Argentina
with Kristine Tompkins

Conservation Experience with Kristine Tompkins
at Iberá National Park, Argentina

A once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with one of the world’s most ambitious conservation projects firsthand, the creation of Iberá National Park, hosted by the pioneer behind the project.

The itinerary is the perfect balance between wildlife-focused experiences within off-the-beaten-track locations and life-changing stories with passionate hosts.

What to expect

The journey begins with a night soaking in the colourful and intoxicating city of Buenos Aires before flying north to Corrientes province, the gateway to the Iberá wetlands. The following six nights you will be immersed in the wilderness staying in locally-run lodges in the heart of the reserve. Days are spent alongside the biologists and Kristine Tompkins, herself, engaging with the rewilding programme, tracking and monitoring wildlife, including giant anteaters, deer, jaguar and macaws. You will explore the vast plains by kayak, foot and on horseback, with early mornings spent birdwatching and evenings enjoying hearty asados at sunset, sharing stories and ideas with conservationists and fellow guests, sundowner in hand.

Conservation Impact

Sometimes called “the Argentine Pantanal,” Iberá is one of the planet’s largest freshwater wetlands, covering more than 3.2 million acres of grasslands and marsh in Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. It is home to 30% of the country’s biodiversity including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf, anteater and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.

Your Host

Kristine Tompkins will be your host for this journey. Kristine and her late husband Doug Tompkins established the reserve in 2005 after seeing it from the air and being blown away by its beauty. They bought the land, and asked biologist, Sofia Heinonen (who you will also spend time with), to join them that year, and together they embarked on the creation of the most ambitious rewilding initiative in the Americas. Kristine will be sharing her story and insights of this extraordinary journey. 

YOUR HOST

MEET YOUR HOST:
KRISTINE TOMPKINS

Former CEO of Patagonia
United National Global Patron for Protected Areas
2018 Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy

Kristine Tompkins Argentina circle

The former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Kristine is renowned for her outstanding environmental leadership, and particularly for expanding public protected areas and engaging the business community with the conservation of pristine mountains, grasslands, forests, and wetlands in Chile and Argentina.

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins embarked on her journey in the outdoor fashion industry when she joined rock climbing legend Yvon Chouinard’s company. When it became Patagonia, Tompkins served as CEO for 16 years, setting standards for ethical fashion and corporate responsibility. The prototypical “anti-corporation,” Patagonia has donated large sums to conservation groups and became a pioneer in mitigating environmental impacts at scale.

Kristine is the president and co-founder of Tompkins Conservation. In 2018 she was named the United Nations Global Patron for Protected Areas, was recognised in 2017 with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and in 2016 with the World Tourism Award and the Lowell Thomas Award. Kristine has an unburnished energy and sense of urgency to inspire and accelerate new ways to work on behalf of nature.

A GLOBALLY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
ON CONSERVATION IN ACTION

DETAILS

Price on Application
Based on two people sharing
Small group experience
Limited to twelve guests

INCLUDED

Boutique Hotel
Airport Transfers
Full-board
Beverages
Internal Flights to Corrientes
Transfer Flights over Iberá
Daily Experiences at Iberá

DATES

18-25 September 2022
Limited availability
Travel subject to application

At a Glance: Funcacion
Rewilding Argentina

1,850,000

…acres (or 750,000 hectares) of land protected.

264,000,000

…metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent sequestered.

370,658

…acres donated for new parkland creation.

OUR FOCUS - THE IBERÁ NATIONAL PARK:

This extraordinary wetland, the largest in Argentina, is home to 30% of the biodiversity in the country including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.

In 2005, what was to become one of the largest rewilding programs in the Americas was started, with the goal of restoring keystone species that had been extirpated from Iberá through hunting and habitat loss and were extinct in the region, the Province or, in some cases, the country. 

As the rewilding program developed, the cultural identity of Iberá began to recover alongside the ecosystems and natural processes, impacting a total population of 100,000 people who surround the park.

Today, Iberá stands as one of the world’s most successful ongoing conservation missions.

The Field Report