M19503 has united a group of professional guides that are leaders in Patagonia. Our guides have specialties in trekking, mountaineering, kayaking, and climbing; all of them have customer satisfaction and safety as their priorities. This allows you to travel with the experience of a local Chilean, and the securities that you will be taken care of.
Furthermore, M19503 operates with environmentally friendly agencies. We do our best to conserve nature by contributing to recycling and beautification programs in Patagonia in order to improve the quality of life. We have chosen being green as a way of life, because respecting and caring for the earth ensures that the things we love will be here for centuries to enjoy.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Our company was founded by David Dittmar and Laura McAfoos in 2008. Laura McAfoos, an American, moved to Puerto Natales in 2007, to volunteer as an English teacher in a local public school. She met David Dittmar at the end of the 2006 - 2007 season. David Dittmar started his career in Puerto Natales in 2004, working as a guide in a hotel. He continued guiding in the area for various agencies until the formation of M19503 in 2008. The idea was born out of a need for an agency that provided high quality services, that could be flexible, and was honest and trustworthy to work with both as an employee and a client.
2. What is your company's mission?
We want to deliver one of the best vacation experiences of your life!
3. What does your company specialize in?
Our agency specializes in hiking, backpacking, cycling and kayaking trips in Patagonia. We specialize in Torres del Paine, Chile and Los Glaciares, Argentina. We are also experts in the Carretera Austral and Ruta 40 taking someone from Bariloche to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
David Dittmar is the true founder. He loves the outdoors and has been working in it for a decade. He studied Tourism at a University in Punta Arenas, Chile and later took some time to do a bit of backpacking himself. He finally decided to settle down in Puerto Natales and began working in local hotels. Later he worked as a guide taking tours through Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park. After six seasons of experience he decided to start his own agency.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
I would say our most popular package is the Patagonia Combo. You see a bit of everything in southern Patagonia and it is all done in just a little over two weeks.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"It was a seamless experience...something that does not happen very often in the tour and travel industry. I give you and David the highest marks...A+ for service and fun. Everything went perfectly"- Coordinator for a group of 16 people
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