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Parque Patagonia

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  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 01/20/2011

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Located on 81,000 hectares (200,000 acres) of the former Valle Chacabuco sheep ranch in southern Aysén, this private conservation iniative led by Kris Tompkins McDivitt, former CEO of outdoor clothing company Patagonia and wife of the late nature philanthropist Doug Tompkins, will combine with an additional 186,000 hectares (460,000 acres) in the adjacent Jeinimeni and Tamango National Reserves to become a national park in 2019. Already, it is fast joining Torres del Paine as one of Chile's most important eco-tourism destinations. With a landscape reminiscent of the American Southwest, the Parque Patagonia includes semiarid steppe, temperate beech forests, grasslands, wetlands, and high mountains. The park includes unique fauna such as huemul, an endangered Chilean deer species; pumas; the hairy armadillo; and numerous birds species such as the Andean condor and Pygmy owl. Guanacos especially abound here. Like other parks created by Tompkins and their Conservación Patagónica

in the region, the trails and infrastructure are setting not just a national standard but a global one. For longer stays, the park has a stately, six-room, stone-and-wood lodge (from 325,000 pesos) patterned after the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite National Park. Admission to the park is free; camping is 8,000 pesos.

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Valle Chacabuco, , 60000, Chile

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Sight Details:

  • Closed May–Sept.

Published 01/20/2011


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