Maria Santana

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¡Hola a todos! Me llamo María y vengo de Tenerife (Islas Canarias), aunque hace ya una década que me mudé a Edimburgo.

Llegué a Escocia con la intención de aprender inglés y progresar en mi carrera en el sector turístico. No tenía pensado asentarme permanentemente aquí, pero me encontré con un país que me enamoró por completo y lo terminé convirtiendo en mi hogar. Comencé a formarme como guía y a trabajar haciendo tours en español, primero en Edimburgo, y luego en toda Escocia. Ese ha sido mi trabajo desde 2011 y me siento afortunada de poder trabajar en lo que me gusta. Estoy especializada en turismo sostenible, o dicho de otro modo, creo que un turismo respetuoso es posible.Desde 2020, formo parte de la asociación de guías de turismo de Escocia tras convertirme en guía oficial.

Como guía, puedo ayudarte a planear tu viaje por Escocia. Si no sabes por dónde empezar, puedo diseñar el itinerario por ti y encargarme de todos los detalles para que no tengas que preocuparte por nada. Cuenta conmigo para conocer a pie cualquiera de las siete ciudades de Escocia o pueblos de importancia histórica, para hacer excursiones de un día, panorámicos o tours por Escocia de varios días. 

Me adapto a grupos de cualquier tamaño, y si viajas con un grupo de hasta 8 personas, me encargo también del transporte (soy guía-conductora con amplia experiencia, carnet de conducir desde 2005 y tengo mi propia furgoneta Opel Vivaro con seguro reglamentario para el transporte de turistas en Escocia).

Mis tours en Escocia son entretenidos, dinámicos y divertidos. ¿Te animas a conocer Escocia conmigo? ¡Te espero!


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Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I come from Tenerife (Canary Islands), although I've been living in Edinburgh for a decade now.

I came to Scotland to learn English and improve my experience in tourism. Settle down here was not part of the original plan, but I discovered a beautiful country I fell in love with, so I made Scotland my home and started my training as a tourist guide by offering tours in Spanish, first in Edinburgh and then all around Scotland. Guiding has been my job since 2011 and I wouldn't have it any other way, I feel I've found my true vocation. I'm especialised in sustainble tourism, in other words, I believe in a respectful and responsible tourism. In early 2020, I proudly became part of the Scottish Tourist Guide Association.

As a tourist guide, I can help you to plan your tour around Scotland. If you don't know where to start, I can design your itinerary and take care of everything, so you won't need to worry about it. I offer walking tours in any Scottish city or historic town, half-day tours, coach tours or extended tours. 

I'm flexible and adaptable to any party size and if you travel to Scotland in a small group of up to 8 people, I'm also an experienced driver guide (driving license since 2005, I own a 9 seater (8 passengers) Vauxhall Vivaro, fully insured for your peace of mind). 

My tours around Scotland are a fun and entertaining experience. Ready to visit Scotland? See you soon!
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Driver Guide
  • Extended Tour
  • Itinerary Planning
  • Special needs groups
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All year / Todo el año
  • Type of car: Vauxhall Vivaro (8 passengers / 8 pasajeros)
  • Year Qualified: 2020
  • Tour starting points

    • Aberdeen
    • Dundee
    • Edinburgh
    • Glasgow
    • Inverness
    • Perth
    • Stirling
  • Qualifications

    Grado en Turismo / Tourism degree (2010, ULL / UNED)
    
    Educación e interpretación ambiental / Environmental education and interpretation (ISM, 2018)
    
    Turismo sostenible / Sustainable tourism (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2017)
    
    Turismo y desarrollo sostenible / Tourism and sustainable development (ISM, 2017)
    
    Turismo cultural y patrimonial / Cultural and heritage tourism (UNED, 2017)
    
    Curso de acreditación como guía oficial de Escocia / Blue Badge course (STGA, 2018-2020)
    
    Certificado de primeros auxilios / Emergency First Aid at work (British RedCross, 2020)
  • Tours

    Tours a pie / Walking tours
    
    Tours panorámicos / Coach tours
    
    Excursiones de medio día o día completo / Half-day or full day 
    tours
    
    Viajes de varios días / Extended tours
    
    Tours temáticos / Themed tours
    Por ejemplo / e.g.:  Outlander tour, Harry Potter tour

Clients' Testimonials

  • The Scottish Government is delighted to endorse the work of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association in recognition of their worldwide reputation and quality work and training. I commend the passion and knowledge they bring to guiding and congratulate them on continuing to set the standard in this area.

  • VisitScotland is delighted to recognise the Scottish Tourist Guides Association as the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland. STGA accredited guides are passionate ambassadors for Scotland and in providing our visitors with information and inspiration, help deliver a memorable experience for them.

  • VisitScotland is delighted to recognise the Scottish Tourist Guides Association as the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland. STGA accredited guides are passionate ambassadors for Scotland and in providing our visitors with information and inspiration, help deliver a memorable experience for them.

  • Fergus Ewing MSP

    Minister for Business, Energy, and Tourism

    Scottish Government

  • Marion Boyd

    International Development Assistant

    Aberdeen City Council

  • Helen Versloot

    Incentive Department

    Gullivers Travel Agency