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Catherine Currie

I love to travel! I've been doing it since I was a child! My father took me to the greatest adventures around the world and I realized how every place and every person you meet, is a part of a whole that enriches your life.

Originally from Santiago Chile, Futaleufu in northern Patagonia was as a second home to me. I never could get tired of its beauty and keep going back every year until I was old enough to guide. What struck me the most, was to realize that sharing with others the magnificence of that piece of heaven, was a life-changing experience for them, which made me feel I was doing a real contribution.

I think that traveling is the best investment a person can do, the memories, the experiences, the learnings are simply invaluable. I haven't stopped traveling since I was 10 years old. First crazy expeditions with my family (imagine whitewater rafting at the age of 10!) then with my husband, and now with my two kids. I certainly will never stop!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Futaleufu Valley in northern Patagonia. All kinds of multisport trips which includes rafting, trekking kayaking, zip-line, tyrolean, canyoneering, cliff-jumping, climbing, rappelling, among others. For couples, solo travelers, groups or families. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I'm very fortunate. I'm from a family of adventurers. My dad got involved with adventure travel when I was 5 years old and from that moment he couldn't help to transmit his love for traveling. He took me to different countries where I rafted, hiked, camped, and lived the most amazing adventures a child (and a grown-up) could ask for.

When I was 15, I went to a guide school in the US and from there I started guiding trekking trips in Futaleufu. I kept guiding all the way through school and when I finished, I stopped and went to work for a multinational company in the sales department.

After a few years, I realized I wanted to do something meaningful (like the kind of life-changing impact I was part of when I was guiding) and decided to partner with the best companion of adventures I ever had: My dad.

Since then, we have been working together, showing to the rest of the world one of the most beautiful places on earth, becoming part of their meaningful stories, and actively protecting the area for future generations."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I was on a rafting trip in Tibet down the Yangtze river, totally disconnected from the world due to the places we were visiting were accessible only by the river. The locals were amazed and intrigued by this big flotant device full of people dress in silly costumes (life jackets, helmets, etc.). In every little village, we entered they received us with open arms, invited us to their homes and offered us the little they had (I wonder now who were the ones that had "little"). I was so impressed with their kind heart. One day, we were going up to a monastery and I started to feel very sick, I couldn't keep going on my own and magically, knocking down all the cultural and linguistic differences, a bunch of little kids realize I needed help and start pulling me from my hands and pushing me from my but so to be able to get to the top of the mountain. I was so inspired by them, their love for a stranger, their disposition to help.

I learn that travel connects us with others, with ourselves. And I understood I wanted to be those little kids, helping strangers and becoming part of their story."

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Recent trip reviews for Catherine

Trekking northern patagonia: 8 days, Chile - Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2019

Traveler: Hans L. - Local specialist: Catherine Currie

It is difficult to award “stars” for this experience – but something like 8 out of 5 would perhaps do it justice!

Equally difficult to pick a highlight in a trip full of them:

It started with a warm welcome from Ingrid in Puerto Varras. After a spectacular flight to Chaiten the next morning, a walk to a glacier and a first night in a nice lodge at Lake Yelcho, the trekking started in earnest the next day.
We started at our lead guide Ricardo’s family home in Futaleufú before setting off on... read more

It is difficult to award “stars” for this experience – but something like 8 out of 5 would perhaps do it justice!

Equally difficult to pick a highlight in a trip full of them:

It started with a warm welcome from Ingrid in Puerto Varras. After a spectacular flight to Chaiten the next morning, a walk to a glacier and a first night in a nice lodge at Lake Yelcho, the trekking started in earnest the next day.
We started at our lead guide Ricardo’s family home in Futaleufú before setting off on a strenuous trek to Lake Las Rosas where we set up camp in an untouched wilderness area. Dinner was great Italian home cooking on open fires! Next morning Ricardo rustled up a perfectly cooked breakfast before we embarked on an exciting horse ride over a steep, rocky and exposed path and eventually out into the valley to Lake Espolon for a paddle across the lake.
Accommodation this day was with a local family, dinner in their home and an interesting stroll the following morning.
A strenuous walk then got us up to the Tree House – a fantastically set out camp with cabins clinging to trees that leave you just about out in the open, overlooking a little pond – and the first of the wood fired spas we came to treasure in the next two camps!
Then came a walk down the ridge for some zip lining into the Futaleufú River! Another great camp – Cave Camp – with cabins open to the rapids just outside. After lunch, a short climb up a huge crag lead to some phenomenally spectacular abseiling. Another spa to bring down the adrenalin before - another - great open-fire dinner!
Rafting some of the serious rapids on the Futaleufú was the main, crowning event before the last stop in Nun Camp – named after the mountain opposite; and my cabin hanging right at the cliff’s edge over the river! A relaxing spa was followed by a lavish feast with a lamb on the spit and a selection of great Chilean wines as the farewell from the whole team and families.

I cannot think of much at all to improve this trip - it went so completely well: First there is Ricardo’s great leadership – making me feel safe (and pampered!) all the way through; the continuous help with a smile from his father-in law Claudio; then there was the flawless execution of the logistics in an exceedingly extreme terrain; and absolutely excellent professional help from all of the team all along the way.
If really pressed I could perhaps comment that paddling on Lake Espolon is good exercise – but is it equally good adventure value?

But, in a nutshell: this was one of the very best trips of my life.

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Catherine Currie, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Hans,

Thank you for your kind words. It was a great pleasure sharing with you this amazing part of Patagonia.
We are pleased you enjoyed your experience in Futaleufu. Having the chance of touching our guest's lives is what motivate us to do our job.

A big hug form all the Futaleufu Adventure Team!
Catherine