring the leafy, cobbled streets of Colonia was a lovely diversion and Shalako's tour made the whole experience worthwhile. He also recommended a lovely restaurant for lunch with great food and spectacular views of the river. I would highly recommend Shalako as a guide! Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Valerie for visiting my country. We certainly had a great time! I hope you get to come to Montevideo soon. Best wishes
Deborah OkitaUnited States
Shalako was extremely informative on today's Society and how the present has been influenced by the past. I learned a lot about the people and the country. I particularly enjoyed the great food, wine and conversation. It was a lot of fun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Debbie nice spending the day with you too!
Tim LannanUnited States
Shalako was incredibly knowledgeable and informative and was able to answer even our most esoteric questions. We especially appreciated his insights into the history, development, and culture of Montevideo as well as his flexibility in responding to our needs and requests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tim for this review, if there's anything else I can do for you on your stay feel free to contact me
James PearlUnited States
Our tour was wonderful. Shalako was an awesome, fun guide. He did a great job showing us around Colonia, Punta del Este and Montevideo. We have great memories of our experience with him and how willing he was to find the things that we wanted to do. Thanks Shalako for making our time in your country memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jim & Debby for this comment.I feel lucky to have being your host, I had tons of fun and memorable moments. Best wishes
Ray G.United States
Great tour of Montevideo! Shalako's command of English is excellent...and he was very flexible with our group's requests. I recommend Shalako without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ray & Diana & Tom & Linda, best wishes for you guys!
Nancy FrehlingUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nancy I enjoyed our tour together and also learned from you all
Michael HopkinUnited Kingdom
I could not have had a more amenable guide than Shalako. His personality and character were just first class, making my tour just fine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike! glad to see you've made it home safe. Good luck on the tournament. C'mon Carbonero & la Celeste!
Very thorough history of Montevideo. Met without issue even though ship was late. Excellent tour saw many places and learned a lot. BBQ in market was very good. Very helpful with sightseeing and shopping stops. Would recommend for sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comment! Best wishes
Stephen Gittinsshrewsbury, ENGLAND, United Kingdom
An extremely well informed and interesting guide. He managed to cover the scenic and more formal visits brilliantly. Greatly enjoyed the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barry, Stephen, Mary & Tina, it was a pleasure being your host!
David K.los angeles, CA, United States
Shalako truly enhanced our Montevideo experience. He communicated with us prior to the tour and meet us promptly at our hotel. In addition to touring the city, we were hoping to learn about the culture, history and politics of Uruguay. Shalako exceeded our expectations. He was knowledgable, enthusiastic and fun. He was extremely accommodating and customized the tour to our interests. Rather than a tour, we felt like we were being shown around the town by a friend. We certainly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias!! Makes me feel glad you stayed in my country so many days so as to get to know it.
Susan McDonoughUnited States
Shalako was exactly the type of tour guide we hoped for. He tailored the tour to our interests. Well educated, he informed us about the more recent history of Uruguay, as well as the more distant past and the independence movement of the early 1800's. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for letting me be your host and for taking an interest is such relevant, but usually overlooked issues.
Brad KardatzkeUnited States
The guide did a great job showing us the sites around Montevideo. We were able to see the sites, eat local food, shop in local markets and meet local people. We will never forget out trip and he is one of the reason why it was so wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brad for leaving a comment nice to meet you!
Neil BemanUnited States
Manuel ValdezUnited States
Shalako was an outstanding and very knowledgeable tour guide during my visit in Montevideo (MVD). He picked me up in Punta del Este & showed up on time. On our way to MVD we had the opportunity to get to know each other & he mentioned what places we were going to fly over & the places we were going to visit. He was so nice that when I told him I am a coin collector, he took me to the place where I was able to purchase coins. He exceeded my expectations. I strongly recommend Shalako for this tour & others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Manuel for visiting my country and for booking this tour which I enjoy the most. Loved the present, all the best for you this new year.
Mary SosaUnited States
This tour was wonderful. Shalako tailored the tour to our interests and requests, while covering the main "highlights" of Montevideo. He was very informed and welcoming. The car used in the tour was clean, the driver was courteous, and best of all, he kept the A/C going for us on a hot day! My daughter and I had a lovely experience, and will treasure memories of Montevideo and our time with Shalako. I would recommend this tour and tour guide to anyone. Mary S.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary & Karen for taking the trouble to crossover from Buenos Aires and for choosing me as your host. I was lucky to have you. You and your daughter are a delight. Knowledgeable, fun, generous. Please keep in touch. Best wishes
David DurhamUnited States
Our guide Shalako was very informative and showed us all the sights and took us for an awesome local cuisine lunch. We had a very good time and would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David for booking this tour with me! Glad you all enjoyed the "Chivito"
Cindy StephanUnited States
We met our guide today at the hotel in Montevideo and he was so kind to bring his car for my mother, a young 87 year old women and myself. The weather had been very rainy and it was supposed to be a walking tour, but we ended up walking and driving which was perfect. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. Being a few years older than my son, we were able to talk about issues important to his age group along with general cultural,political and historical issues affecting Uruguay today.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cindy let's keep in touch!
Dennis PhillipsUnited States
Shalako was a great guide. He was very accommodating and very personable. We had a most enjoyable day. I don't know what could possibly be added to make the tour any better. Just fantastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for coming to especially to Uruguay for this! All the best for you and Carol
Tour guide helpful & flexible. Took us to great lunch place. Had excellent driver (Roberto). Gave us postcards of Montevideo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!
Shalako sent excellent instructions on where to meet him and had my name on a paper. His knowledge and sense of humor made the tour very enjoyable. We saw a variety of historical and cultural sites on our walking tour while learning much about Montevideo and Uruguay. We ended our tour in a delightful historical coffee shop for a delicious cappuccino.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Diane for taking the time, we had a good time you are all good people
Bryan GerstelUnited States
Shalako is an energetic, very knowledgeable guide who made the city come alive and taught us a history lesson in the country and city's history; anyone traveling here should definitely book him for your tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bryan I thoroughly enjoyed being your guide
Barry WillstropUnited States
Shalako was a pure joy to be with. He was punctual, knowlegable and very courteous. He picked out a place for lunch which was outstanding. We learnt a lot about Montevideo and will remember it. This is certainly to be recommended as is Shalako himself
John E.United States
Shalako not only showed us the sights, but also provided historical background and insights into the current political situation in Uruguay. We came away with a good sense of what it is like to to live there. On the day of the tour both my wife and I were recovering from a bad cold. Shalako adjusted the pace to accommodate our low energy level. We felt more energized at the end of the tour than at the beginning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks hope you're doing well now!
We designed our Tour with Shalkco to include a small winery and tour of Montevideo. We had an excellent time and Shalako was full of all the local happening there!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot
James ParsonsUnited States
This was our first TBL booking and it was terrific. We travel extensively and our guide Shalako was one of the best guides we've ever had. He's young, articulate, intelligent & knowledgeable, including politics and social issues. He speaks English fluently. His enthusiasm and love for his country made for a fabulous 6 hours. His car was clean, comfortable and air conditioned and our driver Roberto was an expert. Shalako gave us a memorable and complete tour of Montevideo. He gets my top recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jimmy and Ann Marie for this great review!
Richard Nikonovich-KahnUnited States
Our tour was excellent in every respect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comment, spread the word about Uruguay!
Judy DavenportUnited States
What a fabulous tour of Montevideo! Shalako was extremely knowledgable about the history, politics, economy, and culture of the city and country. We couldn't have asked for a better day or tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Judy for both comments! Hope you and your family enjoy the rest of your trip as much as you did in Montevideo
Charles MillerDallas, TX, United States
Shalako took us on a great walking tour of "old town" Momtevideo as well as the newer town.He was great in explaining the history and culture of Uruguay. We were able to see and hear about much of the city on a beautiful summer day. he gave us a great recommendation for lunch to enjoy the local cuisine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks take care!
Had a wonderful day out and about in Montevideo. Our guide Shalako was terrific, happy to chat and answer all of our questions. We knew very little about Uruguay, after our tour we had a good knowledge of this lovely country with its very culturally diverse history. Shalako was great with communication prior to the tour and happy to adjust the tour to our needs and wants. Our 12 yr old was thrilled to see some of the street art Montevideo has to offer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for this great comment! we covered lots of ground on our walking tour on a very warm day. The street art is one of many less known attractions Montevideo has to offer, glad you enjoyed it!
Steve ReedWashington, DC, United States
Shalako was an awesome tour guide - he really loves his city of Montevideo and it shows in his excitement and passion for the city, its people and its history. He asked me several questions as we started the day about what I was interested in and what I wanted to see and tailored the tour accordingly. He has a great sense of humor; is a genuinely nice guy and so much fun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank YOU! I really value your comment beacuse you weren't a cruise passenger and came especially to Montevideo on your own and our time together in my city met your expectations. Best wishes to you!
Kenneth W.United States
We have nothing but high praise for Shalako. His command of English, his knowledge of Punta del Este and Uruguay, his love for his country, and his sense of humor all added to our enjoyment of our tour. We also appreciated his willingness to step in as our guide when the guide that we originally booked unavoidably could not join us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kenneth, Linda, Caroline, David for the nice words. Mariana, your original guide who couln't join you because she's due to having her first daughter, is very happy to know you had a wonderful time with me. Cheers!
Sandra Dos Santos PavaniNew Zealand
Myself, my partner and our almost 5 year old son took this tour. I was very impressed by Shalako's professionalism and his enterprising spirit. The tour itself was a great way to experience Montevideo. Shalako's unique and very authentic way of bringing his passions together to provide an excellent experience I found great. Being from New Zealand I found all the parallels between our two countries fascinating. I would highly recommend for those who don't mind flying. Cheers Sandra, Rob and Laurence
Charles BinderUnited States
Shalako was excellent - he met us at the meeting point, was gracious and took us around Montevideo by foot and also by bus. He was thorough and showed us important sites as well as taken us to a local Sunday market where he encouraged us to sample local foods from vendors. His English was flawless!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Charlie! I could tell by the end of the tour, because of the things you said, that you both really got a grasp of what it means to be Uruguayan. Best wishes
Shalako made our day in Montevideo fabulous! His knowledge and sense of humour made the learning easy and enjoyable. All 6 of us felt after our day with him that we would love to return to Uruguay so that says something! We would highly recommend Shalako show you his city and country!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nancy and the whole gang for the comment. I too hope we meet again in Canada someday!
Sheila CavanaghUnited States
Wonderful experience. Highly recommend..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for making our time together so enlightening and fun
Very informative, personal, and interesting tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Thomas! For the booking, the comment, and for visiting my beautiful country!
Jim F.United States
Shallow was a great tour guide. He was warm, engaging and sensitive to our needs and desires. We enjoyed our driving/walking tour of Montevideo. We also enjoyed the barbecue restaurant where we had lunch--much better than where we had dinner in Buenos Aires. He communicated easily about his city and country--the history, the culture and the economic situation. He is a very smart young man! We liked and enjoyed him very much' Thanks, Shalako!!! Best wishes to you! Jim
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jim! We uruguayans take great pride of our barbecues as you now well know. best wishes to you too!
Theodore KolvaUnited States
Shalako was excellent right from the beginning, sending us several pictures of exactly where to meet him outside the port. He asked how we wanted to proceed, did we want to walk or always ride, and we ended up doing some of each, leaving decisions to his local knowledge. A social anthropologist, her was able to discuss Uruguay from many facets, which we really appreciate. We recommend him highly to anyone searching for a local native with great humor and knowledge. He was a delight.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marge for this kind comment! These private tours are build upon interaction rather than a pre-manufactured product, so I want to thank you as well for making our day together memorable and fun. Best wishes, Shalako
David MooreJacksonville, AR, United States
Shalako made this tour the best I have had anywhere. Starting off with the air tour helped as we drove through and stopped all over the city. He is so knowledgeable about Uruguay but most importantly he is friendly and fun. Shalako took the time to get to know me and my interests. So ToursByLocals will get my business again after this first try. I highly recommend this tour for a wonderful look at the history and culture of Uruguay while having a good time with local Shalako!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dave glad to hear from you! We really covered a lot of terrain, both in miles and topics on our day together, a day to be remembered indeed! I was enriched by your open-mindness, your generosity and your good natured spirit. Consider Uruguay now as a destination in its own right, and me as friend. Shalako
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thanks of your thoughtful review: we look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip!
Marshall KatzenUnited States
Five stars. Very knowledgeable and helpful beyond the call of duty. Helped to arrange further activities. Also very personable and pleasant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! And that was a quick response! Really cool you bought that book for me as a gift..that's a first, you are both very original and this showed it. I'm glad I could arrange for you the Punta del Este tour with TBL guide-partner Mariana. You'll have a great time I'm sure! Don't hesistate to write back anytime. All the best, Shalako
David TysonBolton, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
Shalako was really good. Clearly loved his city and country and it showed throughout the whole tour. Nothing was ever too much for him and the time he took to get us the right restaurant for lunch when he could easily have left us at the end of the tour said it all
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David! I'm aware a local lunch can enhance your experience of my country within your quick cruise stop. Even if the tour was over its the memories that stay, so I'm glad you found my accomodations helpful. Please come back to Uruguay with more time, you're both most welcome!
Robert KearnsSpring Mills, PA/ 16875, United States
We had a very enjoyable tour with Shalako. He was knowledgeable about Montevideo and took us to a local restaurant for lunch. The tour was also adjusted to our requests and needs during the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert for taking the time to comment! Greetings to your family. All the best, Shalako
Shalako was an excellent guide,he was informative, enthusiastic, clearly proud of his city and country. Shalako took the time to make sure our tour was focussed as much on our interests as well as the highlights of Montevideo. I would highly recommend him.I was not sure what to expect in Montevideo but after this tour, I would go back to Uruguay for a longer trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mike! and we managed to return dry besides the end-of-year water buckets festivity around the old city..ha. The fact that you now consider Uruguay as a destination fills me with satisfaction.
Ashok MoorthyUnited States
Fantastic tour. Bruno fell sick, so his buddy Shalako filled in. Very knowledgable and extremely friendly attitude. He was a charming personality and we enjoyed his comments about Uruguay and Montevideo from many perspectives.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for this comment and for making the effort to visit our country Uruguay. I'm glad it was worth it. Bruno is doing alright now by the way. All the best, Shalako
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Peter WernickiUnited States
Shalako was super! He gave us a tour that was perfect. He was so personable, knowledgeable, and fun! We recommend him to anyone traveling in Uruguay. If you can get him as a guide you will not be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Just arrived from my trip to the Andes! Thanks a lot Peter and everyone in your group for these kind words and the great time we had. Sincerely, Shalako
Susan VerwestUnited States
What a great tour of Montevideo we got from Shalako. We took a combination air/driving tour. Totally worth taking the air tour. We were worried on the mtg time due to ship time and Montevideo time, but Shalako had a fellow guide meet us since we were early & confirmed our tour. Great Service! Would highly recommend the air/driving tour and Toursbylocals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Susan, Thanks a lot for your kind words. It was very nice to go flying and driving with you. Best! Shalako.
Ingeborg ScheerWien, A, Austria
Shalako is a very nice person. He is very knowledgable and accommodating to our requests We would highly recommend the tour via plane it gave us a great impression of the city and was a great precursor to the tour via car afterwards it was great. Beside it was great fun..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Inge, thanks for your kind words towards me! It was great fun really for me as well. I agree that the air tour provides the best impression of the city, I'm pleased it met your standards. Please give my best wishes to your brother and sister. Peace. Shalako