FULLY BOOKED

The Return of the Jaguar

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 co-founder of Tompkins Conservation and former CEO of Patagonia, Kristine Tompkins, this journey offers firsthand engagement with the reintroduction of endangered species, immersion into the flora and fauna of the Iberá Wetlands, and fireside chats with the experts behind this remarkable rewilding initiative, to learn from their life changing stories and indomitable vision. 

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 pioneer behind the project, Kristine Tompkins, and the Fundación Rewilding Argentina team, 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 with 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.  FRA have successfully created a national park that preserves over 700,000 hectares. 

Your Host

Kristine Tompkins will be your host for this journey. 
Following her corporate career as former CEO of US clothing brand, Patagonia, Kristine has dedicated the past 25 years to protecting and restoring the biodiversity and natural beauty of Chile and Argentina, from the Southern Cone to northern Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands.  She is a true global leader in conservation and she will be sharing her knowledge and experience with you personally during this journey. 

YOUR HOST

MEET YOUR HOST:
KRISTINE TOMPKINS

UN Patron of Protected Areas
Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2017
Former CEO of Patagonia
Co-founder of Tompkins Conservation 

Kristine is the co-founder and president of Tompkins Conservation. Together with her late husband, Doug, they have preserved over two million acres 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

THIS Journey is in the past

INCLUDED

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

DATES

Limited availability
Up to fourteen guests
fully booked

Journeys with Purpose offers conservation travel experiences based on the model of ‘Seven Worlds One Planet’. We provide unparalleled opportunity for our guests to discover conservation action of pioneering projects run by people with purpose. Our leading, bespoke experiences take guests to witness the majestic jaguar in the Ibera Wetlands of Argentina hosted by Kris Tompkins and Rewilding Argentina, the wolves, bears and lynx in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania with Foundation Conservation Carpathia, Kenya’s Great Karoo in the Samara Conservation Reserve, home to lions, zebras, giraffes, leopards and more, the unrivalled wildflower meadows and behemoth bison of Great American Prairie with Sean Gerrity, the rewilding success story of the Scottish Highlands and many more wild wonders of this world.

This journey is hosted by Kristine Tompkins. Journeys with Purpose offers transformative journeys based on the model of ‘Seven Worlds One Planet’. We provide unparalleled opportunity for our guests to discover conservation action of pioneering projects run by people with purpose. Our leading, bespoke experiences take guests to witness the majestic jaguar in the Ibera Wetlands of Argentina with Kris Tompkins and Rewilding Argentina, the wolves, bears and lynx in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania with Foundation Conservation Carpathia, Kenya’s Great Karoo in the Samara Conservation Reserve, home to lions, zebras, giraffes, leopards and more, the unrivalled wildflower meadows and behemoth bison of Great American Prairie with Sean Gerrity, the rewilding success story of the Scottish Highlands and many more wild wonders of this world.

At a Glance: Fundación
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