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Our Mexico Team

Dave Hensleigh and the AuthenticMexicoTravel team

People enjoy traveling Mexico with Dave Hensleigh’s AuthenticMexicoTravel (AMT) team, and Dave has selected the best of the best to make up his skilled group of guides. Dave’s wealth of travel experience, his keen insight on the land and culture of Mexico, his unbridled passion for the experience there- all of this combines to make him the expert in designing your Mexico trip. His team “gets it” with travel, and their deep experience and expertise have made AMT the premier tour provider in the less traveled places of Mexico. 

Roots- Dave is a traveler:

Dave hails from rural Kansas and was educated in the Midwest and Texas, earning an undergrad in Math and a Masters in Biology. All through his youth, the trails, mountains, grasslands and wild places of the Midwest and West were his haunt. One summer in college was spent roaming Yosemite, and since, backpacking the Sierras and Rockies has been a hobby. Dave is is a runner and he has a special connection to the barefoot running Raramuri Indians in the Copper Canyon area. In the pic below, Dave and his wife Debbie are releasing baby turtles to scramble toward the Pacific on a remote Oaxaca beach.

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Experience-We know travel:

For fourty years, Dave has been leading people on trips and adventures, and his cumulative experience in travel is vast. His specialty is designing custom trips and leading his team to provide the very best in culturally rich trips.

Vision-1. Excellent experiences, 2.Collaborate with locals, 3.Always authentic:

Hensleigh started AMT with a vision to give curious travelers a vivid experience in the true life of Mexico and its people- not simply a tour or vacation or resort experience. Recently, writers traveling with Dave on the Copper Canyon train referred to him as a “relationship machine.”  No one is a stranger to this guy, and he has friendships wherever he has traveled. Dave is creative and loves to facilitate the serendipitous journeys for which AMT is famous.

The Team- The best of the local, articulate, fun to be with experts:

Dave has assembled a team of the top guides and providers around Mexico that work together to provide vivid, safe and memorable experiences for each guest. This educated and savvy group are experts on  the history, wildlife, and lore of the Mexico. They are all local and are all fluent in the culture. They work together to make your AMT trip not simply a tour, but a rich, once in a lifetime journey.


Welcome aboard!

We travel often through Copper Canyon, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz, Mexico City, the Monarch butterfly reserves, and other cool Mexico spots.


Dave Hensleigh, 217.369.9897, davehensleigh@gmail.com

Puebla tours

My friend at her cafe in Cuetzalan–it all began with a morning walk.

Tarahumara runners

Dave and Debbie dropping into the remote home of Horacio Estrada –one of the top Raramuri runners.

Copper Canyon Guide

Gustavo Lozano–one of our mainstay guides in Copper Canyon, Mexico.