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.
Raised in the province of Neuquén, in the middle of her country where beautiful Patagonia begins. It was there, while travelling alone that she got to know and to feel all its magnificence. Since she was little she has professed a deep love for nature, a love which drawn her to mountaineering, bird watching among other open air activities. She has resided in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego for the last eight years; her work there as a maritime guide has brought her even closer to communion with nature. She complemented her activities with studies in maritime industry, restricted radio operation, and ship piloting. Currently she is an expedition guide with Australis and is supplementing that with studies in Marine Biology.
LENGUAGES: English, Portuguese and German
Born in Punta Arenas in late 1985. In 2004 Sebastián moved to Santiago to study Advertising, but after a few months he decided to switch to Journalism, major which he completed, graduating in 2010. After working for some time, Sebastián realized that press and media were not his vocation and decided to take a sabbatical year in which he traveled to Australia, working in areas as diverse as gastronomy and construction.
Due to his keenness on new experiences, he joined Australis’ team of expedition guides in mid 2013. Among his interests are music, to which he has been connected from a young age, architecture, political geography, and international cuisine.
LANGUAGEs: Spanish, 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
“The lamb that I ate and the lamb that I became”: That is how he describes the fact that he is from Santiago and Patagonia became his home. He worked as a tour guide in Torres del Paine and since last year he is part of the expedition team of Australis. He studied Translation and Conference Interpreting at the University of Concepción, being also an exchange student at the IIK Düsseldorf and at the University of Leipzig. Thus, he not only improved his language and intercultural skills, but also realized the tremendous importance of a smile and a good will in tourism. His passion is simple: showing the world the beauties that Patagonia holds and to make our visitors to fall in love for the pristine land he learned to love years ago. Therefore, he makes our guests feel at home, creating living memories and providing them with a unique experience. A singular way to achieve this, is through music. Once in a while he enjoys giving our guests a quena concert (flute from the Andes), while observing the awe inspiring landscapes that we visit… an unforgettable experience for sure.
Languages: Spanish, English, German
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.