Nando Parrado

Leadership and Teamwork: Survival in the Andes

His adventure, "The Miracle of the Andes" inspired the book and movie "Alive".

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A lesson of courage, determination, leadership and teamwork.

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Nando Parrado is the hero of the 1972 Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 rescue. Parrado’s story (Miracle in the Andes) has been referred to as the greatest survival story of all time as he recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains 50 years ago. As the celebration of the 50th anniversary ABC channel released 20/20 special «Prisoners of the Snow» and Netflix with the director Juan Antonio Bayona has filmed the «Society of the Snow» premiering soon.

For over three decades, Parrado has moved global audiences through sharing his story of survival, resilience, and determination in the Andes. While it is almost certain no one has experienced surviving a plane crash at cruising altitude, Parrado believes every listener can strongly relate as we all have our own Andes to conquer.

Author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Miracle of the Andes”, Nando Parrado has developed strategies to unlock the potential of people and strive for excellence in their places of work and life, and his lectures are necessary for those who have to climb mountains at both personal and business.


Nando Parrado use their ordeal as a survivor to articulate an innovative strategy to succeed in the twenty-first century.


His story has continued to remain in the limelight. In 1993, Ethan Hawke portrayed Parrado in the movie «Alive». The riveting story was retold in The History Channel documentary «I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash» in 2010. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the rugby team’s rescue, Netflix has now announced the 2023 release of the new film, «Society of the Snow», with Nando Parrado serving as advisor and spearheaded by J.A. Bayona, director of the Oscar-nominated film «The Impossible».


This is a story about leadership, teamwork, and the power of the human spirit. This story offers timeless takeaways that have resonated with global audiences. A lesson in leadership skills and tactical planning, not only for human survival, but also for the survival of companies.


Nando Parrado is one of the most unique speakers in the world. He is uniquely qualified for international audiences having spoken worldwide and being fluent in five languages─English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French. Parrado’s virtual and in-person formats provide a front row seat to his message of overcoming obstacles, how to face severe isolation, and maintain hope.



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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.

Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off.

As time passed and Nando’s thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help.

Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes—a first person account of the crash and its aftermath—is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love

Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home