About me

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy name is Teofil (Teo) Ivanciuc. I am a guide, fixer and author, born, raised and based in Sighetu Marmatiei (the Old Maramures’s main town). I gratuated in Cultural Tourism, I’m 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 several travel, traditional crafts and history books, 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 a list of secrets about the area that most books and sites never mention.

Unlike most operators who offer Maramures tours, I am local with a contact list including hundreds names.

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

My portofolio include Rick Steves Europe, televisions (“Travel Channel UK”: “Food and drink adventures – Romania, with Jenny Powell and Olivier Magny) and TV programs from France/Germany, Greece, Brasil, Hungary and Romania; magazines like “National Geographic Magazine (July 2013 issue)”: “Transylvania hay“, text by Adam Nicolson and photos by Rena Effendi (her Maramures pictures have won the World Press Photo Award); newspapers (like “The Guardian”) or guide books (“Lonely Planet”, “Rough Guide” and “Routard”); photographic workshops (like Toscana Photographic Workshop – TPW); writers, photographers, researchers and diplomats…

If need I can help with transfers and other necessary arrangements: reservations, accommodation, meals and transportation…

I simply just love my region, Maramures, and I am happy to disclose it to you.

Click here to see some films where I was in.

Point here to read some of my scientific work.

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