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Paterson (Pato) Saunders

About Paterson (Pato) Saunders

Expedition Guide & Expedition Coordinator


Pato hails from the Yarra Valley, a vibrant wine region in southeastern Australia. Brought up in a family of hot air balloon pilots, he has been immersed in the tourism industry his whole (short) life. Since attaining his pilot’s licence at age 16, Pato has chased ballooning through many parts of Australia and the world. The year 2015 saw him working in Qatar, Slovenia, the North Pole, Ireland and Brazil, as well as spending a season in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions.

When not gasbagging about ballooning, Pato has a keen interest in hiking, camping and many other outdoor activities.