FROM USA: TORRES DEL PAINE AMONG THE 35 MOST BEAUTIFUL PARKS IN THE WORLD
Torres del Paine National Park ranks in at the 18th most beautiful national park in the world, according to the Huffington Post, a media mogul that boasts over 80 million internet viewers.
Extending across 180 thousand hectares the Park was nominated as the 8th Wonder of The World the past November, after an internet poll on the site VirtualTourist.
Torres del Paine, Chile`s most emblematic national park has been considered a World Biosphere Reserve since 1978, and now appears in the “Huff”, as one of the planet’s most incredible national parks.
“How does one understand the marvels of our planet? Simple: visit the most incredible national parks in the word” titles the digital article which places at the top of the list the NP Volcano Arenal in Costa Rica, followed by Iguacu (Argentina and Brazil) and Yosemite (USA).
The Pulitzer Prize winning media site, with more than 80 million online readers and nine international editions, ranked Torres del Paine and the iconic Cuernos del Paine as the 18thmost beautiful national park. The publication notes that the park is “an astounding extension of the Patagonian wilderness, with glaciers that offer an unequaled experience to those who visit”.
Javiera Montes, Vice -Secretary of Tourism, welcomes the appreciation of the country`s National Park and states that this new international recognition is an opportunity to potentiate tourism in Chile among international markets, and reveal Chile`s natural beauty.
According to polls generated by Conaf, 56.7% of annual park visitors are foreigners, the majority of whom are North American (17.8% or 17,133 people), followed by Germans (11.3% or 10,933 people) and French (9% or 8,652 people)
DESTINATION FOR CHILEANS
Torres del Paine has also been attracting more national tourists. Chileans currently constitute 45.4% of the total Park from between January and April of this year (105,960 people).
Carla Ivelic, Director of Sernatur Magallanes, notes that as Torres del Paine becomes more internationally renowned, Chilean visitors to the Park are also augmenting, due to better airline connectivity and promotional offers.