Our story and team
City Trekking Guide is a tourism company composed by a multicultural team that seeks to connect travelers with authentic travel experiences in Chile.
We believe and promote a responsible and sustainable way of traveling. After a long time working together with other local tour operators who share our values and passion for Chile and the tourism industry, we have created a variety of tours in different Chilean destinations that will allow all our visitors to have a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.
Our promise is that our personalized services will allow you to have a real culture immersion experience, live unique adventures and make meaningful connections =)
We are ready to help you to plan the tour that suits you best!
Our objective as City Trekking Guide is to provide authentic, amusing and high quality travel guide services through Chile. We want you to immerse yourself as deep as possible into real Chilean Culture, by only visiting places we consider worth-seeing.
In the long term, City Trekking Guide aspires to become a benchmark for offering guided services that connect visitors and locals, not only in Chile but also in other unique destinations around the world.
Respect, Punctuality, Flexibility, Passion, Enthusiasm, Reliability, Sincerity.
Forget that you are a tourist! We want to make you feel like a compatriot and a longtime friend. For us life is an adventure that is worth the while only when you have special people by your side, let’s create meaningful connections!
Ignacio Pérez G.
Co- founder and guide
Ignacio was born in Santiago, and has four years of experience in the field of tourism. During his childhood, he went to live on Easter Island. There, he began to learn other languages and made friends from all over the world. His interest and curiosity about languages, culture, business and human relationships increased throughout the years and inspired him to search for a profession that allowed him to combine all of these subjects. In 2010, he began to study tourism engineering, finishing with success in 2014. Today, he continues studying, in pursuit of a master´s degree in business. While he was studying, Ignacio met his friend and partner Sven Bornemann. Soon after City Trekking Guide was born. Our goal is to provide private, friendly, amusing and high-quality travel guide services to those who decide to enjoy the capital and its surrounding areas as a Chilean would. Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese.
Co- founder and guide
Born in Germany, Sven has been in Chile for more than five years. He has lived in four different continents, and believes that volunteering in Africa was one of his best life experiences. In Santiago, Chile, while studying tourism engineering, he met Ignacio and Fernando, with whom he started this project in 2010. Since its inception, the goal of City Trekking Guide has been to show travelers the true spirit of the Chilean capital, with all its facets, in an informative, relaxed and motivated trekking setting, all with an enthusiastic guide. Currently, Sven is also working with International Transporting, but helps City Trekking Guides with ideas and translations to promote the growth of the company.
Languages: German, Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Fernando Pérez G.
Co- founder and guide
Born in Chile, Fernando Perez also shares the passion of meeting new people and creating genuine friendships all over the world. In 2012, he earned his degree in Journalism and has worked for CNN news and Mega news over the past several years.
Fernando studied English throughout his years in school, which he speaks fluently. He also lived in Brazil for four months where he learned to speak Portuguese at an advanced level. These experiences have offered him a new perspective of the world. When his brother Ignacio and Sven approached him with the opportunity to create the company, he agreed without hesitation. He loved the idea because it incorporated two of the things he liked most: Interaction with new people, and languages. Much like Sven and Ignacio, Fernando’s principal motivation is to give the very best experience to the travelers who desire to get to know Santiago like a real Chilean.
Languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Communication officer and translator
As a student of ISIT Paris, Juliette had to work as an intern abroad for several months, so she decided to spend the summer of 2014 in Chile in order to deepen her knowledge of Spanish language and discover South-America.
In Santiago, she met Ignacio, Fernando and Sven and quickly became interested in their company. She decided to work for City Trekking Guide as a communication director and translator in French and English, but only as a freelance since she was already an intern at LAR Gestión y Desarrollo, a sustainable architecture and urbanism company. Just like her fellow workers, Juliette likes discovering new places and meeting new people. After taking several tours with Ignacio and Fernando, she can legitimately declare that their service has been tested and approved!
Born in France, graduated in history and economics, Damien arrived in Santiago 10 years ago while he was traveling South America during his early 20s. Fastly, he fell in love with the country and as the good Frenchman that he is, took the decision to stay because of the delicious food and wine that Chile has to offer. He loves to introduce foreigners and locals to the beautiful central region. He will teach you passionately about the culture, the history and the new cuisine trends as well as its most authentic Chilean dishes.
Born in Chile, traveler, piscola lover, interior designer and graphic designer. As a student of Universidad Del Pacifico, Vania has learnt and develop her creative skills specializing in graphic tools. With her good will and passion, she helps City Trekking Guide to make all the official graphic material.
Director and Guide of Ecomapu Valparaíso
Chilean. Local guide with vastly experience in the Cultural Heritage of Valparaiso, is also Professor of Economics and entrepreneurship. His passion for responsible tourism has led him to create various routes in the city, being the innovation his main component which has allow him to obtain the national distinction of sustainable tourism given by the Chilean National Service of Tourism. Lover of Valparaíso, its cultural and its people, will make your visit to the city a unique and unforgettable experience.
Esteban Tacul Gahona
Tour guide of Ecomapu, Valparaíso
He is of Chilean nationality with Mapuche ancestors. Porteño by Birth (was born at Valparaíso). He has a degree as English-Spanish Interpreter-Translator but he has decided to focus and develop all his work into the tourism working as a local tour guide whose main target is to show to the visitors both the tangible and intangible heritage of this World Heritage Site.
He is very passionate for the city in that he was born. He is also very knowledgeable about the Valparaíso’s rich history as well as its legends and curiosities. Along with this, as a native, he adds to his story his personal experiences and traditional customs from this bohemian, magical and picturesque port city.
Head Guide in Chiloe
Born in Tomé – Bio Bio Region, Traveler, Musician, Mountaineer, naturalist as a lifestyle choice and Technician in Forestry Management and Natural Resources Administration. After traveling the world and living for 4 years in New Zealand, he decided to settle down in Chiloe Island located in South of Chile. “Guillion” as their friends call him, after his trip, improved his English language, acquired new skills on environmental development and client’s service in the tourism industry. Actually, he runs his own project in Chiloe named Chile Spots and after meeting Ignacio, both decided to cooperate with each other to continue contributing to provide personalized service experiences to our visitors combining the passion and the knowledge about the culture and environmental heritage of Chiloe.
Night Tour Manager
Christopher is half chilean, half Norwegian and speaks 7 languages. He studied hospitality and tourism and has Been doing tours oficially Since 2005. He makes sure to experience something New on each excurcion and tries to suit it according to the Nature of the visitor. with his Fondness of music, pre Columbine culture , flora and fauna and Nature in general – a tour with Chris is never boring be it in a metropolitan city like Santiago de Chile or a wildlife excursion.
Ramiro born in Santiago de Chile, Descendant of Croatian and English immigrants. Study mechanical engineering at the technological university, he leaves Chile at 21 years old hitchhiking with his backpack accompanied by his girlfriend to travel around south America, beginning from northern Chile heading to Cuzco – Peru disembarking by the Peruvian Amazon to the Brazilian Amazon, where he stays living for a while with rubber gatherers ( seringueiros ) and some Amazonian indigenous tribes. Later, traveling through Brazil for a year, heading to Bolivia, Ecuador and so on.
After four years on the road he decides to move and stay in Brazil for the next ten years, at the end of that time he returns to Chile to work on the construction of the V.L.T (Very Large Telescope) from the E.S.O ( European Southern Observatory).
Finally, ramiro decided to study tourism and nowadays, is full dedicated to work as a guide due to his affinity with people and enthusiasm for showing incredible places that will make visitors to enjoy the beauty of Chile.
Certified tourism guide.
English, Portuguese, Spanish