Welcome to Parque Nacional Patagonia
Patagonian steppe, forests, mountains, lakes and lagoons comprise the 690-sq-km Parque Nacional Patagonia, where travelers will find world-class trekking and wildlife-watching opportunities. Located 18km north of Cochrane, this new national park was until recently an overgrazed estancia. Tompkins Conservation (www.tompkinsconservation.org) began its restoration in 2004. Now it's dubbed as the Serengeti of the Southern Cone, home to guanaco in the thousands, an important population of huemul (an endangered Andean deer), as well as flamingo, puma, viscacha and fox. Ñandu, an ostrich relative nearly eradicated in southern Chile, is being reintroduced. The park stretches the extent of Valle Chacabuco from the Río Baker to the Argentine border, which can be crossed in a private vehicle at Paso Roballos. Combining this valley with Reserva Nacional Lago Jeinimeni to the north and Reserva Nacional Tamango to the south will eventually result in a reserve of 2400 sq km in the heart of Patagonia.