National parks in Chile: Reopening phase starts
This August 5th, 2020 the process of reopening Chile's National Parks has officially started.
The first to open are the Archipiélago Juan Fernández and the Alerce Costero National Park, in the southern region of Los Lagos.
The authority established different measures such as: group activities with a maximum of 15 people, security talks and payment by credit/debit card at the entrance.
What about the rest of the parks
Mocho Choshuenco National Reserve, in Los Ríos Region, opens on August 15th, meanwhile during September, the parks that are scheduled to open are Torres del Paine and Cueva del Milodón Natural Monument in the Magallanes Region; Patagonia National Park (Tamango area), Río Simpson National Reserve, Coyhaique National Reserve and Dos Lagunas Natural Monument in Aysén Region.
The National Forest Corporation (CONAF) will set an online platform to book and pay the entrance for the main parks. This considers the Torres del Paine National Park first, and then other parks such as: Vicente Pérez Rosales, Conguillío, Alerce Costero, Radal Siete Tazas and Bosque Fray Jorge and Villarrica.
Masks when entering the parks and social distance will become mandatory also in these areas. However, while trekking you will be able to take off your mask, as long as you keep a distance of at least two meters from another person. In addition, the temperature will be taken at the entrance of each park and you must attend mandatory talks about safety.
On the other hand, camping will not be allowed in the first stages of this transition, that is, you will only be able to visit the place during the day.
Recommendations such as sanitizing your stuff (backpack, clothes, shoes, etc.) before and after the activity inside the parks, and following the demarcations set on the floor at the entrance, are some of the advices that will be given to all visitors.
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