Condor in Patagonia

Biodiversity

Restoring and protecting ecosystems, supporting nature’s ability to draw down carbon, as well as safeguarding biodiversity, food security and water supply is key to reducing and reversing the climate crisis.

On behalf of every passenger, Journey Latin America makes a donation to Rewilding Chile to help support their comprehensive conservation strategy in Chilean Patagonia, through the creation of national parks, the restoration of ecosystems and the active management of threatened species.

Latin America is home to one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and protecting this is key to meeting global climate crisis goals. Home to three of the top five countries with the most bird, amphibian, mammal, reptilian, fish and plant life it is a continent teeming with nature. With the Amazon leading the way as biodiversity hotspot there is so much more to be found from the rugged mountains of Patagonia, the Galápagos Islands to the Mesoamerican coral reef.

At Journey Latin America we strongly believe that a greater understanding of the planet we live on, and the natural wildlife and beauty that exists within it, will drive a greater desire to make a positive impact. Travel gives people the opportunity to experience the natural world first-hand, to enjoy it, to respect it and become ambassadors and raise awareness of the need to protect it. The tourism industry creates the economic justification for local communities for the protection of wild grasslands and forests, rather than their exploitation.

Puma in Patagonia

Rewilding Chile

Rewilding Chile is a non-profit organisation that takes a progressive approach to conservation, working to rewild Chilean Patagonia.

It’s about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes.

Some habitats are vital for nature-based carbon solutions and natural carbon sequestration. Rewilding Chile’s approach to help the world recover its balance and vitality is through the creation of terrestrial and marine parks, ecological restoration, and fostering a conservation culture.

They have created 7 national parks, and expanded 3 others, creating the Route of Parks of Patagonia, which connects 17 national parks, 60 gateway communities and protects 11.8 million hectares of wilderness. The Route of Parks of Patagonia is one of the largest carbon sinks in South America, storing 6,608 million metric tons of carbon, almost three times more carbon per hectare than the Amazon Forest.

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Through rewilding, indigenous wildlife recovers are more biodiverse habitats are created so, in addition to being an integral part of our climate action strategy, the work undertaken by Rewilding Chile complements our overriding commitment to protect the environment, flora and fauna and local communities in the areas where we operate.

Protecting wildlife, increasing diminished populations, and––when necessary––reintroducing species are all key aspects of park creation. Rewilding, or ecological restoration, is a core strategy for helping the planet regain its balance.

In addition to this impact, national parks are an amazing way for a country to showcase its scenic beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage for the world.  We know that conservation projects are more successful when communities are empowered to play an active role in these efforts. The Route of Parks of Patagonia takes a local approach, seeking to establish nature-based tourism models that promote regional economic diversification, directly benefiting local populations.

To find out more about Rewilding Chile and their work please visit their website or watch here.

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  • Hannah
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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