In year 2002, aged 21, the German, Sarina Hinte arrived in Chile for a student exchange program. As part of her University curriculum at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, she studied a semester at INACAP in Temuco, and did an internship in a famous agency of Pucón. Delighted by her work in a tourism agency, and by Pucón lifestyle, Sarina started dreaming to settle down in Chile one day, to make her contribution to this tourism destination.
After several years and other professional challenges, Sarina decided to carry out her project and she founded the travel agency ELEMENTOS. At the end of year 2009, the Sales Engineer specialized in International Tourism Management opened a local tourism agency, ELEMENTOS Turismo Aventura and a natural cafeteria in central Pucón. In December 2010, ELEMENTOS Hostel opened his doors, a few steps from the town centre. After two summer seasons working as a travel agency, the strategic decision to move ELEMENTOS Turismo Aventura head office to the facilities of ELEMENTOS Hostel, was taken. At the same time, it was decided to focus on local tourism operations, while operating mainly adventure tourism activities, such as rafting, trekking to volcanos, horse-ridings, and eco-hikes. In 2011, ELEMENTOS Turismo Aventura, was the first tour operator in Araucanía region, to be certified with the Quality Tourism Chilean Label.
In 2015, the tourism agency took a new direction as a regional tour operator in the Araucanía, so-called ELEMENTOS Experiential Tourism. We started to design and operate ecotourism and ethno tourism sustainable experiences. Our ethnic and intercultural Mapuche CulTours as well as our Interpretative Eco-Hikes were born. We initiated operations with Free Independent Travellers (FITs), groups, and commercial partnerships with the main national tour operators were confirmed.
Simultaneously, the hostel was renamed ELEMENTOS EcoHostel, including sustainable measures in the facilities, respecting the national standards.
At the beginning of year 2016, the first stone of ELEMENTOS Eco Lodge was laid, an accommodation created for the passenger to feel all the natural elements, at Liucura River’s edge,, 16 kilometers from Pucón. Its doors will open in October 2017.