Meet Our Team

Our team is the soul of Upscape. We bring together a collection of experience-minded travel aficionados who are dedicated to making your wildest dreams a reality.

Brian Pearson

Brian Pearson

Founder and CEO

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.

Sira Berté

Sira Berté

Founder

Sira Berté knew she hadn’t seen the last of South America after studying in Ecuador for a year in college. Sira worked in consulting for the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Ford Foundation, & UNDP, as well as in executive education, all of which helped provide the seed capital for Upscape.

Jorge Swett

Jorge Swett

General Manager

Jorge is an engineer and photographer who was born in Viña del Mar, but has also lived in the US and Patagonia. He discovered the joy of traveling when he was 18, and since then, has never stopped. His favorite spot is Patagonia, where he has shot some of his best photos.

Manuel Bastidas

Manuel Bastidas

Operations Manager

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.

Cristóbal Yáñez

Cristóbal Yáñez

Product Manager

Though he was born in Viña del Mar, Cristobal prefers the neighboring city (Valparaiso), which he believes is most beautiful city in Chile. Cristobal studied Tourism Management in Santiago, but also studied at the University of Alabama. During his travels outside of the country he cannot stand being without Chilean barbecues.

Pablo Aravena

Pablo Aravena

Experience Designer

Since he was young Pablo has enjoyed learning foreign languages. He studied German and English, with a focus on Tourism, and then completed a postgraduate Degree for Travel Specialists sponsored by Chilean and German Government in Germany.  Pablo is a travel specialist with more than 7 years of experience in the industry.

Gianina Lillo

Gianina Lillo

Experience Designer

Gianina is a globetrotter and animal lover who loves being in touch with nature and escaping from the city to enjoy the mountains and ocean. She enjoys cooking and new culinary experiences at each place she visits. In her free time she loves reading and learning about cosmology and ancient cultures.

Diego Morales

Diego Morales

Experience Designer

Diego has worked in the tourism industry for almost 15 years in different tour operators and travel agencies, all of which related to inbound tourism. When not at work, he loves to be at home with his family, playing videogames, eating pizza and spending most of his time with his son.

Daniela Escobar

Daniela Escobar

Traffic Coordinator

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.

Andres Aravena

Andres Aravena

Transportation Coordinator

Andres was one of the first people to be a part of Upscape, joining in 2005. He is an integral member of the operations team, specializing in transport and logisitics. Andres loves the south of Chile and escapes to Coyhaique (in the Aysén region) for fly fishing whenever he can.

Daniel Salinas

Daniel Salinas

Operations Assistant

A native of the small quaint city of Los Angeles in the south of Chile, Daniel moved to Santiago and joined Upscape in November 2014. He has a passion for Chile's natural beauty, trekking, mountaineering, biking and of course, good Chilean wine.

Karem Espinoza

Karem Espinoza

Financial Controller

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.

Roxana Hernandez

Roxana Hernandez

Experience Designer

During her time studying tourism, Roxana traveled the length of Chile from north to south, and fell in love with the Región de los Ríos. She loves drinking wine with good company and is always open to trying new things. She joined the Upscape team in 2016.  

Patricia Saffery

Patricia Saffery

Customer Service

Our expert on travel to southern Chile, Paty joined the Upscape team in 2011. Although she has a degree in graphic design, Paty discovered a passion for tourism in 2004 when she moved to beautiful Puerto Varas, looking for a chance to get out of the big city.

Gabrielle Trasatti

Gabrielle Trasatti

Business Development

Born and raised in a small town in Maryland, USA, Gabrielle's first venture outside the US was to Santiago, Chile, for a study abroad opportunity. After graduation, the asados, chilenismos, and Chilean lifestyle called her back. Although she is new to the tourism industry she has traveled extensively throughout South America.

Roberto Léniz

Roberto Léniz

Management Control

After finishing his business degree, Roberto decided to follow his passion for adventure and moved to New Zealand. He continued to explore for six years as a hiking guide in remote Patagonia and San Pedro de Atacama. Now based on Santiago, Roberto is eager to share his many experiences from the field.

Jessica Wolff

Jessica Wolff

Head of Marketing

Born in California, Jessica most recently spent 10 years in NYC learning the ropes of the global travel industry. Now calling Santiago home, she loves exploring the variety of experiences that Chile offers. Yoga, cooking, ceramics and salsa dancing are just a few passions that fill her daily life.

Nicole Krumrey

Nicole Krumrey

Experience Designer

Nicole graduated in International Leisure and Tourism Studies and has 8+ years experience in the industry. Her passion for Latin American culture brought her from Germany to Chile in 2011. Since then Nicole finds her favorite destinations to be the Atacama desert and the beaches of the central region.  

Ann Christine Meidinger

Ann Christine Meidinger

VP Sales

German-born Ann has lived in six different countries + has called Chile her home for more than a decade. She started her career in investment banking in London though since 2006 she has been following her true passion, organizing international sporting events + off-the-beaten track adventures in South America.

Daniel Pesenti

Daniel Pesenti

Experience Designer

Daniel has a degree in Professional Tourism + a love for skiing, having spent some time working for Valle Nevado,  La Parva + living in Vancouver. Having lived in many parts of Chile, Daniel favors the south, with one of his favorite places being the "Carretera Austral" in the Aysén region.

Manon Epie

Manon Epie

Experience Designer

From France, Manon brings a certain charm to our office. After traveling though Asia + receiving her postgraduate degree in Shanghai, her curiosity + taste for new adventures guided her to Chile. The Chilean lifestyle and humor keeps her in Santiago, but she also loves to discover Chile's less-traveled paths.

Maria Paz Castaño

Maria Paz Castaño

Experience Designer

María Paz has 10 years of experience in the Tourism Industry working as a guide and host. She is originally from Santiago but relocated to Puerto Varas, where she appreciates the slow pace of the town. In her free time she enjoys bird watching, trekking, and being immersed in nature.

Bianca Silva

Bianca Silva

Marketing Intern

Bianca is a student at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. Although she was born and raised in the United States, both her parents are originally from Santiago. Her passion for travel and culture led her to interning abroad in Spain, studying abroad in Bali, and now interning in Chile.

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