Rex is the owner and founder of Patagoniaphoto.com. Originally from Minnesota, Rex spent many years in Alaska working as a wilderness guide before being lured to Chile in 1988 to work as a river guide on the famed Rio Bio Bio. Soon afterwards Rex began guiding fly fishermen in Chile's remote Patagonian region of Aysen and is recognized as a pioneer of that now flourishing industry. His many years of outdoor experience in Patagonia, Alaska and throughout North and South America make him fully capable of leading just about any type of wilderness adventure. Rex holds a bachelor's degree in Geology from Humboldt State University.
Rex has a 35-year background in photography and his images and writing have appeared in publications such as: National Geographic Adventure, Sports Illustrated, Field and Stream, Fly Rod & Reel, Paddler Magazine and in ads and catalogs for companies such as Patagonia, Wilderness Travel and Mountain Travel/Sobek. View Rex's photography on Smugmug.
In 1994 Rex opened a fly fishing lodge along a peaceful river in a remote area of Chilean Patagonia, La Posada de los Farios (The Inn of the Brown Trout) which he continues to operate during the summer months. Patagoniaphoto.com is his latest venture intended to allow him to further pursue and develop his other life-long passion of Photography. Rex is fluent in "Chilean" Spanish (unique in its own right!) and this combined with his intimate knowledge of Patagonia's geography, natural history and people make him an ideal guide. Contact Rex directly at: email@example.com
Local Guides we use:
Andre Labarca - Torres del Paine
Andre is a highly sought after trekking guide who made his way to Patagonia 18 years ago, fell in love, and never left. An accomplished mountaineer, Andre has participated in many climbing expeditions throughout Patagonia, including several first ascents, and has summited all 3 of the famed "Towers" in Torres del Paine. (Here on the summit of Torre Sur).
Andre is highly knowledgable about all things Patagonia and our clients often refer to him as the "walking encyclopedia". His love and enthusiasm for the region is highly contagious. Although Andre doesn't consider himself a photographer per se, his vast understanding of the geography, natural history, wildlife, and people of Patagonia, and the specifics of what photographers are looking for, means he'll put you in the right locations at the right times for getting great images.
Rodrigo Lizama - Torres del Paine
Rod was born and raised in Puerto Natales, gateway to the famed Torres del Paine National Park, where he still lives today along with his lovely wife and 3 young children. For over 20 years he and his father have operated a small tourism and transportation company that is now recognized as among the very best in the business providing high quality transportation service for some of World's leading adventure travel companies such as Mt Travel/Sobek, National Geographic Adventures and, of course, Patagoniaphoto.com.
Apart for being a very safe and highly skilled driver, Rod is also an extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic naturalist/guide with a passion for photography. Torres del Paine is his back yard and he knows the intricacies of country and it's inhabitants like few others. Our guests truly enjoy his keen sense of humor and easy going no worries style of guiding.
Diego Punta Fernandez - Fitzroy, Argentina
Diego (40) lives in El Chalten, Argentina at the base of the Fitzroy Range and is an active birder, naturalist guide and professional photographer. Growing up in Buenos Aires, Diego studied Photography and Natural History before moving to Patagonia in 1998. He is an enthusiastic member of Aves Argentinas (BirdLife in Argentina) and makes several trips each year searching out birds in Argentina's Santa Cruz Province and is involved with many other conservation projects throughout Argentina. Diego has published several high quality photographic guides on the flora, fauna and geography of Patagonia and Antarctica through his company www.49southphoto.com
Diego was on the staff at Los Glaciares National Park for 4 years and is now an independent licensed trekking guide and certified First Responder, leading trekking, birding, and photographic trips throughout Southern Patagonia and more recently in Antarctica as well. Diego is fluent in English, has an enjoyable easy-going style and possesses a truly vast and intimate knowledge of Patagonia that our tour participants greatly appreciate.
Maria Cecilia Costa - Fitzroy, Argentina
Cecilia is a professional photographer and birder from Argentina who since 1998 has made her home in the small town of El Chalten at the base of the famed Fitzroy Massif. She is originally from Buenos Aires where she studied math education, natural sciences and photography. She is the founder of the El Chalten Birder's Club and has published several high-quality field guides on the flora and fauna of Patagonia. She's an astute naturalist that would have made Darwin proud and perhaps even could have taught him a thing or two!
Cecilia is a licensed trekking guide for Los Glaciares National Park and certified Wilderness First Responder and during the summer months is highly sought after as a leader for trekking, birding and photography tours throughout Patagonia. Cecilia is a fun and truly talented professional guide who loves to share her intimate knowledge of southern Patagonia with our guests.