In response to information from the health authority regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Forest Corporation (Conaf) has decided to temporarily close all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments until the health alert is lifted by health authorities.
Let Chile be recognized as a global example of tourism based on conservation. That is the ambition behind the Route of Parks of Chilean Patagonia campaign, launched by Tompkins Conservation and “Imagen de Chile.” The project seeks to promote the 1,700-mile route located between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn, along with the 17 National Parks and over 60 surrounding communities it encompasses, integrating the Carretera Austral, the Patagonian Channels, and the End of the World Route.
«We want Chile to be internationally recognized for having the most spectacular scenic route in the world, and thus become a benchmark for economic development based on conservation. The Route of Parks is a protected heritage of all Chileans, and its 17 National Parks are a challenge and an opportunity, as much for the more than 60 communities that live near them as for those who visit them,» explained Carolina Morgado, Executive Director of Tompkins Conservation Chile, at a conference organized by Imagen de Chile.
The campaign includes the new web page www.rutadelosparques.org, which will provide all of those traveling to Patagonia with unique information about the territory, as well as suggested excursions, transportation tips, accommodation, and more than 50 trails tracked with GPS.
A contest was also announced, inviting participants to share an experience in 101-words about how national parks have changed their life. The prize will be a tour for two people spanning much of the Route. The stories submitted will be collected and serve as the basis for a digital book.
Tompkins Conservation, together with other organizations, is exploring the feasibility of raising a private fund to contribute to the development of the Route of Parks, as other countries such as Costa Rica and Brazil have done.
Route of Parks Figures:
● 17 National Parks
● More than 60 communities
● 1,700 miles, spanning from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn
● 3 regions of Chile: Los Lagos, Aysén, and Magallanes
● Over 28.4 million acres protected
● 91% of the territory is categorized as national parkland
● 140 species of birds
● 46 species of mammals
National Parks within the Route of Parks of Chilean Patagonia:
1. Alerce Andino National Park
2. Hornopirén National Park
3. Pumalín National Park – Douglas R. Tompkins
4. Corcovado National Park
5. Melimoyu National Park
6. Queulat National Park
7. Isla Magdalena National Park
8. Laguna San Rafael National Park
9. Cerro Castillo National Park
10. Patagonia National Park
11. Bernardo O´Higgins National Park
12. Kawésqar National Park
13. Torres del Paine National Park
14. Pali-Aike National Park
15. Alberto de Agostini National Park
16. Yendegaia National Park
17. Cabo de Hornos National Park
As part of TED 2020 Uncharted, the President of Tompkins Conservation, Kristine Tompkins, presents a call to reimagine the future of our planet.
"Journey through Patagonia's most spectacular remote places"
Thanks to an alliance between the non-profit Puelo Patagonia, Tompkins Conservation and the National Geographic Society, researchers have made the first scientific discovery of endangered huemuls (south Andean deer) in the Puelo Valley, a remote area of Chile’s Lakes District.
Source: Vanity Fair
For two adventurers, the wilds of Chilean Patagonia were a lifelong love affair. Now, their legacy has resulted in one of the greatest conservation donations of all time.
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