At Hostel Las Natalias we believe in spurring the type of tourism that, when implemented conscientiously and intentionally, will provide economic opportunities for the region while promoting the protection of natural resources and local culture.

Open since January 2012, the hostel is the dream of Nathaniel Criado Mack, built to share a small piece of Patagonian paradise with travelers and other good people.

Nathaniel Criado Mack

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NATHANIEL HAS WORKED AS A RIVER OUTDOOR GUIDE IN FUTALEUFU SINCE 2004. IN 2012, HE OPENED HOSTEL LAS NATALIAS WHICH HAS ALLOWED HIM TO SHARE HIS LOVE FOR THE FUTALEUFU VALLEY WITH VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. NATHANIEL CONTINUES TO GUIDE AND SAFETY KAYAK ON THE FUTALEUFU RIVER, TEACH KAYAKING ON THE ESPOLON RIVER, AND INFUSE THE HOSTEL WITH BUENA ONDA ON A DAILY BASIS. IF YOU GET A CHANCE, ASK HIM THE STORY OF HIS CHANI’S LEG AMPUTATION. HE’S ALSO A GOOD STORYTELLER.

Nancy Moore

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ORIGINALLY FROM OHIO, NANCY FIRST MOVED TO FUTALEUFU IN 2007 COORDINATING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR A SMALL NON-PROFIT. OVER TIME, SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE AREA, AND WITH NATHANIEL. IN 2012 SHE EARNED A MASTERS DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING AND LATER WORKED ON LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT IN MONTANA. IN ADDITION TO WORKING WITH AT HOSTEL, NANCY IS A YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF FUTA SANO, A FOOD HUB THAT SELLS LOCALLY PRODUCED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

Susana Miller

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SUSANA IS NATHANIEL’S ADOPTIVE MOTHER WHO’S BEYOND HAPPY TO SPEND A FEW MONTHS EACH YEAR AS HOSTESS AT THE HOSTEL (AND WE’RE BEYOND LUCKY TO HAVE HER!). SHE’LL GREET YOU IN SPANISH, ENGLISH, OR GERMAN, AND OFFER YOU A GLASS OF WATER SERVED IN ONE OF HER HOMEMADE RECYCLED GLASSES. SUE HAS TROTTED THE GLOBE HERSELF, LIVING A NUMBER OF PLACES INCLUDING COSTA RICA, SWITZERLAND, AND CHILE (1974-1977). SHE WORKED MANY YEARS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING, AND NOW THAT SHE’S RETIRED SHE’S BUSIER THAN EVER!

Fernando Barrientos

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COMING FROM QUILLOTA IN CHILE’S V REGION, FERNANDO FIRST ARRIVED TO HOSTAL LAS NATALIAS IN JANUARY 2016. HE HAS A DEGREE IN ECOTOURISM MANAGEMENT, IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE NGO ACCION CIUDADANA, AND TEACHES SKATEBOARDING AT SELVA VIVA LIVE SCHOOL IN QUILLOTA. EXTROVERTED, CHARISMATIC, AND POSSESSING A GREAT APPETITE FOR SPORTS AND ADVENTURE, HE ALWAYS HAS TIME FOR A GOOD CONVERSATION OR A PLEASANT WALK THROUGH FUTALEUFU AND ALSO ENJOYS RELAXING IN THE EVENING WITH GUESTS AT THE HOSTEL.