Juan Cordero grew up in Chile’s arid Atacama Desert and settled in Patagonia 18 years ago after receiving his degree in industrial engineering at the Universidad Católica, and his master’s degree in engineering management at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was the founder and managing partner of Patagonia Huts in Patagonia Park, a binational private nature reserve in Northern Patagonia, and he now resides in Chile Chico. Here, along with his family and like-minded colleagues, he has overseen the development of Campamento Ñandú, a hostel and basecamp that allows travelers to explore a relatively unknown region of Patagonia. He has also worked as an advisor on public sector and ECO/Business development in Patagonia. Juan long ago gave up urban environments for wide, open natural spaces, where he can be found on any given day trekking, climbing and kayaking.
“I love the Japanese saying, ‘Muzukashiku nattara … Demo kamaimasen,’ or, ‘If it gets harder … I do not complain.”