About us: Patagonia Mágica

mountain guides Patagonia ArgentinaPatagonia Magica has started as a mountain guiding company in a wonderful small corner of the Andean range, a place where the wind plays with the landscape, where the forest has a special atractive, where the mountain has a magical beauty. We are located right there where all the mountaineering, climbing and trekking activities begin in the Fitz Roy - cerro Torre area by the South Patagonian ice cap.

Patagonia Mágica have been developing its activity for since 1996 in El Chalten, a place well known for it's natural beauties and for being the most popular trekking place in Argentina, where with love and respect for nature we started our excursions. After many years traveling and climbing around the world, and guiding in different places of the country, we offer you the best adventure in South Patagonia.

We are dedicated to preserving the culture and wilderness of Patagonia through low impact travel. We always form small groups for our activities in order to provide a more personalized service in mountain guiding but also to minimize impact on natural envirorments of the Los Glaciares National Park.. We also pack out all our garbage.

Our company's main goal is to give you the best outdoor experience, helping in the natural enviroment and ensuring safety in the expedition.

The Patagonia Mágica Team:

Patagonia Magica gathered a group of mountain guides specialized in the extreme conditions of South Patagonia. They all manage perfectly in the rough climate conditions of the place, taking determinate decisions when bad weather shows. All our guides are highly trained professionals and experts in the field, excellent climbers and mountaneers, with differnt summits and expeditions achieved, in Patagonia and around the world. They all speak fluent English, as well as Spanish and other languages. They are certificated by the Argentinian Mountain Guides Association and trained in backcountry emergencies "Wilderness First Responder". Patagonia is for most of our guides, home, therefore, we are familiar with the field in which we move. Glaciers, forest, rivers and trails are our daily routes.

Our guides provide the best possible combination of leadership, safety, skills, and knowledge of the area to make each trip a safe yet challenging adventure, taking into account the comfort level of individuals on every trip.

Marcelo Fayer - Head mountain guideMarcelo Fayer
He is 45 years old, director & head mountain guide of Patagonia Mágica, (AAGM - Argentine Association of Mountain Guides certified), founder and rock climbing instructor of the Argentinean sport climbing association (AADED), member of the El Chalten rescue team and the Alpine Club. He is a ski instructor with international level certified by the Argentine Ski Assocciation (AADIDE) and AIARE level 2 (American Institute for Avalanche Reserch & Education). He speaks English as well as French.

He has been working, climbing and living in Patagonia for more than twenty years. He has worked for several national and international trekking and mountaineering companies.

He has climbed mountains such as Cerro Mocho, Guillaumet, Saint Exupery, Aguja de la S, Lanín and Tronador and he has done more than 25 expeditions to the Patagonian ice cap field in Argentina.

For the last several years he has been intensely ski touring in Northern and Southern Patagonia. In Southern Patagonia, in the Chaltén area, he has been glacier skiing in the Fitz Roy range surroundings as well as cerro Vespigniani and Madsen. Exploring and ski touring also the Marconi, Superior and Viedma Glaciers. He has done backcountry ski trips and expeditions to mostly all the volcanoes in Northern Patagonia, both in Chile and Argentina, among them volcano Puyehue, Lonquimay, Llaima and Villarica. Every winter season he goes off piste skiing in the Bariloche surroundings, ski touring to the mountain huts for several days in a row each trip. He has climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, USA as well as several climbs in the Alps and South America.

Spare time: sport climbing, free skiing and mountain biking.

Sabrina Davel

Sabrina Davel
She is 33 years old, Responsible for Sales and Reservations of Patagonia Mágica.

She is General Coordinator in our Central Reservation.

She spends her free time skiing in winter and sailing in summer. She loves kiteboarding, Mountain Biking and Hiking.

Vicente LabateVicente Labate
He is 41 years old. He studied geography in the University of Lujan (U.N. Lujan) and he is a mountain guide (AAGM certified) since 1994. He has been working as a guide for 15 years in Patagonia. Beside studying, he climbs and works with different mountain disciplines.

He is an adventurous traveler who is always seeking for different challenges (on foot, by bike, canoeing, kayaking, yachting or horse riding). He lives in El Chalten most of the year. As a foreign language he speaks English and Italian. He has climbed mountains in Europe, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and Chile.

Spare time:
slack line, bouldering, cooking and photographing. Spare time: rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and guitar.

Matías Barrera Passerano - AAGM certified mountain guideMatías Barrera Passerano
Matías was born in Mar del Plata, where he was raised developing his keenness for sports and outdoor activities. For the last 10 years he travels to Patagonia, getting in touch with mountain activities and works with adventure tourism companies. He is a AAGM certified Mountain Guide, he has been working in El Chaltén guiding glacier treks and for 6 years he has been helping with the Patagonia Ice Cap expedition. He has been exploring other Andes areas where he has joined mountaineering expeditions.

In his leisure time he goes rock and sport climbing or mountain biking and kayaking, in winter season he goes skiing.

Max Schoffel AAGM mountain guideMax Schoffel
Max grew up exploring the mountains of the Bariloche area and decided early to dedicate his professional life to sharing the joys of Patagonia with others. Max graduated from high school in Canada and has since worked in New Hampshire, Alaska, the Swiss Alps, Costa Rica and throughout Western Canada. But he always comes back to his home in Patagonia, where he continues to guide North American and European guests. Because Max is comfortable in both South and North America, he can reveal many secrets.
Max is a fully-certified Mountain Guide by the Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides (AAGM), and has completed his training as a Tourism Guide specializing in Patagonia from a prestigious Bariloche university, and is an active member of the Bariloche Search and Rescue Commission. He loves climbing, paddling, skiing, hiking and just about any adventure in the outdoors.
Max speaks English, German and Spanish fluently and is also a keen naturalist with a passion for both the human history and the unique culture of his homeland. And his sense of adventure is infectious!

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