Discover the simple ways of living in Patagonia with Gonzalo Sanchez

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Discovering the simple ways of living in Patagonia with Gonzalo Sanchez

In this episode of the LANDED podcast, we had the pleasure of talking with Gonzalo from his hometown of Puerto Natales, where he lives with his wife and their two children. Gonzalo has devoted his life to the natural and cultural treasures of Patagonia.

Sometimes you visit a place so special, that it gains a retrospective significance out of all proportion from the actual time spent there. A place that creates a lifelong affinity—a connection to your heart and your sense of self. A place that becomes part of you. Estancia Cerro Guido, a private ranch located east of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, has that effect on visitors. They are captivated by the wildness, the spirit, the hospitality of this stunning slice of Patagonia.

Gonzalo Sanchez is Estancia Cerro Guido’s mouthpiece—its chief evangelist to the outside world. He’s another one of those Patagonians who, after sampling the wide world, realized that he was born in the right location after all.

The Estancia (Ranch) – Cerro Guido

This episode is more than just a hotel discussion, Gonzalo proudly talks about their work at one of the biggest working estancias, still operational in Patagonia, providing an authentic experience to travelers. Gonzalo explains how he’s always felt linked to Patagonia, making it his own cultural background. He now lives in Puerto Natales with his wife and children who are also proud of their Patagonian heritage and culture.

Additionally, just 45 minutes from Torres del Paine National Park, Estancia Cerro Guido offers access to all the main highlights as well as a myriad of activities that are accessible because of them being a working ranch.

We also discuss the estancia’s efforts to achieve a harmonical balance between the conservation of wildlife and the gaucho culture. As gauchos and pumas have long been on opposite sides to protect the live stock. Estancia Cerro Guido is actively trying to change the perception of pumas within the community, using the old leoneros, a kind of gauchos that used to just hunt pumas, along with scientists and enthusiasts to help track and protect these animals.


“We seek to continue our lifestyle tradition, in harmony with nature. We want to show all of our travelers and the world that Patagonia is not only the natural beauties that they will see in Torres del Paine but also has a rich cultural heritage. We are keepers and we are trying to preserve the true spirit of Patagonia.”

Estancia Cerro Guido
Instagram: @estancia.cerroguido


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