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"I grew up on Chile's central shore near Valparaíso, an area that is also known as the "Coast of Poets" because renowned writers had residences nearby. My childhood was spent by the sea, watching my grandmother cook in a beachside restaurant, surrounded by the aromas of salt, fresh conger and abalone. Working in remote locations, I particularly enjoy working with local produce and making home-made pasta, but I have a soft spot for seafood from my upbringing and also because it is so deeply ingrained in Chile's gastronomic identity."
Terminology: t. = tax, s.n.i. = service not included, s.i. = service included
Awasi Patagonia was conceived not to compete with, or compromise, its spectacular surroundings – both in construction and operation.
Its independent villas and main lodge were all designed to blend seamlessly with, and preserve, the unspoiled landscape. Construction was carried out off-site as far as possible and project managed to keep on-site works to a minimum. Minimizing environmental impact was vital too, with villas constructed on stilts to leave plants and micro-fauna undisturbed, and the use of local hardwood and natural ventilation.
The presence of the lodge helps protect against poachers and challenge the perspectives of farmers who may see wildlife as a nuisance. As a result, the area’s unique ecosystem – which includes guanacos, condors, and pumas – is thriving on the reserve. It’s a result that has led to wider initiatives such as strategically placed cameras that document wildlife behavior, the founding of South America’s first Puma Foundation in 2017, and the protection of a further 240ha at the lodge’s sister site Awasi Iguazú. Moreover, preserving the three corners of South America where the Awasi lodges are located is of utmost importance to the Awasi team. They protect and conserve over 340 hectares (840 acres) of virgin forest and native woodland in Iguazu and Patagonia. These forest areas absorb over 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year - a total that is greater than the amount of emissions generated by the three lodges, as well as the airline and transfer travel undertaken by employees and guests. This means Awasi is officially carbon neutral.