OUR GUIDES

NATURE & CULTURE GUIDES

Maia Cartwright

Maia Cartwright

Culture - Colombia

Maia Cartwright is Colombian, with a degree in anthropology. She has been involved with tourism all her working life - in adventure, natural and cultural tourism projects - and she has a special interest in the respect and conservation of the natural and cultural assets of her country. She has guided numerous people across the Colombian territory. With Maia as your guide, you will definitely have a very interesting roundtrip in Colombia. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.

Fredrik Lennartsson

Fredrik Lennartsson

Culture - Colombia

Fredrik is a Swede living in Colombia and he’s loving it. Fredrik has a diverse background, from construction to development studies, and many skills, being attentive and service minded are just a few. He works full time with tourism, both as a guide and tour operator, and has travelled extensively throughout Colombia. With Fredrik as your guide, you will get to know more about the cultural, social and political life of Colombia. When Fredrik is not working or spending time with his family, you’ll find him riding his mountain bike. He speaks fluent Swedish, Spanish and English.

Jörg Polzin

Jörg Polzin

Nature, Culture & Indigenous people - Colombia

Jörg is a German who fell under the spell of South America, and has been living Colombia for the last 8 years. During this time, Jörg has gotten under the skin of Colombia’s nature and culture. He is an all-round talent, guiding tours in the mountains, in the jungle, to historical and cultural hotspots, as well as to more off-the-beaten-track tours to indigenous tribes. He is very flexible and loves to get in touch with local culture. He speaks fluent German, English, Spanish, Russian and is learning Portuguese

Julia Catunta

Julia Catunta

Culture - Bolivia

Julia Catunta is Bolivian and from La Paz. She is an excellent, dedicated and very service-minded guide. She loves to show the best of her country – especially Uyuni – one of her favorite destinations. Travelling with Julia you are in best possible hands. She speaks fluent Spanish and English.

 Jose de La Cruz

Jose de La Cruz

Culture - Ecuador - Galapagos

Jose de La Cruz is a great Galapagos natural guide. Being a local from the main Island, Santa Cruz, he knows all corners of the Archipelago and he has the amazing ability to imitate the Galapagos birds. Educated as a biologist, his knowledge about evolution and adaptation is impressive. Jose has a great sense of humor and a tour with him means a lot of fun. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

CLIMBING & TREKKING GUIDES

Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Mountains – Colombia, Ecuador, Peru & Argentina

Besides being Co-owner of Andes World Travel, Juan Carlos also works as a guide on select trips. He is a highly qualified and experienced technical mountain climber, and has worked as a mountain guide and expedition leader in the high mountains of the Andes, Himalayas, Caucasus, Kilimanjaro, Alps, and Pyrenees for more than 18 years. Juan Carlos is very service-minded and on top of all details. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, Portuguese and Danish.

Matteo Mazzieri

Matteo Mazzieri

Mountains - Colombia

Matteo Mazzieri is one of our most skilled mountain and trekking guides. With more than 30 years of rock and high mountain technical climbing in South America and Europe you are definitely in good hands with him. He is an excellent cook, maybe due to his Italian background, and you might be lucky to try his specialities in remote mountain areas. He speaks fluent English, Spanish and Italian.

Hernan Wilke

Hernan Wilke

Mountains – Colombia

Hernan Wilke is a very skilled mountain and rock climber. He has been climbing in several parts of the world – including 8.000 m mountains in Himalaya. Hernan has his daily base in Suesca (Colombia’s mecca for rock climbers).
He speaks fluent German, English and Spanish.

Diego Cortes Guzman

Diego Cortes Guzman

Mountains - Colombia, Ecuador & Peru

Diego is a very skilled rock and mountain climber and he’s is amazingly strong. He has been traveling and climbing in Colombia and the South American continent, opening new routes, doing hard rock climbs and also guiding plenty of trips along the way. Diego has several climbing and rescue certificates available in Colombia and in few months will be concluding the UIAGM/IFMGA certification process. Diego will put you at ease, and will be great company during your mountain trip. He speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Alex Torres

Alex Torres

Mountains – Colombia, Peru & Bolivia

Alex was born in Suesca, Colombia, one of the cradles of rock climbing and started with outdoor activities at a very young age, becoming an engaged rock and mountain climber. He travelled extensively throughout the northern part of the continent, climbing in the mountain areas of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina and the USA. He started working as a guide in 2006, and became a certified UIAGM/IFMGA guide in 2013. Alex has done very interesting first and second ascents of renowned itineraries in the Andes, and has been part of a Colombian expedition to Manaslu in Nepal and Denali in Alaska. In addition to guiding expeditions and personal climbing projects, Alex works leading groups of children and teenagers with focus on environmental education and outdoor activities. He speaks Spanish and English.

Santiago Contreras

Santiago Contreras

Mountains – Colombia

Santiago Contreras is a climber passionate about big wall climbing and mountaineering, skilled and experienced as a rock climber and high-risk industrial work instructor. He has climbed big walls in Patagonia, Argentina, Mexico, United States, Spain and Venezuela. On top of this, he’s been trekking and climbing the Colombian Andes since his youth, getting a wide knowledge of the main mountain areas in the country. The combination of these qualities makes him a great guide. He also loves coffee and likes to share it in the outdoors with clients, friends and colleagues.
He speaks Spanish and basic English.

Marcial Vasquez

Marcial Vasquez

Mountains - Ecuador

Marcial Vasquez is an excellent mountain guide and the former director of the Ecuadorian Guide Associacion, ASEGUIM and also certified UIAGM/IFMGA international guide. He is a very skilled mountain guide and has more than 25 years of experience. With Marcial you are in safe hands on any of the Ecuadorian high peaks. He speaks Spanish and English.

Hugo Pineida

Hugo Pineida

Mountains – Ecuador

Hugo has been guiding in the mountains of Ecuador for more that 20 years, have hundreds of successful ascents to all the major summits in the Andes. He is a certified ASEGUIM and UIAGM/IFMGA guide and, on top of that, he has specialized in first aid and rescue technics/procedure, archiving certifications such as: WAFA and MINGAI. Hugo has an extensive knowledge of the mountain areas and National Parks, as well as a deep insight into the Ecuadorian culture, traditions and customs. A trip lead by Hugo is a whole experience range from the cultural scene to the adventure in the nature. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

Rafael Naranjo Betancourt

Rafael Naranjo Betancourt

Mountains - Colombia

Rafael is a great mountaineer and is very well trained for guiding in the Cocuy Mountains. He is also an excellent cook, and you will very likely get to try his Paisa “arepas” on the campsite. Rafa is very aware of the well-being of all clients and extremely patient. His good humor, charm and smile will definitely be part of your travel memories. He speaks Spanish and some few words of English.

Pablo Reguera

Pablo Reguera

Mountains – Aconcagua & Patagonia, Argentina

Pablo Reguera is a very professional and skilled UIAGM/IFMGA instructor and guide, with more than 50 summits on Aconcagua. Pablo is our right hand during all Aconcagua expeditions and often our main guide. In collaboration with Pablo, Andes World Travel has developed tours to Aconcagua and the less often visited Vallecitos. He speaks Spanish and English.

Henry Santuario

Henry Santuario

Mountains - Argentina

Henry Santuario was born in Uruguay, but has lived most of his live in North Patagonia, Argentina. You might meet him as assistant guide on your Aconcagua Expedition. He is an excellent cook and his speciality is Argentinean barbeque. Henry has more than 11 summits in Aconcagua and he is very service minded. Speaks Spanish.

Roberto Gomez Sainz

Roberto Gomez Sainz

Mountains - Bolivia

Roberto is a very qualified and experienced mountain guide, working in the field since 2004. In 2007 he became a UIAGM/IFMGA certified guide, and a short time after an official instructor at the Bolivian mountain guide’s school. Roberto has broad experience guiding in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. He is our main guide and coordinator for all our mountain programs in Bolivia, but also you may meet him on any other of our destinations. He speaks Spanish and English.

Julver Henry Eguiluz Castro

Julver Henry Eguiluz Castro

Mountains – Peru & Argentina

Julver was born and raised in Arequipa in southern Peru, and started to hike in the mountain at a young age making the high volcanoes of the region his training ground. Later on in his life, he became an experience mountaineer and achieved the UIAGM/IFMGA certification in the Cordillera Blanca of Northern Peru. Julver has been guiding since the start in the Arequipa region, and the fact that he is a local make him the perfect guide for the region. On top of this, Julver is an expert guide in Aconcagua having led more than 35 expeditions and summited more than 30 times. He also guides in other areas of the continent such as Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera de Ausangate - Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

Carlos Callupe Carrera

Carlos Callupe Carrera

Mountains – Cordillera Blanca & Huayhuash, Peru

Carlos was born and raised in the small town of Pocpa, located close to the majestic Huayhuash mountain range. He was surrounded by the tourism atmosphere at an early age, as his father was one of the pioneer mountain guides in Huayhuash area. He was trained as mountain guide achieving the highest degrees in the field: AGMP / IFMGA – UIAGM. Carlos is currently a highly qualified instructor at the Peruvian Mountain Guide Association’s school, and has a wide knowledge of both the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash. He is also an active guide in countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

Eduardo Rojas Moreno

Eduardo Rojas Moreno

Mountains – S. N. de Merida, Ven.

Eduardo was born in Caracas is educated as a geology engineer, but chose the outdoor over the career. He has been climbing in the mountains for about 20 years, with 15 years experience working as a climbing instructor and guide. He is a certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide and has been working in places such as: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. He has climbed in the USA and the Swiss and French Alps. Eduardo is in charge of operations and guiding in Venezuela. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

Henry Gonzalez

Henry Gonzalez

Mountains – Gran Sabana, Venezuela

Henry is one of the veterans of the Venezuelan mountain world. He started to climb at a very young age, becoming one of the best rock climbers of his generation. His passion for the outdoors took him to the place he most loves: La Gran Sabana. Two and a half decades ago he started to travel extensively in this remote region, making it his home – a passion he has transmitted through his profession as a photographer and his work in the tourist industry for more than 15 years. He speaks Spanish and English.

Ricardo Navas

Ricardo Navas

Mountains – Gran Sabana, Venezuela

Born in Caracas, Venezuela. Ricardo is one of the most accomplished mountaineers of his generation. He is been an active climber for more than 20 years, ranging from sport climbing competitions to big Wall ascents in remote areas around the continent. His passion took him to the rock faces of “La Gran Sabana’s” tepuis, where he started to lead groups into this amazing area, specializing in Angel Falls’ treks and climbs. Ricardo has also been involved in logistics for TV productions and documentaries for international production teams. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.