Walter Schmid

Walter Schmid

Adventure Guide & Chef

Walter is a born adventurer and traveler. Born in Switzerland he fell in love with the Alps, the cultures, and a variety of languages of his home. He also wanted to see the other beautiful mountains around the world, embrace other cultures and learn other languages. So, he took off with a backpack to South America in the early 1980’s, gallivanting across the Andes and Amazon basin and settled on a country like his own that had a deep culture, multiple languages, lots of mountains and was land locked. In the heart of South America, Bolivia became Walter’s joie-de-vivre for close to 30 years. What began as a backpacking experience, transformed into studying tourism and hotel management, becoming a restaurant and hotel owner while still abiding by his love of adventure.

He has traveled to Argentina and Chile (both sides of Patagonia), the highlands and jungles of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. He danced salsa in Colombia, ate platanos in Panama, surfed in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Nicaragua. He crossed the Uyuni salt flats even before it was even part of the tourist route and crossed the Altiplano from north to south exploring amazing landscapes with guests that are still his friends to this day. Recently, he has led two overland camper caravans from Ushuaia to Cartagena with up to 38 guests, with over 180 days of travel, crossing multiple borders, from South America to Central America.

He speaks fluent Spanish, English and German, acceptable French and understandable in Portugese. He has three kids and one grandchild. Walter has a home in La Paz, Bolivia and in Switzerland, where he divides his time 50/50, mountain biking, playing volleyball, running and cooking spectacular meals with the best wine pairings. Oh, yeah, he is also a chef and loves a cold cerveza after a hard ride.

His deep knowledge of adventure, logistics, cooking in the field, organization and communication are his core skills. His easy-going style, with his contagious smile are what makes Walter the warm, kind-hearted person he is today. His nick-name is ‘Waltico’.