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Sebastian Muñoz

I am Rutopia's product manager and I am here to help travelers discover the hidden gems of our wonderful Mexico. I am passionate about creating memorable travel experiences that put together the traveler's dream vacation with genuine local projects that thrive with every visitor.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I am an off-the-beaten-track Mexican experience creator! I can tailor-make your perfect vacation in central and southern Mexico with activities ranging from ecotourism, community tourism, cultural or foodie adventures. You name it and I will make it happen!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was trained as an experience designer in Mexico City. Ever since I was little, I was excited whenever my parents took us to visit any spot in Mexico and meeting tourists from other countries got me very curious about other cultures.

At 19 I moved to England and I started undertaking my Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management, where I specialized in Responsible Tourism. That was when I became familiar with the terms sustainable tourism, community tourism, tourism planning, cultural regeneration or world cultures; concepts that kept me trapped until today. I've always felt there was a more ethical way of doing tourism, so this was very exciting for me!! This took me to travel to different countries in the world and getting to know wonderful people with cultures very different from mine. Seeing that sustainable tourism was possible, encouraged me to search for projects and companies that shared that philosophy and values. I worked from different angles of the tourism sector (large tour operators, associations, hotels) and volunteered for different responsible tourism programs until I found Totonal or Totonal found me. We fell in love and here I am!!! :-)

As well as designing and operating trips and working closely with local communities (plus other exciting tasks and projects) nowadays I am studying my Masters in Sustainable Tourism Management. So as you can see, I am very committed to ethical travel, amazing & authentic experiences, and fair trade! :-)"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are many to name, but last Christmas I traveled solo to the state of Chiapas and the experience was amazing. Chiapas has a perfect combination of exuberant nature, indigenous cultures, and incredible archaeological sites. Also, Chiapas has many undiscovered spots which can be explored when one has some more time!"

Sebastian is part of the following groups: Mexico Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Sebastian

Mexico/Cuba/Central America
Mexico | Aug 26 - Sep 2, 2018

Sheila P.
Rockville, MD | Reviewed on Sep 04, 2018

My nephew and I especially enjoyed the guide Miguel who took us to Teotihuacan pyramids and other places near Mexico City and Alex in Oaxaca who took us on a tour of the Santo Domingo Church and museum as well as Monte Alban for their knowledge of the archaeological digs as well as ancient Indian history. Chef Carla was also great at providing us information about the local produce market and teaching us how to cook traditional Oaxacan food while allowing us to be quite interactive in the preparation of the food.

Local specialist: Sebastian Muñoz
Sebastian Muñoz
Local specialist in Playa del Carmen | Replied on Sep 04, 2018

Thanks so much for your kind review, Sheila!! I am glad that you enjoyed discovering the history, gastronomy and art in Mexico. We hope to see you soon in this wonderful country!

Mexico | Jul 19 - Jul 23, 2018

Iqbal R.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018

Everything went perfect.
Very impressed with their professional work.

Local specialist: Sebastian Muñoz
Sebastian Muñoz
Local specialist in Playa del Carmen | Replied on Sep 28, 2018

Thank you so much Iqbal!! A pleasure to have you as a customer. We hope you come back soon!!

All the best,