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Angela Manrique

For me traveling is merging yourself with the culture and the people of the place. This is why our tours are designed in the most respected way for both travelers and the destination.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Immerse experiences, cultural (arts & craft, religious, sight-seeing tours), mindful and wellness (yoga, meditation, Ayurveda) and educational tours. Tailor-made experiences for groups, families or solo travelers."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was born and raised in Colombia but in my teenage years I moved with my family to Spain and I believe that this experience opened my eyes to a new world. I found myself so comfortable in a new place and culture that I decided to study Tourism and languages in Scotland to be able to use my passion for traveling as a way of living.

Thanks to this experience, I visited and lived in many different countries, but it was not until I traveled to India that my soul found its place! I was lucky enough to met Anna and the Open Eyes project as a platform for doing what I love the most! Traveling in a sustainable way and sharing my passion for India with everyone!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In India, every day is an adventure full of surprises and magic moments. I believe that one of them was a day in Hampi while traveling with my bike I got lost in the middle of a banana plantation and I end up having the most amazing day with some farmers and their families.

Another experience was in Kerala while having dinner in a small restaurant I met an English couple that after a while showed me their family photo and what was my surprise, I met their two sons in two different countries in separate moments of the same year.

In this country, I learned to pay attention to signs as I believe that when you visit India you connect with the deepest part of your soul and just great things happen!
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Featured trips & expertise

Magic and Realism in Rajasthan - 13 Days
Magic and Realism in Rajasthan - 13 Days

There are almost too many spectacular sights and experiences in Rajasthan — camel trekking in the Thar Desert, the watery splendors of Udaipur, open-air art museums in Bundi, the sandcastle city of Jaisalmer, the mesmerizing blue of Jodhpur, and the sacred lake-side town of Pushkar. Add on the must-sees of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra and you'll begin to understand why so many travelers are drawn back to India time and again.

South India: Wildlife & Local Traditions - 18 Days
South India: Wildlife & Local Traditions - 18 Days

South India is a hot, steaming, colorful mix of untamed nature and mesmerizing culture. This tour will immerse you in some of the more exotic traditions of peninsula India: the art and temples of Tamil Nadu, the flavors and jungles of Kerala, and plenty of chill-out time on the backwaters and in the hills that permeate the region.

South India Odyssey - 15 Days
South India Odyssey - 15 Days

This two-week journey will take you on an epic odyssey through two of the most fascinating states of southern India. You'll be enchanted by the French flavors of Pondicherry and the grand temple complex at Madurai in Tamil Nadu, the lush natural world of Periyar and the traditional culture of the backwaters of Kerala. Discover why this laid-back part of the country is a traveler favorite.

Third Eye Tour of India - 14 Days
Third Eye Tour of India - 14 Days

This tour takes you to some of the most spiritually important places in North India. Be introduced to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism at Rishikesh, Dharamsala, and Amritsar, and learn about ancient yoga and Ayurvedic traditions. Visit the classic and popular “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur but from a different perspective by meeting local artisans, staying in village homestays, and engaging in other socially responsible tourism and business ventures.

India's Golden Triangle: A Local Perspective - 5 Days
India's Golden Triangle: A Local Perspective - 5 Days

Travel in India will open your eyes like nowhere else on earth. You'll see beauty and experience wonder in a new way in this incredible country. The triangle of Delhi - Agra - Jaipur is popular with tourists for good reason, but this tour offers a unique perspective. As well as seeing the Taj Mahal, you'll visit local communities, women’s cooperatives, and an elephant rescue center in Agra.

The Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur
India's Main Regions: Where, Why, and When to Go

From the dreamy landscape of North India’s deserts to the tropical greenery of the South, India is an expansive country that encompasses a range of cultures, people, and landscapes. When choosing where to visit, it’s easiest to divide the country into distinct regions: North, West, South, East & Northeast, and Central India.

Recent trip reviews for Angela

Third eye tour of india for the yoga group, India - Feb 12 - Feb 24, 2019

Traveler: Jessica L. - Local specialist: Angela Manrique

Overall, our trip was fantastic. Our local guide, Jagdish Thakur was absolutely wonderful in every way. He was knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate.

I felt that communication with Angela could have been better. There were some issues with pricing that took a phone call to iron out. She also was unclear on the registration process to see the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. It cost us a couple of hours of unnecessary waiting in a line (in the rain.) There was also a lack of communication... read more

Overall, our trip was fantastic. Our local guide, Jagdish Thakur was absolutely wonderful in every way. He was knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate.

I felt that communication with Angela could have been better. There were some issues with pricing that took a phone call to iron out. She also was unclear on the registration process to see the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. It cost us a couple of hours of unnecessary waiting in a line (in the rain.) There was also a lack of communication with Jagdish prior to the trip.

It seems that the advertised itinerary was at times simply impossible to complete in the amount of time allotted. This was a yoga retreat, and we were unable to do yoga for the first week due to the schedule, and the hotels where we stayed. Seems this could have been better planned. (?)

As I said, despite these issues, everyone still had a FANTASTIC trip. Thanks so much!

Jessica Lohrey

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Angela Manrique, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Jessica, for the pictures and the feedback.
I would like just to comment on some of the points mentioned by you. The communication has been very active for 10 months as I was always replaying to your messages and emails to be able to answer any question. However, as you mentioned, when the pricing issue arose, we solve it immediately with two calls and as you know KimKim and Open Eyes covered the misunderstanding amount, from our side it was great to be able to clarify this.... read more

Thank you, Jessica, for the pictures and the feedback.
I would like just to comment on some of the points mentioned by you. The communication has been very active for 10 months as I was always replaying to your messages and emails to be able to answer any question. However, as you mentioned, when the pricing issue arose, we solve it immediately with two calls and as you know KimKim and Open Eyes covered the misunderstanding amount, from our side it was great to be able to clarify this. Regarding the registration process for the Dalai Lama teachings, just to say that we were following all the indication regarding the official Website of the event where they mentioned that registration was necessary. However, as it was a local event, there is always a possibility of rules changes, we are glad that you were able to see his Holiness Dalai Lama. Finally, regarding the itinerary, we have agreed this route with you since the beginning of the conversation and we even mentioned transfer times and possible hours to do Yoga, also provide places to practice Yoga in every city or Hotel. However, we understand that it can be difficult to fit in the classes when people are tired due to traveling hours or if the weather is not comfortable. But we are still happy with the final result and if you want something more relax, we can always offer our wellness retreats, please visit the Link. http://www.wellnessretreatsindia.com/

Best,

Angela

Magic and realism in rajasthan - 13 days, India - Feb 1 - Feb 19, 2019

Traveler: Jean M. - Local specialist: Angela Manrique

Amit, our guide throughout the trip was an exceptional young professional on so many levels. His personality and patient disposition were indispensable in creating a relaxed and fun experience. He is very knowledgeable in the 4 major religions of India and his command of dates and facts rivals a PhD in Eastern religion. A good teacher communicates by sharing stories and Amit explained wars (political and religious), customs, cultures, gods and goddesses and historical people like he was... read more

Amit, our guide throughout the trip was an exceptional young professional on so many levels. His personality and patient disposition were indispensable in creating a relaxed and fun experience. He is very knowledgeable in the 4 major religions of India and his command of dates and facts rivals a PhD in Eastern religion. A good teacher communicates by sharing stories and Amit explained wars (political and religious), customs, cultures, gods and goddesses and historical people like he was intimately involved with each one and sharing the history of his country as if reading a novel or watching a movie. Vividly, animatedly, and with humor. We were lucky to have had him all to ourselves!. He was also a fun person and highlighted his stories with personal tales of his life in India.

DalGeet Ji was an incredibly skilled driver. His knowing the roads all over Rajisthan, especially when construction and some political demonstrations lead to road blocks, made the trip so much more reliable and safe. Again, we were very lucky to have had him. He got along with Amit so well.

Highlights for me were: (1) the night in the Thar desert with the best meal of the trip cooked by Soda and Abdul over the open fire, (2) praying in the Sikh temple and then visiting the kitchen , (3) The sound and light water show in Delhi, (3) the colors of the markets, men and women's attire, (4) the graciousness of everyone in letting us photograph them, and (5) the elegant little hotels that each had cultural character, beauty and /or historical significance.

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Angela Manrique, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jean,

Thanks for this great feedback and for the beautiful pictures. We were really happy to be part of this amazing experience. Thank again for trusting Open Eyes for your trip to India!

Best,

Angela

India's golden triangle: a local perspective - 5 days, India - Nov 17 - Nov 26, 2018

Traveler: david c. - Local specialist: Angela Manrique

My Mother and I spent around 10 days touring the Rajasthan area of India. We had a fantastic time.
Angela was able to customize our trip to fit the needs.. For instance we wanted to stay at higher end hotels, skip some attractions to see others, and slow down the pace a bit. She was patient with us as we had a lot of back and forth before settling on a final itinerary.
The driver we had was amazing and ensured our safety through out our trip. Our guides were thoughtful and were experts in... read more

My Mother and I spent around 10 days touring the Rajasthan area of India. We had a fantastic time.
Angela was able to customize our trip to fit the needs.. For instance we wanted to stay at higher end hotels, skip some attractions to see others, and slow down the pace a bit. She was patient with us as we had a lot of back and forth before settling on a final itinerary.
The driver we had was amazing and ensured our safety through out our trip. Our guides were thoughtful and were experts in guiding us though Indian history. We never felt pressured or unsafe during our entire time.
I’d highly recommend booking with Angela via KimKim.

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Angela Manrique, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you David for choosing us to visit this amazing country, I am very happy that you and your mother enjoy this experince.

Trip to india, India - Oct 1 - Oct 13, 2018

Traveler: Bev R. - Local specialist: Angela Manrique

We were in Delhi and Agra for 6 days. We appreciate having good hotels. We appreciate having all the transportation provided, such as transfers from the airport to the hotel. We most appreciate being about to custom design a tour that was exactly what we wanted rather than having to fit into someone else's agenda.
We love the transportation with the women cab drivers. They are excellent! They inspire confidence. I applaud their bravery.
I enjoyed meeting Anna. She was great!

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Angela Manrique, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for this amazing feedback Bev, this encourage us to keep working on our taylor made tours, it was a pleasure meeting you and your husband, Great pictures!!

Chris

India's golden triangle: a local perspective - 5 days, India - Oct 1 - Oct 8, 2018

Traveler: Chris H. - Local specialist: Angela Manrique

Overall the planning and booking of the trip was great. I really appreciated how fast the trip came together since I started planning this trip about a week in advance of the start date.

That said, I wish there had been faster communication. It seemed to take about a day to get a response. I sense that if I had been able to jump on a call at some point we could have locked down the tour much more quickly.

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Angela Manrique, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your feedback, we are definitely taking your suggestion into account and for future last minute request, we will definitely make a call to speedup the booking process.

Best,

Angela

Short trip in south india, India - Jan 8 - Feb 23, 2018

Traveler: Laure L. - Local specialist: Angela Manrique

Our trip to India was amazing! Everyone was very happy about everything, from accommodation, to transportation, guides, and activities.
Prashant was a really good guide in Goa and easy to get along with. Especially when everyone loves nature, as we hiked for a bit. The 2 others guides in goa were great as well (I unfortunately can’t remember their exact names.. :/ )
In Kerala, our driver Dileep was really great. He drove (frankly!) but carefully. And brought us to any places we wanted to... read more

Our trip to India was amazing! Everyone was very happy about everything, from accommodation, to transportation, guides, and activities.
Prashant was a really good guide in Goa and easy to get along with. Especially when everyone loves nature, as we hiked for a bit. The 2 others guides in goa were great as well (I unfortunately can’t remember their exact names.. :/ )
In Kerala, our driver Dileep was really great. He drove (frankly!) but carefully. And brought us to any places we wanted to go to, from temples sightseeing to shopping and eating in local places. He was very flexible with schedule and always was trying to please us. Thumbs up!
There was just a little confusion and misunderstanding in some part of the itinerary for the Kerala houseboat. But it all turned out well at the end.

Overall, it was a great trip and it seems impossible to choose a favorite place.

Thanks!