New long Chil­ian hik­ing trail links na­tional parks

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

The Chilean gov­ern­ment has just launched the Route of Parks a new 2700km long hik­ing trail that runs through Patag­o­nia to Cape Horn. The trail route con­nects 17 na­tional parks and winds through lakes, vol­ca­noes, rain­forests, and the An­des Moun­tains. It will be one of the world’s long­est hik­ing trails, and was done with the ef­forts of Dou­glas and Kris­tine Thomp­son, a hus­band-and-wife team who in the 1990s, bought mil­lions of acres of land in Chile and Ar­gentina with the in­ten­tion to pre­serve large swaths of South Amer­i­can coun­try­side. Dou­glas was founder of the North Face cloth­ing com­pany in the 1990’s. When Dou­glas passed away in 2015 af­ter his kayak cap­sized, Kristin do­nated over much of their land to the Chilean gov­ern­ment. To­gether, they turned it into an eco­tourism mar­vel. The Route of Parks open­ing has been a highly an­tic­i­pated one with “The New York Times” news­pa­per cited it as one of their 52 Places to Go in 2018. And Chile, as a whole, is cur­rently in the midst of a tourism boom—the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ported a dou­ble digit in­crease of vis­i­tors from 2016 to 2017.

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