Iberá Wetlands | Patagonia | Lake District
Iberá Wetlands | Patagonia | Lake District
Les has been an intrinsic part of the &BEYOND team for 30 years, providing invaluable conservation management across the group.
He was invited by Tompkins Conservation to share his expertise around &BEYOND’S proven large scale, veterinary-supported wildlife translocation model, together with years of learnings on predator release and post-release management protocols. This was the start of a conservation revolution in Argentina to help save the jaguar from extinction.
An unforgettable 15-day impact journey exploring pioneering wildlife conservation projects aimed at protecting jaguars and pumas, followed by an opportunity to discover the community and sustainability projects at &BEYOND Vira Vira, including a locally inspired farm-to-table foodie adventure like no other. You will be hosted throughout by Les Carlisle, &BEYOND’S Group Conservation Legend, who will bring to bear a lifetime of experience as he explains how &BEYOND has exported its Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People to South America.
Your journey begins with a night in Buenos Aires, whose eclectic and sophisticated atmosphere is underlined by local customs and infused by the proud traditions of football and the sultry tango.
Continue to the magnificent Iberá Natural Reserve, a stunning kaleidoscope of streams, marshes, lagoons, and swamps inhabited by 4,000 plant and animal species, as well as indigenous communities. You will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience and behind-the-scenes knowledge of a pioneering jaguar reintroduction programme that Les Carlisle consulted on and that has been a resounding success. Added to this, search for the maned wolf, pampas deer and learn about the giant otter and anteater projects.
Spend a night in Santiago before being whisked away to Torres Del Paine National Park, famed for its lofty mountains, bright blue icebergs, and golden grasslands. Here, you will track the elusive puma across the vast Patagonian Steppe in the company of one of our carefully selected partners, who share &BEYOND’S impact ethos. This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about Awasi Patagonia’s conservation initiatives, and explore the ultimate terrain for South America’s most elusive big cat.
Your adventure culminates in the spectacular Lake District, a firm favourite of guests travelling to Chile. Clear glacial lakes mirror the frosted tips of dormant volcanoes and the verdant flora of nearby national parks. Get a taste of the culture, and dine on wholesome farm-to-table dishes, each one adding to your unforgettable foodie experience. Engage with the traditional Mapuche people and explore how &BEYOND has enriched and sustained neighbouring communities by implementing its model of responsible travel since taking over the management of the lodge in 2018.
1 night Buenos Aires | 4 nights Iberá Wetlands | 1 night Santiago | 4 nights Patagonia | 4 nights Lake District
*A seat on this journey includes a donation contribution to Fundación Rewilding Argentina
This unforgettable journey is hosted and departs on a set date. Should you wish to travel on different dates with your own party, please contact one of our dedicated Travel Specialists to plan your adventure.
Jaguar reclaim their place in Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands after an absence of over 70 years
Sebastián Di Martino from Rewilding Argentina describes the six-year process that led to the release of the animals, speaking about the threats and the challenges faced, as well as the lessons learned from conservation and translocation projects in Africa.
For the thrill-seekers
For the cultural enthusiasts
For the wellness warriors
For the foodies
Other seasonal (winter) activities include skiing and snowboarding the slopes of Villarrica Volcano, slipping on some snowshoes and trekking through the pristine landscape, racing through the snow of an exhilarating snowmobile adventure*, or even trying your hand at dog sledding traversing through the white snow on a husky sledding expedition*.
With so many incredible experiences to choose from, no matter what you’re keen for over the next couple days, there is something for everyone.
*Please note that some of these experiences are at an additional cost.
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