Our Team team
Filipe Carmo Passos
Filipe Passos was born in Oeiras, a suburban town on the Lisbon coast, in 1974, the year of the carnation revolution, the last great political revolution in Portugal.
He studied environmental and natural resources at Odemira Technical College on the Alentejo coast, which is where he fell in love with nature.
He started his path on outdoor activities, working as monitor at the renowned local outdoor association “Desnível”, taking rock climbing, trekking and rope courses.
A few years later, he began working as a trip leader at different active tourism companies.
He has had the opportunity to work in other destinations in Europe, such as Provence and the Loire Valley (France), Galicia and the Basque Country (Spain).
In Portugal, his favorite destinations and work places are the Alentejo Coast and Lisbon and Sintra Coast, which is where he lives now, in a quaint village just outside Sintra called Colares, a place famous for its wine. Filipe also loves rock climbing, surfing, swimming (in wild places) and gardening. His special passion for organic farming and permaculture led him to join a group of pioneers who founded a food coop in the region of Colares.
Anna was born in Russia in 1977, but she grew up in France. During her studies at the Paris Institute of Political Sciences, she had the opportunity to study in the United States and in Chile, and also to travel in Europe. She graduated in political and social sciences and worked as an immigration officer in France. She's been living in Portugal for more than ten years. She learned Portuguese and post-graduated in Tour-Guiding, a professional course for guides, her current main occupation.
She also studied aromatherapy and medicinal plants. Her passion for alternative therapies led to her becoming interested in local plants and essential oils produced from endemic Portuguese plants.
Julia was born in 1985 in a town near Munich and grew up practising various sports. Hiking became one of her favourites.
She studied forestry and regional development and worked as a tour guide in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia).
Her love for Portugal has grown since 2007 and two years ago she finally settled in her new home country to enjoy nature, the Atlantic, the good food and weather and endless outdoor activities. She likes to explore new places, inspire others and build bridges between people!
Today she is active as a tour guide as well as in forestry and sustainable mobility projects in the greater Sintra region.