I have always been fascinated by remote and wild landscapes. It’s the reason I lived in Africa to work in conservation and ultimately, what led me to Chile.
Born and raised in Brazil with a Chilean father, I was inspired to finally move to Chile to trace my routes and continue my career in hospitality and tourism. It all started working as a guide here in Atacama, followed by Torres del Paine and the remote region of Aysen. However, San Pedro de Atacama - the land of volcanoes - is where I found my place amongst the rugged terrain and the clearest night skies on earth.
I feel privileged to work in such an awe-inspiring place and share my passion for the beauty of the desert whilst welcoming our guests from all over the world.
Guest Relations Manager
I must have inherited my family's love of hospitality. We always had guests in our house and somehow we turned every meeting into a celebration. We enjoyed being around people and making them feel welcome.
My studies were linked to communication: first journalism, then multimedia, finally I worked as a translator for 11 years. But during that time I yearned for social interaction and teamwork, so I naturally moved towards hospitality. In 2015 I discovered Awasi and joined, first as a Host, then as Maître D ’.
I have lived in Chile all my life, but I did not know San Pedro de Atacama. When I arrived, I immediately fell in love with the Licancabur volcano, the starry skies at night and the impressive contrasts that Atacama offers. With each guest, I re-experience that wonder through their eyes and enjoy it as if it were the first day.
Juan Ignacio García Machicao
From a young age, my family instilled in me a passion for adventure and being connected with nature; spending time outdoors was always the best possible plan.
When I had to make a decision about my future, my first choice was to study something that would keep me in touch with nature. I studied Business Administration with a focus on Adventure Tourism. After graduating, my first destination away from home was San Pedro de Atacama, a magical place I had never been to before, and it quickly captivated me.
In 2009, I arrived to live in the Atacama Desert and soon found work as a Tour Guide. As time passed, I focused on personalized services and came across Awasi Atacama, where I developed a strong sense of service. Thanks to Awasi's high level of service, I have grown as a professional, and today, it is an honor to lead the excursion team.
The Importance of People
It is our staff who create first impressions, who accompany our guests on their adventures, who strive to exceed expectations and send guests home with unforgettable memories.
We are forever grateful to the Awasi Family.