Jose Leonardo Salazar

    Jose Leonardo Salazar

    Guide: Ecuador

    Throughout Jose’s childhood and adolescence, he was involved in Scouting and Mountaineering Clubs, where he embraced principles of environmental conservation and his passion for mountain climbing. After finishing his Masters degree in Business Management in Quito – Ecuador, Jose decided to make his passion into his professional career and successfully certified as an international IFMGA mountain guide in Bolivia. With more than 15 years of guiding experience Jose has climbed almost every Ecuadorian mountain and most significant ones both in Bolivian and Peruvian Andes.
    Since 2019 he is living part of the year in Munich – Germany, guiding in the Austrian and Swiss Alps. He is an instructor and guide for an Alpine school in Europe. Jose is sharing his year guiding summers in the Alps and winters in the Andes.
    Jose is known for his enormous patience and positive energy. His personal feedback reflects professionalism, useful teaching techniques and cooperative skills in multicultural environments. Overall, Jose is building his guiding career with the highest ethical and professional standards to ensure safety and enjoyment in every ascent.

    Significant Ascents

    Condoriri (Right wing); Huayna Potosi (North to south traverse, all peaks at first ascent); Murarata (South face); Pequeño Alpamayo (Directisima Southeast Face route); Tarija (West crest); Pico illusion (North face)

    Cotopaxi 100+ ascents (Northface route); Chimborazo 80 + ascents (Routes: Veintimilla summit, Whymper summit, El Corredor, Nicolas Dueñas crest, Thielmann Glacier, Abras Glacier, Garcia Moreno Glacier, EPAM crest, Travers – Integral; Cayambe (Picos Jarrín route + 50 ascents); Iliniza Sur 20+ ascents (La Rampa Route, East Ridge route (Celso Zuquillo route), Southeast Ridge, South Crest); Iliniza Norte 100+ ascents (Southeast crest, South crest, northwest crest); Antisana (normal route); Altar (Obispo route, Italian route, Monja Grande peak – attempt); Sangay (normal route).

    Aguille du Midi peak (normal route, 2011)

    Poon Hill Trek in Annapurna Circuit (2014)

    Chopicalqui (normal route); Quitaraju (North face route); Alpamayo (Ferrari route); East Urus (South face); Ishinca (Northeast crest); East Pisco (Southwest face); Esfinge (Route 85); Toqllaraju (Northwest face); East Urus (Northeast face)

    Kebnekaise (normal route, 2011)


    – International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations IFMGA-UIAGM Mountain Guide, 2016

    – International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations IFMGA-UIAGM Candidate, 2013

    Great trip.  Ecuador is a fantastic country and virtually all of the people we dealt with were hard working and pleasant. We have traveled around the world and have to say this was our best trip ever.

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