Carlos Leon

Carlos Leon was born in central Chile and has lived in Patagonia since he was a child. He has been a member of the Wilderness Travel Patagonia team since 1996, first as a driver and local guide, and then as a Trip Leader. Carlos says, “I live in a wonderful place, surrounded by amazing sights and people, and my desire is to share it with travelers. There can be no better calling than this." A tireless master of details with an easygoing nature, Carlos knows all the hiking trails of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks intimately, and has a genuine passion for trekking and outdoor life. Having studied anthropology and sociology, he also loves sharing cultural aspects, with an emphasis on the people who inhabit this unique region of the globe. “There is actually a lot of serious work to make a trip fun. Sometimes I see other groups who don’t know what they’re doing, where they were yesterday, or are going tomorrow. I want my guests to enjoy as much as they can and, at the same time, truly learn about Patagonia—the mountains, the wind, the people, the trails, the food. So that when they remember the trip, they can feel the wind on their forehead.” Carlos lives in Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine, where he likes to tackle some of Patagonia’s toughest hikes, then relax by repairing computers!

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I found Carlos to be one of the most patient, helpful, gentle souls I have ever encountered. He kept his sense of humor intact throughout and made the trip that much more enjoyable.
— Marie K., Pittsburgh, PA
In Patagonia
Carlos was exceptional—extremely knowledgeable and nice. He really knows Chilean Patagonia and was incredibly skilled in spotting flora and fauna.
— Ellen K., Boulder, CO
In Patagonia
Carlos radiated a love for Chile, and was always eager to point out the wild side of Patagonia.
— Joyce N., Fort Mohave, AZ
In Patagonia
Carlos was a pleasure to work with. He is knowledgeable and full of energy to help and make the experience the best it can be.
— Mark N., Tempe, AZ
In Patagonia
Carlos has a big heart and shares it easily with everyone. He has a lot of knowledge about the plants and animals in this area that added another dimension for us.
— Barbara C., Tempe, AZ
In Patagonia
A wonderful, caring trip leader. I could always count on him to answer any question. Very knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the regions we visited.
— Darlene M., Del Mar, CA
In Patagonia
Carlos is the best guide I have ever had. We all felt lucky to have him! Totally dependable, patient, kind, knowledgeable, helpful, and available. He got along well with everyone.
— Betty G., Kirkland, WA
In Patagonia
Carlos is a gem of a guide. He clearly loves his job and works very hard to make sure everything runs smoothly. He really wanted to make sure that everyone enjoyed their trip and loved Patagonia as much as he does.
— Sara E. K., Denver, CO
In Patagonia
I can't imagine a Patagonia trip without Carlos. His extras made the trip and his attention to detail ensured the best for us.
— Sara K., West Hartford, CT
In Patagonia
Carlos' detailed knowledge, planning, and communications were simply outstanding.
— John O., Knoxville, TN
In Patagonia: Peninsula Valdes
Carlos is the perfect trip leader. He is organized, calm, flexible, has a sense of humor, very responsible, and truly loves what he is doing.
— Karen S., Knoxville, TN
In Patagonia: Peninsula Valdes
Carlos did a great job. He was diligent, responsive, knowledgeable, and went out of his way to make sure everything went well. We were very pleased.
— Gary B., Hanover, NH
In Patagonia
It was a pleasure traveling with Carlos. He was extremely personable and knowledgeable.
— Loran Y., Portland, OR
In Patagonia