The idea behind installing eight cameras came from our team of guides who wanted to show that the existence of our lodge has not had a negative impact on the native fauna, which includes several endangered animals.
Our first images revealed a large array of wildlife that had flocked to feast on a guanaco corpse, including condors, eagles and foxes. The guanaco had been killed by a puma, but the large feline originally didn’t reveal herself. That is, until now…
This first photograph shows a puma casually strolling around the private reserve upon which Awasi Patagonia is located. The mountain range you can see in the distance is the famous Torres del Paine massif, and our lodge is located a few hundred meters below. The clock read 7.29am and as nocturnal creatures, she is most likely looking for a spot to rest her paws after a night of hunting.
The second photo is taken at 7.30am (the hidden camera activates upon movement) as the puma continues on her way. Just a few seconds later, a smell takes the pumas attention and she changes course, crossing right in front of the screen. As seen below:
The three photographs above were taken in the same spot, whilst this fourth image is in a woody glen where we have another camera. Here a fox crosses a fallen log, sniffing around in the moss under foot.
One of the aims of this project is to show that by building a luxury hotel in the middle of Patagonia, the surrounding nature and wildlife has not been affected. As you can see from these images, the wildlife continues to thrive and we are delighted to offer Awasi guests access to the unique ecosystems that make Torres del Paine famous across the world.
Surrounding the reserve is a working estancia, and before we built the lodge the land was completely untouched. We built the twelve villas on stilts for minimal environmental impact, and throughout the construction we were very careful to respect the surrounding nature. We are delighted to see that the wildlife is happy to cohabit with us humans; after all, we are very aware that the animals were here first!