I wanted to thank you for ANOTHER fabulous tour. Everyone was so thrilled and excited about our Zocalo adventure that they are returning for the pyramids and the Anthropology Museum. Walking through the neighborhood and having you relate Mexico's history through the architecture, the churches, the gorgeous Post Office.........and of course the Palace of fine Arts with the Diego Rivera murals. What a great , thorough, and super enjoyable lesson! And, we started out with a modern day street demonstration! You pulled it all together for us. As you know, I travel the world, and source out guides for my own travel business. As I have said before, you are indeed one of the very best! Looking forward to our next sightseeing adventure!
Katey Hartwell (Named Top Travel Specialist for 14 years! 2000 - 2013 Conde Nast Traveler Magazine) Travel Experts A Virtuoso Agency
Lynda's historical tours were simply the most interesting part of my trip to Mexico City. I met her by accident in the Anthropology Museum and she kindly agreed to give me a tour of Tlatelolco and Downtown Mexico. Both tours took several hours but I lost track of time since the explanations she gave were immersive and rich. Pyramids, churches, murals, human sacrifices, volcanos - all numerous features of Mexican culture intertwined. It is easy to fall in love with Mexico City thanks to this amazing storyteller!
Egevany Kirsanov, MD, Russia-USA
For our first time to such a megalopolis as Mexico City, my husband Brian and I wanted a good orientation. We were woefully undereducated about Mexico's past, so we also hoped for an overview of history. Luckily I came across Lynda's blog while reading up before the trip and reached out to her about her guide service. Her speedy reply immediately confirmed I'd found the right person. She helped me figure out how to make the most of a brief tour, and picked us up early on our first full day in the city. In only a few hours she managed to pack in an abundance of information – historical, cultural, and even culinary. We got so much out of our time with her, and out of the places we visited. Seeing the famed Diego Rivera murals, for instance, wouldn't have been nearly as enlightening without having Lynda there to interpret what we were looking at. Lynda went above and beyond, helping my husband with some suggestions for how to spend our anniversary night (which we took, and were excellent). Landing in a huge, new city with a lengthy, complex, and fascinating history can be overwhelming, but we got exactly what we wanted and needed in our morning with Lynda. I highly recommend her.
Dana McMahan food / travel / fitness writer BodyByBourbon.com
Two months after being in Mexico City, my memories are still quite vivid and that is because of Lynda Martinez del Campo. Her vast knowledge and expertise on everything made each one of our tours fascinating and relevant. Lynda has that special talent that can make us relate to Mexico's long, intricate history - I truly felt like I was reliving the country's past. She presented such detailed accounts of all the artifacts at the National Museum of Anthropology and when we went to the Pyramids, she brought the Teotihuacanos alive. Connecting us to the present was always wild and fun: sampling the food and feeling hand-woven fabrics were moments all made indelible by Lynda's guidance. Can't wait to go back for another fabulous whirl in and around Mexico City with the best guide in the world!
Abby Lubby, Professional Writer, New York
Lynda consistently delivers a high quality historical interpretation of Mexican culture. When people ask me if I have a tour guide in Mexico, I reply, "No - I have the absolute best historian anyone can hope for." Lynda's extensive knowledge of Mexican history along with her passion evokes excitement and an appetite for learning. I can honestly say that you will not regret making the decision to have Lynda as your guide.
Lorena Patterson, Program Director, the Center for International Understanding, North Carolina
Lynda was the ideal tour guide - well prepared, knowledgeable, charming, and organized. Everything worked out beautifully, from the on-time arrival of the bus, to the coordination of our travels, to the earphones provided so that she could explain things to our group in places where she could not talk loudly. I will be using her services next year for all of our tours in and around Mexico City.
Barbara M. Ingber, Assistant Director of Community Outreach, VCU Globe: A Global Eduction Living-Learning Community, Virginia Commonwealth University
Lynda's tours are wonderful. She manages to tailor her tours to the level of group participants, whether it is children, business people, visiting tourists or history/cultural buffs. Her knowledge of Mexico is impressive and she imbues each tour with enough history and cultural facts to satisfy anyone. And best of all, she ties in what she talks about with what we can see every day when we live here. I heartily recommend Lynda's tours!
Jane C, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Thank you for the wonderful 3 tour series of the Anthropology Museum, Lynda! I purposely waited to visit the museum until I could go on your tours because I knew that the collection was too vast to properly see and appreciate on my own. I'm so glad I waited. Your tours were simply amazing and incredibly informative. I learned so much! Your enthusiasm for Mexican culture is contagious and your depth of knowledge is astounding. Thank you for making ancient history come alive. Looking forward to future tours with you!
Nina Smith, US Expat living in Mexico
“Thank you for the brilliant day you spent with me and my business partner and the folks from Daimler at the end of June. Honestly, you were a delight to be around. I meant it when I said, YOU were the museum. I was so impressed by your knowledge, and your passion for your subject. You reminded me what it's like to listen to a total professional.” Cheers, Mark Horstman Manager Tools USA
I’m writing to thank you for the presentations you have offered at Palm Beach County Library System. Each talk you have given includes a great number of fascinating stories about Mexican culture and traditions, with interesting and clear explanations of Mexico’s historical roots in Europe and Indigenous culture. You thoughtfully put together these narratives with beautiful images. We commend your engaging and dynamic presentation skills in both English and Spanish. Please accept our sincere gratitude for providing such fantastic educational opportunities to our community. Sincerely,
Marjorie Lear, Multicultural Outreach Librarian, Palm Beach County Library, Florida
Lynda has a deep skill set of comprehensive knowledge of the history of Mexico that goes back to its pre-Hispanic years. She is able to take you back in time, and then bring you up through the ages of Mexico with all its glory and pain. While many tour guides tell you stories through rosy-colored lenses, Lynda relayed history that was unabashed, with energy permeated with passion. Lynda will carry you on an intense tour that will leave you astonished.
Gary Tyson, Chief of Police, Siler City, North Carolina
Lynda is an outstanding tour guide! She is not only a walking encyclopedia but she truly does bring history to life! Lynda makes the perfect marriage between a deep knowledge of Mexican history and culture with the understanding of US culture and therefore presents things in a way that is relevant and entertaining to US travelers. I would highly recommend Lynda. I could listen to her for hours!
Angelina Schlavone, Owner - Full Circle Interpreting
“I'd be terribly remiss if I did not specifically mention Lynda, the best tour guide I have ever had, and by a long shot! You are going to think that I am being hyperbolic, but quite honestly, I have never met a guide of this high a level, who knew how to "synthesize" information into understanding. Her command of history, anthropology, linguistics, and so on has amazed me, and made my city visit today unforgettable. I must come back.”
Charles Fadel, Founder & Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign curriculumredesign.org Visiting scholar, Harvard GSE and MIT ESG
THANKS, Lynda! When my wife and I first heard we had a tour of Mexico City planned at 9:00 am we said, “Oh boy!” Well, let me say that we loved it and you made it exciting! You are very passionate about the city and kept us on our toes the whole time. Can’t wait for the next one! See you in 2016 !!!
Marc McEver, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Olathe, Kansas
“Thank you again for the wonderful tour of the Zocalo! My parents were limited on time, but I wanted to make sure that they got a taste of Mexico City. Your extensive knowledge of Mexican history and culture is amazing and you gave them the perfect amount of information without being overwhelming. My parents will definitely be back and look forward to another tour!”
Leigh-Ann Bravo, U.S. Expat
I would like to express our thanks to you for your program …. (which) was very informative and well-prepared. The patrons who attended commented on how much they learned … Thank you again for providing the community with such valuable information.
Jayme Bosio, Palm Beach County Library System, Florida
The tour with Lynda at the Anthropology Museum was as amazing. We explored upstairs and learned all about the current existing indigenous populations of Mexico. I was amazed to learn about the cultural differences, how you can tell which crafts are from which areas, why different crafts are so important to the people, how and why they evolved, and even how each area embroideries with different colors and styles! I had no idea that you can sometimes "read a story" in the pictures that are embroidered. I left wondering why I had just wasted a week on the beaches of Cabo, when I could have gone and explored one of the many more primitive areas available to all of us here. As always, I highly recommend Lynda's tours!
Gracias, Jeanne Devenport, Phoenix, Arizona
- I have known Lynda for over 10 years. The wealth of her knowledge every time I go on one of her tours or events never ceases to amaze me. Not only is Lynda a very educated and eloquent speaker, but her enthusiasm is contagious. It makes you want to learn and see more of Mexico! Lynda is a very flexible person who is constantly inventing new ways to present and share her knowledge with people and not only does custom tours, but donates her valuable time to charities such as Charity Coalition. We have had many very successful events thanks to Lynda and are grateful to her for her commitment to our cause. Because of her professionalism, thoroughness and conviction, she has an impeccable reputation and an extensive following in our community.
Francesca C. D'Agata, President and Founder of Charity Coalition, A.C., Mexico City.
“I just wanted to drop you a note and again express my thanks for our wonderful day trip to Chapingo. I very much appreciate the guidance and assistance that you provided in my efforts to see the superlative art of Diego Rivera in situ, as it were. I am back home in Oregon now after spending an incredible three weeks in Mexico. It has been an experience that I shall never forget. Once again, many heartfelt thanks for the part you played in making my journey an unqualified success. I wish you good fortune (and good weather) in all your future endeavors. Viva Mexico!”
Kevin Frostad, Gresham, Oregon USA
Your tour of the Centro Historico District was an enormously good foundation for additional walking and museum trips that we took. Since it was a Monday, we weren't able to visit many museums, but you found so many interesting places for us to see. Throughout the tour, you gave us a huge amount of information but we never felt overloaded. We will be sure to come back to take more tours with you on future trips! Thanks so much.
Prue and Frank Beidler, Lake Forest, Illinois
As an ex-pat, going on six years here in Mexico City, I have come to know the city well. But some of the most enriching and interesting time spent has been on the talks and tours which Lynda Martinez del Campo coordinates and leads. An absolute wealth of information (including facts, figures, dates, and local trivia), Lynda keeps all her participants intrigued, informed, and entertained. Every event has been well worth the cost -- experiences which I won't soon forget after leaving this amazing country.
“Thank you, Lynda, for the Chapultepec Castle tour. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to take my family back and tell them everything I learned. For those of you who have not taken one of Lynda's tours or if you have family coming in town and want to take them on an amazing tour, Lynda is great. I have gone on several of her tours and she is always absolutely wonderful. On every tour she has amazed me with her vast knowledge of history and culture. At any point she can direct you to more resources or books about the topic at hand. She is always up on the latest research and historical discoveries. Really truly, this woman is amazing!”
“THANK YOU for organising such a fantastic tour to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán on the weekend. Our tour guide Lynda was wonderful! I had been to the pyramids a few times before (including with a guide), yet I learnt more in the first five minutes of this tour than on all of my previous visits combined.”
“Lynda, thank you so much for your informative and enthusiastic tour of the Anthropology Museum last week. The clarity of your explanation of the museum layout and the explanation of pre-classical, classical and post-classical was great. Our trip to Mexico City has inspired us to dig a lot deeper into the history of these interesting cultures."
Sharon and Tom Moffatt, Richmond, VA
“I hadn't been on a tour with Lynda for a while and I'd almost forgotten how good she is. She brings Mexico's history alive and we were drawn into the lives of the peoples who inhabited the area around the great Pyramids. I had a visitor from California and she enjoyed every minute of the tour. There was also a nice gathering at a nearby restaurant afterwards where we could ask further questions of Lynda, plus get to know each other better. Great excursion!”
“I want to thank you again for the incredible tour of Mexico's highlights. The group was impressed by your incredible wealth of knowledge and also thrilled to hear such a comprehensive history of Mexico compressed into one day's activities. I learn something new from you each time I hear one of your tours--especially true this time at the museum. I look forward to seeing you again next year! Best wishes.”
Melissa Edwards Smith, Director of Global Leader Programs at Center for International Understanding, University of North Carolina
“For nearly four years Lynda has been the sole tour guide used by the Fulbright Commission in Mexico to guide US Fulbright-García Robles grantees on tours to Teotihuacan, the Centro Historico, the Anthropology and National History museums, and other notable sites in and near Mexico City. Lynda's professionalism, in depth knowledge of Mexican history and concise presentation style allowed our groups to make the most out of limited time and, year after year, our Fulbright grantees evaluated her very highly, making her an asset to our programs. Lynda is truly an outstanding tour guide and one that any individual or group looking for a native English speaker should feel confident using.”
Tim Wright, former Program Officer for US Grantees at the US-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, the Fulbright Commission in Mexico
“Thank you. Last night's talk was, as with all your talks and tours, completely and utterly fascinating and your enthusiasm is so infectious. Helping to understand Mexico that little bit more, with all its layers, is so rewarding.”
Fran Madsen, British ex-pat living in Dubai
“Thank you very much for allowing Congressman Roy Blunt and several U.S. Embassy staff to tour Chapultepec Castle and museum. The castle was exceptional and the tour that you gave us was extremely informative and interesting. The entire experience was a highlight of Congressman Blunt's trip. Your effort ensured that Congressman Blunt left Mexico with a much greater understanding and appreciation of Mexican history and culture.”
Antonio O. Garza Jr., Former U.S. Ambassador of the United States of America to Mexico
“Many many thanks for the wonderful visit you gave us in the Museum (of Anthropology) last week. It was probably the first time that I had the impression that I really understood something about the early cultures in Mexico, and I found your way of presenting them fascinating. If there is one thing I regret, then it is to have been in your company only two hours rather than at least two days!”
Best regards and again tons of thanks,
Philippe Baechtold Director of Patents and Innovation Division World Intellectual Property Organization
“We won't let another day go by without thanking you and letting you know how much we enjoyed the enlightening and wonderful tour of both the Museum of Anthropology and the Castle. You made it so interesting and easy during the three hours at the museum. We certainly would like to continue discovering more of the museum with you the next time we come back to Mexico for another visit with our family.” Again, many thanks and hope to see you soon. Sincerely,
Chiqui and Neil Pryor
“Your tour was above all expectations. You are knowledgeable, well prepared, intelligent, interesting, and you handled the group very well. Least to say that you had more energy than the whole group. It was amazing! ”
Juana Inés Abreu
“Thank you for having made my FIT course in Mexico such a success. I appreciate how you provided us with options and how you adapted to any changes. I am looking forward to another of your well-informed and organized sessions through Mexico City. My group was totally motivated to learn more about the history and culture of Mexico. You are definitely a teacher because of the way that you handled the students' levels of knowledge and how their questions were patiently addressed. You managed to seduce their attention and stimulate their interest in exploring more about the topics and appropriating the material. You are truly an ambassador between the two cultures. I love how well-balanced and yet passionate and caring you are about your work. You love people.
I would recommend you to anyone wanting a solid tour of Mexican culture and customs. Gracias por todo.”
Pilar Blanco, Professor and Coordinator of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Foreign Language Study Abroad Program
“On behalf of the staff of the Center for International Understanding, and the entire travel group, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to you for your expert knowledge and patience during our visit with you in Mexico. I know that I speak on behalf of all the participants when I say that the time we spent with you was both interesting and enjoyable. Although we spent only a short time in Mexico, we feel that we learned a great deal because you were so gracious in sharing your time and thoughts with our group.”
Meredith Henderson, Program Manager, Center for International Understanding, University of North Carolina
“I thought your tour was perfect. I could have listened for another few hours, but given my diverse group, I thought it was just right. I’d been to the Zocalo area several times before, but your tour made the experience much richer…. I am going to recommend to my successor who knows nothing about Mexico, that he start his tour of duty here with a history lesson from you through the mural.”
Sue Heinen, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City
“I have been on a number of Lynda Martinez's tours in and around Mexico City. She is one of my favorite tour guides and I would highly recommend Lynda to anyone. She gives the most fascinating tours of anyone here in Mexico. She is well read, highly informed and an encyclopedia of information concerning Mexican history and culture both past and present. Experiencing one of Lynda's tours is like stepping back in time and reliving the exciting cultural aspects that Mexico has to offer. It is also like being in a time warp .......she manages to blend the old with the new, making each tour an exciting combination of the past which is relevant to the present. I am always amazed at how much Mexican history I learn in such a unique way that I am never bored. I would consider anyone lucky to experience the "sights and sounds of Mexico" through Lynda's eyes.”
Lisa Thornton, Howey in the Hills, Florida
“Lynda, thank you very much for the educational and fun guided tour you gave us to the Anthropology Museum. It gave my English friend the right background to better understand the pre-Columbian history of Mexico at a high level and coherent way, making the most out of our visit to the Mayan and Aztec pyramids. For me, as a Mexican, it was not only a good refresher, but also a very interesting way to look at things from a different perspective.”
Jorge Cobos, VP Financial Institutions Risk Manager, Bank of America, London
“Many thanks for the terrific tour you gave us on our visit to Mexico City. The time we spent with you viewing the Diego Rivera murals was an absolute highlight for us. Your enormous fund of knowledge – and the enthusiasm with which you share it – made it possible to understand those works of art, and the history which they represent, in a way which would not have otherwise been possible for us.”
Susan and Scott Feldman, Glencoe, IL
"Since moving to Mexico City just a couple of months ago, Lynda has become an instrumental component to learning the history and customs of my new community. Lynda's presentations are packed full of history, however, she has a wonderful ability to "tell the story" without losing the audience's attention. She is very open and flexible to taking your questions and willing to tailor her tours to your interests. I highly recommend Lynda. You will not be disappointed!"
Tricia Pohlman, US Expat