Viva Expeditions guide Franco De Antoni and Melinda Cleaver Viva Expeditions guide Franco De Antoni and Melinda Cleaver

In and out of South America

Viva Expeditions is recounting a March tour led by guides Franco De Antoni and Melinda Cleaver.

The group was in Torres del Paine National Park hiking and some members had seen a puma hunting. ‘News came through the grapevine that the borders of Argentina and Chile might be closing soon,’ says Viva’s managing director Rachel Williams. ‘Mel and Franco worked around the clock for several days, getting all passengers booked on flights and home before borders closed.

‘By the time the last passenger was on a plane, the border to Argentina was closed and there was no road north, plus the guides needed to care for our trusty overland vehicle Esperanza. Thankfully, we know lots of friendly locals so Mel and Franco are spending isolation time in Punta Arenas, learning to tango and make local jam.’

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