About me

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Hello! My name is Teofil (Teo) Ivanciuc, and I am the main representative of Maramures Tours SRL.

I do work as tour guide, regional travel expert and author. I was born, raised and I am based in Maramures. I gratuated in Tourism Geography and I have an MA in Cultural Anthropology. I’m also specialized as Tour Guide, and I have been guiding intensively since 2005. Before that, I used to be a journalist.

I do speak fluently English and French.

I have written more travel, traditional crafts and history books and articles, including what some consider to be the most comprehensive guide book of Maramures, an extended work during which I’ve made 8000 km by foot around the region and I’ve been on every single village and on most of its roads (book used by other guides as inspiration source). I have published maps and many press and science articles about my region.

I have recently initiated the proposal to inscribe in UNESCO the Land of Maramures as Traditional Cultural Landscape.

Unlike most operators, I am truly local, with a contact list including many hundreds names.

My interests include Traditional Culture, Architecture, Farming, Crafts and the ancient way of life, Nature, History, Jewish, German, Ukrainian and Roma minorities…

My portofolio:

-“National Geographic Magazine: “Transylvania hay“, text by Adam Nicolson and photos by Rena Effendi (her Maramures pictures have won the World Press Photo Award);

-“The Guardian”;

-“Le Figaro”;

-“Travel Channel TV” (“Food and drink adventures – Romania, with Jenny Powell and Olivier Magny); ”Arte TV”; televisions from Greece, Brasil, Hungary and Romania

(click HERE to see some films where I was featured);

-“Lonely Planet”, “Rough Guide” and “Routard” guide books;

-Rick Steves Europe, the famous US travel company;

-photographic workshops, travel bloggers, photographers, writers, researchers and diplomats…

I simply just love my country, and I am happy to help you discover it.

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