Cerro Guido

The vast wildland of Estancia Cerro Guido and Complejo Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia is a place like no other in the world, and its stewardship has much to teach about living sustainably with nature.  Located on the remote eastern side of the Andes Mountains abutting Torres del Paine National Park and stretching to the Argentina border, the relatively unspoiled intact natural ecosystem is home to pumas, herds of guanacos, native ostriches, condors, and other wildlife thriving along untamed rivers, forested mountains, glacial lakes, and endless plains.  The harsh but rich natural environment has also been inhabited for millennia; first, by nomadic people and subsequently, by a century of livestock-raising gaucho cultures.  Today’s inhabitants and visitors are increasingly focused on conservation, ecotourism, and cultural heritage.

JNRA, prepared a baseline framework for stewardship of these properties over the next generations.  The baseline document, a Territorial Zoning Plan, provides a comprehensive integrated view of the properties that serves as a conceptual basis for future implementation of individual components.  Protection of the defining natural systems and cultural heritage of this Patagonian treasure will underlie all future actions, focusing on long-term ecological and economic sustainability.

A 28,000-acre expansion of the conservation areas to protect the critical wildlife migration corridors and forested mountain habitats is a primary change recommended in the Territorial Zoning Plan.  A relatively small but strategic reduction of the livestock operation will provide significant ecological benefit while enhancing the wildland experience for visitors to both the private property and the adjacent National Park.  Infill developments to support increased eco- and cultural-tourism will be concentrated within areas that are already developed, thereby limiting encroachments into the surrounding agricultural, ecological, and paleo/archeological uses while building upon the authentic living communities of the region.  Partnerships among eco-tourism providers, conservation and scientific institutions, cultural heritage organizations, and sustainable agricultural interests will be created to maintain a sustainable balance among the various uses and to provide a model for other inhabited wildlands.

Location

Magallanes Region, Patagonia, Chile

Size

315,000 acres

Completed

2024

Client

Matetic Family

Scope

Conceptual Territorial Zoning

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