Resident Manager at Awasi Patagonia
I was born in Moscow, Russia; was brought up in Mozambique, Africa; and returned to Chile at the age of 16. In other words I have travelled since I was 3 months old. Travel is my passion.
So the world of cruising seemed a good idea, and after 15 years working and travelling by boat, I have decided to throw down my anchor in Patagonia.
The beauty of Patagonia and its native flora and fauna, is simply infinite. This is a place which inspired the Nobel Award Winning Chilean Poet, Gabriela Mistral; where Charles Darwin discovered new species; and where Florence Dixie was drawn to travel.
I heard that Awasi makes dreams come true, but now I know that each member of the Awasi Family is making dreams come true that were once beyond our wildest imaginations.
I was born and raised in a coastal town by the Mediterranean Sea, near Barcelona. After completing my Masters in Civil Engineering I decided to take a gap year before settling down definitely. That was an inflection point of my life.
It was clear to me that I couldn’t be confined behind a desk. Instead I needed to work with people and live away from the crowds. And so, first contact with hospitality came while travelling through the Australian rainforest, the yellow fields of the Victorian countryside and the green prairies of New Zealand. The people I worked with along the way helped me understand what true hospitality means.
I moved to Canada pursuing new experiences and challenges, and while working at a hotel in the Rockies I met a couple who had visited Awasi in the past. They suggested to check out the property as it totally matched my idea of hospitality.
Awasi is not just about its beautiful scenery and spacious bright rooms. It is about the people that welcome you and take care of you during your stay, turning your holiday into a lifetime experience.
Out in the Elements
Meeting Cristian Asun, Awasi Patagonia Head Guide
Born and raised in Patagonia, I discovered my vocation when exploring the hidden corners of Torres del Paine National Park in my childhood.
One of my best memories is walking through the pristine landscape of Sierra Baguales with my grandparents when I was 9 years old.
Being in contact with nature is what I love.
I studied Ecotourism at University and after my studies I began working as a guide.
I have been with Awasi Patagonia since it opened in 2013. I came to join the team without a second thought, and haven’t looked back. Here I have the freedom to create unforgettable experiences in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Choose to be a traveller, not a tourist.
Seek the hidden corners, don't follow the crowds.
Follow your desires, not a schedule.
Travel with those you love, avoid big groups.
And have your own...
With dashing attire, and a swagger in his step
Patagonia's gaucho was born to the land.
His blood, a fine blend of explorer and tribesman
Patagonia's gaucho comes with "mate" in hand.
His horse is his life, his love, his best friend,
Patagonia's gaucho gallops free and unplanned.