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!
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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