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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A former professional educator, Olle found that teaching in classrooms kept him from his other passions of writing, photography, polar travel, and jazz. Fortunately for Olle, he found a way to combine all these wonderful things. Olle follows the migration of the Arctic tern as he spends his summers in Greenland and Svalbard and his Swedish winters in amazing Antarctica. He has also visited Franz Josef Land, the Canadian Arctic and the North Pole. He has kept this pattern since 1990; he is not only a veteran polar naturalist but also easily the world’s most sunlight-exposed jazz musician. Olle’s pictures and prose have been captured in many magazines and newspapers as well as several books published with his colleague Stefan Lundgren. In Swedish, “Antarctica; in the Interest of all Mankind” was given a 1991 Panda Award by the World Wildlife Fund. In English, “Antarctica; a Souvenir from the Seventh Continent” followed in 1999. More recently, they have completed “Svalbard; the Land Beyond the North Cape” in English. Olle has a profound love of the Polar Regions, a love that it would seem is reciprocated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert was born in Chicago, United States. After graduating from university with a degree in Forestry he moved to Oregon for five years and worked as a lead wilderness guide. During this time, when snow loads prevented trail work, he went south for the winter and from 1996-2000 he worked for the U.S. Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station. While there he helped with logistics at South Pole Station and outlying field camps for scientists who were researching everything from the natural anti-freeze found in the fish populations to drilling ice-core samples to determine historical climate fluctuations. In 2004 Robert decided to share the experiences and knowledge he gained in his 4 seasons with the U.S. Antarctic Program by joining expedition life as a guide and interpreter within the realm of geology and glaciology. He’s been rolling the Drake Passage and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula ever since. He has also worked for many seasons in Svalbard in the High Arctic. In 2009 he achieved a major goal by becoming one of the few people that have been to both the north and south poles. When not in the Polar Regions, Robert resides in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colorado, spending his time hiking, fishing, camping, white-water rafting and missing bull elk with his bow and arrow.
Michael was born in Valparaiso, Chile and lived most of his life in the southern city of Punta Arenas. He has always been interested in observing nature and its mysteries. Michael studied marine biology and shortly after school worked for the Chilean Government running airline logistics in Antarctica. Michael has a strong passion for sailing and has been navigating the waters of the Magellan Strait and Antarctic seas since he was very young. As a result of his sailing background, he understands the climate and sea conditions very well. In his first season working with Antarctica21, Michael is looking forward to enjoying the adventures on the southernmost continent.
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.
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.
Jamie is an adventure kayaker from New Zealand. Starting out with a degree in adventure recreation and outdoor education, he has taught and guided groups in many areas of New Zealand and North America in a range of different activities. He is very definitely an outdoor person. When he is not sea kayaking with the penguins and icebergs, he is showing people around his backyard of New Zealand or on adventures of his own around the world, taking photos, mountain biking, white water kayaking, white water rafting, or hiking. The one activity that stands out the most in his adventure list, is kayaking in remote regions. He has a passion for unique wildlife, coming from the land of birds (New Zealand), spending most of his days at work surrounded by virgin temperate rain forests or on the slopes of active volcanoes. He has a keen interest in working with people and team building, which together with his wide-ranging skill set brought him ‘down south’ to explore the icy regions of the Antarctic.
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.
Ruslan was born in Ufa, Russia. Since his childhood he has been fond of rock-climbing and caving tourism. His uncle was a captain, so when he was a boy he spent much of his time sailing which strongly affected his choice of career. He started working as a sailor and soon became captain of the Antarctic, a ship. He has participated in four Russian Antarctic over-wintering expeditions which lasted 16 months each. In 2009-2010, Ruslan took part in the round-the-world research expedition aboard the “Academik Fedorov.” In 2011, he participated in the Russian-American scientific program dedicated to study and monitor the sea around the Peninsula of Kamchatka. Ruslan spent 4 months close to wild nature and provided technical support for the scientists and also focused on wildlife photography, negotiating on a daily basis with large numbers of bears who were not willing to share their territory… and food! Ruslan’s main interest is photography. He has been finalist on the international wildlife photo competitions and his work was published in several magazines in Germany, England, Chile, Brazil, New Zealand and Russia.
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.
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.
Ana was born in Buenos Aires, although she always knew that life would take her to other parts of the world. She has always loved nature and sports. She started working for Greenpeace when she was young, and studied in the Naturalists School of Argentina. She backpacked across Argentina, Chile and most of South America volunteering in National Parks and climbing. After getting experience in a well-known advertising studio, she started working for different media as photographer specializing in travels and extreme sports. She obtained a post-graduate degree in digital photography at the University of Barcelona and she co-founded her own photo studio. After working for different extreme sports companies in the Spanish Pyrenees, she started guiding equestrian routes, hiking and kayaking in Aragón. Later she became a guide in Central Asia and co-managed the Silk Route for 5 years. In 2009 she became a professional deckhand on Greenpeace International ships, and was a crewmember in long trips, two of them to the Arctic. Today she lives in Valparaíso, Chile, where she has started social projects through photography and culture with kids in the countryside of Valparaíso.
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.
Cristina is a professional guide and nature photographer. Much of Cristina’s work has been conducted in Torres del Paine National Park where she has been studying local flora and fauna for several years. Cristina is a renowned naturalist and photographer of this area. She bases her technique on the study of wildlife behaviour allowing her to capture unique moments in nature. She has also worked as a tracker of the Patagonian mountain lion or ‘puma’. Since 2010 Cristina has been working as a guide in the Antarctic and is involved in photographic expeditions around Chile and other countries.
Ryo’s first encounter with the Polar Regions was through his work as a shore excursions manager for a cruise company. He handled all shore excursions all over the world including over land tours to Antarctica. His work for the programs in Antarctica included obtaining membership with IAATO, chartering ice class vessels, and preparing the official reports for each expedition. Since falling in love with the Polar Region, Ryo has also started to work as a guide in Antarctica and Svalbard. His main guiding role has been as Zodiac driver, assisting onshore activities, and running lectures and recaps. He is especially passionate about wildlife including marine mammals in general, penguins in the Antarctic, and polar bears in the Arctic. He shows continuous interest in guiding people in both Polar Regions.
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.
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.
Björn grew up in Sweden but now calls Australia home. He has 20 years experience in the tourism industry, working as a tour leader, diving instructor, travel photographer and sustainable tourism advisor. Björn’s passion for travel and the great outdoors made him leave Sweden to embark on a decade of diving adventures in Asia. Björn’s passion for the ocean comes from his family, which includes a long line of Scandinavian North Sea fishermen (including Antarctic whalers). After moving to Melbourne to complete a degree in Ecotourism he worked as a tour leader and led hiking tours all over Australia. After many years in the field of ecotourism, he is now working as a sustainable tourism advisor, currently with local government on Nias Island in Indonesia. Björn joined Antarctica21 in 2012. He is passionate about all things do to with Antarctica and enjoys meeting fellow polar travellers from all over the world.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen was born and raised in Santiago de Chile. Her childhood revolved around nature and the environment. Karen is currently completing her final year studying Ecotourism at the Instituto Profesional Vertical so she can pursue her passion for adventure and knowledge. She looks forward to continue gaining experience and learning about different disciplines complementary to her area. Karen is a travel, photography and art lover.
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.
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 the mythical Cape Horn. Her first time in Antarctica was aboard an Argentine Navy vessel in 1989, escorting a group of tourists. Since then she returned several times as naturalist guide, expedition leader and observer. Author of one of the first field guides on Antarctica, she cooperated with the Argentine Government for 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.
Tim was born and grew up just outside Toronto, Canada. He started his long career in the travel industry right out of school, when he began working for a historic Canadian hotel chain. The travel bug caught him. Tim as worked for several retail travel companies before moving into the world of tour operators. Just prior to moving into Polar travel, Tim worked for a luxury startup company based in the US. Tim is Antarctica21's Market Engagement Manager, responsible for the promotion of the company through our digital media channel. Tim has traveled to all 7 continents where he enjoyed all styles of travel, from camping and backing in Africa to Luxury 5 star cruises in the Mediterranean and everything in-between.
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 joined Antarctica21 as part of the marketing team. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Malagasy. Nature, discovery and programming languages make her heart beat.
Paula was born in Carhué, a small town in Buenos Aires province, Argentina. She grew up in a town strongly influenced by tourism development. Since childhood she discovered a strong passion for servicing travellers from all around the world. After getting a Tourism & Hospitality Management degree, she started travelling and searching for new challenges. She spent the last 12 years working in several unique destinations, from ski resorts to exclusive lodges, from luxury hotels to mountain expeditions. The perfect combination of work and leisure allowed her to develop her skills in hospitality and customer service. Motivated by her attraction for adventure and nature, she spent five summers at Mount Aconcagua base camp assisting mountaineering expeditions from all over the world. She was recruited to be a part of Antarctica21’s Hospitality Team in 2014 as a trainee. The following year she was promoted to Hospitality Manager in charge of coordinating the team of hosts responsible for the reception of passengers in Punta Arenas. Later on she was appointed as Product Quality Manager, being responsible for the company’s quality standards of the service delivered to clients and coordinating Antarctica21’s team involved in customer service duties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biography coming soon.
Biography coming soon.
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 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 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!