Maricar Donato Private tour guide in Washington DC - United States of America

Maricar Donato

Guide profile:

Maricar R. Donato brings a level of excellence and professionalism that is unequaled in the tourism and event management industry. Charismatic, passionate and with a gift for inspiring, she embodies a rich cultural perspective. With a grandfather from Spain, she was born, raised, and educated in the Philippines listening to Spanish at home, being educated in English at school, and speaking Tagalog. She’s lived and studied in both Paris, France and Washington, DC and now speaks six languages.

Ms. Donato is the founder a professional tour and event planning company with over 33 years of combined experience in tourism, training, and special event planning. Maricar organizes multilingual-guided tours and international event study tours.

She is an accredited international trainer with The World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA). She developed The Professional Tour Guide Training Program to teach future tour leaders the skills, competence, and experience to become world-class tour guides and ambassadors for Washington, DC.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Anne M.

From Mr Mme Hayot

Maricar est une guide de tres bon niveau, pleine de vie, gaie et qui a beaucoup d'humour.

Elle a reponse a tout et cherche vraiment a faire plaisir

Nous en sommes ravis

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

::Washington themed tours::

1) The Spanish Stroll : Highlighting the Spanish influences in Washington DC

2) Italia: Cuore e Cultura : Highlighting the Italian influences

3) Obamarama Power Trip : The story of President Obama's Inauguration

::4-hr Washington city tours::


- Visit to the JFK grave sites at Arlington National Cemetary

- White House - Lafayette Square photo stop

- US Capital west front photo stop

- MLK Memorial/Lincoln Memorial/ FDR Memorial/Jefferson Memorial

-Concludes at a cultural institution on the Mall

::Washington Night Tours::

1) Ribbon of Moonlight : Includes visit to Kennedy Center rooftop, US Marine Corps Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Pentagon Memorial

Transportation by tour guide:

Contact Beltway Transportation International

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

4 hour private Washington DC tour Price Per Group 375.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

- Emphasis on cultural heritage walks

- Student groups, incentive groups, convention groups, senior citizens

- Historical & Political perspective

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Anne M. 19 Sep 2012

From Mr Mme Hayot

Maricar est une guide de tres bon niveau, pleine de vie, gaie et qui a beaucoup d'humour.

Elle a reponse a tout et cherche vraiment a faire plaisir

Nous en sommes ravis

5 stars martin W. 24 Jul 2012

Ce fur un plaisir de visiter Washington DC avec Maricar (en Français!). Elle a été très ouverte à nous montrer et nous expliquer en détails les monuments principaux que l'on voulait visiter. Elle connait très bien sa ville et nous présente le tout avec beaucoup de profondeur tout en y mettant un brin d'humour ce qui a en fait un voyage mémorable. Elle nous a aussi fait de suggestion de restaurant qui fut excellent et nous a fait des suggestions pour le reste de notre voyage. Merci Maricar!

5 stars Juan J. B. F. 22 Jul 2012

Maricar Donato logró que cada minuto del tour fuera inlvidable.

Sus conocimientos y simpatía ligraron que las 4 horas se pasaran sin darnos cuentas.

Quiero dejar un comentaria sobre el profesionalismo y gentileza demostrada por Charles.

No dudamos en considerarlos nuestros guías favoritos en Washington cada vez que volvamos.

5 stars TRANIER N. 09 Apr 2012

Notre tour accompagné de Maricar a été trés satisfaisant. Nous avons apprécié ses commentaires, ses anecdotes . Elle nous a gentiment donné des idées de visites supplémentaires à faire et s'est même occupée de réservation. Nous avons beaucoup échangé par mail avant de définir notre tour et ses conseils ont été précieux pour organiser au mieux notre visite. Excellent souvenir pour toute la famille et encore merci à Maricar pour sa gentillesse et son sérieux.

5 stars Pierre E. 04 Oct 2011

Fantastic tour!

Wonderful visit all in French which was the best way for us to discover such a great city. Definitely something I highly recommend!

5 stars erick P. 03 Jun 2011

Very good tour of Washington. Plenty of information.

Maricar was excellent.

4 stars Alan B. 05 Aug 2012

Maricar was great. She was knowledgeable, interesting and pleasant. Her French and English were excellent. Everyone on the tour enjoyed the day very much.

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Just like her Spanish grandfather, Maricar Donato had always dreamed of traveling far away lands, which is why she ended up in the Travel and Tourism Industry for the past 35 years. Because he moved to the Philippines as a soldier before meeting her grandmother and setting up a permanent base, Maricar grew up speaking Spanish, Tagalog, and English, the three of which have become the basis for her ability to speak and give tours in 6 different languages. Maricar now lives and works as a local guide in Washington DC, providing an interesting take and perspective on this American capital district. With tours like 'The Spanish Stroll', 'Italia: Cuore e Cultura', and 'Obamarama Power Trip', she strives to showcase the city 'through the lens of cultural diversity'.

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