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Photo of Matt with a smiley sun mascot

This is me with the Sabritas sun in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sabritas is a snack chip, a brand of Frito-Lay.

Hi there! For those who don’t know me yet, I’m Matt Smith. I’m a linguist, social worker, and professional tour guide. As a guide, I lead trips in Latin America with an emphasis on meeting people and getting a feel for the local culture and society.

My favorite moments in travel are unscripted and unexpected. I like to take little detours from the standard tourist routine – to see what life is like away from museums and resorts. When I do that, sometimes nothing happens. But sometimes I have the kind of experience I’ll never forget… and sometimes I make a friend along the way. Travel at its best! That’s why I named my tour company Detour and my blog Detours with Matt.

I lead some larger group trips with Detour, but several times a year I lead small or private trips to the places I know and love best. If you might be interested in one of these small trips, you can: