If you’re looking to do something a little different while on your trip to South America, there are some fantastic conservations projects you can visit when travelling with Last Frontiers.
🌲Caiman Ecological Refuge (📷 1&2) is situated on a ranch on the southern edge of the Pantanal. Conservation projects here include Hyacinth Macaw Project, Onçafari (Jaguar) Project and Blue-Fronted Parrot Project.
Caiman also has an Environmental Interpretation Centre, described by Last Frontiers as “a cultural space aiming to show a complete panorama of the Pantanal's ecosystem, where visitors can learn about the local culture, flora, fauna and landscapes in different seasons. The staff all live in a small village within the reserve, built specifically for them, with a school, playing fields and canteen”.
🌲While in Peru, Last Frontiers recommend Tambopata Research Centre (TRC), an eco lodge (📷3) perfectly located in the jungle up the Peruvian Amazon, close to a macaw clay lick. There are many opportunities for sightings of many mammals and birds.
🌲While the Classic Inca Trail is well known when visiting Machu Picchui, The Lares Trek (📷4&5) is a family-friendly 4-6 day trek which visits local villages to observe traditional farming practices, weaving, and cooking as well as passing through stunning scenery and Inca sites.
🌲The Awasi Patagonia Foundation (📷6) can be found in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. In their own words “it 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, we decided to create a natural corridor, thus expanding the protected area creating territories for them to inhabit freely.”
🌲Last but definitely not least is Maquenque Eco Lodge (📷7) in Costa Rica where access is via the river. Reviews of those who have visited all talk about the large numbers of views you can see from the lodge. The lodge offers various activities including a trip in to the jungle and tree planting.