“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.” -Carolina Morgado
So you’ve done the Appalachian and then took on the Pacific Crest, well there’s a new notch on your belt available and it goes by the name Route of Parks. Mother Nature Network reports the new 1,740 mile long trail was made possible in large part by the conservation efforts of the late found of The North Face, Douglas Tompkins, and his wife former Patagonia CEO Kristine McDivitt Tompkins.
The pair purchased millions of acres of pristine Chilean land and donated an area roughly the size of Switzerland to the Chilean government to create 5 new national parks and expand 3 more.
The scale of the trail is truly remarkable spanning from Puerto Montt in the north to Cape Horn in the South. If all this is riling up your spirit of adventure please find complete information HERE.
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Route of Parks of Chilean Patagonia: 1,700-mile route located between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn, with 17 National Parks and over 60 surrounding communities, integrating the Carretera Austral, the Patagonian Channels, and the End of the World Route.The New York Times has already called it one of the top 52 places to visit in 2018. The Route of Parks is the most spectacular scenic route in the world. Explore more: www.rutadelosparques.org #routeofparks #rutadelosparques @amigosdelosparques
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