We're a small team of Patagonia enthusiasts. Most of us have lived and worked in Patagonia long before our Swoop days, and we still visit every year.
Between us, we enjoy mountain biking, wildlife spotting, trail running, bird watching, adventure racing and generally exploring the great outdoors. When we're not exploring Patagonia, we love nothing more than talking to people who are planning their own adventure.
Lake District & Bespoke Trip Specialist
Sally is a true lover of Patagonia with the lakes & mountains top of her list. Having worked as an English teacher and Tour leader in Chile and Argentina for 8 years, she has a diverse knowledge of Patagonia.
Sally has hiked and cycled throughout Patagonia for work and pleasure, and loves to end every trip with a juicy steak in Buenos Aires.
Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
Whilst working in the remote Patagonian region of Aysen, Harriet discovered trekking, the great outdoors and her future husband. She later spent two and half years biking and mountaineering throughout the Andes.
Harriet joined the Swoop team in 2014 and on her most recent visit to Torres del Paine and El Chalten she checked out both the traditional hiking trails and some off the beaten track trails.
Chloe is the longest standing member of the Swoop team, having joined in 2013 in a temporary role that swiftly ignited a passion for the dramatic peaks, glistening glaciers and diverse wildlife of Patagonia.
On Chloe's most recent visit to Patagonia in 2016 she was lucky enough to have up close encounters with breaching humpback whales, pottering penguins, hairy armadillos and even 2 female pumas with cubs. She is bonkers about trekking, wildlife, and water based adventures and can't wait for her next Patagonia fix!
Luke fell in love with Patagonia when he first trekked through the Andes some 15 years ago. In 2010 he founded Swoop Patagonia and since then has trekked, ridden and paddled thousands of miles throughout the region.
On his last visit Luke climbed to within 500m of the summit of Aconcagua and ran a 3 day ultra-marathon around the volcanoes of northern Patagonia.
Have you been lucky enough to live in Patagonia? Perhaps you've hiked from Villa O'higgins to El Chalten, explored the Cordillera Darwin Mountain range or visited Tantauco National Park. If you're as potty about Patagonia as we are, then take a peek at our jobs page for our current vacancies.
We're always on the lookout for Patagonia enthusiasts to join our team, so if we don't have any vacancies please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing about you and why you love Patagonia.
What Our Customers Think
Without your help, I'm not sure that we would have booked this trip. We really appreciate your genuine interest and enthusiastic assistance.
Anna November 2015
We really valued Swoop's expertise, and the fact that you had been to the places we were going.
Greg & Michelle December 2015
You couldn't have done more. Sally was excellent and helped shape and book our dream trip. We'd recommend you every time, and hope to travel with you again.
Graham & Nicky November 2015
Harriet and her colleagues helped take care of literally everything, from connecting us to great local tour companies, to suggesting packing and reading lists and advice on tipping.
Jake November 2015
Your best performances were in expedient and accurate communication - no question was left unanswered. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend you.
Ted November 2015
First-hand advice from people who know the region just makes planning so much easier.
Jenny December 2015
It is easy to put people in fancy hotels but hard to plan a trip that meets the individual’s needs. You planned just the right variety and pacing for us. Thank you so much for all your help.
Sarah November 2015
Thank you so much for your help in organizing this trip. It would have been most difficult for us to do on our own.
Eric October 2015
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Three reasons why you should to choose us to help you plan your Patagonian adventure.
1. We know Patagonia
We lived and worked in Patagonia long before our Swoop days, and we still visit every year. We only help people with extraordinary Patagonian experiences, because it's a region we're passionate about.
What this means for you:
We can give you advice and personal recommendations for where to go, where to stay and what to do. If you happen to be in the area (UK folk - we're in central Bristol), you can even pop into our office for a cup of tea and look our wonderful wall of maps.
2. We work with a network of over 100 local partners
Through our family of kayaking, horse riding, hiking and cruise partners, we've got the whole of Patagonia covered - no one else offers you such incredible regional knowledge. We know all our partners' specialisms and strengths and we can match them up with your needs and budget.
What this means for you:
We'll listen to what you want from your trip and we'll suggest an itinerary, trip or place to stay based on your exact requirements. We rarely arrange the same experience twice. Plus, because we work directly with partners in Patagonia, your money goes to the local community.
3. We'll help you arrange your trip in a way that suits you
You can book your entire, personalised trip with us or we can recommend local partners so you can book trips directly with them. Whatever help you need with your trip arrangements, we can also provide advice and support when you're planning your trip, because we know that creating the perfect itinerary is so important.
What this means for you:
Whether you just want us by your side, giving impartial advice along the way, or taking the reins and arranging everything for you, we'll help you plan and book your perfect trip.
Read more about the two ways to book your trip.
4 Types of Adventure
We'll provide our expert advice during the early stages of your trip planning, to help you decide where to go and what to do. Once we've worked together to create your perfect itinerary, we'll help you in one of the following ways:
A guided, multi-day activity
A multi-day activity trip, such as a hiking, kayaking or horse-riding trip, can be arranged to fit in with the rest of your plans. Guided trips are typically for small groups of no more than 8 people, but private trips and self-guided trips can be arranged too. We can help solo travellers and couples find like-minded groups to join. Find out more.
A hotel or ship-based trip
We can help you choose the perfect hotel, lodge or eco camp from which to explore the national parks by day and enjoy fine food and wine by night. Expeditionary cruises are also a great way to immerse yourself in Patagonia’s scenery and wildlife from a comfortable base. Find out more.
A group tour
Group Tours are fixed-itinerary trips of around 15 people. With set departure dates and prices making them easy to plan around, they can be either a simple and sociable way for solo travellers or anyone on a budget to fit the highlights of Patagonia into a short time frame, or a great core to a larger adventure. We can help you find the right group tour for you. Find out more.
A 2-3 week holiday
We can help you choose several multi-day activity trips, such as hiking, kayaking or horse-riding trips, and integrate them into your own itinerary. Or, we can plan and arrange an entire bespoke itinerary for you, including flights, buses and accommodation - doing the hard work so you don’t have to. Find out more.
We help our partners to market themselves to the international market; so when we introduce you to them and you book a trip, they pay us a small commission, and when you arrange your tailor-made trip with us, we are able to negotiate better rates with them and charge a small mark-up, to cover our time. Either way, the price you pay is the same and you'll benefit from our free, impartial and expert advice.