Life before Swoop
I grew up in a small village in the French Alps, so mountains have always been a part of my life. I started studying psychology but I decided to switch to tourism, believing that travel is the best therapy.
In 2012, I decided to travel to Chile and I liked it so much that I never left! Since then, I've continued exploring this beautiful country a little more each year, and I can proudly claim that I am now “Chilenizada” (Chileanised!).
I have been working with travellers planning trips to Patagonia for six years now and each time I travel to the south I fall a little more in love with the landscapes and wildlife. In my free time, I hike around Santiago or go to the beach to enjoy the sounds and beauty of nature. I love outdoor activities like wildlife watching, horseback riding, photography, running and hiking.
My Patagonia experience
I’ve hiked the W Trek trails of the Torres del Paine National Park in every season of the year, slept in cozy lodges, and camped in the rain. My favorite month is April for the colours of the leaves and the mushrooms growing everywhere.
I’ve explored many glaciers in Argentina and Chile, including the Perito Moreno, Upsala, Cagliero and Exploradores glaciers. I've kayaked in the frozen waters surrounding Glacier Grey, galloped across the Argentinian steppe, run through the woods of the Lake District, and bathed some of the most beautiful hot springs of the world.
I’ve seen whales, seals, penguins, woodpeckers and hummingbirds, but also 3,000-year-old trees and rare orchids. I've learned about mystical beings on Chiloe Island, played a Mapuche 'Palin' game in a local community, eaten the best empañadas with gauchos (skilled horsemen) and fresh king crab from the Strait of Magellan. Patagonia is so full of wonder and beauty, you could never run out of things to do, and I still marvel with every visit!
Day to day at Swoop
I work remotely from the Chilean capital of Santiago helping customers find their perfect trip, just as I would do for my friends or family. I can definitely give the best tips for restaurants, hotels, activities, and places to see!
Why I love Patagonia
Patagonia is one of the few places on Earth where everything seems almost unchanged like it would have been thousands of years ago, before the arrival of humans. It's brutal and beautiful, shaped by strong winds and extreme climate. Simply standing among its vast landscapes gives you an indescribable feeling of humility, of being one small being in an immensity at the edge of the world.
My next adventure
Wherever, whenever, there are so many things on my bucket list! I would love to cross the Andes by horse and also learn how to surf.