Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
Xabier Etxarri, or Xabi as he’s known (pronounced ‘shabby’), hails from Navarra, in the Basque Country and is a true Renaissance man. Originally a science teacher and physicist with a specialization in astrophysics, he decided to leave it all behind and travel to southern Chile where he unlocked his passion for poetry, writing over 14 volumes since! He soon became a fully-licensed trekking guide with a particular interest in nature and the natural sciences. His passion for the mountains of his native Pyrenees remains undiminished and he now splits his time between Patagonia and Spain. What Xabi brings to this journey is an intimate knowledge of the Basque lands, Riojan wines, and the flora of northern Spain.
Born and raised in Madrid, Diego Martin spends much of his year in the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains of northern Spain, as his heart is never far from nature. Studying geography and geology at university before journeying to South America, he eventually returned to Spain in order to start a family in his beloved Picos. Working with a local organization dedicated to re-introducing the bearded vulture into the Picos, Diego has worked closely with rural communities helping them preserve their traditional lifestyles. He has also found time to set up a small organic farm—a city boy turned country! Diego’s brings his easy going charm and encyclopedic cultural knowledge to this journey across northern Spain.
Originally from the US, Derek Zinger studied in England and Denmark before settling in Spain. Fluent in both Spanish and Catalan, Derek brings a unique view of the often unknown but fascinating traditions of this northeast region of Spain in his unique position as a bridge between Anglo and Catalan culture. Derek’s varied background includes working as a graphic artist, teacher, and actor before becoming a guide. When not hiking the trails of the Costa Brava, Derek enjoys cinema, jazz music, Scandinavian architecture and design, and honing his skills as a classically trained singer.
Pol Roig Iniesta
Pol Roig Iniesta was born in Barcelona and first walked in the mountains with his father when he was just 3 years old, although it was not until 2009 when he realized his dream of being a mountain guide. He has travelled extensively in Scotland and Morocco, loves photography, mountain adventure sports like climbing, snowshoeing and canyoning, and grows his own organic food. He also enjoys cooking and has a tradition of preparing a tortilla, or Spanish omelette, whenever he returns home (in the Pyrenees) from a mountain trip!