Here as in other places, there is much to be done in the field of education and environment. I'd be lying if I hid this side of the picture from you, though when looking from afar it does all seems perfect. I don't feel satisfied only organizing beautiful trips and talking to you about the reality without intending to help locally.
I first thought of working with an association to help protect marine animals such as whales and killer whales, or trying to participate in the implementation of abandoned rail lines used to connect remote villages with larger more important cities.
However, after having reflected for a while and spoken with various organisations (usually receiving no concrete answers), I decided to give my attention to something close to my daily reality, closer to where I live.
A few kilometres from San Carlos de Bariloche, in the middle of the Steppe, is a small village of 200 inhabitants called Ñirihuau. In this village exists a school known as number 190, with a panoramic view over Lake Nahuel Huapi and an Argentinean flag flying outside. However, this school that houses 80 children between kindergarten and infants is without doubt the most precarious in the region. I decided to go and meet the director of this rural school and tell him about my project:
I will make a donation of 1% of total sales value of my trips so that the kids can have access to the arts. I will help support music through buying numerous instruments (flutes, drums, guitars, "charango" etc...), and also teaching books, painting, drawing and implementation of various art workshops throughout the year.
By visiting and discovering Argentina and Chile through my services you will therefore form part of this “aid”, and can also get to visit the school when you pass through Bariloche.
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!