A Quest to Offset Carbon & Support Ancestral Reforestation

Being in the travel industry, it’s natural that we think about the impacts of carbon. From the adventures we offer our very own clients to conscious travelers ourselves – the impact travel & tourism creates is an important factor and one we must confront. After committing to a climate action plan in 2020, we’ve spent the better part of over a year thinking how we can take our climate actions even further which can be a challenge as a tourism operator. We’ve traveled a long way to offer sustainable tourism services from the design of our adventure experiences. Since before the pandemic, Chile Nativo has been working to incorporate local collaborators, products, & suppliers, reduce waste by changing materials and operation systems, and recycle both organic and inorganic materials in order to achieve sustainability and a circular economy through their adventure programs.

Following the success of operating the first carbon neutral ATTA event – the AdventureNEXT Patagonia in September 2022 – Chile Nativo has committed to a method to help pursue carbon-offsetting while supporting reforestation of native forests in Chile. Wiñolfe Anumka, a network of nurseries of Mapuche-Pehuenche families from Kurarewe in the Araucanía Region of Southern Chile, reproduce and reforest native forests with local kurarewe families. Chile Nativo was first introduced to this unique organization through their partners Amity Tours who have spotlighted sustainable practices in the active travel tourism industry and who have been initial supporters of Wiñolfe Anumka’s efforts and mission for several years. Wiñolfe Anumka which means “traveling trees” has been working to reforest the Andean Araucanía. The name of the network originated from the collective vision and dream of the members of the organization who – after a series of meetings – expressed their wish that from Kurarewe, the cultivated native trees could travel to different territories to restore the forests.

Photo Credit: Wiñolfe Amunka

They nurserymen and women collect and store seeds from the temperate rain forest that are characteristic of the territory, and reproduce and care for them during their first years of life. The plants are then used in deforested sectors through the planting of native forest cores based on the Miyawaki method – which mimics the way a forest would recolonize itself if humans stepped away without interference.

Photo Credit: Wiñolfe Amunka

Not only does this method support and link native forests to cultural diversity; it offsets the carbon footprint and expands knowledge about these territories, mitigating the effects of climate change and receiving all the ecosystem services provided by the forest.

In order to offset the carbon produced by the AdventureNEXT Patagonia event in September which consisted of 4 different 6-day programs and 10 Day of Adventure trips, the carbon footprint – a total of 12,190 Kilos (tons) – was carefully calculated by local sustainable engineer Gricel Hormazábal Urbina. Wiñolfe Amunka has established that reforestation of 1 core, or 18 native trees, is equivalent to compensation of 5 tons of CO2. Therefore, the total value to compensate for those 12,190 Kilos of carbon produced is 2.44 cores or 44 trees. Each nucleus of reforested native trees will be preserved for at least 20 years.

SDGs TO INCORPORATE IN CHILE NATIVO

REGENERATION AS A CIRCULAR STRATEGY IN ADVENTURE TOURISM

Since it was decided to neutralize the carbon footprint generated by the AdventureNEXT pre-trips, the first ATTA event to do so, the emissions of each pre-trip were calculated and a relationship was established with the Wiñolfe Amunka project in the Araucanía region to reforest and regenerate the territory. REgenerating native forests through the core system, which are cultivated and planted by local people, supports REgeneration in relations with local communities contributing with compensation to their development.

All these actions are focused on the protection of terrestrial ecosystems and the fjord system in which we are inserted, so as not to increase pollution due to poorly managed waste. Two sustainable development goals are highlighted in these efforts: Climate Action & Life on Land.

WHAT IS CARBON CREDIT?

The carbon credit is one of the tools used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which generate global warming. It is an international mechanism agreed upon in the Kyoto protocol, which allows investment in projects to reduce one ton of CO2, turning it into an exchangeable good with a price established in the market. Thus, the people and companies that are committed to climate change offset our footprint with carbon credits, that is, we invest in projects that reduce, eliminate or avoid emissions that contribute to global warming.

The classification of processes considered in calculating Chile Nativo’s carbon footprint were divided into 3 categories: directly related processes such as the office, processes related to providers like transportation, food and accommodation, & use of energy for electricity and thermal, and indirect processes which is defined according to the criteria established in Huella Chile. Among them are: transfer of cargo, which includes food transport, maintenance of facilities and vehicles, transfer of personnel (except people who move specifically for this trip), transfer of waste, despite the fact that Chile Nativo began to record its generation of waste the previous season, there is not enough internal data such as providers.

Photo Credit: Wiñolfe Amunka

As a way to invest in the regeneration of our regions and forests and support the families and ancestors of the Kurarewe families, we have chosen a commitment to Wiñolfe Anumka. And the planting of these cores of trees will capture 5 tons of CO2 for 20 years.

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    Sashi Perera
    Sashi Perera
    2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
    The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
    Katie Kow
    Katie Kow
    2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
    Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
    Fionna Tod
    Fionna Tod
    2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
    Chile Nativo organised our self-guided 4 day trek in Torres del Paine and it was amazing. They arranged all the... transport, food and accommodation so all we needed to do was enjoy the hiking- which we certainly did! I would definitely use them again for similar adventures in the future.read more
    Fernanda Lela
    Fernanda Lela
    2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
    Melhor empresa de turismo do Chile
    Mary Schmitz
    Mary Schmitz
    2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
    I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
    Edric Subur
    Edric Subur
    2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
    I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
    Peter Noorani
    Peter Noorani
    2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
    Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
    Eline Lonchay
    Eline Lonchay
    2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
    I did the Fjord Trail with Chile Nativo and it was beautiful! The landscapes surpass what you can even imagine. We were... the only ones in nature for 3 days! The horses were nice, I had never done this before and I felt safe. I was never cold at night (make sure you rent your sleeping bag for this). We finished our tour with a boat trip on the Serrano River, back to Puerto Natales and we got to see the Balmacero Glacier and the Serrano Glacier (and walk around it). It is well organized and definitely a different way to travel and see nature in Patagonia !read more
    Nerile Rimiene
    Nerile Rimiene
    2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
    We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
    Joe Williams
    Joe Williams
    2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
    Excellent trip to Torres Del Paine. Chile Nativo handled everything from front to back. Including bus rides to and from... airport and everything in between.read more
    Carter Sample
    Carter Sample
    2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
    My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
    Donna Murr
    Donna Murr
    2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
    Our two fantastic, knowledgeable and fun guides (with very good English) helped to make our W hike an unforgettable... experience.read more
    Serena Clardie
    Serena Clardie
    2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
    I can't recommend this company enough! The initial planning and email correspondence leading up to our trip was... professional and seamless. They even took care of adding on and planning an additional leg to our trip to Argentinean Patagonia with a reliable local company there. Most importantly though, our Fast Trek W trip with Chile Nativo was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our guides, Baru and Nacio, were THE BEST. I was sad to leave them at the end of our 3 days together. They were responsible, knowledgeable, kind and so much fun - and they kept us going when spirits might have been a little down after 2 straight days of pouring rain and relentless wind. :) The camp is fantastic - the domes were super comfortable and the dining hall dome was a great meeting place to eat (and stretch and drink wine and pisco and even dance!). The drivers were great, the chefs were impressive (thanks Alexis!! - the food was an unexpected treat because it was seriously good, not just camping good). We somehow also managed to get extra lucky and click with the rest of the people in our group and are already planning our next trip together, so thanks for that added bonus! It was a magical trip that we will never forget. Thanks Chile Nativo! ❤️read more
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
    We had a once in a lifetime experience with Chile Nativo and Felipe which we will never forget. We enjoyed the 5D/4N... Torres del Paine Winter Multisport Adventure in early September. It was fantastic to be there in the “fringe” season, the weather was beautiful and we felt like we had the place to ourselves! We were very fortunate to have Felipe all to ourselves as well, giving us flexibility around our capabilities and the weather. Felipe was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the fauna, flora and even the geology (which impressed me as I’m a geologist!!). Felipe’s English is perfect, his cooking was delicious, and we felt very much at home during our trip. Our kayaking was cancelled due to very extreme weather, and Felipe not only found an alternative for the day for us, but also arranged for a generous refund.There was an issue with our international bank payment (through no fault of Chile Nativo’s) and the entire team continued to communicate with us and chase the payment at their end for weeks. We really appreciated this!Cannot recommend Chile Nativo, Felipe and Torres del Paine enough!read more
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
    Beatriz Ahumada
    Beatriz Ahumada
    2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
    Extraordinario..... excelente calidad y profesionalismo de los guías y todos los que colaboran en el campamento .....y... además que el paisaje de las torres del Paine es maravilloso.. pero la gente de chile nativo hacen que uno lo disfrute y viva al máximo.... gracias por todo...read more
    Edgardo Songer
    Edgardo Songer
    2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
    Fue un viaje que superó las espectativas la calidad de el staff la calidad de los equipos todo perfecto
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
    Excelente grupo Profesional, Guías con conocimientos, puntuales en los Tours. Variedad de alternativas para recorrer la... Patagonia. Los Campamentos con Domos son muy cómodos y las comidas están muy bien equilibradas. Se ve que conocen muy bien el lugar y su clima y que les gusta lo que hacen. Recomendable 100%read more
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
    Excelente logistica, guias con conocimientos en todas las areas(de lo q preguntabas tenuas una respuesta ), campamento... base, un lujo los domos en rio serrano; comidas, transporte y excursiones a otro nivel, mas que recomendableread more
    Darko Beovic P.
    Darko Beovic P.
    2018-04-04T19:36:42+0000
    Ambreen Shah
    Ambreen Shah
    2017-12-21T00:25:13+0000
    Amazing experience . Loved our guides Hym and Palin . They are very hard working and want us to have best experience
    Kim Tonka
    Kim Tonka
    2017-11-26T14:15:38+0000
    Cyril Keiffer
    Cyril Keiffer
    2017-08-09T17:46:02+0000
    Charlie and I had the most wonderful experience working with Isadora at Chile Nativo to plan our Patagonia trip. She... was a great communicator and organized everything for us based upon a great dialog between us with her. Our guide, Felipe Zuniga could not have been more wonderful. He was flexible and brought an amazing knowledge and experience to our trip that could not be equaled. Our memories of our honeymoon in Patagonia will always bring a smile and great memories! Hopefully we get the opportunity to return!read more
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    2017-07-17T02:08:36+0000
    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    2017-07-17T00:09:25+0000
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    2017-05-21T00:47:17+0000
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    2017-05-20T18:29:22+0000
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    2017-05-20T15:32:30+0000
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    2017-03-22T14:01:33+0000
    Fernando Hidalgo
    Fernando Hidalgo
    2017-03-22T13:19:10+0000
    Pablo Rivera A
    Pablo Rivera A
    2016-10-28T17:17:18+0000
    Conocer y experimentar la Naturaleza en todo su esplendor con un equipo profesional, con conocimientos que enriquecen... la experiencia y la transforman en una vivencia inolvidable!read more
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    Mei Val
    2015-08-29T11:17:55+0000
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    Marcia Andrea Chacon
    2015-04-20T22:54:07+0000
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