About me

euMy 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 Tourism Geography at “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca, I’m specialized as Tour Guide, and I have been guiding intensively since 2005. Before working only in tourism, I have been journalist.

I do speak fluently English and French.

I have written several travel, traditional crafts and history books, including a comprehensive guide book to Maramures (used by other guides as inspiration source) and I’ve published maps and hundreds of articles about my region, in newspapers, magazines and science journals. I have a long list of secrets about the area that books and sites never mention. Unlike other operators who offer Maramures tours, I am local and my contact list includes over 1000 local names.

During years I have visited all the region’s villages and hamlets, walking thousands of kilometers on most of the Maramures’s roads and footpaths, meeting thousands of locals.

My interest covers Traditional Culture, Architecture, Farming, Music, Crafts and the ancient way of life out of globalization, Nature, Ecology, Wild Fauna, History, Archaeology, Sociology, Jew, German, Ukrainian and Gypsy minorities, Photography…

My portofolio include Rick Steves Europe, televisions (“Travel Channel”: “Food and drink adventures – Romania“, with Jenny Powell and Olivier Magny) and TV channels from Romania, Greece, Brasil and Hungary; 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…

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

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