Cerro Santa Inés – a new nature reserve in Chile
Impressive and varied landscape panoramas, a species-rich flora and fauna, this is attracting more and more nature lovers to Chile. Where else in the world can you find in one single country almost every kind of climate that exists on earth.
An extensive network of protected areas ensures the preservation of this natural heritage. Chile currently has 41 national parks, 46 nature reserves and 18 natural monuments all over the country.
Cerro Santa Inés has now been added as another nature reserve. It is located in the Coquimbo region only 15 minutes from the coastal town of Pichidangui and 195 km north of Santiago. The lush forest in Cerro Santa Inés is very similar to the forest in national park Bosque de Fray Jorge, which is also located in the same region. Visitors might get the impression that they are in the middle of the Valdivian rainforest. However, this green lung at 689 metres above sea level is located between the regions of Valparaíso and Coquimbo, specifically between the municipalities of La Ligua and Los Vilos, and is home to 83 animal and 243 plant species in an area of 713 hectares. On July 3, 2020, this area was recognized by the Ministry of Environment as part of the Chilean network of protected areas.
Improvements in Torres del Paine National Park
The Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia has recorded a steadily growing number of visitors in recent years.
The National Forest Corporation or CONAF is using the current situation positively to make improvements in the park. For example, a new bridge is being built over the Pingo River near Grey lake. The previous hanging bridge only allowed a maximum crossing of 6 people.
The new robust bridge, which is already at an advanced stage of construction, significantly improves the park’s infrastructure, allowing an easy way to get to the shore of Grey lake for walkings in the area and also to take the catamaran navigation tour to admire the glacier.
For more information on travel to Torres del Paine National Park please contact your travelArt representative or email email@example.com.
Current status of international flights from/to Santiago
Domestic flights within Chile are considerably increasing. Airlines such as LAN, Sky and Jetsmart already offer a number of flights from Santiago to other cities in the country.
We have prepared a list of international flights of major airlines and when flights can be expected to restart. As the future development of the situation worldwide is not entirely predictable, all information provided here is subject to change. AUGUST
LATAM/LAN (Santiago SCL – São Paulo GRU as well as Santiago SCL – Miami MIA daily/ São Paulo GRU – Miami MIA three times a week)
American Airlines (Miami MIA -Santiago SCL operates again since May)
DELTA Airlines (Santiago SCL -Atlanta ATL operates again since May)
Air France (operates again since July)
Iberia Airlines (operates again since July)
Copa Airlines (Santiago SCL -Miami MIA and further flight connections)
KLM (Direct flight Santiago SCL – Amsterdam AMS, twice a week)
Air Europa (São Paulo GRU – Madrid MAD, from there connecting flights to Santiago are available)
GOL (Santiago SCL -São Paulo GRU)
Air Canada (to be confirmed)
Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires EZE – Santiago SCL)
Avianca (Santiago SCL – Madrid MAD)
United Airlines (to be confirmed)
Qantas (to be confirmed)