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a local tour operator with a passion for nature
We are a local tour operator in Chile. Our work consists of one-day or longer excursions throughout Chile. Our specialty is “tailor-made” trips and the skilled planning of itineraries that match up with our clients’ tastes. 235/5000 We also care about maintaining the best working environment, transparent, based on trust and freedoms. Good performance and work environment is reflected in our client's planning and excursions.
We are always seeking to develop and improve tourism in local communities and in remote zones with lower tourism levels. We believe in the strength that tourism can exert to protect and continue to protect areas rich in natural resources and that can be seen at risk by the interest of other industries. We want to take responsibility for recovering original identity and important traditions that have been lost over time.
Since the beginning, we at Ecochile have focused on personalizing our work and giving each client an important experience. All of us here love to travel and we know how important it is to plan everything well and having experience and support when it traveling. "We identify with our clients".
How We Do It
We have regular group meetings to maintain good communication in the team and align our perspectives. We are also constantly working on evaluating our providers and checking that the service is up to the standard of our clients.
The integration of communities and local products are one of the most important focal points for us. We go to great lengths to integrate these elements into each of our services. We make sure to respect the people and places we visit.
It all began when Juan Pastor and Christian led field trips at a language school for foreign students in Santiago. The two of them shared very similar interests and went to great effort to design “tailor-made” trips for students while visiting Chile. In 2011, their company was formed and they began to focus on the tourism concepts they were developing to become a different company. The most iconic aspect of it was eco-friendly tourism; a way of defining responsibility for the environment and its importance in human relationships. This was initially geared toward small groups and sought to achieve a familiar atmosphere on each trip. Some time later, they were joined by Joaquín, who shared the same enthusiasm for outdoor sports, music, cultural traditions and a sense of humor.
They began to develop different types of trips, starting with one-day tours right up to expeditions lasting over a week. With time, more and more students came to enjoy the team’s organization and charismatic style. The number of people interested in taking trips with Ecochile grew, and more than one group has even returned to Chile to visit other destinations.
Today, the team has grown and established itself as one big family at work. Its vision and way of delivering tourism is a fundamental and transcendental key that has been shared by everyone who founded – and form part of – this unique group.
Co-founder & CEO
Co-founder & CEO
– From Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile His first steps in outdoor life were on a skateboard, and this led him to snowboarding in the Andes, for many winters on the outskirts of Chile’s capital. The great outdoors is what introduced him to other sports, too, but today he dedicates his life to his other passion: tourism. Enthusiastic about the concept of finding variety in the details, creating solutions and innovating, wherever the space exists for it. He likes to think that new pathways can always be opened and new limits set. “Reaching the end of one objective can be the start of new challenges.” - Christian One of his characteristics is sharing his knowledge and experience with those around him. Very devoted to his work, he is a restless man, constantly advancing and pushing himself, and always looking to try new things. “Life has many stages, and right now I’m not in the stage for resting; there will be plenty of time for that...” - Christian All of his work team consider him an excellent boss. The security he transmits, along with tranquility when analyzing problems, his capacity to create solutions, and his creativity when faced with uncertainty, are just some of the qualities others see in him. Being able to travel, meeting local people in each place he visits, being immersed in different cultures, and experiencing other jobs and ways of life, are some of the things that most drive Christian in life. “I’m more interested in getting to know places in depth than checking them off a list. I’m always looking to broaden my horizons and see different realities so that I can make changes in myself and share them with others.” - Christian
Co-owner & Marketing
Co-owner & Marketing
– From Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He lived much of his life in the mountainous regions of Santiago, where his back yard was literally the mountainside. Because of this, little by little, he began to explore the hills around him, and climb higher each time. At a young age, he started practising outdoor activities such as trekking and cycling, as well as other, more popular pastimes, like football. He was also always fascinated by filming and making videos as a hobby with his friends, or for school. Finally, his love for audiovisual communication led him to study Advertising, in order to break into the world of tourism, little by little. “Although tourism may be different from what I studied, Advertising goes hand in hand with any venture or business. I think it’s important to carve out a career in a field you are passionate, interested and comfortable in. I always knew I wanted to work in something related to my hobbies, and tourism really called out to me. I think you have to go with the flow and then see how you can combine your personal skill set with the field you work in.” - Joaquín He is an organized person, always willing to help and able to adapt to different situations. He’s always up for walking in the hills with his dogs, going camping or enjoying a weekend in a little cabin on the coast. “Getting to know different stories, ways of thinking, languages, and religions – these are some of the gifts that Ecochile has given me. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity of sharing with people from all over, and discovering how much we have in common, no matter how far apart our lands are.” Enjoying time with his family, sharing with friends, work, football, dogs, mountains, the beach, music, photography and traveling are the things that drive Joaquín most.
From Santiago, She grew up between Con-con, Viña del mar and Santiago. Always exploring around the beach, her parents loved camping, sports and the outdoor life-style. She started traveling very young at the age of 15 went to the north of Chile with her best friends. "This amazing journey started my spirit for traveling" - She said. A few years pasted, she went all around South and central America. Her first photography lessons was at the age of 14 were she became a fanatic of shooting around while traveling. She have studied architecture for 3 years but finally she decided to study ecotourism because traveling and nature was stronger than anything.