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The British Birdwatching Fair (BBF) was held between August 15 - 17 in Rutland Waters, England. Last year Natura Patagonia did assist to this fair to explore it and familiarize with the event, while this year we did participate with a booth to promote the local products.The booth itself was sponsored by the Project of Tourism Promotion of Patagonia as a way to encourage the participation of the agencies in this fair, which is in this case far one of the most important in its kind worldwide.

Natura Patagonia booth in BBF, Rutland Waters,
England. Photo: R. Matus

As a result, an approximate total of 250 visitors came to the booth either by their interest in  Chile, as in Patagonia.
Natura Patagonia offer in this fair was mainly based in the exploration and bird and marine mammal watching in the Patagonian fjords, Pampas and the Andes of the region of Magellan, which complemented with the neighboring Argentine territory offers a number of singular bird and mammals species endemics of this wild and still to be discovered territory. For the Patagonian fjords exploration, Natura works together with Whale Sound a local company that has built an eco campsite in Carlos III Island for developing sustainable tourism in the recently inaugurated Francisco Coloane Marine Park. This campsite is the base to carry out activities like whalewatching of Humpbacks in the Straits of Magellan, as a new special interest tourist activity pushed by this company, increasing the offer in the Region of Magellan.
Natura Patagonia also works in combination with Hualamo, a company based in Valdivia and that operates in South Chile. Its director Jorge Ruiz (ornithologist and bird artist) has developed several natural history tours in that area, specially in the Rio Cruces Nature Sanctuary, where Hualamo belongs a comfortable lodge called Santa Maria where tourist arrive every year.
I sincerely thank to all people who did cooperate in one way or another for this trip  specially to Jorge Ruiz, Christian Gonzalez and Jane Greenlaw, for their hospitality and to my good friend Robin Woods (Falkland Conservation) for his help and cooperation.



View from Santa Maria lodge, Nature Sanctuary
Rio Cruces - Valdivia, Chile
Photo: R. Matus


- Trip to Noir Island, April 2003
ABA Convention, June 2003

- Participation in BBF, August 2003

  For information and testimonials of passengers attended by our company please visit the sites where you will find the following trip reports:
Peter Brown; Burke Korol; John Penhalurick y Gruff Dodd


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