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Andrea Enzio

Europe Trip Leader

Andrea was born in Varallo in 1968; and has been a ski instructor since 1990 and a mountain guide since 1991. He started his working career in the mountains at an early stage, following in the footsteps of his father and the rest of his family, who are mainly made up of guides and ski instructors.

Having always had a passion for sport, Andrea participated as an athlete in the Alagna Alpine Ski Club for many years. Following that he started rock climbing and then moved on to alpinism. Before long Andrea became a ski instructor and mountain guide and started alternating the two jobs in summer and winter, as well as managing the high altitude Huts, Margherita and Gnifetti on Monte Rosa.

Andrea is attracted mainly to winter sports, started snowboarding, and completed an instructor’s course. After also obtaining a qualification in guiding canyoning expeditions, and participating in some Himalayas high mountain expeditions, he has been dedicating his attention and passion to skiing, and extreme snowboarding. 

Andrea has dedicated his lifetime to sport - he's also a sailing fan, as well as parachuting, paragliding, canoeing, and scuba diving! He lives in Alagna and is the president of the historic Guide Corp there, founded in 1872, and is technical director of the Guide School. He is a family man, and has been married to Barbara since 2013 and they now have two kids: Caterina and Giacomo.

Andrea Enzio traditional guide dress

Andrea in traditional European Mountain Guide uniform

Testimonials

“Perfect guide. A genuinely great human being in all aspects. I enjoyed him a lot. He shared so much with us and was anxious to do so. He kept everything running smoothly in the forefront and behind the scenes.”
- Sandy Drury (Callander, Ontario, Canada), Dolce Vita July 2018

“Andrea was amazing- so knowledgable and interesting and he knew people everywhere we went. ”
- Andrea Rudolph (Rochester, New York, United States), Dolce Vita July 2018

“Andrea, in my opinion, couldn't have done a better job. His knowledge of the area was great....maybe use it to get some more suggestions for restaurants!! As a guide trekking up the mountains I felt he was very professional and knew the hiking areas well, creating instant trust in his abilities. Aside from having the patience of a saint re us asking to translate everything from Italian to English, nothing was too much trouble particularly when it came to his taxi service. He also had me laughing all week with his great sense of humour :)”
- Nicky More (Farnham Common, Bucks, United Kingdom), Dolce Vita July 2017

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Amazing Trip

    This trip was amazing - the hikes took us to beautiful vistas, the guides were knowledgeable and fun, and the food was never in short supply ("Food is Fuel!" as one of our guides kept restating).

    Koru and Kim were great guides throughout and everyone had so much fun! I was traveling solo but 2 of the other 4 on my trip were as well, so nobody was ever left out! Having such a small group made the activities much easier to enjoy.

    The hikes, like I mentioned, were truly unbelievable, though somewhat more difficult than I expected. Everything was talked as 'full-on' or by time, but know that NZ hikes are up mountains then back down, so work on hills more than distance before you go! Even some of the small walks we did (Blue Pools, only 5 minutes from the road & the Chasm, 10 minutes from the road) were breathtaking. Kayaking the Milford Sound was another once in a lifetime experience we got to have on this trip.

    The only thing I would have liked (and got jokingly by the end of the trip) were straight communication prior to the hikes about how long they were updates mid-hike about how much longer/further. There was one day with miscommunications leading me to think the hike would be another 3+ hours uphill (nearly inducing panic) but was really only 30 more minutes.

    Overall, I really loved this trip!
    Taylor Ceithaml Review Image
    – California, United States
    Tui, November 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

    If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
    This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
    I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
    Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!
    Brian Heinz Review Image
    – Wisconsin, United States
    Rimu, May 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Rimu—Feb., 2018

    Could not have been happier with our guides, their level of preparation/organization and the stunning scenery of the South Island.
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    What an adventure!

    Great adventure with wonderful guides Alex and Tia!
    Stephanie Eskuri Review Image
    – Michigan, United States
    Rimu, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 15889 reviews)

    Nov. 2017 Condor trip with Cynthia

    What an awesome trip with one of the best guides ever. I would highly recommend this to all. The scenery was amazing, the activities were sweet, and the places stayed were top notch especially the one in El Calafate. The Refugio's were nicer than expected with ok food.
    Jim Gray Review Image
    – Colorado, United States
    Condor, December 2017

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