Introducing the Awasi Foundation
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Introducing the Awasi Foundation

Category: Central and South America Communication/Marketing
Press release published on 2019-10-08
Posted by ROOM 701

Awasi Relais&Chateaux luxury lodges is launching its Foundation in Chile and Argentina

Awasi Nature & Wildlife
Photo credit © Awasi Foundation

Awasi is a collection of lodges set in three iconic destinations. They offer an authentic concept, with 100% Tailor-Made service and Relais&Chateaux gastronomy.
Focusing on intimacy and on the quality of the experience, they are the only ones in South America offering a private guide and 4WD for each room. 
Their properties are located in three of South America’s most unique environments. They are committed to protecting their natural and cultural heritage through the conservation of their
ecosystems, the reintroduction of native species and the implementation of concrete social
initiatives. They directly allocate a part of their sales to The Awasi Foundation, which includes the following projects:

Awasi Patagonia: A Conservation Project

Torres del Paine National Park is a refuge for wildlife, harbouring native species like the puma, condor, guanacos and many others. However, when these creatures leave the protected boundaries of the national park, they are exposed to several dangers. Since Awasi Patagonia is located right on the edge of the park, Awasi Foundation decided to create a natural corridor, thus expanding the protected area creating territories for them to inhabit freely.
By leasing adjacent sheep farms and working together with neighbouring estancias, they have returned 6,000 hectares (14,000 acres) of natural habitat to the native species and now have between 9 and 12 pumas inhabiting the reserve - an area that just a few years ago was devoid of wildlife. The Awasi guides help monitor the puma populations and keep hunters away, even during the off-season. Furthermore, they are working with scientists and researchers to gather information about the behavioural patterns of these species.

After just two years of active protection in the Awasi Reserve, they had already observing an increase in animal presence. Not only is there a steady puma population in the area, but other species like the Geoffroy's cat (which was believed to be extinct in the region) have benefited from the protection as well.

Awasi Iguazù: Nature & Wildlife

Awasi Iguazú is set in one of the last remaining parts of the Atlantic Rainforest, an area with an incredibly rich ecosystem and one of the best places in the world for bird-watching and butterfly spotting. Sadly, the rainforest is rapidly decreasing in neighbouring areas due to deforestation and the expansion of agriculture. It is one of the most biodiverse areas in Argentina.
Awasi Foundation efforts are focussed on protecting and conserving this valuable ecosystem. They do so by donating and collaborating directly with local entities which work in the protection, rehabilitation and reintroduction of native animals. They also protect natural areas by helping monitor and track local species, and by helping the authorities keep hunters and poachers at bay.

Awasi guests can visit these protected areas and take part in the work they do to protect and reintroduce native species to their natural habitats and aid in the conservation of the Atlantic Rainforest.

Awasi Iguazu: Guaraní Communities

The area around Awasi Iguazu is home to four neighbouring native Guaraní Communities. Their culture is extremely rich, and serves as an inspiration to us in terms of how to coexist respectfully alongside nature.
Awasi Foundation supports these communities by offering a series of collaborations which run throughout the year and include private visits to their community the most skilled artisans of the community giving basketry demonstrations.
Additionally, they fund a weekly art workshop at their local school which previously lacked an art teacher for the children. During these workshops, they arrange for a range of artists to participate (illustrators, theatre teachers and more) to give the children tools for self-expression and creativity.

Awasi guests can take part in basketry demonstrations and visit the local Guarani community.

Awasi Iguazu - Guarani Communities
Photo credit © Awasi Foundation

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