Christian Van Aken, Operations Manager EcoCamp Patagonia
The most recent addition to the EcoCamp team, Christian grew up in Punta Arenas before moving to La Serena in the north. But now he’s back, and thrilled to be working at EcoCamp as it allows him to spend his time out in nature, as well as working with a team that’s as hardworking and dedicated as the one at EcoCamp. An avid mountain biker, Christian has one message for people wondering if a trip to Patagonia and EcoCamp is the right idea: “just come.” Can’t argue with that!
Nicole was born and raised in San Antonio, Chile but quickly traveled to some of the country’s most beautiful places to work in hospitality. She reached Torres del Paine National Park after providing service excellence to travelers in Easter Island and Santiago de Chile. EcoCamp is now delighted to have Nicole in the team and her permanent smile and dedication to detail are some of the great assets that make her stand out. Nicole believes EcoCamp is much more than a hotel. “This place creates greater awareness of the importance of protecting nature. It makes both travelers and staff members realize how complex logistics in remote places truly are, and the work everyone must do to lower EcoCamp’s footprint. This coupled with high-quality service makes for an incredible place to work.”
Claudio Fourcade, Head of Service
When not traveling to try new and interesting flavors and dishes, Claudio is hard at work in the EcoCamp kitchen, helping create the delicious meals that evoke the tastes and sensations of the region. As a chef, he recommends that travelers be willing to try and sample new things and be adventurous in their eating; "be open to new experiences," he says. He also loves being able to wake up every morning at EcoCamp and being immediately surrounded by nature.
Maria Aranzazu Azores, RSE and Sustainability
Leaving behind her native Spain in search of adventure, Maria is thrilled to join the EcoCamp team. Passionate about sustainability and ecotourism, part of Maria's job is to educate staff about all the ways that EcoCamp is sustainable through tours, lectures, and workshops. She says that living and working in Torres del Paine is a dream.
Ricardo Candia Mandriaza, Head of Excursions
Ricardo joined EcoCamp in 2016 and since then never stopped falling in love with the amazing surrounding trails. Ricardo is not only a passionate guide; he is also dedicated to offering the best quality service to travelers while working with a happy team of guides. Ricardo grew up between Santiago de Chile and the Lake District and used to explore the mountains at a young age. Today, he is convinced EcoCamp is not only about connecting with nature; it is also about connecting with people. And he makes it clear through his daily work.
Rene Bustamante, Administration & Human Ressources Manager
Rene joined EcoCamp in 2006 and worked for 6 years in the Puerto Natales' office before becoming EcoCamp's onsite manager. He now works in the Puerto Natales office Administration & Human Ressources Manager and Quality Management System: for sure a valuable asset for the company's service excellence (EcoCamp is notably certified ISO 14001 and ISO 9001). Fresh from his travels in Europe, Rene is excited to be making the transition to his new dome home in Torres del Paine! He enjoys working at EcoCamp "because of the good teamwork and interaction with people from all over the world". Born and bred in Patagonia he loves the region because of "the freedom found in all the outdoor activities and the long summer days with very short nights".
Fernanda Sanchez, Tourism & Transportation Manager
Juan Colín, Head of Acquisitions
A Puerto Natales native, Daniel always loved his region for the strong energy you can feel as you hike along the fjords, lakes, and mountains of Magallanes. A tourism and technology addict, Daniel opted for more responsible tourism while specializing in Ecotourism. He worked in various refuges of Torres del Paine National Park before joining the EcoCamp team in 2015 as Operations Assistant. Today, Daniel works as Computer Technician for EcoCamp which considerably helped the company to be more responsive through technology.
In his free time, when he's not lost into computing, Daniel uses to spend some good time with his children or relax on a Taekwondo session