Bruce LublinerUnited States
Hector was actually a few minutes early to our hotel. He was particularly effective as our guide because he polled us before starting as to our interests and then routed us to where would take in the most. We love art and history, so he was able to show us the great murals—some of them hidden away in buildings that were off the beaten path. He introduced us to works by some marvelous muralists we had not even heard of, whose works were well-worth our time. Excellent command of his subject, and his guests!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bruce and Mary. Thank you for a delightful morning. I was very nice to do the tour in Spanish, both of you have a great command of it. I am glad you enjoy the murals, it is always a pleasure to tour visitor like you who appreciate our cultural heritage. Best regards
Barbara WeinerUnited States
Hector was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of art and architecture greatly enhanced our experience of Mexico City. His anecdotes and explanations were wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Barbara. Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and thank you for your patience, specially of the young ones during the descriptions of the Mexican baroque intrincasies. Tomoorow don´t forget the San Angel Inn restaurant at least for a "margarita". All the best
Cesar DiazUnited States
Tuvimos un gratísimo recorrido del centro histórico de CDMX y quedamos muy satisfechos de la experticia y sabiduría de Hector Barraza. Sin duda vale la pena.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cesar. Muchisimas gracias por tu opinión. Saludos a John y a los miembros del Rotary Club y felicitaciones por su noble labor en México
Andrew JacobsUnited Kingdom
Hector was knowledgable and personable. We gained so much more from his commentary than if we had tried a self-guiding tour. Pleased to recommend him. - Andrew, UK
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrew. Thank you for your review. It was a good tour and the questions made by all of you greatly contributed to make the tour very pleasant. Best regards. Hector
Joseph McDonoughUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Please see my previous answer. Thank you again
Joseph McDonoughUnited States
Very knowledgeable about both history and culture. Also very energetic- willing to cover areas on foot with driver dropping off and picking up.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joshep. Thank you to Meredith a you for 2 enjoyable tours. Your knowledge of American history is very impressive and your view about Mexico City and the way it is perceived by the vast majority of Americans is food for tought.
Hector was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a great taste of Mexico City in the short time we had to visit. We'll be back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wendy. Thank you for your kind review. I truly expect to see you back in Mexico City. All the best
Dana DubreuilUnited States
Hector is an amazing guide. An A+++. His knowledge of history, culture and ability to relate it to this day and age is simply astonishing. Plus he has a wonderful sense of humor. Couldn't recommend him more highly. You will not be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dana. Thank you to Jean-Pierre and you for a lovely walk. I was a pleasure to enjoy your conversation and company. Best regards. Hector
Steven ReubenPacific Palisades, CA, United States
Hector was fantastic, knowledgeable, very accommodating to our desires all day as we went along and I would call him again any time I am back in town.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Steven and Didi. Thank you. It was a most enjoyable afternoon. I wish you a happy stay in Mexico City. Best regards. Hector
Robert FrishmanUnited States
Hector was an excellent guide, providing timely and friendly company for our first visit to Mexico City. He quickly understood what would interest me and my wife, and what would not, so our tour totally met our desires and expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert. It was a pleasure to tour Jeanne and you. I truly appreciatted the conversation and company of you both. Best regards.
Hector was extremely knowledgeable and keen to ensure that he tailored the tour to meet our specific interests. Highly recommend Hector.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wendy. Thank you so much for your review and the company of you three. I will keep in mind your comments on football Australian rules. Best regards. Hector
Jane PennUnited States
Hector was the best guide ever! I had contacted him in advance and asked if he could customize a tour to include sights that were relevant to my husband's family history. Hector asked for specific dates and places and designed our tour around my responses. We covered a lot of ground walking around the Centro Historico. We could never have found these places on our own and Hector added the historic background to make this day a memorable one. Hector's personality and knowledge are unsurpassed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jane. It was a pleasure to tour Doug and you following the trail of the De la Peña family through the streets of Chavarria and serbatana. Best regards. Hector
Natalia RostovaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Natalia. Thank you for your rating. Regards. Hector
Bessie SeyboldUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bessie. Thank to William and you for a lovely morning and the 5 stars. Regards
Bill SmithUnited States
Hector is a superbly informed historian. The range and depth of his information is astonishing: political history, art, architecture, personalities, and links between Mexico and the world were just amazing. I learned so much. Hector is charming, witty, warm, and energized. It is hard to imagine a day better spent than one under the guidance of Hector.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bill. Thank you for 2 beatuful afternoons your company reminded me of Belloc´s words..." From quiet homes and first beginings out to the undiscovered ends, there is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends"
Tom FordUnited States
Hector was fantastic. Knowledgeable, witty, thorough and thoughtful for our family's first trip to Mexico City. We highly recommend Hector. We know if we return, we will be sure to schedule more time with Hector and see more of this magical city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tom. You are most welcome. It was a pleasure to tour the Fords´along downtown Mexico City. Actually, it was a pitty that you brought up "La sombra del angel" so late in the tour, as I find very interesting the friendship of your family with the Blairs´ and I would have liked to know more. Best regards. Hector
Hector was terrific! It was the perfect way to begin our trip. He had so much knowledge and really tailored our tour to the things we were most interested in seeing or hearing about. Hector is very fun to talk with - kind and very fascinating!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Toni. Thank you so much for your generous review. It was a pleasure meeting Chris and you! Best regards.
Gerri CaldarolaUnited States
Hector is a wealth of information and knowledge about the history, customs, mores, peoples, politics of Mexico and Mexico City. The pacing was just right for me. It was my first time in Mexico City; I feel like I saw the high points and really got an insight into the history and people. I highly recommend Hector to anyone whether it's their first time or 10th time to Mexico City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gerri. You are most welcome! It was a very nice walk, your questions were always very interesting and the conversation about San Francisco and Mexico City brought to me beautiful memories of your lovely home town, a city of poetic beauty.
Mary McdonaldUnited States
Hector is a fabulous tour guide. We felt like we were touring Mexico City with a history professor! Hector is extremely friendly and amazingly knowledgeable. He tailored the walking to our needs (we both were experiencing altitude sickness) and answered our endless questions. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary. You are very generous. It was a pleasure to tour you! I hope you will rerturn soon to Mexico City.
Pamela MelhornUnited States
Hector is an incredible tour guide. I asked many questions and he never failed to provide a thoughtful, educated, and interesting answer. He certainly understands the history of his city and is equally knowledgeable about current events. I had an amazing time in Mexico City and Hector's tour was certainly a large part of my positive experience.I would definitely schedule another tour with Hector and give my enthusiastic recommendation to anyone seeking a fantastic tour in the historic downtown of the DM!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pamela. Thank you very much for your generous review. I am very glad to hear that your "solo" trip to Mexico ended so well and I wish you the best in your professional endevours as you want to embrace a more international approach. Best regards. Hector
Paul VaitkusUnited States
Hector should be a history professor. He has so much knowledge. Not only of Mexico but the entire world. My co-worker and I did the half down walking tour of Mexico City. He was flexible with our start time and met us at our Hotel. We did 4 hours of non-stop sight seeing. We we're in Mexico City for work and did not have much free time, so we were happy with the fast pace of the tour. I highly recommend booking a tour with Hector!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Paul. Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet Jeremy and you and I hope you will have a very nice stay in Mexico City and your radio program will be a success, please let me know if I could listen to it by internet. Best regards. Hector
Marion MeyerUnited States
Fuabulous guide! Knowledgeable, thoughtful, personable and a truly lovely man. We would highly recommend him without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marion and Ron. You are most welcome and thank you for your company and great sense of humor. My faith in the USA was comfirmed by your beliefs and we all will overcome these times of darkness. Best regards. Hector
Garth McEwanSouth Africa
Hector arrived early and gave us a quick orientation in the lobby of the hotel and asked us about our interests. His knowledge of Mexican history, architecture and art was outstanding and he was flexible in responding to our interests and modifying his plans accordingly. He made a detour to the old ashkanazi synagogue which we requested to see. He was generous in sharing his knowledge and recommendations for other places we planned to visit. A great visit to the hidden gems of the historical centre.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Garth and Neville. Thank you so much for a charming morning and sharing with me your travel experiences and life in South Africa. Enjoy your visit to PV and the company of your friends there. Best regards Hector
David ComptonUnited States
Excellent knowledge and interesting tour! We had fun and learned a lot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David. Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to tour you. Best regards. Hector
Karen LundmarkUnited States
Hector was very pleasent and knowledgable! We learned a lot about the history of Mexico City and he always had interesting stories about each place we visited. We would highly recommend him!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen. It was a pleasure to tour your friends and you and thank you for your kind review. Best regards. Hector
Robert WrightUnited States
Hector was exactly what we were looking for! As previous visitors to the city, we wanted a guide to help us dive deeper - to gain a better understanding than we could ever attain on our own. Hector is incredibly knowledgeable, and sensed very quickly what we wanted to focus on - architecture, history, art. He showed us many hidden-away places we would never have found. He was charming and interesting in his own right.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert. Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to tour you and I truly appreciate your interest on Mexico City art and history. Best regards
Ofra BlochUnited States
Hector is personally responsible for our successful vacation. His deep knowledge and keen intelligence are priceless. He provides care and good suggestions without being intrusive. He shared historical anecdotes and we thoroughly enjoyed his splendid sense of humor. When we said good bye after we had taken 3 tours with him, we sincerely felt that we would like to stay in touch with him. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cuernavaca was quite a change of pace, the mild weather, lush vegetation, the direct contact with the lovely art collection at the Brady´s museum, the imposing Tepozteco mountains and the great recollection of places and situations by David and you of far distant places like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Doña Theresa place in Portugal made my mind fly. Thank you for such an eventful day.
Mark OsbornUnited Kingdom
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Carlos VeguillaUnited States
Hector is spectacular. He is polite, respectful, has elegance and world charm. Don't hesitate to book him. His reviews are definitely accurate and I would recommend him to anyone. He knows his city. By all means, book yourself a tour with Hector. You will not regret it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Carlos. Thank you so much for the review and for your company. Miriam and you are great travel companions. regards
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Geoff. Thank you. Regards. Hector
Cathy PodellUnited States
Hector was wonderful, extremely knowledgable and very accommodating. He tailored the tour to meet my interests and gave me a great overview of Mexico City. I would definitely recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cathy. Thank you very much for your review. I hope you will return very soon to Mexico city and give me the oportunity to take you to San Angel a place I am sure you will love. Best regards. Hector
Michael WilliamsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael. Thank you for the 5 stars!
Richard AltmanLos Angeles, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Richard. Thank you for the 5 stars. Best regards. Héctor
Bradley MorrisUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bradley. Thank you so much!
Michael WardUnited Kingdom
Hector brought this wonderful city to life for me in 4 hours.... I could have wandered aimlessly around, but now I see Mexico City in a more informed way. Fantastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael. Thank you so much for your kind review. I hope to see you back in Mexico City with your Spanish friend. Regards
Fiona BaldwinUnited States
Jeredith StifterUnited States
Hector is terrific! So knowledgeable, listened to what we were interested in, gave great restaurant recommendations -- he exceeded our expectations! Hector was the key reason that our visit to Mexico City was so enjoyable. You can't go wrong with him as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeredith, thank you so much! it is difficult to find words to answer such a great review, my warmest regards to all of you. Hector
Stephen F.United States
with our young grandson, he programmed both of our tours to him, made him feel included, gave us informative time together and was friendly and interesting. we highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephen. Thank you very much for your review. My regards to Caleb (I hope is written correctly) and your wife. Hector
Avi ScherUnited States
Wonderful experience! Hector was very knowledgeable and brought the sites to life. If you're interested in the history of Mexico City, its art and interesting stories, this is a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Avi, thank you so much! please give my regards to your parents and David. Best regards
Dena S.United States
Hector was great--we were a group of 12, ranging in age from 20's to 60's and he was responsive and helpful to all of us. Hector took us by subway from our hostal to the city center, starting at the Diego Rivera Mural, Meyer museum, the park, the Cathedral area and other sites along the way. He had good suggestions for stopping for coffee and lunch. We also enjoyed chatting with him. I wished we had another half day to explore the churches near the Cathedral. Oh well, next time! Thanks, Hector!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dena, thank you so much for your kind review. I had a great time and you are a consummated team leader!!! Best Regards
Chantel RademanSouth Africa
I was alone in Mexico City after a work conference and was scared to take on the city by myself. I booked the city walkig tour with Hector as my guide. Hector is a very professional and knowlegable guide. His passion for his country and knowledge about the city, the history and art is amazing. I really enjoyed the experience a lot and would gladly recommen Hector to anyone who would like to explore Mexico City. Thank you Hector, i really enjoyed the tour. Chantel
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chantel, you are most welcome. It was a lovely morning and a great chance for me to learn about South Africa your beautiful country.
Steven WattsNoosaville, QLD, Australia
Hector was a superb guide. He amazed us with his breadth of knowledge across almost any subject, his consideration for our pace (walking tour), interests, courtesy, flexibility of timing and by no means least, our safety. His English was flawless. I would not hesitate recommending him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Steven, thank you so much, I had truly a great time, please give my regards to John, Linda and Beth. Please pass on to Beth the following information: a)The "Life in Mexico" author is Madame Calderon de la Barca, nee. Frances Erskine Inglis. b)The English Friar who lived at San Jacinto convent, San Angel was Thomas Gage. Best Regards
Martin HernandezUnited States
I had the pleasure of touring with Hector who is a phenomenal student of Mexican Fine Arts. My Tour was a last minute thing however Hector made no qualms about booking a date a day before. I gave Hector Four Stars only because I wish I could have a longer tour. Which obviously isn't his fault. I booked the Museum Tour and I would give Hector 6 stars on his passion and wealth of knowledge on each Museum. Thank you for your time Hector and look forward to our next tour when I am back in Mexico.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Martin, thank you for your comments, I am sorry you found the tour short, as a rule 4.15 min are OK for most visitors. Regards
David K.los angeles, CA, United States
Outstanding! Hector was very informative, professional, and enjoyable. We toured with Hector for three days. He contributed greatly to our experience in Mexico City. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing a guide in this magnificent city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, thank you again, I had a great time with Philip and you Regards. Hector
Natalia DyatkinaUnited States
Russell HealyUnited States
We took two tours with Hector. It was not possible to be more pleased. We learned more in a day with Hector than we would have from a book. In terms of architecture, art, history, music, food and culture Mexico City rivals Paris and Rome. Not to mention: very friendly and warm people. A walking tour of the various historical districts offers a great introduction to this wonderful city and all it has to offer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Russell, thank you for your very kind words, like tango, a good tour takes two, in this case 3,Lukas ane you are great visitors, regards. Hector:
Ken RothmanUnited States
Hector was wonderful. He was very personable and knowledgable. His tour was thoroughly enjoyable and he gave us many good restaurant ideas as well. He made our first day in Mexico City a true pleasure. My wife and I highly recommend him.
Hector focused on our expressed interests and provided us with his considerable depth of knowledge. His desire to please us was always evident and he performed his duties in a professional and conscientious manner. It is without doubt that I would recommend Hector to any traveler to the DF who wishes to gain a depth of understanding of the people and culture which enshrine this exciting travel destination.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Earl. Thank you for your kind words, please give my regards to Gayle. I also had a great time. Best regards. Hector