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Marie-Lou Goullieux

Originally from France, I've been living in Chile for a few years. As a passionate traveler, it seemed to me logical working in this field and help people get to know this amazing country. I feel like helping other travelers discover everything about what fascinates me about Chile : stunning landscapes, nature diversity, great beers and wine, and kind people.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Hiking and biking in Chile's Lake and Volcano District, Hiking in Desert of Atacama and throughout Chile, Ethnic tours, skiing on the active volcanoes of Chile"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since I was born, I've always wanted to get to know other cultures, people, places, and everything that define the diversity of the world we live in. As soon as I could, I started to travel among Europe, North Africa, United States and lived a short time in Barcelona. I loved living abroad, so I decided to go further and try new experiences in a very unknown continent and Chile first came to my mind because of its geographic diversity, and it didn't disappoint me."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Well, there are many of experiences that I'll always remember but I especially love those that make you feel like you are a local. For example when I went to Marocco, I found myself assisting a typical Moroccan wedding, in a very lost rural place without being able to speak any word of arabic. It didn't stop me to have a great time, sharing and dancing with friendly locals. This is what I love about traveling!"

Featured trips & expertise

Mountain biking in Chile
Mountain Biking in Chile's Lake & Volcano District - 9 Days

Chile’s Lake and Volcano District is home to fifteen active volcanoes and twelve major lakes, which makes it a pretty scenic place for heading out on a bicycle tour. Start in hip Temuco, the region’s capital, before heading out on quiet dirt roads and singletracks to spots like Araucarias Biosphere Reserve and Chile’s most active volcano. Along the way, there are natural hot springs to soak in and comfy cabins to spend the night in.

Cycle along vistas like this Andean lagoon
Cycling the Atacama Desert in Chile - 7 Days

Mountain bikers, this one's for you! Cycle through the Atacama Desert off the beaten path and into areas not yet accessible by vehicle, only currently frequented by llama and goat herds. Small villages, geysers, lagoons, valleys, archaeological ruins, Andean wildlife, and spectacular panoramas crowned by dormant volcanoes await!

Osorno Volcano in Chile's Lake District
Self-Guided Tour in Chile's Lake & Volcano District - 13 Days

This 13-day self-guided trip will take you to some of Chile’s most spectacular sights. You’ll visit lush biosphere reserves, thundering waterfalls, lava-lined canyons, and forest-covered islands. The region is also known for its lakes and volcanos, and the views along the drive are simply jaw-dropping. Designed for active travelers, this trip takes you along some amazing trails, with ample opportunities for wildlife watching.

Chile is one of the world's leading wine-producers
Chile's Famous Wine Valleys - 7 Days

Chilean wines are today considered to be among the best in the world. Chile’s geographical diversity coupled with its Mediterranean climate makes it ideal to grow sustainable wines and to produce a variety of wine styles. The country is home to a wide range of wineries, from age-old to new biodynamic establishments committed to sustainable viticulture.

Scene on a beach on Chiloé Island.
Experience Chiloé: Wildlife & Birdwatching Tour - 8 Days

This 5-day trip follows in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who documented the flora and fauna along Chile's southern coast. Traveling by sea and land you'll observe the extraordinary wildlife and birds of Chiloé Island, the second largest island in Chile after Tierra del Fuego. Visits to quaint fishing villages where you'll enjoy a traditional "curanto" meal and experience local culture round off this unique experience.

Biking along central Chile's backroads
Bike & Hike the Backroads of Chile near Pucón - 9 Days

This 9-day hiking and biking adventure along central Chile's backroads is perfect for active travelers. You'll discover a fascinating part of the country dominated by clear lakes and amazing active volcanoes. Together with expert guides, you will pedal alongside snow-capped peaks, green meadows and stunning lakes, make visits to local indigenous villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Recent trip reviews for Marie-Lou

Top 10 regions in chile: where to go & what to see, Chile - Jan 19 - Jan 24, 2019

Traveler: Donna & Myles R. - Local specialist: Marie-Lou Goullieux

We are one couple that were from a group of 10 but we did not have any part of the planning we simply were part of the group, others in our group did the planning and therefore had all the interactions with the team.
We were greeted at the departure from the cruise ship by Mauricio Masserano and spent the majority of 4 days with him touring the wineries of Chile. His English is impeccable and he has a very broad understanding of the wineries. He took us to lots of wineries that had... read more

We are one couple that were from a group of 10 but we did not have any part of the planning we simply were part of the group, others in our group did the planning and therefore had all the interactions with the team.
We were greeted at the departure from the cruise ship by Mauricio Masserano and spent the majority of 4 days with him touring the wineries of Chile. His English is impeccable and he has a very broad understanding of the wineries. He took us to lots of wineries that had different and unique places for example each day would be at least three wineries that had totally different ways of making wines. We visited some really great wineries and Mauricio chose different luncheons at very unique places that were all very delicious.
He and the driver left us at our hotel and the next day we had a father and son that gave us a tour of Santiago and took us to the airport for our flights home. They were both very knowledgeable with the City of Santiago and we enjoyed our day immensely. They also chose a very unique restaurant that was truly a great experience.

Top 10 regions in chile: where to go & what to see, Chile - Jan 19 - Jan 24, 2019

Traveler: Luanne N. - Local specialist: Marie-Lou Goullieux

I found the web platform and payment method a bit challenging as I was travelling with a group. Marie-Lou was generally prompt in responding to me. It would have been better if we could have talked directly to Mauricio, our guide for the wine tours as he had a plan that would have involved less driving. We went the way I requested but that was because I really didn’t understand the driving times/traffic etc. However, we did enjoy driving up the coast from San Antonio to Valparaíso as we were... read more

I found the web platform and payment method a bit challenging as I was travelling with a group. Marie-Lou was generally prompt in responding to me. It would have been better if we could have talked directly to Mauricio, our guide for the wine tours as he had a plan that would have involved less driving. We went the way I requested but that was because I really didn’t understand the driving times/traffic etc. However, we did enjoy driving up the coast from San Antonio to Valparaíso as we were able to see where Chileans spend their summer holidays.
Mauricio was very good - he was always striving to give us a good experience. The wineries he chose were so diverse that we were always surprised that we were learning something new. Mateo and Leo were our guides for touring Santiago, were very good at answering questions and giving us options (such as walking or driving through the city center). Going up the gondola for the city view was a highlight.
The hotels - Hotel 17 in Valparaíso - great location, beautiful rooms with amazing views, Good breakfast, but a little run down and it could have been a little cleaner. Inca Hotel in Los Andes, Great pool area, good location, good breakfast, modern looking but moldy showers! Hotel Torremayor Lyon - nice neighbourhood, very good breakfast but this once very beautiful hotel needs renovations - it wouldn’t even look that bad if the floors were cleaner and stains removed from upholstery and carpets. The pool was very grubby.
Our guides and drivers definitely made this trip enjoyable and informative and I would recommend them to anyone. I would also use Kimkim in the future as it is a good way to find customized, unique travel experiences.

Marie-Lou Goullieux, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Luanne for your feedback, highly appreciated! I'm very glad to see you enjoyed your trip in the Central Valley along with our local team.

We will definitely keep in mind your helpful comments regarding hotels.

Kindly regards

Best boutique hotels in santiago de chile, Chile - Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2018

Traveler: Steve H. - Local specialist: Marie-Lou Goullieux

We enjoyed the trip very much. Marie-Lou was very attentive to our needs, and was very helpful. One complaint was we basically lost a day in Santiago because all the museums were closed on Monday. We should have done Valspario on Monday instead of Tuesday.
Anyway, Easter Island and the Atacoma desert were a lot of fun and we enjoyed our stay in Chile.
Thanks.
Steve & Julie

Marie-Lou Goullieux, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Julie and Steve, it was a pleasure for me to assist you before and during your trip and I'm more than happy to know you had a blast in this beautiful country called Chile.

All the best,

Marie-Lou