Elisa has been a part of the summer camp since it started in 1993 and she has known this Andean landscape since she was a baby. Over her many years of experience with children and wilderness Elisa has grown to understand how to safely introduce the Andes to children of all ages and physical abilities. As our Director, and head counselor, Elisa makes sure that the entire group of counselors is properly trained and able to guide and care for your children. Her physical strength and stamina are essential for leading adventures as well as yoga classes, swimming, games and art classes. Elisa’s fun energy, her sensitivity to children and her understanding of what our camp has to offer helps her foster deep bonds with the children. Outside of the Andes, Elisa earned her Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Studio Art at the University of California at Davis. After nearly ten years of running her very successful design and construction firm in California, Elisa changed carrier paths. Elisa is now living full time in Chile where she is building Las Mulas to be a year-round guest house. Packed into her busy schedule, she is also fulfilling her lifetime dream of creating “Las Animas Arts and Ecology Center” which is situated up river from Las Mulas. The center is already providing space for workshops in different areas of sustainable agriculture, bee-keeping and forest gardens.
Augusto, husband of Elisa and father of Ayla is a multi-diciplinary businessman and organic farmer who provides delicious wholesome vegetables for our camp. During the year Augusto manages the infrastructure and improvements of Las Mulas, and during camp he oversees all camp logistics, safety as well as being a fatherly figure for all campers. He is in great physical condition, and leads daily adventure hikes, river excursions, and documents children’s play with his talented eye for photography. During his spare time Augusto plays tennis and enjoys his family life.