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Chile Adds 10 Million Acres of Parkland

March 13, 2018 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Tailored holiday specialist, Adventure World, is excited to share the news that a massive expansion of Chile’s conservation areas has now become official in what’s being billed as the world’s largest donation of privately held land.

American philanthropist, Kristie Tompkin, co-founder of Tompkins Conservation along with her late husband Doug Tompkins, has handed over slightly more than a million acres of land to Chile. The Chilean government, for its part, has contributed nearly nine million acres of federally owned land. In all, the newly designated parkland is roughly the size of Switzerland.

Chilean president, Michelle Bachalet, announced the creation of two new national parks and protection for vast swaths of the country’s rainforests, grasslands and other wild terrains. Patagonia Park, one of the newly created Chilean parks, is teeming with wildlife such as the huemul – a critically endangered species of deer – and many bird species such as condors and Darwin’s rhea.

Neil Rodgers, Managing Director Adventure World commented, “This announcement represents a major achievement for conservation and the importance of preserving the landscapes and ecosystems which are home to critically endangered wildlife species. We look forward to be able to offer trips to these incredible parklands to our travellers once they become available.”

The government eventually plans to link all 17 national parks into a 1,500-mile tourist route, to be called the Ruta de los Parques, enticing visitors with rainforest hikes, sea kayaking, mountaineering, camping on the shores of glacial lakes, wildlife viewing and star gazing.

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