New Orleans Secrets Tours was created to provide interesting and entertaining travel services to those who wish to learn about the incredibly unique city of New Orleans. We offer history, laughs, a bit of New Orleans magic and plenty of “ah ha!” moments for tourist and locals alike to enjoy. Our goal is to ensure every guest has a great time and leaves New Orleans with a new-found love and appreciation of this historically and culturally significant city.
Mark Aspiazu was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High school and then got his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans. It was there that he realized that the for-profit education industry just wasn’t for him. His passion was New Orleans history, food and cocktails. Mark spent his weekends showing people around the city wishing he could do it full time. So he did. In 2014 he got his tour guide license and in December of 2015 he decide to make the leap from Campus President to full-time New Orleans tour guide and he hasn’t looked back since.
Angela might be from the midwest originally, but she never felt truly at home until moving to New Orleans. Always ready to see performing arts and eat delicious food, this former creative director cared little about history…until New Orleans. Now she has a voracious appetite for anything that relates to the city–historical or otherwise. When not on a tour, you’re likely to find her with her fiancé, Mark, trying out the latest restaurants, discussing New Orleans history and culture over cocktails, singing along at Fritzel’s on Bourbon, watching the Disney Channel, attempting to dance, acting on a TV/movie set, or indulging in her favorite activity: traveling.
James grew up in rural Mississippi – the blues, the Mississippi River, and Southern folklore are all in his blood. At an early age, he set his sights on the big city of New Orleans. Following in the footsteps of an ancestor (a riverboat captain from the 1870s), he headed south and upon arriving in New Orleans knew immediately he had found his lifelong home. A tour guide for the better part of a decade, James now boasts degrees in literature and French history as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of his adopted city’s history, culture, and legends. As a Voodoo practitioner and paranormal investigator, James has been featured on Travel Channel’s “Haunted USA,” interviewed on podcasts from the UK to Malaysia, and acted as a consultant for theatrical productions, novels, and even television shows like NCIS: New Orleans.
Alexandra is originally from the small plantation town of St. Francisville, Louisiana, just a short drive north of New Orleans. At fifteen years old her first job was giving tours of the haunted Myrtles Plantation, and since then her passion for discovering and sharing Louisiana history and culture has been unquenchable. She moved down the Mississippi to pursue degrees in Theatre Arts and Communication at Loyola University in New Orleans – a city whose eccentricities and debauchery suited her so well she has since proudly called it home. In addition to leading tours, Alexandra enjoys acting for live theatre and film. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys freelance writing, trying new restaurants and bars, making terrible jokes and playing with her dog.
Theresa’s Louisiana roots run deep, with a grandfather from French Canada who was stationed in New Orleans with the US Navy, and a grandmother who immigrated to New Orleans from Sicily in the 1940s. Born in Baltimore, MD, she moved back and forth to New Orleans as part of a Navy family. After living back in New Orleans for 9 years and working as a bartender, she was regularly giving recommendations to tourists and finally decided to make tour guiding her career path. She now spends her time reading, visiting museums, and attending educational workshops. If you came back to New Orleans 40 years from now, you’d likely still find her giving tours! In her free time, she travels extensively and volunteers with the LASPCA and the Foundation for Homeless Cats. She and her fiancé (another Navy fella!) reside fairly close to the French Quarter in the Bywater neighborhood.
Jamie was raised about 35 minutes from New Orleans just on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain. Fascinated with New Orleans her whole childhood, she moved to the city as soon as she turned 18; she was 23 when Hurricane Katrina displaced her entire family. She relocated to the Caribbean island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands where there were other New Orleanians willing to help her set up a new life. Upon arrival, she couldn’t believe how much the Caribbean felt like home! Immediately homesick, she began to study New Orleans history daily as a way to soothe herself and to answer her questions: Why did New Orleans feel more like the Caribbean than the Old South? She found all the information so fascinating that she resolved to keep learning, become a tour guide, and share why New Orleans is so special to every guest she meets. An accomplished artist, she now creates paintings that connect New Orleans and Caribbean cultures, paying homage to both of the places she loves and the people who inspire her the most.