“Born and raised in Southern Chile, I was highly influenced by the women in my family who were always cooking: my grandmother, great-aunt, aunts and my mother made me truly appreciate the joy of food. I travelled and worked in many places of the world, but Patagonia keeps drawing me back in. Logistics are challenging, but the natural beauty and the pureness of the elements are a constant inspiration to create.”
terminology: t. = tax, s.n.i. = service not included, s.i. = service included
From May 1st to September 30th.
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.