Team Swoop

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.

The Team

Harriet

Harriet

Whilst working in the Patagonian region of Aysen, Harriet discovered trekking, the great outdoors and her future husband. She's also biked and mountaineered in the Andes. 

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David

After working in Ecuadorian tourism, David moved south to Argentina and worked as a guide across the region. He's now based in Spain alongside his wife who is from Patagonia.

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Iain

Iain

Having missed Patagonia as a tourist-trail backpacker in 2015, Iain realised what a mistake he’d made. He charted a return that same year and has relished regular visits since.

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Sydney

Sydney

Since Sydney's initial visit to Torres del Paine in 2013, she's explored the world but consistently returns to Patagonia, the enchanting place where her journey began.

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Danny

Danny

Meet Patagonia Specialist, Danny, a former travel writer covering South America, and long-time adventure guide who has made the Patagonian outdoors his home.

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Felipe

Felipe

15 years ago Felipe visited Patagonia on a bicycle, unsure what to expect. After backpacking half the world, he returned to become a guide and is now based in the Atacama Desert.

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Chloe

Chloe

Alps native Chloe, enchanted by the Andes, has lived in Chile since 2012. She walks, rides, cycles, or runs to embrace Patagonia's beaches, volcanoes, mountains, and forests.

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Peter

Peter

Growing up in Cornwall Peter aspired to be the next Jacques Cousteau. This led him to work on chartered yachts in the Caribbean and worked for some premier travel names.

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Hiking in Switzerland

Melinda

Mel's traditional gap year evolved into a 25-year transformative journey, with South America capturing her heart both personally and professionally.

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In the Bader Valley, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Nicolás

Nicolás, drawn to nature and adventure from a young age, relocated to Patagonia in 2015. A former adventure guide he now facilitates trips to the best of untamed Patagonia.

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Vistas from Cerro Paine, Patagonia

Tomas

Tomas, born and raised in the Andes, strives to showcase Patagonia's natural beauty and foster a profound appreciation for its preservation.

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Lujan

Lujan

Born and raised in Argentina, Lujan first visited Patagonia as a teenager and fell so in love with it that became a mountain guide and trained all over Patagonia. 

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Agustín

Agustín

With 7+ years in the travel industry, Agustín is an adventure alchemist guiding you beyond postcards, where awe meets effort, to truly enrich your Patagonia visit.  

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Lauren

Lauren

Lauren hails from Melbourne, Australia and after running a hostel in the Andes mountains has developed her own unique love story with Patagonia.

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Zoe

Zoe

Zoe's love for South America was ignited during a year-long adventure across the continent. Now, she curates adventures to cherished places in the Patagonia region.

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Lisette

Lisette

Always curious to discover new cultures, Lisette has explored the planet. Unforgettable journeys and people eventually brought her to one of the most magnificent places on Earth.

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Carys

Carys

Combining her love for travel and a need for speed, Carys is always planning her next adventure. She has a particular connection with South America where no two days are the same.

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Isidora

Isidora

From the first time Isidora stepped foot in Patagonia, she knew that she wanted to live there. After more than 10 years in Puerto Natales, she can call Patagonia her home.

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Cecilia

Cecilia

Patagonia is Cecilia's favourite place on Earth. The first time she hiked to the base of the towers she knew she wanted to do this for the rest of her life.

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Nico

Nico

Nico was born and raised in Santiago de Chile. He's a big lover of high-altitude mountains and any adventure that involves being in the middle of beautiful valleys and glaciers.

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Marcela

Marcela

Marcela grew up with the wind and solitude of the Patagonian steppe. Years later, she came back as a guide and tour leader, rediscovering that beautiful land.

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Rachel

Rachel

Rachel has been galavanting up mountains and down rivers around the world for 15 years and is now based in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

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Minerva

Minerva

Minerva, hailing from Mexico, first visited Patagonia in 2015, and her love for its vast landscapes makes it her happiest place on Earth.

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Alicia

Appalachian Ohio native, Alicia, is a forest walk enthusiast, loving mother, and passionate advocate for outdoor conservation.

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Join Us

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 advice@swooptravel.co.uk. We look forward to hearing about you and why you love Patagonia.

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What Our Customers Think of Swoop Patagonia

The whole trip convinced me that I was capable of more than I expected. From horseback riding across raging rivers to hiking 35 miles with blistered feet to finishing the W with a bad knee - I feel like I can do anything now. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2023

Olivia Hakan - USA

Swoop were very organised and accommodating. We booked the trip at short notice and they were really helpful. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Sara Wynne - UK

Already recommended you! Your customer service was incredible! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Ken Knara - USA

Appreciated all the communication from Swoop throughout the planning process - that was key and very helpful, not to mention comforting that we had everything under control! Read the full review

Travelled: March 2020

Rebecca Alegria - United States Of America

Swoop delivered at every step. The guides were great and attentive. The hotel selections were perfect. The transportation connections all worked. The background information was very helpful. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Tom Kellerman - United States Of America

The entire trip was seamless. Your suggestions were fabulous. I enjoyed every aspect of this trip. Accommodations were great, transfers were without issue and your insights were on point. The pace of the trip was just right. Thank you for your attention to detail, your great communication throughout the process. One of our top 3 adventures of a lifetime! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Kathy Murphy - United States Of America

Everything about this adventure was perfect. Your company was very helpful, organized, patient with all out change requests, you were informative and you made every aspect of this vacation enjoyable. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Dane Heptner - United States Of America

Use Swoop to help plan a trip to your liking, and create an adventure you will not forget. Travel in a group of four +/-, then you have a better chance of getting into small, incredible lodges that read "no tour buses"! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2019

Grover Meyrose - United States Of America

Swoop service was exactly what we needed. Sample pictures, lengthy descriptions, and thoughtful comparisons helped us to make our final decision between trips. Many questions came up regarding trip logistics, equipment, gear, and weather. Tasch walked us through answers with credibility given her research and own trip experiences. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2019

Matt Zablotny - United States Of America

I was so happy with the advice I received from Natascha. She was amazing, quick to respond (especially on our last minute timeline), and knew exactly what we wanted. More than that, there was no pressure to buy anything - just a true sense that she wanted to help make our honeymoon the best it could possibly be. I would definitely seek Swoop's advice again and I plan to use them for our next trip! Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Victoria Vuong - United States Of America

Swoop could not have been better. We originally planned this trip in October but my husband had an injury. Swoop helped us rebook the whole trip at a later time. Natasha was organized, helpful, always available for questions. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Pinky Stuhldreher - United States Of America

Swoop were excellent. When we first decided to visit Chile we had no thought as to some of the things we could do or see. Swoop guided us in this regard, gave us inspiration and arranged all that was required in Patagonia. It is difficult to know if anything different could have been done, other than extend our time in Southern Chile Read the full review

Travelled: January 2019

David Cook - United Kingdom

You made it so easy and so much better! Even though I still worried and stressed (because that’s the person I am), it was far far far less than if we organised on our own. It was great knowing you were there if we needed you! :) Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Anne Marie McGonigal - United Kingdom

Thank you for making this one of the best experiences of my life. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Dipesh - United States Of America

If you're doing a 2 week trip, either use Swoop or talk to a friend who's done it before and properly work through your itinerary. It's tricky to get the balance right between squeezing enough in, and packing it too much. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Oli Feldwick - United Kingdom

Swoop Patagonia was great at helping me choose the right trip. They convinced me to stay an extra day in Patagonia which I'm glad they did, otherwise I would have had too short of an experience since travel days really are only for traveling great distances. They also helped me plan for my stop in Santiago and the Lake District and I absolutely adored the boutique hotels they recommended. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Sarah Tocco - United States Of America

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Everything was perfect. Understandable and very informative. Swoop are very professional. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

Igor Gorelik - Russian Federation

Very pleased we booked with Swoop, it made the trip run SO SMOOTHLY and really allowed my father and I to be "on vacation" and leave the details to them. It's a big area, with lots of connections and timings to arrange, so going with Swoop allowed us to do so much without feeling the hassle. Our guides also did a really nice job of taking us to wineries and places to experience more of the culture of the area. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

CJ Newendorp - United States Of America

Swoop is an AMAZING company and I would go anywhere with you. You are worth every penny. Thank you for making my trip of a lifetime flawlessly amazing. It began with the wonderfully encouraging, responsive Natascha, then rockingly efficient Ange, then kind, patient and confidence-inspiring Fitzroy guides and amazing W guide. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

Hoang Phan - United States Of America

Swoop were patient and helpful as we planned our trek, re-explaining things and taking care of the necessary logistics in a manner that meant we could immerse ourselves in the Torres Del Paine completely without stress. Our only obligation was to wake up each morning, which is hardly difficult! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

Howard Williams - United Kingdom

Swoop did a great job from quickly helping us plan the trip, offering up a great itinerary to the emails and responses we received on the trip when something needed to change. We always received quick feedback on any questions we had, especially during the trip when we had to use the 24/7 support.

Travelled: December 2017

Jami & Don - California, USA

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Swoop was great. The itinerary ended up being perfect for what we wanted (a lot of activity, a lot of different places to see, and a mix of accommodation types). The team was always very responsive.

Travelled: December 2017

Alysha - Colorado, USA

Swoop's portion of the preparation was flawless. Your instructions were detailed and great.

Travelled: November 2017

Ryerson - Oregon, USA

Our experience in Patagonia exceeded all of my expectations; the scenery, the people, the places we visited. We were blessed with perfect weather, which made all of our hiking experiences amazing. The views and environment were even more striking than I had hoped. I can't recommend this experience more highly. I found the entire booking process easy and straightforward. The staff answered all of our questions in a timely manner and communicated effectively. This helped to alleviate any nerves!

Travelled: October 2017

Amy - Australia

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Chloe was attentive and I would highly recommend her to others. Swoop did everything right.

Travelled: March 2017

Ellen and John - Georgia

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We were very pleased with the service from Swoop. You were as close to perfect as we can imagine. Sally was great and patient in planning this trip with us.

Travelled: February 2017

Ellen - USA

Swoop were truly dedicated to curating a personal itinerary that included everything I wanted. They have trusted relationships with the local companies; we were matched with great local partners and it was very easy to communicate with both parties. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2017

Andrea Lora - USA

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I'm already looking at some future trips that I can take with Swoop. I feel confident that I will find just the right one with Tom as my go to guy.

Travelled: January 2017

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Harriet was very knowledgeable, it seemed like she knew parts of Chile backwards. She seemed to know the local operators & their worth. She was always on the lookout for what was available & ensured that I could make an informed choice.

Travelled: March 2016

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We really valued Swoop's expertise, and the fact that you had been to the places we were going.

Travelled: December 2015

Greg & Michelle -

First-hand advice from people who know the region just makes planning so much easier.

Travelled: December 2015

Jenny -

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Without your help, I'm not sure that we would have booked this trip. We really appreciate your genuine interest and enthusiastic assistance.

Travelled: November 2015

Anna -

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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.

Travelled: November 2015

Graham & Nicky -

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Your best performances were in expedient and accurate communication - no question was left unanswered. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend you.

Travelled: November 2015

Ted -

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.

Travelled: November 2015

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Why Swoop?

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.

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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.

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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 book a just one small section and do the rest independently. 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.

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Swoop and LATA

Founded in 1992, the Latin American Travel Association champions Latin America’s diverse and beautiful destinations. LATA nurtures a community of over 350 specialist members including travel agents, tour operators, airlines, tourist boards and hotels.

Swoop Patagonia has been a LATA member since 2016. Our membership is just one representation of our commitment to Latin America and our love for Patagonia. LATA encourage best practices and increase standards across all aspects of travel in Latin America, a mission that we believe benefits LATA members, travellers and Latin American communities alike.

LATA’s registered charity, the LATA Foundation, was launched in 2007. It is a volunteer-led organisation that brings LATA members together to support and fund grassroots projects throughout Latin America. The aim of the foundation is to give back to the communities that LATA and its members promote, in the hope that it will make a difference in the lives of Latin American people.

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Swoop says

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.