The OneSeed team is incredibly excited to be working with our newest guide, Gabi Nuñez Cardenas. She has been instrumental in our expansion to Croatia this year and we want you to get to know her a bit before you join her for your expedition in the Western Balkans.
How did you start working in adventure travel?
I was born and raised in Chilean Patagonia in Punta Arenas. Everything started from there. Living in a beautiful landscape that’s famous for outdoor activities and adventure tourism was an easy way to start my career. My first job at 17-years-old was cleaning and maintaining the trails in Torres del Paine National Park. After that, I made it my goal to turn work into something I enjoy the most; being outdoors and discovering new places to hike.
What are your ties to Croatia, and how did you come to live in Zagreb?
I’m actually writing this from the Dalmatian Island where my great-great-grandparents sailed away in exchange for my dear Patagonia 100 years ago. I have always been curious about exploring my Croatian roots, and decided to move here six year ago. It’s been amazing to explore their landscapes and share the same feeling of emigrating to a new place that is now home.
What is one of your favorite things about living Croatia?
What's not to like? The Adriatic coast with its stunning blue colors and perfect sea temperature. The thousands of hikes through black pine woods, rocky mountains, or deep green valleys. Speaking of valleys, there are so many wine valleys with a variety of red and white wines served with delicious food. It’s also the capital of sailing and cycling! Croatia is a warm and easygoing place. I love that it’s the perfect place to relax and but also has plenty of adrenaline inducing adventure.
What part of the Croatia Multi-Sport itinerary are you most excited about?
I’m most excited for our days in Mljet National Park Mljet and Geopark Biševo. The national park on the Island of Mljet is a recent discovery for me. I want to explore more of the history of the island and the geological and oceanographic phenomena. Spending a day with our friends from Geopark Biševo on the Island of Vis will also be fantastic. The area is under the protection of UNESCO and the work they're doing is inspiring. The island of Vis has a charm you can't forget.