"National parks are one of the greatest expressions of democracy"
National parks are huge public spaces, with healthy populations of all their original species, which invite people to connect with Nature through the promotion of outdoor activities and the observation of the wildlife spectacle. These areas are protected by the strongest legal status, which guarantees their permanence in the long-term.
Our job at CLT is to increase the amount, area and quality of national parks in Argentina, through the restoration of the ecosystems with active management and the promotion of local development through the creation of an ecotourism destination.
Iberá brings together a national protected area with a provincial protected area to form the largest park in Argentina, comprising about 1,700,000 acres of land. At the center of this vast subtropical plain lies the wetlands or 'esteros', with diverse environments around them such as the Parana jungle, the Chaco woodlands, the open grasslands and the Thorn tree forests.
Since 1999, CLT has acquired about 370,000 acres of land, of which 197,000 have already been donated to the national government to become part of Iberá National Park; while the rest will be donated gradually in the form of nucleus with public use infrastructure, during 2019 and 2020.
After a three-year long process, in which the province of Corrientes transferred to the Nation the lands previously donated by CLT; on December 5th, 2018 Iberá National Park was created in Congress. In this way, more than 390,000 acres have been secured by the strongest legal status and reached the highest rank for a world-class eco-tourism destination.
This territory will secure growth for a new regional economic model, based on nature tourism, and supported by governments and private stakeholders. Wildlife sightings activities will be increased by the growing populations of reintroduced species, along with the empowerment of local culture. Above all, this vast extension of land will foster investments, education and a strong sense of belonging to those who seek to remain and work in their hometowns.
The Great Chaco ecoregion houses the second largest continuous forest in South America after the Amazon. After seeing that scarce protected areas existed within this big continental plain, CLT fostered the creation of a national park in the Estancia La Fidelidad: a vast extension of continuous forest crossed by the Teuco and Teuquito rivers. Thus, in 2014 El Impenetrable national park was created, comprising 316,000 acres of land inhabited by Quebracho tree forests, Acacia formations, Riverine jungles, Palm tree forests, grasslands, wetlands and a diverse number of animals such as the Giant armadillo, the Tapir, the Giant Anteater, the Puma, the Maned wolf, the Peccary, the Seriema, the Black-bodied woodpecker, the Chaco owl, the Chacoan peccary. Additionally, the park offers the ideal habitat for bringing back the Jaguar and the Giant river otter, both species under threat of extinction in the region.
Since 2011, CLT cooperates with provincial and national park rangers to ensure compliance with environmental laws, development of scientific studies and promotion of tourism at El Impenetrable national park.
Patagonia National Park Argentina was created with the vision of constituting a big conservation corridor between the pacific and atlantic basins, covering one of the greatest Patagonian plateaus and thus protecting important endemic species. It is one of the last wild areas of Patagonia, which houses the sole plain glacier in South America, apart from high-level lagoons with the biggest nesting colonies of the rare hooded grebe. Over the plateau there are hundreds of petroglyphs made by ancestral guanaco hunters, who inhabited landscapes with big herds of that species that remain almost intact. In the eastern side, the park harbors a representative sample of the Pinturas (“Paintings”) river canyon, in which the world heritage site “Cueva de las Manos” is found. It has been estimated that the rupestrian art housed by this site dates from between 11.000 to 1.000 years, evidencing ten thousand years of practically continued occupation. The landscape beauties are completed by the Buenos Aires and Pueyrredón lakes, with a section of their shores included in the project.
In 2013, CLT donated to the Argentinian government 37,000 acres of land adjacent to the existing Perito Moreno National Park. These lands—formerly part of El Rincón property—offer one of the most spectacular views of Mount San Lorenzo, and the Lácteo ("Milky") river brings glacial waters that feed the magnificent Lenga Beech forests lying on its banks. Grasslands, forests and even the endangered huemul deer have shown substantial health recovery after continuous conservation efforts during the last years.
Monte León National Park is the result of a collaborative work between the sister-foundations CLT and Conservación Patagónica. This park was created by law in 2004, over a donation of 178,000 acres of land, becoming Argentina's first coastal national park. Guanacos, Pumas, Lesser Rheas and various small mammals inhabit its arid grasslands, typical of the Patagonian steppe, while its coast harbors vast colonies of Magellanic penguins and Sea wolves. The park also harbors important paleontology sites containing rests of birds and mammals.
This small provincial park was the first reserve created with funds donated by Doug Tompkins for conservation in Argentina, in 1992. The project was led by Cat Survival Trust, which purchased and donated the lands to the province of Misiones to create the Provincial Park. This area protects 9,291 acres of Parana jungle full of araucaria pines and tree ferns, extremely scarce within the protected areas national system. In 1997, Piñalito was declared Provincial Park, and was later added to the 'green corridor' (an area of Parana jungle that extends along the Misiones province from north to south).
Piñalito harbors six species of felines: Jaguarundí, Ocelot, Margay, Oncilla, Cougar and occasional visits of Jaguars. This area is also a refuge to endangered species like the Red Howler monkey, the Araucaria Tit-spinetail and the Vinaceous Amazon, endemic from the araucaria forests.
The Aconquija mountain rage is formed by mountains more than 6.000 metres high. Its altitudinal gradient is reflected in landscapes that go from snowy peaks and glaciers, going through prairies and grasslands, down to forests and jungles, generating an oasis of high biodiversity in the centre of the country. The waters descend through numerous rivers and abundant streams towards the plain, feeding the cities and fields in the provinces of Tucumán, Santiago del Estero and the north of Córdoba, and its protection has been the principal incentive for the declaration of Aconquija National Park. Here inhabit several endemic plant species, more than 600 species of birds and threatened mammals like the ocelot, the puma, the collared peccary and the taruka deer. Furthermore, tens of Inca ruins exist, scattered around the area of the park, some of them of global relevance like the “Ciudacita” and ruins of the Inca Trail.
Yaganes and Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank II became part of our history as the first marine national parks in Argentina. Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank II Marine Protected Area contains ocean floors 4 thousand meters deep, and submarine canyons that harbor abundant biodiversity. This region is also part of the migratory routes of many mammals and birds, who find in here important sources of food. Yaganes Marine Protected Area remains mostly unexplored, though there is evidence of the existence of submarine canyons and mounts with a high diversity of species. This is an area of importance for the feeding of the Sperm Whale, the Sei Whale and the Fin Whale, apart from being one of the last pristine ecosystems of the planet.
The rewilding process seeks to recover the characteristics and processes of wild areas through the active management of its environments and original species. This program’s main goal is to bring back the extinct species and to increase population numbers of the existing ones. To achieve this we translocate native species individuals in order to reintroduce or supplement them where needed, manage grasslands though prescribed burnings, enrich degraded forests, remove fences and unnecessary roads, and control exotic species that have a negative impact on wildlife and native flora, among other activities.
We work on three geographic regions, which we name in the following way:
JAGUAR CORRIDOR. It covers part of the provinces if Misiones, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa and Salta; and it harbors samples of the biogeographical regions of the wet Paraná forests, the Humid and Dry Chaco, and the Yunga Jungles.
It covers the west side of the provinces of Santa Cruz and Chubut, and it harbors samples of the biogeographical regions of the Patagonian Steppe, the Sub Antarctic Forests and the High Andean Steppes. At Cañadón Pinturas portal, within the Patagonia Park Circuit, we are working along Freyja Foundation to restore populations’ numbers of threatened species, and to bring back the extinct ones by active management —also known as Rewilding— so that visitors to the Park can experience the spectacle of the original Patagonian wildlife.
BLUE CORRIDOR. It covers the east side of the provinces of Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, and harbors samples of the biogeographical regions of the Patagonian Steppe, the Marine Coast and Sub Antarctic Forests.
JAGUAR CORRIDOR. It covers part of the provinces if Misiones, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa and Salta; and it harbors samples of the biogeographical regions of the wet Paraná forests, the Humid and Dry Chaco, and the Yunga Jungles.
The jaguar (Panthera onca) is the largest felid in the Americas and one of the most endangered mammals in Argentina, with a population estimated in 200 individuals by 2018. The species went extinct from the province of Corrientes in the mid twentieth century due to hunting, alteration of its environment and the loss of natural preys.
Nowadays, the Iberá Park located in northeastern Corrientes province, Argentina, gathers the most favorable conditions in the country to conduct a reintroduction program of this species, since it harbors abundant prey inside the jaguar's original habitat, within a vast protected area, and with the support of general public in Corrientes towards the return of the species to the province.
In 2015, the Jaguar reintroduction Center was established in the heart of the Iberá wetlands, in San Alonso Island. This center’s objective is to obtain jaguars (born either in the center or from other origins) that are able to be released and, hence, generate a healthy population of the species, recovering its original role as the top predator in the Iberá ecosystem. The Center holds breeders from Argentina and neighboring countries as Brazil and Paraguay. These animals do not gather the necessary conditions to be released, but are expected to produce offspring with aptitudes to live in the wild. In 2018 came Mbarete and Arami, the first jaguar cubs to be born in the Center and in the province of Corrientes after half a century of absence. These and other individuals are expected to go through a training process to live in the wild and to be released in Iberá in the coming years, while knowing their exact location at any time by satellite monitoring.
The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) has a long snout with no teeth but a lengthy tongue that uses to capture and eat ants and termites. These mammals, which went extinct in Corrientes during the 20th century, can measure up to 6.5 feet and weight around 110 pounds.
This is the first species which CLT started working with as part of the Rewilding program in Iberá. The first couple of giant anteaters was released in Rincón del Socorro Reserve in 2007, where now exists a numerous self-sustaining population. After years of work, apart from this population, we have another nucleus established in San Alonso, and starting nuclei in the Carambola, San Nicolás and Don Pablo ranch sectors, being this last one outside the Iberá Park. Almost every released animal was rescued from other provinces of the north of our country, and whose mother have been victim of poaching.
The Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus) used to be one of the most abundant herbivores in the Argentine grasslands. Due to hunting, the destruction of the environment where it inhabited and the introduction of diseases through domestic cattle, their population numbers have dropped in an alarming way. Today, only four isolated populations remain in the whole country, with about 2,000 individuals. Corrientes province has one of these populations, inside privately owned ranches located in the Aguapey marshlands, outside Iberá Park. In 2009, CLT started a new population in San Alonso Island, inside Iberá Park, with 22 animals translocated from Aguapey. Today, this population has around 120 to 150 specimens, and a second nucleus has been funded in Rincón del Socorro reserve. Pampas deer reintroduced in Iberá constitute today the fifth population of the country, the third most numerous and the largest safeguarded by a protected area.
The collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), a distant relative of pigs, lives in small groups of 5 to 15 individuals and feeds primarily on fruits and roots; although worms, insects and small vertebrates are also part of its diet. This species plays a key role in the dispersion of fruits and seeds of native plants; and it has been extinct in large areas of the center and northern side of the country, including the province of Corrientes. Nowadays, several populations of this gregarious mammal have been reintroduced in the areas of Rincón del Socorro, San Alonso, Carambola and San Nicolás, within Iberá Park.
The green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus) is a large parrot that used to inhabit the northern wet forests of the northeast side of our country, including the gallery forests of the Paraná River and the north and center neighboring zones of Iberá Park. Its presence in Corrientes has been quoted by different explorers, and is currently extinct in Argentina. It is a frugivorous bird, meaning it disperses big sized fruits and seeds of several native species of trees, playing a key role in the functioning of the wet forests of Corrientes. Furthermore, its size and color bring the attention of tourists and birdwatchers around the globe, showing a great potential for eco-tourism activities. Today, an initial reintroduced nucleus of specimens lives in Cambyertá portal, at the northern side of the Iberá Park. This is the first time a local extinct bird is being reintroduced in the history of Argentina. These animals come from captivity and have gone through an intense training process for improving their flight abilities and recognizing native fruits before being released.
The Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) is the greatest terrestrial mammal in South America; it can weight up to 660 pounds and it feeds from leaves, fruits and barks. It used to inhabit the hills and wetlands where today lies Iberá Park until the mid-twentieth century. It has a key function in the regeneration of native forests, as it eats and disperses a great number of fruits and seeds. Nowadays, an initial population with animals brought from captivity has been established in “Rincón del Socorro”. We expect to strengthen this population with specimens translocated from the forests of El Impenetrable park, in the province of Chaco.
The Red-Legged Seriema (Seriema cristata) is a mainly walking bird from open sectors of the Chaco and spinal regions. It feeds and hence control population numbers of worms, spiders, insects and little vertebrates such as lizards, snakes and rodents. It has disappeared from wide sectors of the centre and northern side of our country, including Corrientes, where it survives in the southeast corner of the province. In “Rincón del Socorro”, at Iberá Park, a reintroduction project of this species is in an experimental phase as of December 2018.
The giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is a larger relative of the river otter, and it can measure up to 6 feet in length. It used to be the top predator in the aquatic ecosystems of the province of Corrientes, Argentina, feeding on large fishes and yacaré caimans. It was usually spotted on the Paraná River near the capital city of the province until the mid-twentieth century. Its presence in the Iberá wetlands has been attested by the finding of a skull in one of its islands. This spectacular mammal is now extinct in Argentina, and CLT is currently working on the initial phase of its reintroduction in Iberá.
The Bare-Faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata) is the greatest galliform bird in Argentina. It used to inhabit the northeast side of our country but, it has now disappeared from the provinces of Santa Fe, Corrientes and Misiones, due to hunting for its meat and the modification of the jungles where it lived. Today it only subsists in low numbers in sectors to the eastern side of the provinces of Chaco and Formosa. It is a great consumer and disperser of fruits and seeds, helping in the restoration of the forests it inhabits. Nowadays, CLT is working on the initial stage of a reintroduction project of this species inside Iberá Park.
HUEMUL DEER CORRIDOR. It covers the west side of the provinces of Santa Cruz and Chubut, and it harbors samples of the biogeographical regions of the Patagonian Steppe, the Sub Antarctic Forests and the High Andean Steppes. At Cañadón Pinturas gateway, within the Patagonia Park Circuit, we are working with Freyja Foundation to increase the populations' numbers of threatened species, and to bring back the extinct ones with Rewilding —the active management of habitats and wildlife— so that visitors to the Park can experience the original spectacle of Patagonia.
The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is the greatest herbivore of the arid and semi-arid zones of Argentina, including the Patagonia Steppe and neighbouring sectors of the Sub Antarctic forests, where it played a central role in the early human settlements in this area, about 12 thousand years ago. The once spectacular migratory movements are now lost, mainly because of hunting and the deterioration of its habitat after 150 years of overgrazing activities. In Patagonia Park Argentina, CLT is starting a project that seeks to revalue and recover the ecological role of this emblematic species, by recovering healthy population numbers and thus fostering eco-touristic activities, like wildlife observation or birdwatching.
The Lesser Rhea (Rhea pennata) is a running bird, typical from the arid environments of the south and west of Argentina. Together with the guanaco, they are the greatest herbivores in Patagonia, and the lesser rhea was also affected by hunting (to obtain its leather and feathers), the recollection of its eggs, the deterioration of the Patagonian grasslands and the plotting of fields with wired fences. In Patagonia Park Argentina, CLT is starting an active-management project of this species, which will allow the increase of individuals and eventually help other reintroduction projects in regions of Chile and Argentina where it went extinct.
The cougar (Puma concolor) is the greatest carnivorous species of the Patagonia. Once abundant, conflicts with cattle —that motivated hunting and large scale poisoning— restricted its habitat to mountains and canyons with abrupt terrain, where it shelters. In Patagonia Park Argentina, CLT has started an active-management project of this species, which will prevent conflict with cattle activities and will foster ecotourism-based activities such as tours for wildlife observation, as happens in other parts of the world. In this way, we expect the cougar to be seen not as a problem, but as an opportunity for economic development of the neighbouring communities.
The Andean Condor is the largest flying scavenger bird in the world, with a wingspan that can measure nine feet long. Massive poisoning events take place throughout its distribution area, which are directed to cougars and foxes but also kill Andean condors. In Patagonia Park Argentina, CLT is starting a study project of this species, with the objective of having a better notion of their movements, thus increasing the chances of watching them as part of ecotourism-related activities.
The Wolffsohn Viscacha (Lagidium wolffsohni) is an herbivorous mammal exclusively distributed in the west side of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz and neighboring zones of Chile. Furthermore, it is restricted to steep, rocky canyon walls, of discontinued distribution, where it is often observed getting a little bit of sunlight. The species has disappeared from some of these steep rocky walls due to hunting and cattle competition. In Patagonia Park Argentina, CLT is starting a management project of this species that will allow recolonization through translocations of some sectors where it has been extinct.
The Austral Rail (Rallus antarcticus) is an enigmatic and very little known bird that was even considered extinct for various decades until its re-discovery in 1998. It inhabits very restricted distribution sectors in Patagonia, like reed beds along scarce bodies and courses of water along the steppe, where from it has disappeared due to overgrazing degradation. In Patagonia Park Argentina, CLT is starting an active-management project of this species that will allow recolonizing these reed beds, when they become healthy again after cattle removal, with translocations of individuals.
The Huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) is a native deer species of Patagonia that used to inhabit some sectors of the Patagonian steppes and sub Antarctic Forests, and from where it has now disappeared due to hunting, cattle competition and introduced diseases. In the region of Patagonia Park , this species was relatively common until the end of the nineteenth century, according to several expeditioners registrations, although in that moment the species was already in retraction. Huemul deer still live in the boundary zones with Chile, just a few miles from Argentina. In CLT, we are currently starting a project that will determine the feasibility of reintroducing this species in the region.
The hooded grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) is a diving bird species, endemic to the Santa Cruz province, Argentina, and is considered critically endangered. During summertime, this beautiful bird inhabits the lagoons located on the plateau of the Buenos Aires Lake within Patagonia National Park Argentina, to perform its spectacular courtship dance and to reproduce. CLT has collaborated with CONICET and Aves Argentinas to recover the populations of this unique species. To this end, we provided financial support to operate the biological station that functions as a base to monitor and a caretaker of the breeding colonies.
In the Blue Corridor, CLT is currently researching to determine the environments and species that need to be recovered in the area of the Patagonia Austral Marine Coastal Interjurisdictional Park (at the northern side of the San Jorge Bay, Province of Chubut). Amongst these environments, you can find the Patagonian steppes, inhabited by guanacos, lesser rheas, mara hares and cougars, among others; the coastal sector, inhabited by migratory birds that use these sites for resting and feeding, such as the Red Knot and the Ruddy-headed Goose, or by marine birds that have here their nesting sites as the White-headed Steamerduck, the Magellanic Penguin, the Olrog’s Gull or the Southern Giant Petrel; and the submerged seaweed meadows, which were severely impacted by the seaweed and fishing industry, and that sustained a great diversity of benthonic marine species that today have their populations diminished.
Parks with great landscape value and abundant easy-to-see wildlife have great potential of becoming ecotourism destinations of excellence.
Apart from working in the restoration of wildlife and ecosystems, and protecting the region from extractive activities with high negative impact on the environment, in CLT we seek to strengthen the local economies by developing ecotourism activities that are motivating and accessible for all visitors. To this effect we work to ensure public access to the parks, high quality infrastructure with local design, trails, camping sites, refuges and guided activities offered by local entrepreneurs.
Iberá is bright water, blue skies, endless plains, abundant wildlife and magical sunsets. It is as amazing as Africa when watching big mammals; and as traditional as the “mate” or the “chamamé” from Corrientes.
Since 2005, CLT has been promoting the creation of the “Iberá” touristic destination. Its “scenic route” explores more than 1,600 miles and runs through the 7 localities that are neighbouring the park and through the 4 public-access portals, created to enjoy the “rewilding” experience. Thanks to the cooperative effort of the national and provincial governments, municipal authorities, NGOs and the broadcasting from the press, today Iberá is positioned as one of the main natural destinations of Argentina, with tourism as the engine of local development.
The Chacoan “Impenetrable”, with its exuberant carob tree and quebracho forests, its zigzagging rivers with sand beaches, and its abundant wildlife, invites us to become adventurers and explorers of an unknown world. The park offers the possibility of observing legendary animals like the tapir, the giant anteater, the giant armadillo, the peccary, the puma and more than 300 species of birds; of hearing the noisy silence of the mount; and of wandering around its horseshoe lagoons and sailing the majestic Bermejo river.
Since 2013, CLT has been established in the shore of this River, inside the National Park, together with the National Park Administration, mounting a “Field Station”, with the objective of studying and restoring wetland and grassland ecosystems, learning about the touristic potential of the region and communicating its values to society. At the same time, CLT is currently training local people in order to work on the different Full Nature tasks, and providing touristic services to visitors.
The Tourism Institute of the Chaco Province, together with the Tourism Secretariat of the Nation, are currently working in the construction of the Impenetrable touristic corridor, which includes the building of an interpretation centre in Miraflores, two refugees with accommodation and gastronomy in the La Armonía portal and Nueva Población, and intermediate staging posts with bathrooms and touristic information. This complex is expected to open around mid-year 2019.
Find more information in www.elimpenetrable.org
Patagonia National Park Argentina was born in 2015, in the heart of the legendary Argentinian Patagonia, a land full of history, culture, abundant wildlife and archaeology. The creation of this park plus an integrating vision of conservation and tourism gave origin to the project “Patagonia Park Binational Circuit” (Argentina-Chile). Apart from offering a great diversity of geological landscapes, the presence of glaciers, lakes and rivers, and the variety of environments that position the destination among the most beautiful of the region; this circuit invites us to be part of the history of the first human settlers through art rock paintings, petroglyphs and numerous sites with archaeological remains, in the canyons of the Caracoles and Pinturas rivers, as well as in the Buenos Aires Lake Plateau.
Find more information in www.parquepatagoniaargentina.org
This program aims to reach a new paradigm of Local Development through social consensus and the revalorization of complete ecosystems, promoting an economic diversification through projects that generate a sense of belonging and a source of wellbeing for the local communities.
Our vision consists in consolidating developed rural communities, who feel proud about their identity and traditions, and who perceive their surroundings as development opportunities as they become active participants of their own progress and wellbeing.
In Iberá Park our job with the localities of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Concepción de Yaguareté Coré and San Miguel is focused on the development necessities of each community, creating the social fabric that expresses its current state and development necessities; and that allows the rise of leadership from bottom to top, with emphasis in women, articulating jobs with municipalities and with the local services lenders.
In Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, after a great multidisciplinary job, the information of the municipality was systematized and a complete census of its inhabitants has been made, measuring wellbeing and urgent necessities according to indicators provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These indicators helped elaborate, together with key community actors, a productive and social plan that allows them to project themselves towards a new economy through the great impulse of constructions and actions. This vision is finely explained in a book elaborated with the participation of the municipality.
In Concepción de Yaguareté Corá, we worked exclusively with the rural inhabitants of Carambola and Ñupi settings, to introduce them to tourist activities: today they live in the best place and with the best conditions to receive visitors from the park. In San Miguel, we are working with the Municipality and the community in defining their priority areas, in order to promote economic integration with Iberá Park.
Around Patagonia Park Argentina (Santa Cruz Province), in the La Ascensión and Pinturas Canyon portals, we work with the communities of Los Antiguos and Perito Moreno by their cultural, historical and natural values, on the development of productive ventures associated to tourism and to the public use of the Park. There, we were able to create and consolidate economic activities, entrepreneurs’ organizations and the pride for the local identity, which will remain strongly articulated with national, provincial and local authorities after the lands are donated to the National Parks Administration
Throughout the 6 years of the process of creation of the El Impenetrable Park (2013-2018), we worked on several projects along the government and other NGOs, in a process of communal organization and empowerment in “La Armonía”, Nueva Población and El Chañar (Las Flores), establishing them as access portals to the park. We have collaborated in consolidating neighbours’ and entrepreneurs’ associations. Additionally, we started a Full Nature training program for young people of the region with the objective of enabling them to eventually join the National Park Administration staff, develop touristic ventures or participate in management and restoration jobs carried forward by CLT.
In the Blue Patagonia project, we are working with the community of Camarones, since it is strategically located near Patagonia Austral Marine Coastal Interjurisdictional Park and Cabo dos Bahías Provincial Park; with the objective of evaluating the development feasibility of a new Full Nature project in the region.
In an initial stage, our objective is to position this town as a base for tourist services, bringing back value to its historical attractions –together with National Historic Monuments and the Tourism Ministries and extending the duration of visitations. We are working with the Municipality as well as with provincial and national organizations to raise awareness about and promote historical, cultural and natural values of the region (from Cape Raso to Bustamante Bay over the Blue Route), collaborating in this way in the economic diversification of the community, thus enhancing their wellbeing and quality of life.