Oscar Valiente

Oscar Valiente, born in Guatemala City, came to the world of travel early, spending the summers of his youth in the countryside with different relatives in various lowland and highland provinces of Guatemala. He graduated from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, founded by the Spanish crown in 1675, with studies in Guatemala's archaeology, history, and sociology. Looking for a career that would keep him away from cities, Oscar obtained his national guiding credential in 1990 and has thoroughly enjoyed full-time Trip Leading ever since. "I love working closely with people from around the world and I've been enriched by learning about other cultures. Being a guide has given me the opportunity to visit the entire Ruta Maya region, from El Salvador to Mexico. I'm addicted to books about the Maya culture as well as books on anthropology, sociology, and ornithology." Oscar is a true traveler, and when not guiding, he often can be found taking his own family out on an extended trip. "We get to share precious time together this way, and I'm their personal tour guide. Once a Trip Leader, always a Trip Leader!"

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

World of the Maya: Uxmal to Palenque, December 19-31, 2012

Client Testimonials:


Truly enjoyable. Oscar was well prepared, knowledgeable, personable, and a great guy with so much passion for this region. Paul Herre, Pittsburgh PA
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Oscar was terrific in every way. He’s a great ambassador for Guatemala and Wilderness Travel. For time-stressed Americans, he created a magic world of timelessness that shows the great beauty and dignity of the Mayans, past and present. Karen Niedzielski, New York NY
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Oscar is a thoughtful, dedicated, personable, and very competent leader. The smoothness of the trip is a tribute to his skill. Joe Norman, Seattle WA
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Oscar is an excellent guide with a comprehensive grasp of Mayan culture. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with him. Thomas Giants, Santa Monica, CA
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Oscar was fantastic. Don Wiest, Oak Park IL
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