Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No sea-sickness!
Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic Air-Cruise model.
In the early 2000s, a group of friends in Punta Arenas, Chile, came together to develop a new model of Antarctic tourism; one that would provide an alternative to the traditional navigation from South America across the stormy waters of the Drake Passage.
Their idea involved combining air and sea transportation: flying over the expansive ocean to deliver travelers to a waiting ship in Antarctica. This would avoid the difficult and uncomfortable navigation across the Drake Passage, while also reducing the total duration of the trip by four days. Like any fledgling project and given its uniqueness, the idea was received by the industry with some skepticism. Despite this hesitations, in November 2003 Antarctica21 began operation of its first air-cruise. A De Havilland Dash-7 aircraft left from Punta Arenas and landed at the Lt. Marsh Airfield on King George Island, Antarctica. There, clients boarded M/V Grigoriy Mikheev and spent six days visiting the South Shetland Islands, crossing the Bransfield Strait, and then sailing along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
More than a decade later, Antarctica21 now offers over 20 air-cruise departures each season aboard two different ice-class expedition vessels.
Thanks to our tireless expedition staff and our superior service, Antarctica21 offers the most extensive suite of Antarctic air-cruises in the world. We are proud of this achievement and we continue to improve. As the leading boutique Antarctic tour operator, we are constantly striving to innovate and develop our environmentally-responsible expeditions to the bottom of the world.
NOTE: “NOVANTAR S.A.” is the Exclusive Worldwide Sales Agent for all Antarctica21-branded trips. All trip invoices are issued by NOVANTAR S.A.
To offer the world the opportunity to visit Antarctica efficiently and in comfort with a unique fly and cruise combination.
To be the leading Antarctic tour operator specializing in air-cruise expeditions by constantly improving our standards and the professionalism of our team with a clear commitment to protecting the Antarctic environment.
Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No sea-sickness!
Save time! Crossing from South America to Antarctica by ship takes two days. Our flight takes only 2 hours!
We offer boutique adventures aboard small ships carrying a max of 71 guests. Spend time exploring, not waiting to disembark!
Mariano is a very accomplished polar expedition guide & leader in the Antarctic community. Drawn by his family's maritime tradition and passion for historical research, he began exploring Antarctica at age 22, after obtaining a university degree in Communication Strategies in Buenos Aires. He has been guiding in the Antarctic, Greenland, and Svalbard for over fifteen years and has participated in more than two hundred expeditions, both sea, and land-based. Besides his experience in polar field expedition work, he has been working with the management of the operations at Antarctica21 since 2010, specializing in expedition design, operational standards, and team development. Mariano is a TEDx speaker in Patagonia, he collaborates in various committees at IAATO and is a founding member and vice-President of the Polar Tourism Guides Association. As just for fun in his spare time, in 2016 he became the first person from Argentina to ski unsupported across Greenland.
Ben works as a Polar Expedition Leader and White Water Kayak Instructor, sharing his time between New Zealand, California, Norway, Denmark, The Arctic and the Antarctic. A degree in Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education has lead him to teach and guide in many facets of the outdoors in his 20 years as an educator. Ben’s passion for adventuring and photography have taken him on many trips around the globe including Svalbard, Greenland, Antarctica, paddling Uganda’s White Nile, the USA’s Grand Canyon and a month-long expedition in the Indian Himalayas. His passion for wildlife, adventure and people make him ideally suited to working with the thrills and challenges of life in the Polar Regions. When not building on his 100+ trips in the Polar Regions, he likes keeping things interesting with kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, and climbing.
Jamie is a marine ecologist, who spends as much time as possible in earth's most spectacular marine ecosystems. After two years overwintering with British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia from 2004, Jamie has been full time on expedition ships across the globe. He has logged over 360,000 miles and 2800 days on ships at sea, including 215 expedition voyages. Jamie specializes in marine and polar wildlife, global-scale ecology, human ecological footprints and glaciology, and has written about marine life and the polar regions for many magazines.. He has run marine biology courses and workshops to adults and school groups in London, Egypt, and Indonesia. Jamie has dived and free-dived all over the world, from under the ice at the North Pole to the Antarctic, and has logged 1675 dives in all environments. When not working, Jamie researches weird and wonderful marine life or travels in search of wild places and even wilder animals.
Having led passengers on more than 80 voyages to the Antarctic, Cheli is a seasoned veteran when it comes exploring the rich, breathtaking nature and animal life of this ever-changing environment. Cheli got her first taste of polar adventure leaving her native New Zealand for the Russian Far East and continued leading expeditions to both well-known and “secret gem” locations across Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, the North Pole, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the White Continent. Her passion for the Antarctic’s nature and wildlife has roots in a career spent on and in the water. Cheli started in the ski industry and went on to become a diving instructor with more than 6000 dives to her credit, besides being a Commercial Launchmaster. Her Teams work together to make the most of every opportunity. Cheli’s one piece of advice to make the very most of your Antarctic expedition is to remember to put down your camera down and let it all soak in.
Hadleigh has been living and working in the polar regions since 2008, spending most of his time on ice-strengthened vessels and icebreakers. Since graduating from university with a degree focused on genetics he has spent up to eight months of each year in the field. He works in both West Antarctica and around most of the circumpolar Arctic. In 2017 Hadleigh visited the North Pole four times. Hadleigh is from the U.K. though rarely spends much time at home. When not in the field he is often involved in operational consulting or enjoying some of his hobby sports including skiing, alpine mountaineering and mountain biking. He is also a keen diver and when recently living and working in a remote camp on Somerset Island, Arctic Canada he organized and conducted a series of dives with beluga whales. Hadleigh lectures on a range of topics including the fauna encountered in both hemispheres but devotes most of his time to polar history.
David is an experienced polar professional from Sweden. Since 2012 he has been splitting his time between the Arctic and Antarctic, working as a full-time adventure guide and Expedition Leader. David has a wide range of experience from leading expeditions on different ships to dogsled driving and kayak guiding in the coldest regions of the world. He has led expeditions in Svalbard, Greenland, Scotland, Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and of course Antarctica. In May 2016 David completed an unsupported crossing of Greenland's inland ice following the footsteps of one of his heroes, Fridtjof Nansen. The 600-kilometer long journey across the ice took 27 days. In addition, he has spent several winters driving snowmobiles and guiding for Sweden's Ice Hotel, often in -50degC temperatures. Beyond being a polar history enthusiast, David is educated in earth sciences and glaciology and is an accomplished lecturer.
From Vancouver Island, Canada, Mike Hann is a marine wildlife naturalist, skipper, musician and festival director with almost a decade of experience working in Antarctica. As a whale watching and diving guide, he's worked with endangered orcas in British Columbia and breeding humpback whales in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia. In 2007 Mike played an integral role in an unprecedented Antarctic marine research expedition aboard a 60-foot sailboat. The two-month expedition’s mission was to increase understanding of Antarctic orca populations through photo identification and humpback populations through the application of twelve satellite tags. At the completion of the trip, the team sailed back across the infamous Drake Passage and around Cape Horn, a huge accomplishment for any sailor. When he's at home, Mike manages Canada's largest outdoor concert venue and produces others, and somehow he still finds time to whale watch and play music with his band Quoia.
Marieke grew up in Europe, spending a lot of time in the foothills of the Swiss Alps and learning to cross glaciers before she could tie her own shoelaces. Developing her adventurous spirit, she took up speed skating, winning medals in the Dutch National Championships. After completing a degree & career in Psychiatry, she decided to explore the world feeding her soul with new adventures. She trekked extensively through the Nepal Himalaya & high Andes in South America. Marieke migrated to Tasmania where she found her calling as a Naturalist, developing & sharing her knowledge & love for pure wilderness. This continued with forays into the Kimberley region of Tropical Australia leading 4WD tours. Today she enjoys sharing nature's best from the bottom to the top of the world, thriving as the Assistant Expedition Leader & Naturalist in the Expedition Cruise industry from Antarctica to tropical Seychelles, Indonesian & Pacific Islands to high Arctic's Greenland, Svalbard & Russian Far East.
Sandra Walser was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. After receiving her Master's degree in history and film studies from the University of Zurich, she fulfilled her childhood dream by traveling to Iceland and Greenland. During this trip, she caught the notorious "polar fever" and just hasn't been able to shake it off. In the past few years, Sandra has been taking part in various expedition cruises and land-based journeys in Antarctica and the Arctic as a lecturer in polar history, naturalist guide, photographer, and Zodiac driver. Sandra joined Antarctica21's expedition team in 2011. She delights in sharing her passion and helping guests discover the magic and fragility of the bottom of the world, as well as experience the trip of a lifetime. When not on a ship, Sandra works in communication and event management. She speaks English, German, French and Italian as well as some Spanish.
A love of Nature and Wildlife are Ana's "leitmotif", Ana studied at the Argentinean Naturalists School and volunteered in National Parks. As a professional photographer, she earned experience in a renowned studio and in magazines specializing in travel, wildlife, and extreme sports. Ana co-founded her own photo studio in Argentina and has a degree from the University of Barcelona. In 2002 she started working as a photographer, equestrian, hiking, and kayaking guide for extreme sports companies in the Pyrenees. Then she became an expert guide in Central Asia and co-managed the Silk Route for five years. Ana has been working on GPI vessels sailing in various expeditions in Greenland, Baffin Bay, Canada, Svalbard, the Chilean Fiords and other remote places. As a zodiac driver, she participated in the SAR team of Doctors Without Borders in the Mediterranean sea. She has been with Antarctica21 since 2012 and nowadays lives in Valparaíso, Chile.
Hailing from Denmark, Pernille grew up in a little village, in a big house with an even bigger garden containing a lake. As a baby, she rolled into the lake and this was the beginning of her exciting adventures in the outdoors. Pernille is a lover of adventure and the outdoors. Since 2006 she has spent the boreal summers working as a rafting guide in Norway and California. She first journeyed to the polar regions in 2012 and was instantly sold. Since 2016 she has worked in the Arctic, guiding in Svalbard and Greenland. When not exploring, she is a competitive boulderer and indoor climber, competing both nationally and internationally. Pernille likes informing and educating people on Antarctic and Arctic wildlife, much like her grandfather in the 1950s touring Europe and the US with the world's largest and smallest mammals. Having gained a Bachelor in Social Anthropology she is halfway through a Masters in Copenhagen.
From the US, Sarah began working in the outdoors in 2002 as a professional ski instructor. She then moved into the field of leadership development while running training and leadership expeditions for MBA students around the world. She has worked as an expedition guide in Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway, and Patagonia among other places. Sarah has a B.A. from Elizabethtown College and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. When she's not working, Sarah travels with her husband, climbing, and trekking in remote parts of the planet. In 2017, they crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a Nautor 43, sailing from Rhode Island to Scotland. Sarah is trained as a Wilderness First Responder and completed courses with the American Mountain Guides Association. She began working in Antarctica in 2013 as an expedition guide and joined Antarctica21 in 2016. Her heart is in the polar regions. She deeply enjoys educating others on the importance of preserving these fragile corners of the earth.
Elena's penchant for adventure began at a young age while reading tales of polar explorers such as Fridtjof Nansen and Ernest Shackleton. The pull to the wild and unknown has taken hold ever since. Raised in the Pacific Northwest of the USA she spent her summers and winters playing outside enjoying hiking, biking, skiing and climbing in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Politics and Spanish in 2013, Elena walked 4,000 kilometers from Mexico to Canada to raise money for a sustainable non-profit in Bolivia, Etta Projects, that focuses on water sanitation and ecological latrines. Elena has been working on ship-based expeditions in the Polar regions since 2014. Her work has taken her to Antarctica, Svalbard, Greenland, Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Scottish Isles. With a particular fascination with the history of exploration, Elena loves to share her passion and energy for wild and remote places with fellow expeditioners onboard.
Falk has worked near all three poles (Arctic, Antarctic, and Hindu-Kush Himalaya). He has a life-long fascination with nature and its inhabitants on a global scale. Although he does a lot of research (Germany, Norway, Canada, US) his focus is on being a Naturalist in the Anthropocene. This includes exploring nature, ecology, biology, the atmosphere and conservation topics whenever they arise. Falk joined the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007-08 and published a book on those experiences. He is currently based in Alaska and has been exploring Russia for over a decade which allows him to pursue those aims. While tropical research is ongoing, e.g. in Papua New Guinea, the last four years he has been hiking and studying the Hindu-Kush Himalayas. He has published over 7 books on many topics, but he is always keen to learn more. Recent achievements of his work involve specific GPS usages and using climate data loggers together with online tools. He started working with A21 in 2017.
From the Netherlands, Hella holds a BSc. degree in Wildlife Management which led her to travel the world and gain extensive experience working in various marine mammal projects. Her belief is that education is the most powerful tool to create ambassadors for the natural world. She has studied marine mammals in the Scottish Hebrides, Pilot whales in the Canary Islands, Killer whales in Canada, Dolphins in Australia and Humpback whales in Mexico. She spent 4 years in the Azores as a whale watching guide and lecturer. Hella has also been trained and contracted as an offshore marine mammal observer in the seismic industry. Since 2016 she spent two polar winters guiding whale watching and northern light excursions in Northern Norway. She also guides expedition cruises to Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, East-Greenland and Iceland as a lecturer in marine mammal biology. Finally, at the start of 2018, Hella set foot on her 7th continent as a member of the Antarctica21 expedition team.
Allison was born and raised in Seattle, Washington (USA), and now lives in California where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research focuses on understanding phytoplankton within polar fjords. As a lead developer to the FjordPhyto citizen science project, she hopes to engage travelers in her research. She first traveled to Antarctica in 2013 aboard a research ice-breaker to the Ross Sea and later journeyed along the Peninsula with A21 in 2017. She is happy to return for another season as Lecturer & Scientist. When not doing science, you can find Allison traveling, scuba diving, ultra-running, cycling, or drinking a good cup of coffee. Fun Fact - Allison ran a marathon in Antarctica, dressed as a banana. Allison holds an M.S. in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation from Scripps (2017) and a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Earth & Space Sciences from the University of Washington (2006).
Kenn was born with a restless and adventurous spirit in Rhode Island on the east coast of the United States, where he spent his time wandering between the ocean and rivers. His travels eventually landed him in Alaska where he mushed dog teams and became a wilderness kayak guide. For over two and a half decades, Kenn has led hundreds of paddling trips throughout remote and pristine areas of Alaska, the NWT of Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, and Antarctica. Kenn enjoys cycling and hiking as well, having pedaled across North America, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian Islands, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Currently, Kenn spends his winters working in Antarctica as a history lecturer, and zodiac driver, and he spends summers guiding in Southeast Alaska. Gregarious and easy going, Kenn makes his home between the mountains and sea, at the mouth of Glacier Bay in Gustavus, Alaska.
Known as Snowy, Graeme is from Adelaide, South Australia, and has a professional background in electronic and telecommunications engineering. He joined the Australian Antarctic Division as a Radio Technical Officer in 1990, wintering at Casey station in 1991 and spending a total of 16 months there. Since then he has spent a further four summers working and living at Australian stations as well as numerous visits to stations of other countries He has spent much time at sea on extended research voyages in the Southern Ocean and he has been involved in many field research programs as a field assistant in areas as diverse as glaciology, oceanography, penguin and seabird monitoring and research, seal and krill biology, and whale observations and acoustics. In the polar regions he has visited much of East Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands, South Georgia, Heard Is. and many other sub- Antarctic islands, as well as Iceland, the Svalbard archipelago and Greenland in the north.
Fernando showed a special interest in birds that live around his neighborhood since his childhood. He grew up in the fields and wetlands of Lampa, a few kilometers from Santiago de Chile, where he early developed abilities to observe birds in his local environment. His first serious approach to bird studies was when he was invited to participate as a volunteer in waterfowl censuses and bird banding. This changed his mind and persuaded him to leave his current job as a landscaper to follow his true passion, Birds & Nature! He enjoys spending time birding, especially in the high Andes of Chile, where he co-leads a study on the charismatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. Feña is also one of the eBird-Chile reviewers and he is involved in several other conservation bird projects. He leads birding trips in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil. During his tours, he enjoys to teach about bird ecology and explain every side of nature.
Jonathan, from the UK, has been actively involved with the Antarctic since 1973. To date, he has a total of 15 Antarctic Summers and 2 winters. He has worked for the British Antarctic Survey as Glaciologist, Surveyor, and General Assistant. His winter experiences were at Fossil Bluff, a small 4 person base, totally isolated for 9 months at a time. He has also worked in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland - in his younger days! He is part of a Polar family - both his father and his son have spent a number of seasons in Antarctica - the only British Family to have 3 generations working in the Antarctic. He has traveled about 8,000 km inside Antarctica on Skidoos, living in tents (down to -49C!") for months at a time. He has been awarded the Polar Medal for his Antarctic work - so have his father and his cousin. He still loves sharing his passion for all things Antarctic. He has worked with Antarctica21 since 2013. He has logged over 25000km offshore sail cruising.
André was born in Santos, Brazil. Straight after graduating in Oceanography, he spent his first Antarctic winter on board the R/V Nathaniel Palmer cruising the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas. This expedition reached the furthest south position for a ship in these waters and was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the National Science Foundation (USA). This voyage was the start of his Antarctic career, from Ross to Weddell seas, spending many seasons on Antarctic land, ice and (under)water. His academic activities earned him a Ph.D. in Polar Oceanography at the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Germany). For the last 20 years, he has studied "the role of Antarctica in Global Climate Change," focusing on physical and biological processes in sea ice. Nowadays, André is Professor of Earth Sciences at Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, leading his research group, part of the international team of Past Climate Change Group. Andre joined the Antarctica21 expedition team in 2009.
Bismarck began guiding as an off‐road driver back in 2002 in Ushuaia for several years using the world famous Land Rover Defenders, combined with kayaking and hiking. He then tried the office at a logistics company but realized that his spirit was in the mountains, so he quit and came back to Mother Nature. He guides on and organizes hikes in the Andes of Tierra del Fuego and the Jungle of Misiones, going from the deepest cold and driest place on earth to high temperatures and rainy weathers. In the summer of 2011, he started working in Antarctica as a boat driver and did participate in every season since then. He´s been playing many different roles in the Antarctic as well as in the far Arctic, but what he loves the most is to drive and show people the wonders around. When he is not onboard or guiding somewhere, he spends his time with his family as much as he can.
Blake grew up in the South Island of New Zealand spending as much time as possible in the outdoors; kayaking, surfing, and climbing. His passion for kayaking came from racing in Canoe Slalom where he competed internationally. Drawn by a curiosity to understanding the ocean ecosystem he studied Marine Ecology at the University of Otago which gave him the opportunity to experience Antarctica for the first time in 2015 while on an Antarctic Ecosystems research voyage to the Ross Sea. He graduated in 2017 and has been working around the world as a naturalist, kayaking guide and research scientist. This has taken him to live in Alaska, studying bubble-net feeding humpback whales. Kayaking through USA’s Grand Canyon, and paddling a number of rivers in the Peruvian Andes including a month-long paddling trip down the source of the Amazon. Blake is always looking for the next adventure and loves to share what he knows about kayaking and the environment with others.
Dave Ritchie has headed the Outdoor Education and Adventure Tourism Department at one of New Zealand's most established training institutes for more than 10 years. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as an adventure guide and educator on all seven continents and still ranks Antarctica as "the one". Being a husband and father to two beautiful girls has not blunted his excitement for wild experiences - it just changes the way he goes about it.
Santiago is Chilean and developed his passion for exploring the outdoors as a young child. He works during the winter as a local ski guide in Malalcahuello, a small village in the south of Chile where he Co-Founded a tour operator agency. He graduated from university with a degree in computer science but with time his love of the outdoors grew stronger. He changed the direction of his career to pursue work in tourism that allowed him to be surrounded by the wonders of nature. He is a very enthusiastic musician, loves photography and art. His passion for being in the mountains led him to work as a ski patroller for 8 years, to travel and explore mountains in Canada, USA, France, and Japan. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and also carries a level 1 avalanche certification. His Antarctic career began in 2013 working as a communications operator in a remote camp and since 2018 he has been part of the Antarctica21 expedition team.
Wendy started life on a farm in northern New Zealand and has been recreating and working in the great outdoors ever since. This has led to a variety of occupations including milking cows and persuading dairy farmers to dig cowshed effluent ponds, teaching bushcraft to women’s groups, collecting vomit samples from albatross on the Snares (New Zealand’s northernmost sub-Antarctic island group), trapping and dispatching predators of native fauna, kayaking and snorkelling with university students in New Zealand’s fabulous marine reserves and travelling the bush at night to survey Kiwi to name a few! Following Kiwi (New Zealand) tradition, Wendy headed out for some overseas experience; during these adventures she found her husband on Fair Isle (a seabird paradise in the far north of Scotland) and a passion for bird watching. Her travels have taken her to Asia, North & South America, central Europe, Antarctica, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Nepal and most recently Iceland and East Greenland in search of wildlife. She has led wildlife tours throughout New Zealand, Shetland and Orkney Islands (northern Scottish isles) and the Bay of Biscay. Wendy is delighted to be on board the Ocean Nova again and is looking forward to sharing her passion for the natural world with all our guests. Wendy has worked for Antarctica21 since early 2013.
Keegan grew up on Salt Spring Island, a small community on the west coast of Canada. He was lucky to grow up exploring the coast by water and from 2010 onwards began working as a guide. Keegan has worked extensively up and down the British Columbia coast on sailing vessels, as a kayak and hiking guide, and has additional ski, mountaineering and avalanche training. Throughout this time period, Keegan’s main preoccupation has been photography, finishing a BAS investigating the implications and ramifications of political and conservation imagery in 2016 at Quest University Canada and has been working as a commercial photographer since then. His passion for wildlife and naturalism, in combination with his mad desire to photograph ice, makes him a quick to smile character aboard Antarctica21 Expeditions. When not surrounded by penguins, you can find Keegan kitesurfing somewhere much warmer, or creating imagery for clients wherever the assignment takes him.
Pablo studied Geography at the Universidad de Chile and has many years of experience carrying out glaciological and geodynamic research. During his university years, he focused on the application of satellite images to study the effect of volcanic activity on glaciers and climate change. While working at the university he taught principles of glaciology, geomorphology, and interpretation of satellite images. He arrived in Antarctica for the first time in 2009 during the International Polar Year as a research associate in a project aimed to better understand the relationships between ice shelves and glaciers. Nowadays he leads a team of geoscientists and mountaineers to study the dynamic of glaciers and the snowpack in the Central Andes. He also continues to keep an eye from space to observe the rapid changes of Antarctic glaciers and collaborates with Universities to sample snow and track black carbon particles in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Krystle is an Adventure Photographer, Cinematographer, and Director from Queensland, Australia, although she now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle in her quest to capture and present unique moments from extreme sports, expeditions, and adventures across the globe. Whether it is storm chasing through Tornado Alley in the MidWest USA, paragliding high above the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, Krystle strives to pursue fresh challenges, to seek out undiscovered layers and dimensions in her work, and is recognized for her creativity, composition, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity. She feels incredibly privileged to share her photographs with a wider audience, and her work has appeared in National Geographic, Outside, The Times, Red Bulletin, Huffington Post and clients including Canon Australia, Patagonia, KEEN, Outdoor Research, Big Agnes and more. Krystle's travels brought her to Antarctica where she began guiding in 2011 and like many others, became instantly entranced.
German lives in Bariloche, a city located in the northern area of Patagonia. As a child, he sailed as a skipper and crew-member in sailboats participating in several ocean-racing regattas. Since 2010, he has guided multi-day kayaking expeditions in Southern Greenland and Patagonia. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, he also works as a kayaking and mountain-biking guide spending his summers across the Andes between Argentina and Chile. He practices Telemark skiing and guides ski expeditions to the active volcanoes of the Chilean side of the Andes mountain range. German also organizes and teaches sea-kayaking courses in the lakes and seas of the region. He is trained in Wilderness First Aid, mountain safety and certified by ACA (American Canoe Association), and has been working with Antarctica21 since 2016.
Tim was first introduced to the Antarctic when he stepped off of an airplane at the U.S. McMurdo base in 1999, working for the U.S. Antarctic program building a new South Pole station. Once that first season had ended and he had returned to Colorado he immediately started looking for a way to return. Having been an outdoor guide/instructor, overseas and in the U.S. since the mid-80's, Tim began looking for ships going to the Antarctic Peninsula. In 2004 he returned to the Antarctic to work on ships as a zodiac driver, lecturer, and outdoor activities guide. Since that time, he has continued to return to the Antarctic, helping to share the magic and beauty of the vastness and wildness of Antarctica. And of course, as the joke goes, to be truly bi-polar, he has worked in the Arctic too! But the Antarctic, and especially the Antarctic Peninsula, is unique in the vast array of wildlife, and varying scenery unlike anywhere else I've seen on my travels. We're in for an adventure!!
Jakob, mostly known by his nickname Kuba, is from Germany. He has developed a passion for the outdoors since he moved to New Zealand in 2010. It was in NZ that he trained to be a glacier guide and he also obtained the Hard Ice Guide certificate from the New Zealand Mountain Guide Association. With those skills, he managed to work on the ice in places like Iceland, Chile, and Canada. Kuba loves the cold climate not only for work but also for traveling, mountaineering, skiing and various expeditions. The Alps, the Rockies, the Andes and many more are mountain ranges that he has explored. One of his biggest accomplishments was to climb mountains like the highest peak of Ecuador called Chimborazo (6300 meters). Kuba has many skills and among other things is a Wilderness First Responder. He participated in an Arctic Survival & Polar Training Course in Greenland in 2018 to be prepared for the adventures in the Antarctic.
Daniel was born in San Fernando, Chile, and in 1989 graduated as a Veterinarian at Concepción University. In 1997, he obtained a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from the Institute of Wildlife at the Veterinary Medicine Superior School of Hannover, Germany. He specializes in diseases and parasites of wild birds. At present, he is a Professor at the University of Concepción, Chile, teaching General Zoology and Ornithology for students of Veterinary Medicine. He has led various research projects focused on diseases in wild birds, published about 300 papers in national and international journals and written nine book chapters. In the last nine Antarctic seasons, he has studied the parasites and diseases of penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula and has recorded important findings. In addition, he has climbed the highest mountains of the Andes, as well as mountains in Africa and Europe. His native language is Spanish but he also speaks German fluently and understands English and Portuguese.
Nigel has always had an interest in the outdoors and wildlife. He initially visited Antarctica as a chef where he completed 6 summers and 3 winters on British research stations. At Signy Island in 1993, he learned to scuba dive and between late 1994 and early 1997 he was based at the Antarctic station Rothera, during which time he claims to have become the world expert on the birds there! In 1998 he became the proud recipient of the British Antarctic Survey's Fuchs Medal. In 1998-9 he was one of the teams at Port Lockroy and spent the winter of 2000 volunteering on Macquarie Island helping a team studying Elephant Seals. Following that, he began working as an ornithologist and naturalist on expedition cruise ships in the Polar regions and, over the last 18 years, has completed innumerable voyages to many parts of Antarctica, and 7 seasons in the Northern polar regions. He is passionate about all things Antarctic and loves to share his considerable enthusiasm and knowledge.
Willie is from Chile and has had a 25-year career, guiding from the Atacama desert to the southernmost trek of the earth in Navarino Island. He started diving in 1993 becoming a Divemaster, and later on an NACD Cave Diver in Mexico. He also worked as underwater and surface cameraman. When studying Ecotourism, he tried mountaineering, taking that to a professional level. He has been guiding in South America for years, including "Aconcagua" (at 6.962 m the highest mountain in the Americas). In 2014 he was a guide and base camp manager for an Everest Expedition. His first steps in Antarctica were in 2006, leading team building expeditions. He has been part of the Antarctica21 team since 2015 - as a Mountain Guide. His approach? "Antarctica is one of the last pristine corners of the planet, where the human being is still considered as equal and not feared by its wonderful creatures, a unique opportunity to experience that balance up close".
Rodrigo is a Marine biologist, guide and professional photographer who has been. Passionate about everything related to nature since childhood. His work on scientific expeditions with marine mammals acquainted him with photography and today he has become a well known and much-respected wildlife photographer. Many of his works have been published in various magazines and books that specialize in nature photos and education. Today he works as creative director, expeditions guide, teacher, and media coordinator for Antarctica21 and has been visiting Antarctica for more than 12 years.
Felipe was born in Santiago de Chile. He obtained his professional training as a Mountain Guide at ITUR University of the Frontier in the south of Chile. His main passion is to travel and gain experience climbing or skiing around the world. He also has several certificated qualifications related to outdoor life as wilderness first responder, crevasse rescue, survival and polar training in Greenland and avalanche training in Canada. His main professional experience has been as avalanche advisor for important mining companies in Argentina and Chile; and guiding in isolated and cold terrain such as Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica. Felipe has been collaborating with Antarctica21 since 2013, nowadays becoming the head of the logistics team in the field.
Nico was born and raised in Chile, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He is a Mountain Guide, an AMGA Rock Climbing Instructor, and a professional Photographer. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Ecotourism Project Management and his background is related to project development and management, outdoor education, wilderness leadership expeditions, training technical outdoor skills, and high-performance team development. He joined the Λ21 team in 2013 when he made the first ascent of The Sharp Peak, the mountain shown on the old logo of the company. He has been part of the A21 team since then. For the last 12 years, Nico has been traveling the world. He has led expeditions in five of the seven continents and climbed in mountain ranges including the Andes, the Arctic, Antarctica, Himalayas, the Rockies, the Alps in Europe, the Southern Alps in New Zealand, the Blue Mountains in Australia and South Africa. He loves being a nomadic traveler, to share photos, stories and to inspire others.
Mariela is a designer by profession and a naturalist guide & photographer by true passion. She was born and raised in Santiago de Chile and studied Strategic Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica. Since 2012, she has worked as an outdoor guide, leading hikes, horseback rides, backcountry expeditions, and wildlife photography trips. Mariela started guiding among the ice-covered peaks of Patagonia, where she discovered her passion for nature photography, using it to inspire and connect people with nature. Ever since she’s been exploring and documenting at high latitudes in both South and North America. She has worked in Nunavik, Canada, both tracking wildlife, such as wolves, caribou, and musk-ox, in the tundra, and co-guiding polar bear expeditions. During her career in the outdoors, she has developed a strong sense of wilderness ethics and conservation, and she is training in mountaineering skills and outdoor education.
Sofia was raised in a family whose lifestyle is closely intertwined with the outdoors, nature and adventure. She grew up in Argentina, near Peninsula Valdes in Northern Patagonia. It is there where she developed her love for the sea and way of life which she shared fully with nature from an early age. She has worked as a Skipper on whale watching tours since 1998, specializing in marine wildlife in Peninsula Valdes. Sofia regularly collaborates with wildlife documentary film crews, such as National Geographic and BBC, as a support diver and guide. She started sea kayaking in 2004 and had participated in numerous expeditions exploring the coast of Patagonia. Sea kayaking was the right path to pursue, guiding kayak trips as a different way to connect with nature, enjoying the biodiversity and wild seas of Patagonia, and alternating it with Southern Right Whale Watching along the season.
Growing up in a small tourist town in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Jess was introduced to the outdoors before she could walk. Coming from a family with a strong kayaking background, water became the focus early on, with family holidays spent whitewater rafting and kayaking around New Zealand. Jess represented New Zealand in Canoe Slalom throughout her teenage years, traveling through Europe and the United States training and competing. While completing a Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding, her dream to sea kayak guide in Antarctica was born and in 2015 Jess moved to Fiordland National Park to guide in one of the most scenic and remote areas of New Zealand. In between seasons, she spent her time traveling in North America and skiing in New Zealand. In 2018, Jess returned to University and is studying a Degree in Environmental Management.
Veronica was born in Santiago, Chile, and joined Antarctica21 in 2016. At an early age, she developed an interest for the outdoors. Camping in the south of Chile was her first experience of nature and wildlife. While pursuing her BA in Visual Arts she had the opportunity to learn mountaineering, an activity that became key in her life. She has worked as a trekking guide in Torres del Paine National Park and participated in various expeditions in the Andes Mountains and Africa. Nowadays she divides her time between her passions, working as a visual artist, professional photographer and mountain guide on team building leadership expeditions in the Atacama Desert, Navarino Island in Patagonia, Appalachian Trail in the U.S. and King George Island in Antarctica. Veronica holds a Masters Degree on Visual Arts/Photography from Parsons New School for Design, NY; and her work has been exhibited and published in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and the U.S.A.
Sergei grew up beyond the Arctic Circle in a small village located deep in Russia’s North. He fell in love with Antarctica when he first arrived in 2010. In Antarctica, he worked on the ground accompanying and supporting tourist groups throughout their expeditions in the interior of the continent. Also, he was responsible for environmental and logistic operations in the deep field. Sergei took part in 1 month long 4x4 expedition to 83˚ South Field Depot as support for an IL-76 fuel para-drop, driving a total distance of over 3000 km through the interior of Antarctica.
Nicolas was born and raised in the countryside of Santiago, Chile. From his childhood he was involved with the outdoor world, leading him to explore and capture remote places with his camera. He studied Business and Economics but his passion resides in photography, nature and outdoor sports. Today he works mainly for the outdoor industry. From north to south he has been involved in numerous expeditions, especially in the well know “Patagonia” area, his backyard as he calls it. If he is not in the mountains, in cold places, mountain biking, hiking or split boarding you might find him teaching night photography in Chile. In 2014 he becomes a polar explorer working for the Antarctica21 family in different positions. Expedition guide, zodiac driver, mountain guide, but mainly as a photographer. Since then he got “the bite” and it has been impossible for him to stop coming back to Antarctica.
Wildlife has always been a passion for George while growing up in Taiwan and the Jersey Shore. After serving his time in Bermuda as a software engineer, George pursued wildlife and photography by guiding nature enthusiasts & photographers in the Neotropics & Asia in places like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, and Borneo. Feeling more at home in warmer climates like the Amazon rainforest, George joins Antarctica21 in 2019 well prepared with 4 layers of down jackets. George also speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently.
Wei is an underwater photographer and has been organizing and leading diving expeditions all over the world for over a decade. Her underwater photographic work is featured in magazines and newspapers in China and the US. She was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. Wei speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and German. She joined the A21 expedition team in 2016 and loves exploring the polar regions as an expedition guide.
Luyang was born in Beijing, China, where he spent his childhood. Afterward, he moved to Chile with his father, in order to discover the world and also to learn another language, besides English. He studied Tourism and Culture Administration in Universidad de Valparaiso and earned an MBA. He has been working as a tour guide and translator since 2010 and has participated in different conventions and forums as an interpreter, even in places like Easter Island. He prefers to be called Lu, and he speaks fluently in 3 languages, English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He is passionate about history, in fact, one of his favorite hobbies is the historical re-enactment, besides practicing archery. He has worked with Antarctica 21 since 2015.
Andrés, born and raised in Chile, is one of Greenpeace's most experienced speedboat drivers. Since his childhood, he has been in contact with the mountains, forest, and the sea. His love for nature led him to study forest engineering, a career that took him countless times to visit the Patagonian forests. His career took him from Greenpeace Chile to the logistics team in Germany, later to the Czech office and finally England, becoming the manager for the logistics team in the UK. Since 2006 he has worked as a boat driver and engineer on expeditions in the Amazon, Antarctic, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and many more. Since his first time in Antarctica in 2012, working with Antarctica21, he fell in love with the White Continent, a place he keeps returning to. When Andrés is not sailing he works as a high-speed navigation instructor, training coastguard boat drivers, and crew around the globe.
Anastasiia was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She studied Statistics, Economy, and Finances at St Petersburg State University and graduated with honors. She has been an avid traveler and started by exploring her own country, including some remote zones in the north and the Far East. She then followed her passion for travel throughout Asia and Europe. Since March 2013 she has been traveling throughout South America and was charmed by Patagonia. She has visited approximately 40 countries. Anastasiia has worked in the tourism industry as a receptionist, hostel manager and tourist guide in Russia. She enjoys history and languages, as well as outdoor activities, trekking, and nature. Anastasia joined Antarctica21 in 2015.
Since she was little she has valued and respected nature, she has had the fortune of growing up in Chiloé Island, a quiet and natural environment, away from the big cities. This respect for nature made Monserrat study something related to it, Ecotourism, this time in Santiago, the capital. The career has allowed her to live a different kind of experience such as outdoor sports, and that's what took her to love rock climbing and mountaineering. One of her greatest sporting achievements was the expedition to the highest mountain in Chile "Volcan Ojos del Salado" in 2018.
Hector Alejandro Burgos Alvarado was born in 1977 in the city of Punta Arenas. He studied at the España School, and later at the Polytechnic School specializing in Internal Combustion Mechanics. He continued his studies at Punta Arenas INACAP, where he graduated in Risk Prevention Engineering. He started his professional life in ENAP in the area of drilling. Later, he started his own transport company and now has 8 years of experience specializing in school transport. He is the father of two children. He is also the leader and team captain of Punta Arenas Extreme Sports Team "Air Soft", achieving significant victories at regional, national and international level. Héctor joined Antarctica21 in 2010.
Diana was born in Italy. Driven by her passion for Patagonia and Antarctica, she settled in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, working as National Parks guide and sailor on yachts offering charter exploration of Cape Horn. Her first time in Antarctica was aboard an Argentine Navy vessel in 1989 escorting a group of tourists. Since then she returned numerous times as naturalist guide, expedition leader, and observer. Author of one of the first field guides on Antarctica, she cooperated with the Argentine Government on Antarctic tourism management projects. In 1995 she returned to Italy where she collaborated as logistics coordinator in the framework of a European scientific campaign on ozone research in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In 2005 she was recruited by Antarctica21 as expedition leader and two years later she increased her collaboration as Product and Sales manager. In 2010 she accepted a further professional challenge by leading the department of Operations and Product for Antarctica21.
Born in Italy, Francesco has lived his entire adult life in Canada, where he graduated from York University. Francesco was involved with his family’s wine business back in Italy and in 1996, he joined the adventure travel industry. He has since worked in a number of senior sales and marketing roles with leading polar expedition companies. He also worked as a travel columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s prestigious national daily newspaper. Francesco now leads the team responsible for Antarctica21’s commercial operations. During his career, Francesco has travelled extensively around the world and has established close partnerships with a vast network of polar travel specialists and tour operators that collaborate with ANTARCTICA XXI. He splits his time between his base in Toronto and ANTARCTICA XXI’s head office in Punta Arenas. Known for his creativity and passion for adventure travel, Francesco feels privileged to be able to apply his energy and talents to the promotion of Antarctic tourism. Francesco speaks English, Spanish and Italian.
Sandra was born in San Fernando, Chile, a town in the Colchagua Valley, near Santiago. She completed her university studies at the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and an MBA. Starting her career in 1994, Sandra has worked with various Chilean and multinational companies such as ING, ACNielsen and Correos Chile, where she took on different management and leadership positions. During her career, Sandra has worked in Buenos Aires for two years, a role that involved frequent travel throughout Latin America and the US. Subsequently, Sandra spent a year in the US, based in Stanford, CT. After more than 15 years working in Santiago and abroad, Sandra and her family made the move to Punta Arenas. Delighted by the beauty of Patagonia, Sandra and husband appreciate raising their three young children in the region’s healthy and natural environment. Sandra joined the team Antarctica21 in July 2013.
Juan Cristobal was born in Santiago, Chile. After studying engineering and managing the South American marketing activities of a Canadian company involved with forest fire-fighting, in 2002 Juan Cristobal moved to Torres del Paine National Park to work at a local luxury hotel, first as a guide and then as operations manager. He lived and worked in the Chilean Patagonia for more than 6 years, developing a passion for the travel industry and for photography. During this time, he travelled extensively throughout South America, visiting Antarctica for the first time in 2005. In 2007 he moved to Barcelona where he served as new business development manager for a major Chilean hotel chain and for a portfolio of specialist tour operators. In his career as a sales representative, he has developed excellent relationships with a large international network of tourism operators. In 2012 Juan Cristobal joined Antarctica21’s sales department and was quickly promoted to the position of Account Director with responsibility for a team of Account Managers. Juan Cristobal speaks Spanish, French and English.
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Carolina was born in Santiago, but lived most of her childhood and adolescence in southern Chile, where little by little she developed her passion for nature and outdoor activities, which eventually became her vocation and career. She studied Technical Tourism in Duoc UC, where she graduated with honours and she recently graduated in Ecotourism, completing her outdoor professional education. Her studies have taken her to explore all of Chile, from the north to the south. Carolina has worked in different areas in tourism, always standing out by her commitment, enthusiasm and joy she brings.
Carolina was born in Punta Arenas, and after completing her studies at Universidad de Magallanes, she obtained her degree in Economics. Then she moved to Strasbourg, France to continue her education, earning degrees in Law and Financial Management. Afterwards, she returned to her hometown, where her career took a sudden change towards tourism, as a lecturer and naturalist guide in the region of Magallanes and Tierra del Fuego. She has spent 4 years working in maritime expeditions between the Magellan Strait and Cape Horn. In this region she has discovered a passion for nature and wildlife. She also studied at Universidad de Magallanes obtaining a certificate in Biodiversity of Patagonia. Carolina joined Antarctica21 in 2011, being in charge of organizing land service operations for Antarctic voyages. Since 2015 she was promoted as Logistics Manager, responsible for the assuring the logistics for Antarctica21’s operations and coordinating the team of assistants.
Noelia was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and spent her childhood in several cities in Latin America, such as Piura and Lima in Peru, Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, and Salta in Argentina. After finishing high school, she returned to her hometown where she graduated from the National Technological University of Mendoza with a major in Tourism Business Management. Since then, Noelia has worked in a number of tourism businesses, including several hotels and an airline, gaining strong experience in customer service and operations. In early 2015, Noelia moved to Santiago de Chile and started working with the sales team at Antarctica21. Two years later she was promoted. She currently manages the Booking Team and is responsible for the administration of the company’s sales processes. Noelia loves nature and the outdoors, enjoying hiking, trekking, and kayaking. She speaks Spanish, English and Italian.
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Mauricio was born in Santiago and had his first big trip at the age of 6, when he took off for the Geneva Airport. He stayed in Switzerland for 8 years. Throughout his childhood there he was exposed to different languages and cultures, which opened his heart and mind to the world. Back in Chile, he studied Economics and Business at the Universidad de Chile, specializing in International Marketing. Mauricio’s introduction to the travel industry came through his assignment at Turismo Chile, the entity responsible for the promotion of Chile as a travel destinations. Prior to joining Antarctica21 Mauricio was Sales and Marketing Manager at a leading Chilean destination management company that offers luxury travel experiences. He has traveled to an endless list of cities around the globe and has explored Chile in depth from Atacama in the north to Patagonia on the south, including Easter Island. As Account Manager for the United States and Canada, Mauricio supports Antarctica21’s agent partners with all their business needs. Mauricio is a passionate promoter of Antarctic travel in Spanish, English and French.
Fred DeSousa has logged a total of 36 years in the travel industry. Born on the island of Madeira into a family where his father worked in the tourism industry, Fred quite literally grew up in the business. His father’s job meant that his playgrounds were the lobbies of resort hotels and their swimming pools and tennis courts.
Fred’s first ‘real’ job in the tourism industry was as a manager of a major hotel chain with headquarters in New York City dealing with front and back office operations and later with group sales which required stints of service in locations such as Acapulco and Bermuda. Fred continued with sales and operation positions for a series of tour retailers and wholesalers, where he learned about tour design and brochure production. He also learned about the airline industry from the inside when he worked for Norvista, a tour division of Finnair.
Fred joined Travel Dynamics International in 2000, where he played a number of key roles in the company which operated cruises aboard small ships all over the world with a primary focus on the alumni associations and non-profit organizations. After Travel Dynamics sold part of the company to Ponant, Fred continued with Ponant for several years in sales and operations. Fred has visited Antarctica several times, which is one of his favorite destinations and a place he admires and respects.
Paulina was born in Concepcion, Chile. Her passion for travel and exploration began when she was just a little girl. Her father’s work required frequent relocation and by the time Paulina turned 12 years, she and her family had lived in 12 different cities! After graduating with a degree in Public Relations in Santiago, Paulina’s family encouraged her to travel abroad. She moved to London, England, and from there she travelled to many different destinations, learning about the world and experiencing new cultures. When Paulina returned to Chile she managed to turn her passion for travel into a career, first by joining a private aviation company, and later as the Commercial Manager for a Chilean luxury cruise company. It was during this time that Paulina developed a passion for wildlife, nature, and especially Patagonia. In May 2016 Paulina joined Antarctica21 as Account Manager for Europe and Latin America. She brings with her many years of experience, a large network of relationships with travel industry professionals from around the world, and superior customer service skills.
Benjamin Garcia was born in Santiago, Chile. After completing his studies in business and administration, and working in the retail sector for a couple of years, Benjamin decided to travel and experience the world. For one year he explored Europe and Asia, learning about new cultures and seeing different ways of life. That experience opened the door to his first job in tourism, at the main ski resort in Chile. He then worked for a major experiential travel company, promoting and selling a variety of exclusive travel programs in Chile. Looking for a new challenge, in 2010 Benjamin moved to Australia. From there, for over five years he worked for the main South American airline where he developed a deep understanding of the tourism industry in Australia and in the Asia Pacific region. Benjamin joined Antarctica21 in April 2016, bringing with him his sunny personality, his dedication, and his vast network of industry relationships. He speaks English and Spanish.
Alexandra was born in Canada, but she and her family moved to Chile at the age of 8, where her family is originally from. This big move at a young age would be the turning point in her life which made her realise that there was a whole world to discover. As soon as she finished her studies in translation, linguistics, and communication, she moved to live in Amsterdam for 3 years, then in Munich for 3 years, and then decided to have a larger adventure and took a full year off to travel around the world.
Ale feels passionate about travel, adventure and taking good care of our planet and has joined the Antarctica21 team to share this passion with those who want to explore the White Continent.
Julijana was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina. At the age of 11 she moved to Croatia along with her family due to the political situation in her country and that is where her passion for travelling and meeting new cultures begun. She then moved to Italy and after that to Spain where she graduated in Art History and Tourism Management. After spending a year in Ireland, she started to build her career in hotel industry in Tenerife, Canary Island working for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. That experience gave her the opportunity to work in an international environment, serving the needs of many travellers from different cultures. Working in different locations such as Barcelona and Abu Dhabi helped Julijana gain further experience in customer service and in the operation of luxury hotels. Her love for culture and art converted her into an unstoppable traveller. In 2015 Julijana got a Master’s Degree in Quality Management and Excellence in Organizations and settled in Chile where she fell in love with its nature and culture. She joined Antarctica21 in October 2016 as Travel Consultant. She loves the outdoors, and especially enjoys skiing and trekking. Julijana speaks Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, English as well as some Russian, Italian, French and German.
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Sebastian was born and raised in Santiago de Chile, which is also where he studied Tourism Management. After working in a number of travel agencies, Sebastian joined Royal Caribbean, the international cruise line, and for six years sailed the ocean and travelling all over the world. During that time, Sebastian nourished his desire to learn about other cultures and countries. Back in Chile, he continued to work in the travel industry, applying his skills with several hotels and tour operators. He developed a fascination for Antarctica during a three-year stint in the commercial department of an Antarctic cruise operator, where he was in charge of their booking department and travelled to Antarctica for the first time. He joined Antarctica21 in early 2015, following his passion for the White Continent. Sebastian speaks Spanish, English and some French.
Otto grew up in a countryside town in South Africa. Following a year in the army for national service, Otto learned the art of photography, and joined a Photo Club to exhibit his pictures of landscapes and wildlife. With charming friendliness he had a natural connection with people and soon became proficient in portraits and weddings. At the age of 23 he was the manager of a business, growing his expertise in customer service for the next 6 years. A dream came true when Otto joined Royal Caribbean International in 2001 and was able to combine his passion for travel and photography with a career in the cruise industry, and over a period of 14 years he travelled extensively visiting many countries on 6 continents. Over a period of 14 years, Otto travelled extensively visiting many countries on 6 continents. He settled in Chile in 2016 and in 2017 joined Antarctica21 as Travel Consultant. He hopes to complete his world journey by visiting the White Continent to capture its beauty. Otto speaks English, Spanish, Afrikaans as well as some Dutch and Zulu.
Monica was born in Ukraine and raised in Madagascar. She begun her first paths in the travel industry at the age of 18, working as a travel journalist assistant and for travel guide books. During 8 years living in Chile, she developed her skills in several disciplines such as photography and video production, UX/UI design, front-end development and digital marketing, with the purpose of building emotional bridges between communities and brands that share the same values. In March 2018, she joins Antarctica21 as part of the marketing team. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Malagasy. Nature, science and programming languages make her heart beat.
Muhammad was born and raised in Multan, Pakistan. He studied commerce and accounting in his hometown and then started working in Islamabad. It was at that time that Muhammad’s quest to explore the world began. He decided to move from the deserts of Cholistan to the small kingdom of Bahrain. After working for five years as an Accountant with a big retail group, he moved to Abu Dhabi to work as a Management Accountant with a luxury fashion company. While living and working in the affluent, multicultural environment of the United Arab Emirates Muhammad met people from all over the world. In 2015 he had an opportunity to visit Chile. He felt right at home and decided to settle there. After working as an administrator in the hospitality industry in Santiago for two years, in 2017 Muhammad joined Antarctica21 as Booking Administrator. Muhammad speaks English, Spanish and Urdu.
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Agustina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and later moved with her family to Jesus Maria, a small town in the province of Cordoba. Since then she has enjoyed the outdoor life working as a horseback riding guide, amongst other things. A few years later she combined her passion for nature with tourism, and started working in lodges in the hills of Cordoba. For over 10 years she has specialized in the administration of tourist establishments dedicated to outdoor activities, offering an efficient, warm and customized attention to guests from different countries around the world. Motivated by the desire of exploring the wilderness and expressing her spirit of service, she was recruited in 2013 by Antarctica21 to be part of the Hospitality Team in Punta Arenas. After experiencing the Antarctic as on board shop-keeper, she decided to settle in Punta Arenas and devote her skills and experience in Antarctica21’s Operations department. She loves photography and art; she is devoted to painting and drawing as well as trekking and camping.
Ninoska was born and raised in Punta Arenas (Chile) where her professional studies and motivation took her to finish a BA in Marine Biology and further specialise with a MA in Biodiversity and Conservation within Subantarctic Ecosystems. From the moment she finished her studies she has been dedicating herself to the world of inbound tourism as a local private guide in Patagonia and the subantarctic region serving different cruise lines and guiding private excursions in Antarctica specifically within the field of operations and logistics for the major part of the last decade.
Starting 2018 she has joined Antartica21 as Head of Logistics due to her past expertise in the field. She enjoys her free time between nature, wildlife protection, practicing meditation, family life, friends and yoga. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Born in Santiago, Gabriel has lived in the Magellan region at the southern end of Patagonia for more than 20 years, enjoying nature and the outdoors. His beginnings in the hospitality industry were in hotels in Santiago, returning later to Punta Arenas to work in several bars and restaurants. Gabriel has worked on cruise ships for seven years in the southernmost Patagonian channels as bartender as well as in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea and most recently in Antarctica. Gabriel joined Antarctica21 in 2014.
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Carolina was born in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, and lived there until she was 25 years old. She graduated in Hotel Administration in 2001 and for two years she worked in the Human Resources department of a major international bank. Her love for travel led her to leave the banking world behind and seek new challenges in the hospitality industry. So she embarked as a crew member on board ships managed by major international cruise companies, such a Iberojet and Costa Cruises. For 5 years she sailed the seas around Europe and South America, enjoying interacting with colleagues, guests, and locals from many different cultural backgrounds. In 2010 Carolina fell in love with a handsome Chilean gentleman. They decide to start a family and to make the city of Punta Arenas their home. In 2012 she joined the Antarctica21 family as part of the Finance and Administration Department. She is responsible for a number of administrative duties related to our Punta Arenas office and to our personnel. During her free time Carolina likes to travel with her family and explore Patagonia's natural beauty.
Elizabeth was born in Punta Arenas, Chile. She studied accounting and graduated in 2011. Her first work experience was with a well-known tourism business in Patagonia. Later, eager to continue her professional development, Elizabeth joined a transportation company that specializes in the agricultural sector. In March 2015 she joined Antarctica21’s Finance and Administration Department as an Accounting Assistant. Elizabeth exudes happiness and youthful enthusiasm. When she is not working, Elizabeth loves to paint mandalas and to practice Reiki. As a lover of travel and adventure Elizabeth enjoys being surprised by the wonders of nature.
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Born in Punta Arenas, Chile, grandson from Croatian and Spanish immigrants, Sergio is a surgeon doctor from the University of Chile. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in the University of Bask Country, Spain. At the start of his carrier he participated in a mission in Saharaui refugee camps (South Algeria) as a member of “No frontier doctors” and later in a medical mission from “Jet Secours Internacional” during a meningitis epidemic in Kaduna, Nigeria. He has wide experience in the field of emergencies (Unidad Coronaria Móvil y Hospital Roberto del Río, Santiago de Chile). He was medical practitioner and emergency specialist of the Catalan Health Service (ICS), in Girona, Spain, on several occasions from 1978. Since 1999 he is instructor of the American Heart Association (AHA) in basic and advanced cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In 2010, after the earthquake in Chile, he was in charge of a medical mission in the province of Cauquenes, sponsored by the Health Ministry. He is currently working at the Emergency Room at the Hospital Naval, Viña del Mar, Chile. He has been cooperating with Antarctica21 since 2004.
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Rashi is a bilingual guide from India who has been leaving and working in Chile for over a year. As a Spanish teacher, she has always been keen to explore other cultures and languages. That connection guided her to do bachelors of Arts in Spanish at the Amity University, in India. Following with a Masters at the University of Delhi. She came to chile to travel the Patagonia region and after deeply falling in love with its beauty decided to settle in the area. Rashi speaks Hindi, English, Spanish, and have basic knowledge of French.
Florencia has worked several seasons in Torres del Paine National Park leading tourists for exclusive hotels as well as a freelance guide. After those years she has ventured on expedition cruise ships in the channels of Tierra del Fuego, exploring remote places such as Cape Horn, Wulaia and southernmost fjords of the continent. Besides her adventure profile, Florencia also earned another aspect of client service experience while working for national airlines in Chile.
Born and raised in Patagonia, specifically in Punta Arenas, Carla finds attractive the opportunity of knowing other cultures and languages from all different countries. She has a degree in tourism, both in guiding and administration, she found her path for guiding in among the birds of Patagonia and in the outdoors. Since she was a child Carla was enchanted by nature, and passionate about wildlife and landscape photography.
Carolina was born in a small town in the center of Chile. Since she was a young woman she has been a passionate traveler, exploring different cultures and contemplating breathtaking places in each country that she has visited. In Chile, she completed her career in Technical Tourism in Duoc UC, followed by a Diploma in Sustainability in Costa Rica. During her studies, she traveled through Chile and other American countries, where she loved to visit the rural and remote places. Earning a scholarship to study in Australia, she completed another Certificate of Tour Guide and a Diploma in Ecotourism in 2016, for then joining Antarctica21 in 2017. Carolina loves to spend time in nature, observing the flora and fauna, getting involved in wildlife conservation projects, and enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing.
I was born in Punta Arenas, Chile. At a young age, I had the chance to live in the United States where I had my first experience working abroad. After that I traveled to different parts of Chile getting to know its vast beauty and people, giving me the opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world as well. This was the first indicator that led me to study tourism back in my birthplace. Loving the experience of the tourism industry and the excitement of who would be the next person that I will meet is what drove me to want to be part of the Antarctica 21 team; so that I can give them the best welcome to one of the places, I love the most, Patagonia and Antarctica.
Rocio was born and raised in Punta Arenas. Since childhood, she has developed a passion for her homeland that made her study tourism in order to show the beauty of Patagonia to everyone. She worked as a manager of one of the most visited restaurants in the city, receiving tourists from all around the globe and helping them with local information. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling on her own, always following new adventures.
Antarctica21 is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
Antarctica21 is a member of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), a membership association that aims to promote Latin America as a tourist destination and stimulate growth of travel to the region. The association is comprised of over 275 tourism boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, representation companies and the travel press.
Antarctica21 is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Established in 1990, ATTA serves 1000 members in 80 countries. Members include tour operators, tourism boards, and specialty accommodations with a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism.
Having done many Artic trips, I was fully aware of the difficulties that this type of trip can encounter. However the expedition staff (all) were very professional and provided a first class service – whatever the circumstances. The multi-national make up added to the knowledge and skills of the staff. The catering staff and room service staff were wonderful – efficient, charming, friendly and professional. The food was excellent, plenty of variety and well presented
I have traveled all over the world with numerous companies, and this is clearly my favorite excursion thus far. I truly appreciated the delightful staff, the ample opportunity to take spectacular photographs, and all the nice touches ANTARCTICA XXI added to make this trip so special. Antarctica will live in my heart forever.
The ship’s staffs were exceptional. It is amazing that the company has with these people, created a symphony of excellence. I did not detect one false note the entire time on board. The service was excellent, professional in every aspect and at the same time, generally friendly. Congratulations!
I am enormously grateful to have had the privilege to reach Antarctica by airplane, thus avoiding the 15-metre waves that happen during two days in the Drake Passage or, as it is called, the "Drake Shake".
I enjoyed it all so, so much. I have looked at my photos often and am shortly to give a talk with them in my local village. I should love to go back to Antarctica one day, but only if our excellent guides are still in charge!! The highlights of the trip are too numerous to mention, but the scenery and the icebergs will last a long time in my memory. Thank you all for making it such a wonderful experience.
This was the trip of a lifetime! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone in any age range with any number of traveling companions. The thing we marveled about what the diversity on the ship - people from so many nations, people from so many backgrounds, people of all age ranges, a lot of people traveling alone. Everyone on board - the crew and the expedition staff - were absolutely amazing. Everyone on the ship was constantly commenting on how attentive and accommodating the crew were with everything that they did, and it's because the service was unbelievable and delivered with a genuine smile. Every morning that I woke up on that trip, I felt grateful and happy. Often by the end of vacations, getting back to the luxuries at my own home and the routine feel good to me, but this time I would trade it all for being back on that ship! Thanks for all of your work with us to make this possible!