Latin America Trip Leader

Karen Lund Petersen

Karen Lund Petersen, born and raised in Buenos Aires, has a degree in Environmental Science and a passion for sharing nature with people--especially Patagonia's wild nature. She now lives with her family in a small village in the forests of northern Patagonia. When not out guiding our trips, she works in her vegetable garden, teaches sustainability, and lectures on food production and consumption. “I love how wild Patagonia still is. When you travel here, you feel a deep respect for the powers of nature—the strong winds, the vast openness, the magnificent granite walls, glaciers, plants, and animals… I love it all. And I especially love sharing it with others.”

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Upcoming Trips with Karen Lund

Patagonia: Tracking Pumas and Cruising the Fjords

Feb 26 - Mar 8, 2024

Jan 27 - Feb 7, 2025

Feb 24 - Mar 7, 2025

Jan 25 - Feb 5, 2025

Feb 26 - Mar 9, 2025

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Ultimate Patagonia

Jan 11-26, 2024

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Client Testimonials

Karen is a standout in all categories. She is not only knowledgeable and capable, but she gave a piece of her heart and soul to our group. It is just in her nature to connect with each person on an intimate level. Her sense of humor and flexibility kept things lively and fun, and it seemed that there was always another surprise for us around the corner.

Anita C.

Indianola, WA
In Patagonia

Karen Petersen is a wonderful, intelligent young woman, a very competent guide, friendly and knowledgeable with a genuine love of nature and her Argentine heritage.

Beverly T.

Mendham, NJ

On a scale of 1-10, I rate Karen 20!!!! She is truly a caring, knowledgeable, participant-focused trip leader. She is fun and engaging while looking out for everyone's well-being.

Bonnie S.

Newburyport, MA
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia

Karen was wonderful! Very involved and caring with attention to every small task.

Craig and Edie R.

Santa Rosa CA
In Patagonia

Karen is a remarkable person and an outstanding guide. She is very organized, efficient, professional, caring, attentive, responsive, passionate, communicative, and knowledgeable. I felt I was in really good hands throughout the trip.

Elizabeth C.

Toronto, Ontario
In Patagonia

Karen was fantastic! She was also just a delight to travel with.

Janice J.

Paris, France
In Patagonia

It was wonderful to spend time with Karen. She was incredibly thoughtful in looking out for considerations large and small that would make the trip better for each person.

Jean M.

Auburndale, MA
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia

Karen was fabulous! She was very knowledgeable, with a real love for the area, and fun sense of humor. She was so good at spotting birds and animals in the area that I often felt like I was on a safari.

Joan V.

Virginia Beach, VA
In Patagonia

Karen is exceptional! She took a personal interest in each member, is an outstanding naturalist (teaching us about plants, animals, geography continuously and tirelessly), put us all at ease with her calm, supportive, and encouraging demeanor, gave us clear and concise breakdowns of the following day so we could prepare, and was always there to help anyone in need. She made the trip GREAT!

Laura F.

Englewood, CO
In Patagonia

Karen was simply the best tour leader I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling with. Her attitude was positive and encouraging; she engaged each member of the group and made sure they were comfortable and getting the most out of the trip; and, I learned a TON from her about Patagonia’s history and environment. She went out of her way to make sure that we did not have to worry about a thing, and made even the longer travel days interesting and as comfortable as possible. It was clear from her interactions with our various host sites that she is a well respected guide and friend to each.

Laurie P.

Williamsburg, VA
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia

Karen has an incredible amount of joy that is contagious to everyone. She’s wonderful caring.

M. M.

Guilford CT

This is our eighth Wilderness trip and Karen is one of our favorite guides. Her professionalism, kindness, and humor are only exceeded by the love of her country and Patagonia.

Robert V.

Virginia Beach, VA
In Patagonia

Karen is a superstar trip leader. She is both capable and charming and makes each traveler feel special.

Rosalyn & Philip R.

Clyde Hill, WA
In Patagonia

Just wanted to let you know Karen was an outstanding host. I’m sure I am speaking for the group in this regard. She opened my eyes to Argentine culture, the vast amount of wildlife, the outstanding scenery and so much more. Whatever my exceptions going in have been far exceeded. The bar is higher than ever for the next trip! We were so fortunate to have Karen.

V. Tom

San Francisco CA

Karen was fantastic! I thought I came on the trip just to enjoy some really majestic scenery (and I did), but she opened my eyes to the local wildlife, which I did not expect.

Victor T.

San Francisco CA
In Patagonia

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