Meet our team
Guides are the key to any successful adventure tour.Our guides are certified in First Aid, CPR, and licensed in Swift Water Rescue. We are thankful to incorporate in our team, local guides that know this valley and the Futaleufu River like the palm of their hands, guides who would be more than happy to share their local knowledge with you. These knowledgeable experienced and bilingual guides will make your vacation an unforgettable experience!
Christian Duran: Trip Leader/ Guide
From Pucon - Chile a touristic city where he developed his rafting and guiding skills. He has worked in rafting for almost eighteen years, and has been working continuously for more than 20 years on the Futaleufu River.
He has had the opportunity to visit many places and rivers of the world acquiring experience and making new friends "that's why I am so motivated to continue in the incredible world of rafting and adventure" he said.
Gigo Castillo: Trip Leader / Kayak Guide
Gigo is originally from Pucon-Chile where he started rafting 13 years ago and kayaking 5 years later. He soon became one of the best Chilean kayakers and Rafting guide. He began a 2 years world tour, where he excelled from being a solid kayaker to a World class trip leader honing his skills in Norway, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, New Zealand and a few more. Now, he lives in Norway and Chile with his wife Evelien and his daughter Noa.
Ricardo Troncoso: Guide / Safety Cataraft
“Piri” is one of our local guides. He has lived his entire life by the Futaleufu River where many years ago he has developed a great aptitude for rafting and kayaking. His love for sports has taken him to many rivers in Argentina, Peru and Europe acquiring a lot of experience. He is certified in rescue and CPR. He is known for his friendliness and he will love to share his knowledge of this wonderful land with all our clients.
David Riquelme: Kayak Guide / Safety Kayak
Also born in Futaleufu, David started kayaking at the young age of thirteen. At fifteen years old he descended the challenging “Bridge to Bridge Section” for the first time in his kayak and the same year began to learn how to run safety for the rafting customers. As a Class V safety kayaker, with a Swift Water Rescue certification, this 20 year old is a great asset to the rafting team. Born to run the river and always with a great smile on his face, David is a great person to talk to if you have interest in learning to kayak yourself!
Marcelo Flores: Kayak Guide / Safety Kayak
Marcelo "Pampo" is also one of our local guides whom since his childhood joined the world of kayaking. About 5 years ago took his favorite sport to the professional working as a safety kayaker on Class V rivers. He became soon one of the best kayakers in Chile. With his talent, he has traveled several rivers in South America and is always honing his skills on the Futaleufu River having it on the side of his home.
Mary Mcknight: Ducky, Rafting and Trekking Guide
Born and raised in Indiana, USA, Mary realized she had a passion for water as a child; sailing, kayaking and swimming in the lakes of Michigan. At 22 years old, Mary began guiding whitewater rafting trips down the Cache la Poudre River outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. For the past four seasons in Colorado, Mary has progressed to guiding many more rivers in the state and has completed the Swift Water Rescue Certification.
A Colorado State University graduate with a degree in the college of Natural Resources as a Global Tourism major and Spanish minor, Mary spent her entire college career learning about the business of international tourism. Mary began duckying the same year as guiding whitewater rafting trips and feels that it is the perfect way to enjoy the river for a family with children or for those who want to try an easy to learn paddle sport on their own.
Brian Mcknight: Fly Fishing Guide
Brian is a seasoned and accomplished guide with a passion for the sport of fly fishing. He and his wife Mary make their home in Colorado, USA. They spend their winters in the magical Patagonian Futaleufú Valley, where they have a home. Brian has been fly fishing all over the world in remote places like New Zealand, the South Pacific Islands and the western U.S. He is a Class III oarsman and skilled boatman with an eye for negotiating big water. He has been guiding the Futaleufú Valley for three years, as well as fishing for sport with his buddies during that time. With over 15 years of fly fishing experience at the ripe age of 30 years, he will no doubt be a useful tool, even for the expert guest, when hunting and landing those monster Patagonian trout.