The noble and beautiful work of getting to know every corner of one of the most beautiful cities in the world is something that has given Jesus Rodriguez great satisfaction He has been walking through the streets of San Miguel de Allende for 22 years. He is a well-known tourist guide in San Miguel and has been offering detailed tours to all kinds of tourists who want to know the beautiful city for around 12 years. All this began with a university project of giving free tours of the historical center of Celaya. In 1997, through the Fondo de Vivienda del Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (Housing Fund of the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers), known as FOVISSSTE, he was able to come to San Miguel de Allende to do his guided tours as part of his social service. Then he spent about year and a half with state tourism.
Jesus says that each tour brings a memory and a learning experience. He has worked giving tours to indigenous schools and to people with Down’s syndrome. Many times, he has encountered famous people through his tours, not only those in show business but also those prominent politically and socially. Ever since he was 11 years old, Jesus wanted to be a tour guide. He would walk through the streets of San Miguel, and each time he would fall more in love with its architecture. He especially loved art from Mexico’s viceroyal period and modern art.
Rodriguez learned how to feel art more deeply from Erasmo Romero, one of his instructors. He is also grateful to Juan Miguel Ramírez, one of his economics professors, for what he learned.
A professional tour guide must have a strong commitment to his discipline because he must be capable and current in his knowledge. Annual tour guide courses are given help these professionals keep up-to-date in the industry. It is a fascinating profession that is regulated by the Office of Tourism. Tour guides have the responsibility to create positive effects to benefit the community they serve so that tourists leave with a good memory of the city that they visited.