El Santuario


Paihuen in the indigenous Mapuche language means “TO BE IN PEACE”.  It is a 550 acre Private Nature Reserve owned by Alicia Pardo and Nicolas Winegardner located next to the exclusive mountain resort town of Villa La Angostura and only a one hour beautiful scenic drive from Bariloche International airport. For over 30 years the family has protected and wishes to continue to preserve this sanctuary in perpetuity because of its intrinsic values and their love for nature. What makes our private nature reserve so unique is the fact that its immense biodiversity with an old growth temperate rain forest and 150 acres of protected wetland are located only five blocks from downtown Villa La Angostura and surrounded by two National parks inside the Unesco World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) named Andino Norpatagonica.


Both the Municipality as well as the Province have recognized the conservation values of our natural area and has officially declared it as a protected area. In 2011 Mr. Winegardner came up with the idea to create an international bird watching park called Patagonia Bird Sanctuary in order to attract bird watchers from all over the world and help contribute to the local community and economy through eco-tourism and bird watching tourism.


The Patagonia Bird Sanctuary experience will be tailored not only for avid birdwatchers but also for eco-tourism. Professional guided tours will be offered to all, but will be more focused on hardcore bird watchers. Most of the general public may wish to simply enjoy nature walks and learn about the importance of land and water conservation, wetlands, and the educational activities and scientific research being promoted at the park.

The 4Cs

El Santuario joined The Long Run in 2016 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.



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