About Downtown LA Walking Tours
The Company was formed in 2009 to fulfill the interest of those who wanted to learn more about Los Angeles. Tours are tailored for both tourists enjoying a few days in the city and for the local who has lived twenty plus years in Los Angeles. Each guest comes away learning something fascinating of the City of Angels! The tours are meant to teach the guests the history of the neighborhoods, witness the present changes and prepare themselves for the exciting future ahead.
Neel founded Downtown LA Walking Tours in 2009. As a previous volunteer at LA Union Station, Neel recognized locals and tourists alike were interested in exploring and learning the history of Los Angeles. Neel has been watching the growth of LA since moving into the Downtown neighborhood in 2007. He has a strong passion for the community, attends local civic events, walks the streets each day and is constantly educating himself on the ever changing neighborhood. Neel is eager to share his excitement and enthusiasm of his hometown in each of his tours!
Robert is an artist and a native Angelino. He has a deep passion for the arts, the city, its history and its people. Exhibiting regularly, he is entrenched in the vibrant art scene throughout Los Angeles and is honored to share his knowledge and passion with everyone. Many artists have come to rely on him to help make connections with others to foster a growing community of collaboration that help make this city a friendly and exciting place to live, work and visit.
Julia is a Los Angeles native and loves learning about and exploring cities. She is a florist, writer, and researcher with a passion for photography and all things travel-related, and a Master’s Degree in Art History. While working at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum, Julia discovered a love for leading tours, and now she looks forward to sharing historical, architectural, fashion, and flower facts with locals and tourists alike!
AJ grew up in Venezuela, in a culturally diverse household where American movies made a lasting impression on him. He set out to Los Angeles, knowing this was the city where he could nurture the future he envisions for himself. Los Angeles is that culturally diverse city that goes hand in hand with many amazing stories. AJ is passionate about learning and sharing great stories like those, that stay with people and that move them. Guiding tours is an excellent opportunity for AJ to share Los Angeles' amazing stories with visitors from all over the world.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, after a long journey, Mariana has found her nest in the City of Angels. With a background in creative writing, experience in the hospitality industry, and passion for driving her community forward- DTLA has become the home of her dreams. As an artist and history enthusiast Mariana is excited to learn as well as educate the public about her neighborhood!
Phil was born and raised in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains just to the north of the City of Los Angeles, and has lived in Southern California his whole life. Constantly curious about his birthplace, he loves to read and talk about the city and its interesting path to modern metropolis. Phil enjoys the outdoor opportunities LA provides, having climbed most of the peaks visible from the tallest downtown buildings. He also enjoys the varied culinary options available in the city, especially the world famous Dodger Dog!
Chris grew up in Pasadena and has enjoyed taking the Gold Line into Chinatown, Downtown and Hollywood since he was in middle school. His passion for learning and education has led him to Italy as a student, Japan as a teacher and back to Los Angeles where he is currently in Cal State LA’s World History program. Chris is excited to lead tours about the city he loves, sharing his knowledge and passion with locals and visitors alike!
Originally from the Midwest, Michael first explored Los Angeles while attending college in Southern California. With a background as an academic and educator, he loves exploring and learning about the culture and history of the city, and he enjoys nothing more than sharing this with others. Along with exploring LA, he also spends much of his time eating his way through its diverse culinary options, and is always excited to share eating tips with guests at the end of a tour.