We are team of multidisciplinary experts in Patagonia who will give you a glimpse of the customs, experiences and virtues in the southernmost corner of the world. Giving our own perspectives, close to nature and the tranquility that only a trip through the calm of the fjords and icy southern breezes can deliver. All the adventure and experience of Patagonia, written in first person by those who daily get close to the flora and fauna of the Southern Cone
Mauricio was born in Punta Arenas, Chile in 1968. He has lived in Washington, USA, where he completed his high school studies and learned English and became familiar with North American culture traveling through 10 states in the country. He studied Engineering and Cinematography in Santiago de Chile. His relationship with traveling, mountaineering, and photography began at an early age in the Torres del Paine National Park where he worked as a guide in the summers of the 1980’s. Continuing with mountaineering and audiovisual production he went to Europe to form part of an alpinist group doing expeditions to the Pyrenees and Alps from 1995 to 2003. His enjoyment of the study and documentation of sites rich in natural history has brought him back to Patagonia. In 2005 he joined the expedition team of Australis where he specializes in history and the photography of flora, also a musician and loves sports. He is an A.C.A. level-2 certified kayaker.
LANGUAGES : Spanish and English
Australis expedition director Marcelo was born in Santiago de Chile, but has chosen to live in the Magallanes region. He started working on Australis until 2009. After a two year break, he returned in 2011 to guide and show Patagonia, “the most beautiful place on earth”, to our guests. He traveled to France where he perfected his French and he works guiding in Spanish, English, and French.
LANGUAGES: French, spanish and english.
He was born and grew up in Santiago until becoming an adult, at which point beginning a period of travel that would allow him to work and study in different parts of the world: Art History and science in Connecticut and Philosophy in New York. He travelled to the old continent where he pursued a degree in Philosophy specializing in Anthropology and spending his free time freelancing as a tourism guide in Rome. Before finally returning to his homeland, he served as a professor of ethics and civics in Mexico City. He moved from the piazzas and basilicas of Rome and the classrooms of Mexico City to set down in beautiful Patagonia where he combines his passions: discovery - enjoying the beauty and harmony and pleasure of accompanying groups of tourists to share the richness of the Magallanes and to somehow return the cordiality he received during his stay abroad. Among his interests is the study of the pioneers in the Magallanes just like Gunther Pluschow and Alberto De Agostini.
LANGUAGES : English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Felipe was born in Recife, in the northeast of Brazil on April 18, 1986. He spent much of his early life in Milan, Italy where he absorbed the language and culture of Italy. From there he was raised travelling through Europe and where years later he would return to study in Valladolid, Spain as an exchange student in university. He finished his studies in Industrial Design in his birth city in 2010, where he also specialized in product design and photography. His relationship with travelling, photography and his adventurous spirit carried him to visit beautiful places, learn about cultures and strengthen his various languages. From these experiences he saw the extremes, from the Antarctic Peninsula to Swedish Lapland and journeys through Latin America and Europe. A lover of nature and outdoor activities, he is dedicated to sharing his adventures which finally, have brought him to the extreme south of America, “the great Patagonia”. Australis expedition team member since 2014.
LANGUAGES : Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English
Born in Osorno, Chile. From a very young age she took a liking to camping and nature. She is an English teacher, a job she carried out for many years in Santiago. Her main passion is mountaineering, an activity she practices primarily in the central and northern regions of Chile. She is a member of the German Mountaineering Club, DAV, becoming its trekking director in 2013. Birds are her second passion. She is a member of Unorch (Chilean Union of Ornithologists).
In 2008 she moved to Patagonia Norte and became an ecotourism guide on a ship. Later on, she continued her path and today she is established in Southern Patagonia and has been working as an expedition guide with Australis since 2015.
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, French.
Rodrigo was born on January 1987 in Tela Atlantida Honduras. Son to a Honduran Mother and a Chilean Father, with Greek and polynesian descendent.
He did all his schooling in Atlanta Georgia in the United States of America where he grew up. After Starting college in Kennesaw State University, He left to Chile where he continued his degree at La Serena University to become a English teacher.
Posterior to that he wanted to travel the world to embrace new cultures and learn new traditions he’s been to all seven Continents, over forty countries. He’s been a proud member of Australis since 2015.
IDIOMAS: Español, inglés y italian
The daughter of Patagonian pioneers, she is a happy carrier of double nationality: Chilean and Argentine. She entered our organization after many years of experience in the international cruise industry. She speaks several languages: Spanish, English, French, and Italian and has knowledge of Portuguese and German. Her primary concern is the attention to our guests onboard. She studied tourism at Instituto Superior de Turismo Perito Moreno de Buenos Aires and holds a BA in International Politics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California, USA.
LANGUAGES : Spanish, English, French, Italian
Hi! My name is Cristóbal Villanueva and I studied Adventure Tourism at Inacap. I worked on cruises abroad for four years serving passengers but I had never worked as a guide until I joined Australis. Here, I’ve been able to develop as an expedition guide, getting to know Tierra del Fuego, its fjords, glaciers, and the area’s unique fauna. I never thought I could find a passion in the career I pursued, but we learn more about our destination with each training session and my interest in our activities grows. Seeing the expression of satisfaction on our passengers’ faces after each lecture is incredibly rewarding.
Furthermore, I speak three languages and intend to keep learning more so as to provide an ever improving service to Australis’ passengers.
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, German.
Agustin was born in a town in the outskirts of Paris, France. When he was 17 years old, his family offered him the opportunity to live in the United States for a year. That exchange was crucial for him in the following years, as it awoke in him the curiosity and desire to study the different ways people live in this world, which led him to studying anthropology. His thesis subject was the relation between man and nature.
Patagonia’s strong human history and unique natural settings attracted him. Embarking on Australis is now a means to explore his interest on people and the environment, as well as an opportunity to develop his thinking.
Languages: FRENCH, ENGLISH, GERMAN, SPANISH
Born in Mallorca, a small island in the Mediterranean. The fact that he has been surrounded by the sea from a young age marks his passion and profession, and leads him to study a degree in Marine Science. After 4 years at the University of Cadiz (Spain) he feels that it is time to change places and decides to do his thesis in Valparaiso, Chile.
Once he finishes his studies, he thinks that there is much more from Chile to know about, deciding to delay his flight and spend a few weeks in Patagonia, which inevitably become months after discovering the hidden beauty of this corner of the planet. During that period, besides traveling, he lives in the Magdalena Island Lighthouse studying the Magellanic Penguin for 2 months and it is then when he got the chance to know Australis, becoming an expedition guide.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English.
Cristian was born in the Italian island of Sardinia in 1975. In ’95 he went to Costa Rica for a gap year as a volunteer in several National Parks of that beautiful Central American gem. Later he studied sociology in Rome and became an activist in several European Youth Organization, he has been a trainer in Human Rights, in Conflict Resolution and in Leadership for almost ten years. As a professional international trainer he visited more than sixty contries in four continents, including very remote and diverse places such as Greenland and the Tribal Areas of Laos. After three years working in an Expat in South East Asia (mostly Thailand, Vietnam and Laos) he decided to settle down with a Patagonian girl he met in Sardinia and moved to Punta Arenas where he got involved at first in the fundraising for the Nao Victoria Museum and later assuming as the content manager of the Institution. During the five years spent in the Museum he became an expert in Explorers such as Magellan, Shackleton and the History of exploration of Patagonia in general. His hunger of knowledge brought him to become a part of the Australis Expedition team in the 2014/5 season. He later lived in Turkey from 2016 to October 2017 with his family publishing a international politics blog in italian, before receiving the call of the wilderness and getting back to the southernmost tip of the world to work again in the Australis family.
Languages: Italian, english, french and Spanish.
Javier was born in 1989 in the southern city of Punta Arenas. He has worked as a tour guide since 2007 in Punta Arenas. He lived in the United States for 5 years as an exchange student in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and as a college student in California, Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a major in Political Science from California University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Australis expedition team since 2012. His interests include sports and outdoor life.
LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.
Lorena was born in the heart of Patagonia in 1991, between ice and wind. Her curiosity leaded her to learn English by herself at 5 years old. When her parents bought a house next to the countryside she discovered her love for nature and the outdoors at 6 years old, declaring herself as lover of this southernmost land. At 12 years old were there first attempts in guiding in Torres del Paine. Later she moved to Santiago de Chile, where she attended Diego Portales University, there she became guide and nexus of the Exchange students in her career, Political Science and International Relations. This multicultural scenario woke up her necessity to travel abroad, Europe for the first time in 2014, and later to certify in Public Policy in University of Cambridge in 2017. She joins Australis in 2012 becoming an Expedition guide. Her main interests are vegetation and birdwatching.
Rodrigo was born in Punta Arenas, Chile in 1976. After working for 5 years in the Torres del Paine National Park, he decided to venture into the guiding, and since then he has been a local guide in Torres del Paine, Pali Aike and King Penguin Parks in the Region of Magellan’s.
He studied Tourism, Mention in Adventure Tourism in the Inacap Institute and later he took a Diploma in Tourism, Travel, and Eco-Adventure in Canada.
Languages: Spanish and English.
“Born in Punta Arenas in 1988 and reared there, Patricio’s love of sports and nature followed him throughout his childhood. He grew up with a natural explorer’s spirit. After studying English at the University of Magallanes, he discovered the world of tourism which would lead him to the unique corners of Patagonia. This further fueled his interest in learning and exploring. Avid for the knowledge that enables him to transmit in the best way to curious minds like his, Patricio looks forward to sharing this unforgettable experience as he plays, feels, breathes and listens to the spirit of Patagonia.”
Languages: Spanish and English.