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Tour guides and leaders are an integral part of our travels, especially for those seeking to get to the heart of a destination. They help us gain a deeper connection with cultures, local communities and nature, and navigate us safely to wherever we want to go, whether that’s to the top of a mountain or through a bustling city centre. However, guides are rarely recognised or praised within the industry.

In 2006, Wanderlust set about to change this and launched the World Guide Awards. It returns this year for the first time since 2019, and after thousands of impressive entries, we have managed to whittle them down to just 11 finalists. This year’s awards ceremony will be held virtually on 29 June at 6.30pm, where each guide will have their moment in the limelight before a range of awards are handed out, including the gold award. Wanderlust readers are invited to join and show their support to the world’s unsung heroes of travel.

2023 Shortlist

Malick Suso

Gambia, The Gambia Experience

Glenda Araya

Costa Rica, Exodus

Jagat Narayan Chaturvedi

India, Tiger’s Den Resort, Bandhavgarh

Nilufar Kuchkarova

Uzbekistan, Wild Frontiers

Peter Momoh Bassie

Sierra Leone, Tourism is Life

John Shepherd

UK (guides worldwide), Andante

Leila Yarub Hafiz

Saudi Arabia

Phurba Sherpa

Nepal, Intrepid

Sara Lamzouwaq


Ali A Aligi

Saudi Arabia

Hamid Oumezdou

Intrepid, Much Better Adventures and others

Register for the virtual event