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Travel Expert Select: Spain

Travel Expertise

Favorite experiences
  • Camino de Santiago
  • Visiting Quito and the Galapagos
  • Journeying to Sermatt, Saas Fee, and Zurich in Switzerland
Most recent trips
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Hungary
  • Japan
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Galapagos
  • Switzerland
Specialties Certifications
  • Signature Select Spain Agent
  • Spain 360 Expert

Travel is everything for me. It has been my passion all my life. My role as a travel advisor who can plan a dream trip for a client, a friend, or a family member brings a satisfaction like no other.

Maria Ortega

Maria's Story

I was born in a small town along the Mexican border. During my childhood, I heard about distant places. My father had moved from a Baja California town with his family during the Mexican Revolution, and before settling in his new post, he had worked for some time on a cargo ship. He always inspired us to read and learn about different countries; books and encyclopedias were always present during our school years.

My adventurous mother inspired us to travel as well. She traveled with her six children to visit our grandparents on the coast of Mexico via my favorite means of transportation: rail. Later on, we explored other cities, such as Mexico City, Puebla, Cuernavaca, Guanajuato, and Guadalajara. While in college, I found a job in a hotel. Later on, when I moved to California, I had the opportunity of working in a hotel again, then with three different airlines promoting Mexico and Argentina.

My first transatlantic trip was a wonderful escorted tour, which included all of the cities I had in my wish list: London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, and Brussels. This was the beginning to my becoming an expert on Europe.

Next, I fell in love with Spain and its heritage, culture, music, and food. Since then, I have visited Spain more than 25 times. I have followed the routes of the “Camino de Santiago,” and I have walked the Portuguese route from Tui to Santiago Compostela. I have visited beautiful cities such as Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, small towns, wine areas, mountain resorts, and beautiful islands, such as Mallorca, La Gran Canaria, and Ibiza. The enrichment obtained from many of these trips has been unique and precious. An experience of a lifetime.

I continued exploring neighboring Portugal, and then France, beautiful Biarritz, the amazing Bordeaux area, and of course, Paris. My travel experiences, aside from my native Mexico, Spain, and Portugal, include Eastern Europe, Flanders, Russia, Italy, Croatia, South Africa, India, and other Latin countries such as Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

During over 15 years as a travel agent, I have customized many different itineraries focused on heritage interests, cultural events, food and wine, local festivities, and art exhibitions. My experience includes ocean cruises and around-the-world journeys.

I aim to prepare detailed itineraries, including the best insider tips I have gathered. I continuously update my insider information, looking for new trends in travel; best hotels, restaurants, cooking classes, bike trips, museums, art galleries, and more. Call me so we can discuss your plans for a trip that you will never forget. I will craft your itinerary based on your interests, heritage, type of activities you desire, and pace, whether escorted or independent.

Maria's Travel Journals

Nov 09, 2014 Avatar Maria Ortega Maria Ortega

Rediscovering Mexico City

I travelled to Mexico City recently. While I had visited the city many times in the past, this was a...

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Oct 17, 2014 Avatar Maria Ortega Maria Ortega

South Africa Journey

One of the highlights of my last year’s travels was a trip to South Africa. Our itinerary started with a...

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