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VILLA LA ANGOSTURA, ARGENTINA
For the last 30 years, the family that owns this 550-acre private nature reserve, have dedicated themselves to preserving the old-growth temperate rainforest and wetlands that make this part of Argentina so unique. On the fringe of Villa La Angostura, El Santuario sits inside the Unesco World Network of Biosphere Reserves, known as Andino Norpatagónica.
In 2012 owner Nicolas Winegardner had an idea to create an international bird watching park, called Patagonia Bird Sanctuary, to help contribute to the local community and economy through ecotourism. The bird park will have over 2.5km of walkways, canopy walks, hides and viewpoints. During the planning process, 150 acres of wetlands have been protected.
The onsite guesthouse has been restored to its 1940s charm; built entirely of cypress with granite fireplaces and period furnishings, including chunky travelling chests and large wooden beds. Beyond the pretty lawn are 40m high coihue trees and the lake, stretching off towards the Andes mountains. El Santuario uses renewable energy where possible, with future aspirations to become carbon neutral.
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.