Plant Lover’s Journey to Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

November 30th – December 13th, 2014 

Yes, we are planning to return to this stunning region of the world and invite you to join us ~


A Place of vast vistas and wild untamed beauty.... This region of Patagonia is one of the most stunning on earth and offers the nature enthusiast and plant lover alike an opportunity to be in pure uninterrupted wilderness amongst some of the worlds largest tracts of wilderness, oldest trees, tallest mountains, and greatest plant diversity.  Where else can you see Condors flying over head, 3,000 year old Alerce trees, and drink wild water directly from the lakes and streams? 

Patagonia is not only one of the richest regions of the world in the biodiversity of plants, it is also rich in plant experts...naturalists, biologists, botanists, herbalists, ethnobotanists, agronomists live here to study, research and teach.  We will have the opportunity to meet with several of these plant impassioned people and participate in plant walks, presentations and ceremonies with them.   

A few of the places we will visit on our Journey ~ .


San Carlos de Bariloche

  • Set against the stunning back drop of the Andes Mountains and verdant rainforests, San Carlos de Bariloche lies on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. The town is a rich and exciting blend of South American and European architecture, food and culture. In Bariloche, ¨the Switzerland¨ of South America, fragrant roses are blooming everywhere, rose hips and lavender grow profusely and are made into popular cuisine and health/ beauty products. The tradition of making fine chocolates was brought to Bariloche by the Swiss, Germans and Austrians who emigrated there 100 years ago and chocolate shops are found throughout the area.

Lake Nahuel Huapi

  • 70 miles long and over 1400 feet deep, Lake Nahuel Huapi is crystal clear, fed by glacial melt, reflecting the Andes Mountains with long stretches of sandy beaches. We will travel to places on Lake Nahual Huapi that are true wilderness, reachable only by boat, where rivers cascade into the lake creating multiple waterfalls and pools. Our guide on the lake, native Argentinean and fisherman extraordinaire Captain Juan Waroquiers tells us that he has fished all over the world and has come home to “the best possible place to fish”. For the fishermen/women amongst us, there will be ample opportunity to fish and eat our fresh catch prepared over the grill, Argentine style.

The Arrayanes Forest

  • This forest is a "one of a kind place in the world." The Arrayan trees, a type of myrtle, are found growing only in this part of the world and comprise a dense forest with trees as old as six and seven hundred years old. The unusual bark of the Arrayanes trees looks like it’s been colorfully painted with African designs of zebras, leopards and modern art in deep orange, cinnamon, and white. There are giant redwood type trees here as well that we will visit.

Pilcaneyeu Desert

  • We will leave the high mountains and travel to the La Buitreara (Rocks with Condors) in the Pilcaneyeau Desert. These sculpted, unique rock outcroppings are the nesting and mating ground for golden eagles and condors. To witness their flight is one of pure awe and delight. It is here you will see large narrow and often needle like rocks called Le Dedo de Dios – The Finger of God. We’ll also visit Los Juncos- a unique water conservation area and wildlife refuge where flamingos, ducks, swans and otters live.

El Bolson

  • In this quaint rustic town where guachos (cowboys) ride the dirt roads nearby, we will visit a medicinal herb farm, meet a local herbalist, hike to a spectacular scenic vista and shop at the local market where the artisans and farmers of the region bring their handicrafts, homemade food and garden produce to sell.

Victoria Island

  • In the remote past, native communities that lived here left their marks in the form of cave paintings on Victoria Island. The leafy trails that cross Victoria lead the visitors to the giant sequoias, thujas, eucalyptus, pines, oaks and cypresses.


The Pargue Nacional Puyehue

  • The park is situated in an extraordinarily beautiful zone in the Lakes Region of Chile and boasts a stunning and diverse landscape. Surrounded by the Andes foothills and mountains, with volcanoes within its territory, and with incredible natural thermal waters, it is considered among the most beautifully scenic areas of Chile. Hikes, plant walks, visits to small rustic towns, meeting with locals herbalists and plant lovers, tasting the wine and great food of the region and the divine experience of soaking in natural hot mineral pools surrounded by mountain peaks will all be part of our rich Chilean experience.

Pumalin Park

  • One of the most remote places on Earth.  It is “where the snow capped Andes Mountains tumble spectacularly into the fjorded sea, where rivers roar with glacial waters, 3,000-year-old Alerce trees reach for the sky and sea lions rule from their perch on the rocky coast."  Pumalin Project, as the Park is fondly called, was birthed by American philanthropist Doug Tompkins founder of North Face and Esprit.

Puerto Varas

  • Puerto Varas is one of Chile's most charming villages, located on the shore of Lago Llanquihue with the majestic Osorno volcano looming in the background.  Puerto Varas will be our first home base after a long day of air travel and is a lovely small town to explore and get rested up for the journey ahead.


Trip Highlights Include

  • We’ll experience the delicious food of the regions (both vegetarian and omnivore cuisine will be available), the exceptional wines, local produce and cheeses, participate in a traditional Yerba Mate ceremony, meet local herbalists, farmers, and naturalists, go on a number of stunning hikes and plant walks, fish in the Lake Nahual Huapi, soak in natural hot mineral pools, visit local markets and small towns, and experience the rich culture and exceptional beauty of the region.
    Please note: There will be lots of outdoor activities on this trip, so it’s important that our participants be fit and active.


  • Lodging ~ In Argentina we will stay at the elegant Puerto Pireo cabins in San Carlos de Bariloche, which are nestled on Lake Nahuel Huapi. “…in harmony with nature to provide guest peace and quiet and a privileged landscape”, this small resort has private cabins that are quiet, light, constructed of native woods, and beautifully decorated. Lush flower and herb gardens wind through the property. There is a beautiful large heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna.
  • In Chile we will be staying in the Pargue Nacional Puyehue near the Agua Caliente Sectore of the park, which allows us ready access to the hot thermal pools and a number of exceptional hiking trails. We will also be traveling through the fjords to Pumlin Park and staying in the unique and magical Pumlin Park cabins..

Facilitators & Presenters on the Journey Include

  • Rosemary Gladstar ~ Author of numerous herb books including Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, co-founder of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and founder of United Plant Savers. Rosemary has been a practicing herbalist for over two decades and brings a deep passion and joy to her work.
  • Robert Chartier ~ Robert is the Earth Steward at Sage Mountain, a professional photographer and world traveler.
  • Dr. Richard Liebmann ~ Naturopathic Physician, former Executive Director of United Plant Savers, and co-founder of Lokahi Garden Sanctuary on the big island of Hawaii, Richard is a world traveler and has a deep love of the earth and its diverse cultures.

  • Natalie Young ~ Certified massage therapist, co-founder of Lokahi Garden Sanctuary on the big island of Hawaii, experienced movement teacher, and gifted group facilitator, Natalie will lead morning movement sessions.

  • There will also be local herbalists, naturalists and guides joining us throughout the trip
Registration Information:
  • The price is $3520 per person and includes: 13 nights lodging (double occupancy; there are limited single room supplements available for an additional fee), 3 meals daily except for two –three meals ‘on your own’ (please see note below), all transportation within Argentina and Chile including transportation between the countries, all entrance fees, presentations, ceremonies, and activities are included.
  • Not included in trip costs:  international airfare, items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, and optional activities such as horseback riding, river rafting or optional spa treatments.   We also opt to leave 2-3 meals for Particpants to enjoy ‘on their own’  during the trip.   When entering Chile, there is a $160 reciprocity fee.
  •  A $200 non-refundable/non transferable deposit is required to hold your place. All Deposits/Payments are neither refundable nor transferable.  We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance in the unlikely even that you would have to cancel due to illness or an emergency.
    We will be flying into Puerto Mont, Chile and out of Bariloche, Argentina.  Group rates for air travel may be available through LAN airlines. Please inquire if interested.
  • For further information on the trip and/or to register please contact: 
    Dr. Richard Liebmann, 
    PO Box 32 Hawi, Hi 96719, telephone 808.889.0001

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