Chile Creates Largest Marine Reserve in the Americas
The newly protected waters around the Desventuradas Islands contain many marine species found nowhere else on Earth.
A large part of the area of Corcovado National Park is found in Chaitén, close to Palena River. It was founded in 2005 and covers 293,986 hectares.
The park lies between the Carretera Austral and the Pacific Ocean, which is part of the Patagonia Parks Network. This territory was once home to the ancient Chonos, a native people who lived in the extreme south of Chile.
Inside this impenetrable ever green forest, that covers most of the park’s surface, there’s a great variety of trees like canelos, alerces, lengas and coigües, and endangered species such as the Oposum monito del Monte, a Chilean deer known as the pudú, the Chiloé fox, the world’s smallest feline named Güiña, the southern river- otter or huillín and the puma.
The Corcovado volcano, soaring 2,300 meters above sea level, dominates the landscape in the gulf of the same name. The area is surrounded by fiords, bays, rivers, valleys and dozens of turquoise colored lakes, and a very unique land formation that is the result of millions of years of glaciation processes.
Corcovado National Park still secretly keeps large extensions of virgin and unexplored land, paradises hidden by the Gulf of Corcovado and Tic Toc Bay , home to large colonies of sea birds, seals, blue and humpback whales. According to the experts, Corcovado is one of the last virgin sites on planet Earth.
Nature lovers can get to Corcovado National Park by ship from Chaitén or from Raúl Marín Balmaceda. The more adventurous can opt to cross Corcovado River in a zodiac.