Alacalufes National Reserve

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Alacalufes National Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Alacalufes National Reserve
Map showing the location of Alacalufes National Reserve
Map of Chile
Location from Canal Concepción to Chilean Sea through Strait of Magellan, Chile
Coordinates 51°51′S 74°19′W / 51.85°S 74.32°W / -51.85; -74.32Coordinates: 51°51′S 74°19′W / 51.85°S 74.32°W / -51.85; -74.32 (barycenter)[1]
Area 2,313,875 ha (5,717,710 acres)[2]
Established July 22, 1969 (1969-07-22)[3]
Visitors 1,742[4] (in 2016)
Governing body Corporación Nacional Forestal

Alacalufes National Reserve (Spanish: Reserva Nacional Alacalufes) is located between Canal Concepción and Chilean Sea, on both sides of Strait of Magellan in Chile. It is composed of western archipelagos; its landscape is filled with low mountain-like islands and islets, lots of channels and fjords. It was created in 1969 with an area of 2,313,875 hectares (5,717,710 acres).[2]

There are two types of weather within the reserve: "high humidity, mild cold" and, "Isothermal tundra", with a mean temperature of 7.2 °C (45.0 °F) and 6.5 °C (43.7 °F), respectively. Rainfall can reach up to 2,450 mm (96 in) per year.

Vegetation is made up of coastal grasslands and thickets, formations of Coihue and Sphagnum; while fauna is composed of several birds and mammals.

Its area covers parts of two out of the four provinces of Magallanes and Chilean Antártica Region: Magallanes Province and Última Esperanza Province.


  1. ^ "Alacalufes National Reserve". 
  2. ^ a b "National Parks of Chile". CONAF. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Alacalufes National Reserve". CONAF. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Visitor Statistics" (PDF). National Forest Corporation (Chile). 31 January 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 


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