Jorge was born in Madrid and has two degrees in Law and Comparative Literature. He has published two novels, spoken on the radio about his travels and regularly writes articles and reviews for literary and travel magazines. Jorge has travelled the world – crossed its seas, climbed its mountains and walked across its valleys. He has fallen deeply in love with the world’s deserts and has learned geography and history whilst on the ground. After spending more than half his life travelling, Jorge has discovered lost corners, opened routes and led expeditions and trips, claiming that he no longer feels like a foreigner anywhere – one of life’s greatest privileges.
Q : How did you fall into tour leading?
A : It was a natural step after three years of backpacking. I always thought it would be an honour to be able to show the world to other people.
Q : What do you like most about tour leading?
A : Having the opportunity to contribute to people´s willingness to overcome limits by getting out of their comfort zones going to amazing places for their first time. It’s still a privilege to contemplate the smile of that child to whom you give a grapefruit in the desert of Bayuda or admire a sunset in the valley of Hunza with the Rakaposhi in the background.
Q : Where is your favourite part of the world?
A : Africa, without doubt. But get me to any desert and I will be as happy as a child.
Q : What has been your biggest travel highlight?
A : That’s a very difficult question after 27 years on the road. Probably backpacking alone when I was 18 – both scary and exciting, that feeling of extraordinary loneliness made me who I am, for better or worse.
Q : What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A : Pen and paper!
Q : Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A : Woody Allen.
Q : Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A : Not that I can recall, but I may only be unaware due to other people’s indulgence!
Interview from: Wild Frontiers