Shaye SilbersteinUnited States
Definitely recommended! Was a pleasure touring with Benjamín Had deep knowledge in the history and culture of El Salvador, you can't find a better guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Shaye. It was also great guiding you in El Salvador. I am glad to hear you had a great time Benjamin
Jonathan DomashMilpitas, CA, United States
Very knowledgeable about his country, past (Mayans) and present (1980-92 Civil War), birds, food, geography and geology of El Salvador. Rather than taking the boring highway directly to the Route of the Flowers, he drove out to the coast and along the ocean before heading inland to the five towns on the Ruta de la Flores. We stayed in each town as long as I wanted, and he emphasized things he knew I particularly wanted to see. One of the best local tour guides I've had in 83 countries.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jonathan Thank you very much for visiting El Salvador and booking your tours with toursbylocals. Is great to hear you enjoyed the day activities and the drive along the coast, I also had a great time guiding you and having interesting conversations along the day. I wish you all the best for your next days of Hollidays in Central America and for the future Benjamín
Jonathan DomashMilpitas, CA, United States
I hired Benjamin for 3 one-day tours of El Salvador. He did a great job. Instead of blindly following each day's agenda, he asked me on day 1 what I particularly like. He then combined the tours to efficiently cover everything geographically. He took me to off the beaten path food places, since I like food. We visited just about every church we passed. He found me the perfect souvenir tee shirt. Clean car. Bottled water--all I wanted. Knowledgeable about Mayan history, the 1980-92 Civil War, birds.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jonathan Thank you very much for a great review, I am glad to hear you like the tour's and the way everything went for each day. The food places are some of my favorite spots, getting around churches was also interesting, I really like the tee shirt, souvenirs dyed with Indigo are some of the most authentic of El Salvador. I must buy a new tee shirt like yours. Also sharing the country history and daily life of salvadorean people was good. Enjoy your Hollidays Benjamín
Jessica WildeUnited States
Benjamin is an amazing guide! I was meant to travel to El Salvador with a friend but ended up having to travel alone. It was my first time visiting Central America and I don't speak any Spanish so I figured the best way to see the country was with a guide. I emailed Benjamin telling him some of the things I might want to see and he came up with an excellent and flexible itinerary to best suit my trip. We went on historical walks, ate amazing food, and saw so many birds! I wish I could've stayed longer!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Jessica. Is good to hear you had a great time here. I also enjoyed the days guiding you trying food, getting to all the places we visited , shopping time plus all the birding we did together. We appreciate your review this is going to be very helpful for El Salvador I wish you all the best for the future and please don't forget to spread the word out there about El Salvador and toursbylocals Benjamín
Paul DenenfeldUnited States
Great drive up a mountain, stopping at 5 small towns that comprise the Route of Flowers. Each town different than the others, attended a food festival for a great meal, a full day that ended with me eating the national dish, pupusas (thick corn tortillas with beans and cheese, served with tomato sauce and cabbage). The trip also included a fascinating UNESCO archaeological display of an ancient Mayan village. Benjamin is just excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Paul for booking the tour and for the review. I am glad you like the day activities and places plus the Pupusas. I wish you all the best for your future trips Benjamin
Paul DenenfeldUnited States
Benjamin was great. Extremely knowledgeable about San Salvador and it's surrounding area. We covered the entire city, including its main plazas and Catholic church refurbished after Vatican 2 including fascinating stained glass windows. He showed all the volcanos (we walked up stairs to the highest point to look down into the crater) and history. Excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Paul for a great review. It was nice leading you in the city and my country. Is good to hear the tour met your expectations Best Regards Benjamin
Bruce SchneierUnited States
Benjamin is a great guide. We appreciated his knowledge of local history and culture, his ability to be flexible and change our itinerary on the fly when he learned more about our interests, and his graciousness as a host. We were also surprised to find that he's an accomplished birder. We recommend him highly. (We also recommend getting a hotel in one of the smaller towns and not in San Salvador -- much nicer.)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Bruce and Karen Thank you very much for your comment, it was nice guiding you. The day was nice from the beginning to the end, nice weather, good food and you made the day also special for me. Is good to hear you enjoyed the day, thank you very much for visiting El Salvador and traveling with Toursbylocals Benjamin
Miloni GandhiUnited States
Awesome! Picked me up at the airport and whisked me off for a circle tour of El Salvador based on my interests! We say the beach, ruta de las flores, and ended with pupusas! I was a single female traveling and had the best time ever. Totally recommend Benjamin and hope to visit again soon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Miloni Is good to hear you like the tour and the time you had here was awesome Thank you very much for giving us the chance to guide you and for traveling with tours by locals, You and your friends are welcome to come back to El Salvador
Lauren PuglieseUnited States
Benjamin was wonderful. He accommodated all requests, was very knowledgeable, pleasant, kind, and jovial. We spent all day exploring San Salvador and he had more for us to do! Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you like and enjoyed the tour Lauren, Thank you very much for visiting El Salvador and traveling with ToursByLocals. Merry Christmas
Ask Benjamin and he definitely delivers. We told him what we wanted and he gave us exactly that. He is friendly, knowledgable and great company. He is proud of his country and it shows all the time. Thank you for a wonderful day in San Salvador!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Paul Thanks for visiting El Salvador and traveling with Tours by Locals I am glad to hear our service met your expectations and you like it. It was nice guiding you in my country Benjamin
Robert PennaUnited States
Benjamin is a pleasant and knowledgeable guide. He cares that his customers have a good experience and will modify the trip to best suit the needs of the visitor. It is obvious he enjoys his role and loves what he does. His enthusiasm helps make the trip more enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mr Robert and Angie I am glad you enjoyed the tour in El Salvador and appreciate your comment , Thank you very much for visiting my country and traveling with Tours By Locals. My day was also very interesting guiding you. Benjamin
Joel L.United States
Benjamin was an excellent tour guide. He listened to all our wants and made sure we were able to see and do everything we requested. The food stops were great as well as the sightseeing and activity stops. Really a great tour overall. We sincerely enjoyed our trip to El Salvador and Benjamin was a big part of that. I would recommend Benjamin to anyone traveling to San Salvador or the surrounding areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Than you very much Joel, the group was also nice and you also made me laugh many times along the day. Thanks for traveling with Tour By Locals
Benjamin was an excellent guide who adjusted the tour to our needs. He is fully fluent in English and even made jokes in English. He is currently training other locals to be become guides and encourages locals in their endeavors (i.e. a local artist). Excellent customer service. Highly recommended. Very informative about the local culture and nature. Helped us through a border crossing. Gave us many options for activities. Very sociable and flexible. Arranged for local guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Than You very much Zoltan for traveling with us, I also had a good time guiding you in El Salvador
Mary HanniganUnited States
Benjamin is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. We had a great day birding with him in El Salvador. Finally say the Elegant Trogan!