Mary Jo Figuerero

Mary Jo Figuerero, a professional archaeologist who has studied at the Smithsonian, has led numerous journeys for us throughout Patagonia. She was born in New York of an American mother and Argentine father and lives in Buenos Aires with her Argentine husband and daughter. Her fieldwork led her to study the hunter-gatherer cultures of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego and has also given her additional skills in interpreting the geological history and flora and fauna of Patagonia. Mary Jo enjoys guiding because it gives her "another way of looking at the world: new cultures, new landscapes, new friendships. My favorite spots are Tierra del Fuego, Calafate, and El Chalten, but then Paine is so special, and then there is the Milodon Cave! It's difficult to choose a favorite spot. I find it a privilege to return to these places year after year."

Upcoming Trips:

In Patagonia, March 6-21, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Mary Jo brought 12 strangers together and guided us through an experience of a lifetime. Her knowledge is deep and broad of the history, landscape, culture, flora and fauna, but perhaps more importantly, her enthusiasm and wonder never wanted. That energy and passion made this trip very special. C. S., Redwood City Never let Mary Jo get away! She’s incredibly knowledgeable and is one of the best Trip Leaders we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. M. Miller, Sanibel FL It was a pleasure to travel with Mary Jo Figuerero. She was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Eve S., Fairfield, CA
Mary Jo is a gem. The kind of leader that makes WT special. William E., Syracuse, New York It was a pleasure to travel with Mary Jo. She was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Eve S., Fairfield CA, In Patagonia Excellent doesn't even begin to define what a wonderful leader Mary Jo was. She is truly a jewel and I think all of us felt that way. Susan C., Colorado Springs, CO
In Patagonia
She is a marvel...so very knowledgeable, flexible, and creative. Oh yes, and FUN! Barbara C., Westmoreland, NH
In Patagonia
Outstanding leader: calm, decisive, able, fair, considerate, charming, knowledgable, and so much more. Marsha C., Breckenridge, CO
In Patagonia