Why Upscape

Upscape, formerly Santiago Adventures, is internationally recognized as the leading boutique tour operator for wine, ski and bike trips in the Southern Cone (Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay). Based in Santiago, Chile, what sets Upscape apart is that we possess the insight and knowledge of a local company with the service, reliability, and international perspective of a trusted American company. We are innovators in the creation of unforgettable, authentic and personal travel experiences from start to finish. Upscape is proud to work with the best local guides and drivers, winery owners, restaurants, and boutique hotels to ensure that every client’s experience is of the highest quality in every aspect. It’s taken us years to build these relationships, and we’re not done yet.

We take care to place you in unique scenarios you are unlikely to stumble across on your own.

Over the past 12 years, we have discovered a lot of under-the-radar adventures, bike routes, unconventional modes of transportation, best chefs, and most innovative wine projects. We will provide you with an exclusive access to them and then let you “rediscover” all these unparalleled experiences on your own. Do you want to get the most from your travel time and capture the true flavor of the places you visit? We promise you will have your OWN experience, the one that speaks to you and will keep speaking to you long after you’ve returned home.

We will connect you with knowledgeable locals who will help you collect the best moments.

We have made meaningful connections with the ‘movers and shakers’ of our destinations, who are eager to share the knowledge of their backyard and become your true travel companions. Get a taste of the Central Valley at the studio of a famed Chilean chef Patricio Cáceres, or bring Easter Island’s story to life with the granddaughter of the archeologist who restored the famed Moai statues. Wherever you go, be sure it will be local people who will show you the real South America.

We value out-of-the-ordinary travel journeys that push the boundaries of what you imagined possible.

Innovation is the key to creating all of our unique opportunities. Picture yourself sharing an exceptional food and wine pairing evening with the elite group of independent winemakers (MOVI) or retreating to a 19th-century private hacienda after a day of cat-skiing. Whether high adrenaline or low key (or a combination of the two), these experiences are not usually mentioned in the guidebooks. We are endlessly curious about what’s happening in the region and fully equipped with the most recent and creative ideas to make sure you’ll find yourself in a place unlike anywhere else.

Meet Our Team

Brian Pearson

Brian Pearson

U.S. native Brian Pearson is the founder of Upscape. Since arriving to Chile in 2003, he has established and directed one of South America's leading tour operators offering unique and exciting trips featuring the best of the Southern Cone.

Karem Espinoza

Karem Espinoza

Karem has been part of the Upscape team since 2008. Karem was born and raised about 70km south of Santiago and continues to enjoy the tranquility of living outside the city. In her free time, Karem enjoys spending time with her family, biking, learning about wine, and traveling in Chile.

Daniela Escobar

Daniela Escobar

Daniela is a Valparaíso native. Being from the coast, it’s no surprise that Daniela loves the distinct landscapes of the shoreline and walking along the waterfront, especially in time to catch the colorful sunsets over the Pacific. She has a degree in Tourism Operations and joined Upscape in July 2011.

Manuel Bastidas

Manuel Bastidas

Manuel was born in Temuco, a beautiful city in the south. Though he grew up in Santiago, his roots remain in Temuco, as it was there that he developed his passion for cycling, rafting, and hiking. He has more than 10 years of experience in tourism and joined Upscape in 2012.