Los Chanares Newsletter – May 2011
Word from the Owner David Perez Perfecto! That is the best way to describe the 2010/2011season! We finished our sixth season on March 31st and it was truly a great year. Many of our repeat clients commented on how their recent trip was their best trip ever. One of our clients who has been 10 years in a row to the lodge commented: “Los Chanares just gets better and better every time I’m there. The birds were more plentiful than I have ever seen. The food and the overall service as fine as it can be”. Part of the reason was the noticeable increase in the number of birds. Also our inclusion in the Beretta Trident Program helped give us good ideas for improvements around the lodge.
One of my personal favorite parts of the year was hearing the “economy” word less than in 2008/9. We also hosted many new clients who used to shoot Mexico on an annual basis. Finally we are naturally growing our client base since the more clients we host the greater the word of mouth, which keeps bringing in more clients. In total we had a record number of clients in our Jan-March sunflower season and we had almost as many clients as our best year in 2008. Muchas gracias a todos (Thanks to everybody)! SHOOTING UPDATE From Alex Mitri
The Latest and Greatest Improvement
Los Chanares and our sister operation, Sierra Brava Lodge, are the first international venues to affiliate with Beretta. Estancia Los Chanares received a Two Trident Rating in upland bird hunting and Sierra Brava was awarded One Trident in the same category.
Assaf was born and raised in Israel. After serving three years in the Israeli army he moved to the United States where he majored in BA/MIS. Today Assaf lives in Miami with his beautiful wife and three children and still does what he likes most, promoting businesses over the Internet. You can visit www.RankAdvisor.com if you are interested in contacting Assaf.
Frequently Asked Question When did you buy Los Chanares and how did you and Alex meet? This is a question we often hear at the lodge and even as we close our sixth season it seems like yesterday. So the story starts in 2004 with Rob McAndrew from Houston, who was mainly running a duck hunting operation in Argentina at the time. Rob was sending clients to Los Chanares, which was run by Serge Dompierre. Rob was also sending clients pigeon shooting with Alex Mitri in Bolivia. Finally to connect the dots, Rob was drinking beers on a weekly basis with me and had become a close friend of mine in Buenos Aires. I was working at a farmland fund buying estancias around Argentina. Rob told me Los Chanares was for sale and that Alex was the perfect man to run the deal as he had just married an Argentine girl Jessica.
After visiting the estancia and more importantly meeting clients at the lodge, I realized this was a gem. I quickly set-up a meeting with Alex and determined he was the perfect partner to “run the show”. I tried convincing the farmland fund to invest in the project, but to no avail. So I separated from the fund and leased the property on my own. I was 29 at the time and really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Six years later, I can happily say I am extremely lucky the way things turned out! Father/Son Special For those clients who wish to bring their sons to shoot world class doves in Cordoba, we are running a promotion this year. From June-Sept, sons go for 50% off and from October to December first son goes free and second son goes for half the father rate. We still have openings during the Thanksgiving and Christmas dates.
Thank you very much for your time and the next time I write I will be a married man (wedding June 18)!