Diego has a passion for life and adventure. He has paddled professionally for over ten years in Canada, Peru, Brazil, Czech Republic, Korea and Ecuador. Diego studied geology and gave kayak classes in a university in Ecuador. He headed the Ecuadorian National Team in the Whitewater Rafting World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic in 2003 and in Inje, South Korea in 2007. Diego is part of the IRF (International Rafting Federation) and ACA (American Canoe Association) where he was trained in whitewater techniques as well as safety and rescue courses.
Diego worked for the Ecuador Tourism Ministry developing a guide for water adventure sports in Ecuador and is a trainer for the new Barefoot pathfinders that will lead your way. How everything started:
Diego's passion for nature and outdoor activities made him study geology, which lead his way to explore the unexplored, search and investigate. Soon after he joined the climbing club of his university, where he learnt new climbing techniques to reach further and climbed Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Altar, Cayambe, Ilinizas to name a few. Then he started trainning in the art of river running and travel around the world to acquire more knowledge and practice in rafting and kayaking. At the same time he was inspired to build his own business observing how successfull adventure companies operate all over the world and getting insights into team building, staff training, footage and editing. On this journey Diego learnt English, French, and Portuguese. All of these habilities made him start Barefoot Expeditions in 2003 with nothing more than his kayak and his paddle. Since then, Barefoot Expeditions has made a considerable development to one of Ecuador's top adventure travel companies cooperating with GAP Adventures or Adventure Life. Being a pathfinder, his aim is constantly offering new adventures off the typical tourist tracks to show you Ecuador from a different point of view.