Awasi Patagonia has a team of 21 guides, all of whom are involved in protecting the puma population, but just seven of whom stay on site during the winter months when Torres del Paine is sprinkled in snow and visited by very few (our Relais & Chateaux lodge closes from end April to early September).
What do the seven do? “We let nature to do her thing,” says Cristian Asun, Excursions Manager at Awasi Patagonia.
“We noticed an increase in the quantity and diversity of the fauna in the area,” says Cristian. “We’ve also come to realise that, even though the land isn’t technically producing meat or wool for example, what we are producing is nature, and that brings us a lot of joy and satisfaction.”
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The idea behind the Awasi Puma Reserve is to reclaim an area of conservation, creating a biological corridor from the edge of the park where fauna remains protected. At present, pumas come under threat from poachers when they leave the boundaries of Torres del Paine National Park.
How to get involved?
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“Awasi is extremely committed to this project and has provided a huge amount of support to the guides. We have also received funding from visitors who have come from abroad to support us” – Cristian Asun
Original idea: Juan M. Raggio
Camera Operators: Simon Thibaud, Juan M. Raggio, Eduardo Minte Hess
Directors: Simon Thibaud, Juan M. Raggio, Mariano Fernandez
Producer: Mariano Fernandez
Edition: Simon Thibaud
Featuring: Cristian Asun, Tomas Navarrete, Eduardo Minte Hess, Cristobal Sanchez, Matias Schilling, Diego Torres and Jorge Portales
Produced by Jumara Films