Savage Jungle: Island with 100 foot waterfallBy Private Islands Magazine • Oct 24th, 2011 • Category: Islands for Sale
Nestled in the world-famed but untamed Patagonia region of Chile’s rugged south, Savage Jungle (Jungla Salvaje in Spanish) is an incredibly unique property and one that its current owner searched for some two years and 30 countries before finally finding. A man on a mission searching for a needle in a haystack; said owner had keenly wanted to discover a locale that might allow construction of a top-end luxury resort icon as spectacular as Frank Lloyd Wright’s tour de force, Fallingwater, in southwestern Pennsylvania. When he finally piloted a small airplane over the site that’s now known as Savage Jungle, he knew he’d found it.
Key to Savage Jungle’s allure and distinction are its 26 waterfalls, all dropping more than 100 feet from Jurassic-Park-like cliffs, and one falling directly into the adjoining fjord. But what makes this property truly remarkable is what happens to the land just above the one waterfall that falls into the ocean fjord: The river takes a sharp turn to the right, leaving a very large and exceptionally flat granite plateau directly above the gorgeous fall. Still currently claimed by natural jungle old-growth, this plateau area will serve as the foundation for the architectural masterpiece envisioned by the owner.
After finding this one-of-a-kind location, the owner’s next step was to map out the stretch of land he wished to secure, which ultimately became 32 acres of private titled property, and a nine-mile stretch of leased concession. Next, he had to gain approval for the construction of his vision, something the Chilean government is always exceedingly slow — if ever — to come through with when land abuts a national park. In cases like these, the approval process invariably lasts over ten years, and sometimes lingers as long as twenty. Savage Jungle was able to gain approval in just nine years, which might seem like an eternity elsewhere, but in Patagonia, is actually lightning quick.
Meanwhile, one of the world’s top architects, Antoine Predock, (who worked for an associate of none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, and winner of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the Rome Prize and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum), was flown in to design the five-star resort that will one day exist here. So blown away was Predock by the site’s majesty that he declared that it could easily make the entire career of an unknown architect. Predock further pledged that his own design would become “world famous the very day it opened.” Predock’s 3D model for Savage Jungle now rests in the architect’s New Mexico studio awaiting realization.
Savage Jungle is actually surrounded by the magnificent Isla Magdalena National Park, and also across the narrow fjord by Queulat National Park which draws more than 187,000 visitors annually to this incredible Chilean landscape, rough hewn with majestic fjords and covered in dense and lush forest. Importantly, Savage Jungle provides the only access and the sole developable embarkation point into Isla Magdalena and its untouched temperate jungle.
Thanks to the slow Chilean approval process barring any potential competing projects from building in the region for at least another ten years (but probably several years beyond that as well), Savage Jungle will have exclusive rights to development on the island, meaning that it will be the sole resident (save for a fascinating array of non-humans including dolphins and sea lions) of this phenomenal 790-square-mile island. When the numbers get crunched, a business plan has shown that this could translate into total projected ownership revenues of over $110 million for the first five years alone, based on a 25-room hotel being built on the property, and including sales of projected residences.
Though Savage Jungle will be the sole occupant of Isla Magdalena for years to come, statistics at the nearest resort (seven miles away on Chile’s mainland) show just how great a draw this area has become for visitors from across the world. Even at only four-star by U.S. hotel standards, it fills its 31 rooms to capacity throughout peak season, and has a fairly astounding 82% average occupancy rate throughout the entire year.
One more positive aspect of the Savage Jungle project is that no indigenous peoples will be displaced or affected by the resort’s creation. In all of recorded history, the only humans to ever inhabit the unspoiled area were fisherman squatters, who briefly settled here, but then moved on.
Savage Jungle’s current owner is looking either for additional investment to help see his lucrative and architecturally historic vision through, or for an outright buyer at the unbelievably low price of $3,600,000 — this despite the fact that two separate offers of $7,000,000 have already been received, but have thus far been stalled from completion due to the capital crisis.
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