Protected areas of Chile

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Torres del Paine National Park

The protected areas of Chile are areas that have natural beauty or significant historical value protected by the government of Chile. These protected areas cover over 140,000 km2 (54,054 sq mi), which is 19% of the territory of Chile. The National System of Protected Wild Areas (SNASPE by its Spanish acronym) is regulated by law #18,362 passed in 1984, and administered by the National Forest Corporation (CONAF).

There are three types of territories:

Protected areas by type[edit]

National parks[edit]

National reserves[edit]

National reserves of Chile
Name Photo Natural region Area Established
Altos de Lircay Vilchesw.jpg Zona Central 1996
Isla Mocha Isla Mocha 1.jpg Zona Sur 23.69 km2 (9 sq mi) 1988
Lago Peñuelas Cielo (300968795).jpg Zona Central 92.6 km2 (36 sq mi) 1952
Llanquihue Reserva Nacional Llanquihue - Chile - Alerce Gigante.jpg Zona Sur 161.1 km2 (62 sq mi) 1912
Los Flamencos LagunaCerroMiscanti.jpg Norte Grande 740.0 km2 (286 sq mi) 1990
Malalcahuello-Nalcas Lonquimay Volcano.jpg Zona Sur 12,789 ha (49 sq mi) 1931
Mocho-Choshuenco CerroChoshuenco.jpg Zona Sur 7,537.6 km2 (2,910 sq mi) 1994
Pampa del Tamarugal Pintados2.jpg Norte Grande 102,264 ha (395 sq mi) 1987
Pingüino de Humboldt Pinguinos-Humboldt Isla Choros Chile.JPG Norte Chico 859.3 ha (3 sq mi) 1990
Ralco Volcan Callaqui y Laguna El Barco.jpg Zona Central 12,421 ha (48 sq mi) 1987
Río de Los Cipreses Reserva Rio Cipreses Hualo.jpg Zona Central 36,882 ha (142 sq mi) 1985
Costera Valdiviana Laguna Colun.JPG Zona Sur 597 ha (2 sq mi) 2005

Natural monuments[edit]

Natural monuments of Chile
Name Photo Natural region Area Established
Cerro Ñielol Temuco, Chile, viewed from the Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument - 200609.jpg Zona Sur 0.89 km2 (0 sq mi) 1988
Cueva del Milodón Milodon cave.JPG Zona Austral 1993
El Morado San Francisco Glacier - Summer.JPG Zona Central 30.09 km2 (12 sq mi)
La Portada MonumentoNaturalLaPortada.jpg Norte Grande 0.3127 km2 (0 sq mi) 1990
Los Pingüinos Islamagdalena.jpg Zona Austral 0.97 km2 (0 sq mi) 1966

Protected areas by region[edit]

Arica and Parinacota Region[edit]

Tarapacá Region[edit]

Antofagasta Region[edit]

Atacama Region[edit]

Coquimbo Region[edit]

Valparaíso Region[edit]

Santiago Metropolitan Region[edit]

O'Higgins Region[edit]

Maule Region[edit]

Bío-Bío Region[edit]

Araucanía Region[edit]

Los Ríos Region[edit]

Los Lagos Region[edit]

Aisén Region[edit]

Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • (in Spanish) Official website of CONAF, (Chilean National Forest Corporation), a government agency that is part of the Agriculture Ministry