Awasi Iguazu capitalizes on the links it forges between visitors and the area’s indigenous Guarani people to help affirm and preserve their culture, local skills, and way of life. In addition to organizing visits to the iconic Iguazu Falls, the hotel is an equally strong promoter of visits to local Guarani communities - something brought alive through the craft workshops and specialist talks it helps organize.
Employees are also heavily involved in building relations with neighboring communities, working with them on a number of projects. The flagship initiative is an art workshop run by Awasi staff. This serves an average of 60 children drawn from four neighboring schools. The hotel provides all the materials and snacks for the workshops, and classes focus on specific techniques like pencil drawings or watercolors. What’s more, the team ensures these times are enjoyable for the children by choosing subjects that they can naturally connect with, such as wildlife, mythology, and landscapes. 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.