My Patagonia Experience
My first encounter with Patagonia was more than fifteen years ago when I spent some time exploring the Carretera Austral with some friends and fell totally in love with the pristine nature, giant trees and verdant scenery all around. The glaciers crashing, the smell of the earth beneath your feet and the sound of rivers flowing totally delighted me, making me want to explore more and more of the region.
I moved to Torres del Paine in 2008 and began guiding for a hotel in the park, embracing my constant easy access to the trails. Subsequently, I worked for a guide company in Puerto Natales. For around six years I moved between Northern and Southern Patagonia, growing ever fonder of my new wild and adventurous lifestyle and always looking for a lost trail to hike or more mountains to climb. This taught me a different way of travelling and gave me a love for remote wilderness, meeting local communities and trail running.
Day to day at Swoop
I work remotely from Santiago in Chile to assist our customers, helping them with our local partners to enjoy the best of what all Patagonia has to offer. Torres del Paine used to be my home for more than six years, but since then I’ve been enjoying the experience of exploring different corners of the whole area called Patagonia.
Why I love Patagonia
I simply love Patagonia because is unique! Feeling the wind in my face while I’m gazing out at pristine and dramatic landscapes is my favourite feeling. Patagonia is always revealing secret new corners and wild landscapes to me, and I feel blessed and lucky to be exploring and learning about them.
The vast scale of Patagonia makes me feel small, and I always feel eager to jump into new adventures in its perfect scenery. I like that you can hike the same path several times, but there is always something unique to look at.
My next adventure
I’m visiting Torres del Paine with my family soon, one of my favourite places on earth. Longer term, I hope to see more of the Argentinean side, the wildlife of Peninsula Valdes and experience the gaucho lifestyle on that side of the Andes.
I would also love to keep exploring the uniqueness of Aysen and its many trails, and I am deeply interested in exploring the fjords and their abundant wildlife and glaciers, especially knowing there are still some Kaweshkar native communities living there.