Crossing the Andes Chile-Argentina - Who is Who
Who is who?
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Below a breef introduction to our team.
PAUL COUDENYS 1966
If anyone can say "been there, done that" then it’s Paul Coudenys!
Paul, born in Flanders Belgium, was once in his previous life a farrier. At age 21, he travelled backpacking around the globe, 3 years later and with a luggage full of travel and riding experiences he returned to Belgium. During his "long journey", he worked as a blacksmith shoeing horses at the polo club in Singapore, as a blacksmith and cowboy at a cattle station in Australia, as a gaucho in South America and as a rider in too many places and countries to mention.
In 1996 he founded “Hippo-Trek” and became one of the pioneers of worldwide riding holidays in Europe. Paul rode horses in 53 different countries and is perhaps one of the most experienced trail riders in the world. Loving the great horse culture and hospitality in Latin America Paul decided to move to Brazil in 2010. He lives in the southern state of Santa Catarina, home of the South American gaucho (cowboy). After years of experience in organizing and guiding equestrian holidays and riding expeditions around the world, he now only concentrates on trail rides and equestrian tourism in Latin America. He is guiding all the riding trips himself and assures you participating at the best horse treks in Latin America.
Paul is also co-founder and president of ALATCE; Asociación Latinoamericana de Turismo y Cultura Ecuestre. (Latin American Association of Equestrian Tourism and Culture)
He speaks 6 languages, loves humor and life, is a very social person and knows like no other how to take you on a ride on the wild side! Paul will be your trip leader in the Atacama.
Marcos is a man of the mountains, Andinist of great expeditions, the pioneer of riding expeditions in Chile. He was the first to put the historical "Crossing the Andes Expedition" from Chile to Argentina on the tourist map and led dozens of riding expeditions to hights of 5000m. He trains mountaineers and is involved in all kind of adventure tourism in Chile. He loves to be around people, to guide a bunch of riders and to show them the extreme beauty of his country.. Horses and the local Huaso culture is his passion. No wonder Marcos is co-founder of ALATCE; Asociación Latinoamericana de Turismo y Cultura Ecuestre. (Latin American Association of Equestrian Tourism and Culture)
Marcos is fun and a good friend to all, he will welcome you with open arms and give you the best time ever!
HUASOS & GAUCHOS
Local Huasos (Chilean cowboys) and Gauchos (Argentinean cowboys) will accompany the equestrian expedition