Meet Your Rio Cotahuasi Expedition Guides

 

Gian Marco Velluntino - Global Descents GuideGian Marco Velluntino

Gian Marco grew up in the Southern city of Arequipa, Peru. He was born into whitewater. One of three brothers that are known all over South America as the most accomplished river runners in Peru. Its no wonder as there father helped to support the very first exploration of the Colca Canyon in the early eighties and Gian Marco and his brothers went on to accomplish first descents on many of the most difficult rivers throughout Peru. Gian Marco is always a part of our Peru adventures along with his brothers, Piero and Duilio. When not on the river, you can find him running his zipline operation outside of Santa Teresa and enjoying most of his time with his family.

 

Harvey King - Global Descents GuideHarvey King

Harvey King’s infectious smile and superlative swiftwater skills make him one of the most oft-requested guides on the globe. He enrolled in a guide training school on the Gallatin River, Montana in the spring of 1991 and has never looked back. In twenty years of river-running, Harvey has traveled and paddled extensively throughout the world, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, China, Canada, India, and the United States. He regularly takes trips down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, and enjoys revealing the wonders of the world to his seven year old boy, Canyon. Harvey lives with Canyon and his wife, Tara, in Taos, New Mexico, where he leads swiftwater rescue seminars and runs an after school program for kids.

 

Matt Gontram - Global Descents GuideMatthew Gontram

Matt started rafting and kayaking in Colorado at the age of eighteen. Since that first summer on the rivers of the southwest, Matt has pursued his passion for running rivers around the globe. He has worked as a guide and led expeditions in numerous locations and can never seem to get enough. When not working on the river, you can find Matt looking for a ride to the put-in or tirelessly looking for new destinations for Global Descents. Matt and his wife Wendy call Embudo, New Mexico home and enjoys the rivers of the Southwest as much as possible.

 

 

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is quite possibly the best known guide in Colombia.  He has played a primary role in promoting river recreation and exploration in Colombia for the past 10 years. Cesar is the current Colombian National Kayak Slalom Champion and has represented Colombia in slalom competitions abroad.  In addition to being credited for many first descents throughout Colombia, Cesar is continually looking for more.  He runs the river almost daily and lives with his partner Gladys in the small Colombian town of San Gil.