March 20, 2020
coronavirus
Tourism

Conaf closes all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments throughout the country due to the Covid-19 outbreak

Conaf closes all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments throughout the country due to the Covid-19 outbreak
In addition, the authorities also instructed the closure of the entire network of urban parks throughout Chile.

According to an announcement by the service within the Ministry of Agriculture, the entry of national and foreign visitors is suspended until further notice. The environmental heritage of Chile is protected by the National System of State-Protected Wildlife Areas (SNASPE), created and managed by the National Forestry Corporation, CONAF. The System is currently composed of 105 units, distributed across 41 National Parks, 46 National Reserves and 18 Natural Monuments.

Additionally, they have informed that all Information, Complaints and Suggestions Offices (OIRS) and environmental information centers, located in the units of the National System of State-Protected Wildlife Areas have been closed, and interested parties should favor online proceedings, and direct questions to the call center or digital channels.

Minvu also instructed the closure of its entire network of urban parks throughout Chile. This means that 20 parks in the Metropolitan Region and 14 in other regions will be closed to visitors and all activities shall be canceled. The measure will be effective indefinitely.

Parks closed in other regions: in Arica, the Punta Norte Park, Alto Hospicio, Sur Oriente Santa Rosa Park; in Antofagasta, the Villa Esperanza Recreational and Sports Park; in Copiapó the Kaukari Park; in La Serena, the Los Llanos Sports Complex Park; in Villa Alemana, the Álamo Park; in Rancagua, the Cordillera Park; in Constitución, the Borde Fluvial de Constitución Park; in Concepción, the Cerro Caracol Park; in Lebu, the Lebu El Carbón Park; in Collipulli, the Santa Lucía Park; in Valdivia, the Humedal Catrico Park, in Castro, the Municipal Park; in Aysén, the Port Chacabuco Artisans Park.

The network of Metropolitan parks that have been closed is the following: 

For the latest information from Conaf, visit www.conaf.cl/situacion-deparques-nacionales/

For the latest information on the Minvu parks, visit https://www.minvu.cl/

Responsible and informed tourism

On the other hand, the Chilean tourism authorities reiterate the call to both the national tourism industry and tourists arriving to Chile to exercise responsible and informed tourism and collaborate with the adoption of the preventive measures aimed at protecting public health.