Lauca National Park was created in 1970. It covers an area of 137,883 hectares, including areas of foothills and highlands. Administratively, it belongs to the commune of Putre, province of Parinacota, Region of Arica and Parinacota. In 1981, it was declared part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Chile is a country of natural wonders. One of them is Torres del Paine in Patagonia. I finally had the opportunity to know this place for the first time. We were invited, with other Chilean tour operators, by one that promotes this destination. They invited us with one specific mission, but first let me tell you a bit about this beautiful and unique experience.
The Patagonia Parks Route in Chile, Los Lagos Region, is an invitation to reconnect with wild nature, to recognize a unique culture in the world and to protect its incomparable beauty.
We invite you to discover it by being a responsible tourist valuing and respecting the natural and cultural heritage of local communities, so you will live a transformative experience through contemplation and adventure in a scenario of extraordinary landscapes.
Many people who are reading the name Patagonia will think instinctively that the National Park Patagonia is Torres del Paine. But actually this park is much „younger“ than its bigger brother National Park Torres del Paine. Patagonia National Park was officially created in December 2018 and is located north of Torres del Paine in the beautiful region of Aysén.
I was thinking, back in those years (1959) it must have been almost an impossible mission to reach such remote places. Without internet, or without all the technology, clothes, or footwear that mountaineers have now, not even mentioning the conditions of the roads and that there were no social media that showed through photos how amazing this place is.