Access to the Project:

In 2006, the track was in poor state, with many small river crossings, water logged sections, and exposed rocks.  There was no vehicle access beyond 6.5 kms (about 16.5 kms from the main road). In 2006 and 2007 it was necessary to improve access to the property. A road was constructed to the site of the headquarters and culverts were installed at small river crossings and problematic wet areas.  Some bridges were rebuilt.  4 x 4 vehicle access is allowed for about 6.5 kms through the property, but the road remains vulnerable to damage from vehicles.  The road remains not accessible for vehicles beyond that point.  

More photos of the road now

The sequence of actions for an ecological restoration project set in a remote area where nature was severely damaged and which is still used for cattle raising:

  1. 1. The very first action : remove cattle and ensure efficient protection of the area from cattle, in particular

    sensitive and eroded areas. 2 cows can be as damaging as 2000 cows.

  1. 2. Set minimal operational support, such as housing, energy supply. Do not count on using local material

    at the start.

  1. 3. Ensure that you have all necessary minimum equipment at hand, shops are inaccessible.

  2. 4. Assess the need of building access, in particular the consequences of opening access to the area and bringing

   elements which may be potentially damaging for Nature regeneration and protection.

Out-posted headquarters:

  Round shaped, without separations inside and with large windows. This  shape, with windows  all over the curved wall, allows life in constant contact with the surrounding Nature.  

The headquarters house may be heated by one round rotating fireplace. The wood fire was chosen as the main

heating method as there is a lot of dead wood on the property left by the degradation of the ecosystem of the valley.

The floor is made of terracotta, it accumulates the  sun heat during the day and releases it at night.

Pipes from the stove passing under the terracotta heat the floor and the heaters.

round fireplace

The house is insulated with straw bales and white plastered. The outside is made of local wood.

round house
road in valley Leones

Building far away from the main road is difficult.

Here is the garage roof traveling on the precarious dirt road to the construction site.

The roof is covered with tiles of self-dead alerce hardwood.

Management of people passing by : setting a well marked path through the project.

Use of horse power to move trees for reforestation.

Minimalist lifestyle leads to minimal impact on Nature.

Excluding to the maximum use of newly cut wood or new books so that the trees are not farmed and killed on our name.

No soy is consumed.

“Green” or not, it is still the transformation of living things into inert matter which will never be brought back to life.

The house is bioclimatic but not entirely build from old or self-dead material.

Windows are washed to the minimum, clean windows are real dangers for birds.


The Project’s headquarters have 2 small houses and 3 refuges. The waste management of these is subject to the general policy of waste management of farm houses of the region, that is to say - almost none. There are no tourist activities, so there are no wastes from the tourism industry.

General waste:

Paper and cardboard - burned in the heating;

Glass - was recycled in Coyhaique until the recycling closed, now saved for a future organic house;

Organic waste - compost;

Electrical and electronic devices - garbage;

Large waste, such as furniture, other household waste - garbage;

Aluminum and jars - garbage;

Coffee capsules - are stored waiting to find a metal recycler in Coyhaique;

PET - garbage;

Clothing, textiles - charity association in Coyhaique.

Special waste:

Batteries (AA and AAA) - stored, waiting for the identification of the correct elimination in Coyhaique;

Paint, pesticides and others - very small amounts, garbage;

Medicines and thermometers with mercury - recovery in pharmacies;

Electric light bulbs - stored awaiting identification of proper disposal;

Vehicle battery: taken to Coyhaique to return to the battery supplier for disposal;

3 septic tanks - final water filters in the soil.

The staff of the project  is strongly advised to abstain from participating in

and thus supporting local nature-degrading activities, such as: recreational

nature tourism, harassment of wildlife by participation in photo contests,

wearing new gold (polluting gold mines in the region), consuming local beef,

instagraming, not mentioning using not self-dead wood for heating.

It is advised to verify the source of timber used  for construction - lots of illegal

logging, including of protected tree species (cypress), in the region.

Is requested to abstain to consume

chocolate as it contributes to deforestation.

Not going to look at the chunk of ice at the end of the valley.

An old destroyed house in adobe was renovated according to original techniques of adobe-making and made livable.

Adobe house