Ani is an Explore Tour Leader from Argentina. She leads tours for us in her home country and loves her job!
What in your opinion is the best thing about the job?
Meeting new people who eventually become new friends, getting the chance of sharing my beautiful country, travelling and getting the chance of knowing different countries and cultures, living new experiences.
Describe the funniest event you ever witnessed with a group?
Easter Island: passenger asks what is the beautiful blue water we can see. I answer: "well that's the Pacific Ocean." Passenger asks again: "Oh I see. And that water on the other side?"...
What is the best place to visit in your country and why?
Patagonia and the Northewest of Argentina. Overwhelming landscapes, amazing culture.
If you were given a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The UK and Greece.
Proudest moment as Tour Leader:
Knowing that one of my groups still today keeps on getting together. And going to the UK and being the reason for one of those meetings.
Describe one local tradition in your country.
Our most traditional custum is sharing MATE with friends, family and even strangers. This is like getting together for tea or coffee for Argentineans. We use a pot called MATE, a straw with a filter and hot not bolied water. We use YERBA, a herb very similar to tea that after a process of drying and chopping is ready to use. The taste is similar to a very strong green tea. I always tell my passengers about it and encourage them to try it.
On tour what has made you stop in your tracks and go “Wow!”?
Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy in Chalten. Magical and overwhelming.
What’s your top tip for travelling responsibly?
Always take care of nature and respect the culture of the places we visit.
If you had the chance to start a new country with your own rules, what would be your first rule?
Honesty and respect.
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