ABOUT US

Mission

Our mission is to provide unique and unforgettable experiences to visitors, offering safe and high quality expeditions, in the outstanding places of the Aysén Region.

We believe that exploring can transform our lives through knowledge and and engagement with diverse cultures. This is why we promote socio cultural exchange with the human and natural heritage of Aysén Region, and we practice environmentally sustainable tourism, always applying the ethical principles of “leave no trace”.

CHULENGO CHILE

MAURICIO INOSTROZA

Creator and director of Chulengo Chile Mauro was born and raised in Puerto Ibáñez, Aysén Region. He has a unique experience that has acquired thanks to his lifestyle and his work for over 20 years with NOLS. He has served as a kayak, mountaineering, trekking, and horseback riding instructor in places like Alaska, Wyoming, and Patagonia. Mauro hosts groups at home, coordinates logistics, manages transportation, and also leads expeditions in the field.

MANUELA MUÑOZ

A Patagonian, Manu grew up in close contact with the rurality of the countryside. She could ride before she could walk and did horse jumping for over 15 years; she loves horses, nature and biodiversity, and she seeks to protect and show the enormous cultural and natural value that the Aysén Region offers.

After graduating as a Veterinarian, Manuela returned home with the dream of creating and guiding the best horseback adventures in the Region. She is in charge of receiving groups, supporting logistics, coordinating and guiding horse rides, as well as ensuring the well-being of the horses that accompany the rides.

CHULENGO EXPEDITIONS

NADINE LEHNER

After years working in conservation while exploring wild places, Nadine dove into Chulengo to build connections between people and places that inspire lasting change. After graduating from Harvard College, where she studied History & Literature, she moved to Patagonia to work with Doug and Kris Tompkins.  As Executive Director of Conservacion Patagonica, she focused on the establishment of Patagonia National Park, the 700,000-acre flagship national park that is home to most of Chulengo’s expeditions. She pursued a joint MBA – MS in Environment and Resources at Stanford University before returning to Patagonia to start and run Chulengo.  She’s a NOLS instructor and has led wilderness mountaineering, backpacking and river expeditions for over a decade.

BEN WILCOX

For the past five years, Ben has worked as a guide and educator in Chile’s Aysén Region, with a particular focus on student groups and environmental conservation. Ben studied Latin American History as a Harvard undergraduate, which included stints in Argentina and Brazil, and completed a degree in philosophy at Oxford University. Ben directed Conservación Patagónica’s field volunteer and education program, living in a tent in the backcountry of Patagonia National Park. He has also worked with teams of local guides to manage expeditions onto the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, and is a hiking and mountaineering field instructor for NOLS. When he isn’t leading expeditions for Chulengo, Ben collects stories that relate to the history of the Aysén region and explores remote corners of the ice field.