year ago, Tompkins Conservation signed an unprecedented agreement with
the Chilean government. The foundation donated more than one million
acres to create five new National Parks and expand three others already
in existence. To achieve this, the Chilean government also contributed
nearly 2.5 million acres and reclassified 5.4 million acres of nature
reserves as National Parks. These new National Parks, along with those
already in existence, helped to form the Patagonian Route of Parks.
The Route of Parks of Patagonia is a 1700-mile (2800 km) scenic route spanning 17 National Parks between Puerto Montt, Chile and Cape Horn in Chile’s far south. The route connects the Carretera Austral, which winds its way along the Chilean Patagonia, with the Patagonian Channels and the Ruta del Fin del Mundo (“World’s End Route”), featuring many other spectacular highlights along the way. The route’s pristine landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and local and endemic flora and fauna––combined with the rich history and cultural heritage maintained by the more than 60 local communities living in the region––make this destination truly one-of-a-kind. The Route of Parks also forms part of a new vision for conservation in the Chilean Patagonia. Through tourism that safeguards the natural and cultural riches of this special place, this vision both protects nature and fosters the economic development of local Patagonian communities.