Suma Pacha Adventure
SUMA PACHA Adventure was founded in the year 2004. It is a tourist company aimed at generating value to the Andean region through the development of innovating active tourism products. We try to incorporate people, families and/or communities of indigenous origin and let them participate in the services we offer, opening new opportunities for economic development (guides, accommodation, mule drivers).
Ana María Espíndola Blanco, founding partner, comes, on her mother’s side, from a family of Aymara origin from Parinacota. Ana María lived in the Altiplano until she was 10 years old. She has studied Business and Administration and has worked for more than 20 years with indigenous organizations such as agricultural, livestock and handicraft cooperatives. Thanks to her work with a NGO she has been able to visit other places and cultures, such as Israel, England, Spain, France, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador. She was linked for three years to the sector of business and incubation of companies and for two years to the National Cooperation of Indigenous Development. At the moment she is still linked to the indigenous entrepreneurial sector and she is the manager and legal representative of our company.
Eduardo Bascuñán Peñafiel, lived between Africa and Europe for 8 years during his childhood. He is a lover of nature and profound connoisseur of the indigenous cultures of the north of Chile. He has studied anthropology and his work of 10 years linked to the Aymara world has made it possible for him to get to know the geography of the Chilean Altiplano to its farthest corners. At present he is one of the few who perfectly know the large net of ancient mule tracks in the region, used by the ancestors for trade with lamas, mainly those known as the Royal Road Potosí—Arica or Silver Route during the Spanish Colony and the Qhapaq Ñan or Inca Trail. He is Spanish-French bilingual and speaks English at intermediate level. He is a graduate of the NOLS School. Within the company he is currently responsible for marketing and operations.
SUMA PACHA ADVENTURE is a tourist company aimed at generating value to the Andean region through development of innovating active tourism products. We try to incorporate people, families and/or indigenous communities and let them participate in the services we offer, opening new opportunities for economic development.
Suma Pacha Adventure constantly aims at providing high quality tourist services to its clients, taking special care of conservation and protection of cultural and natural heritage.
Suma Pacha Adventure tries to participate and influence in the development of the tourist industry in the Region of Arica y Parinacota, especially in the development of active tourism products.
The Management of Suma Pacha Adventure, as well as each member of the company is responsible for quality and is committed to achieve it, through constant improvement of all the company’s processes, which are structured in accordance with the Nch 3067:2007 Standard.
SUMA PACHA ADVENTURE implements and maintains a Management System and improves it continuously in accordance with the requirements of NCh 3067:2007 Standard, whose scope is:
Eduardo Bascuñán. Founder and partner of Suma Pacha. He is an anthropologist. As a child he lived in Africa and Europe. He is lover of adventure sports and the Altiplano. He is in charge of operations and is a mountain guide. He speaks French.
Ana María Espíndola. Founder and partner of Suma Pacha. She is a Business Administrator. Of Aymara origin. She has worked for more than 20 years linked to economic and social organisations of Aymara origin. At present she is still linked to indigenous undertaking and is the Legal Representative of the company.
Enrique Huanca Pairo. Of Aymara origin. His family belongs to the village of Parinacota. He studied sales and marketing and lived for several years in Argentina. He has worked with us since the year 2006 and is in charge of expeditions, is a mountain and trekking guide and gives logistic support.
Andrea Fernández Carrasco. Andrea speak French and work with us as a guide of trek. She have a big sensitivity and love for the nature.
Eduardo Cortés. Former merchant seaman. He works as a driver and cook and gives logistic support on-site.
Luis Salinas. He works as a driver and gives logistic support on-site.
Rubén Santos Carrasco. Of Aymara origin. His family belongs to the community of Belén. He studies archaeology and works as a driver and gives logistic support on-site.
Vicente Mamani Mamani. Of Aymara origin. Rancher. He is from the community of Caquena. He works as a porter.