Damara was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to hippy, nomadic parents who introduced her early on to the joys of travel and adventure! Damara was first drawn to Chile as an exchange student while attending the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned degrees in Anthropology, Spanish and Nursing.
She was introduced to whitewater rafting on the Bio Bio River which changed her life forever! She returned home to become a professional river guide, and the rest is history! She has returned to Chile almost every winter since (over 25 years now!) and has also explored rivers and mountains in Africa, Russia, Central America, Asia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and all over the western US. She considers the Futaleufu a “home away from home” and is so grateful to have spent so much time in that paradise.
Damara and Bio Bio Expeditions co-founder Marc Goddard are blessed to be the loving parents of Quinn Walker (born in 2006) and Lilian Paz (born in 2008) who are following in their parent’s footsteps with a love of rivers, mountains, adventure, fun, learning, culture and amazing experiences. Damara has worn many hats for Bio Bio Expeditions and at the Futaleufu including: writing for the website, teaching yoga (she co-created the “Futa-Flow” yoga series), leading trekking groups, rowing a cat, paddling a ducky, guiding a bike ride, horse ride or hike, helping in the kitchen, driving shuttle, or bandaging up cuts and scrapes as the camp nurse. Besides rafting and adventure Damara also loves yoga, dance (especially salsa and tango), all manners of sliding on snow, cooking (but not baking), reading, writing, art, poetry, mountain biking, Burning Man, meditation, speaking Spanish, Latin American culture, live music, playing guitar, piano and accordian, but most of all spending quality time in quality places with her loved ones. Damara hangs her hat in Truckee, California in the heart of her beloved Sierra Nevada.