Route of Parks of chilean Patagonia
We crafted the vision for the Route of Parks of Chilean Patagonia in 2014, bringing to life this regionally-focused project with the belief that conservation-based tourism could be a powerful economic engine for local communities.
This scenic route extends for 1,700 miles, from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn, connecting 17 national parks and more than 60 towns. The Route protects 28 million acres of wild land, making up 91% of Chile’s national parkland overall.
The Route of Parks offers a new vision of economic development, with parklands as a driving force for robust local economies. Research [LINK] indicates that for every dollar invested in conservation, nearby communities see five dollars of returns. Similarly, the US National Park Service estimates that each dollar invested in protected areas returns eight to ten dollars to local economies.