Born in Punta Arenas, Carola is the granddaughter of Villa Tehuelches’ (sheep farming village) founders. Growing up in the midst of Patagonia’s nature she quickly became a lover of the earth and her region, where she feels free and grateful for the wonderful natural scenery. She studied tourism and started working as a guide in 2003, getting experience in various places until deciding that EcoCamp was the perfect place to get different and unique experience, getting to know guests in more depth and learn about their culture.
Patagonia is Carola’s favourite place in the world but she also feel lucky to have visited Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, England and - her favourite places in terms of geography and scenery - Scotland and Switzerland. Carola’s hobbies include listening to all kinds of music including rock, soul and blues, watching funny movies to relax, cooking (and of course tasting the food!), drinking mate everyday and enjoying relaxing with mate on her patio at home in Puerto Natales when she’s not working. She also goes running with her dog and bakes when she’s not working in her ‘office’ (Torres del Paine National Park!) and likes climbing, cycling and walking along flora & bird observation routes.
Carola’s favourite food is cazuela on a cold day and pastel de choclo on a not so cold day. She describes pasta as her weakness and also enjoys seafood, sushi and pizza (she deserves it after days upon days of trekking!). Never found travelling without her camera, binoculars, torch, dry bags, thermos, water bottle, first aid kit, sun cream, sunglasses, music and book, Carola is always prepared and describes herself as persevering, precise and happy. Her top eco tip for hiking in the park is to bring used plastic bags to keep things in and bring a good flask to avoid buying water bottles.
She enjoys each of every one of the park’s treks and her favourite season is winter because the sunrises are beautiful, as is the snow covering the trails, and she can see picturesque details which are only visible during this quiet period. Her funniest moment came when a girl in her group sat down on a mata barrosa bush (check out EcoCamp’s field guide to see the picture!) to see just how sharp it was...big mistake!