Nowadays, ecotourism is demanded by millions of people, looking for primitive zones, opportunities for photography, researches and adventures, knowledge of the Parks or Reserves they are visiting. All these led to a world-wide explosion of ecotourism, which growth is estimated annual thirty percent in comparison with traditional tourism, which growth rate is much lower. Chile with its wide range of natural habitats and floristic diversity offers a fabulous opportunity to combine a recreation with an environmental education.
Imagine a long, thin slice of California with a patch of the Sahara desert, glued onto the north. Carve some of New Zealand's fjords and British Columbia's forests and lakes into the south. Press all of this against a spine of tall, rugged mountains. It would be Chile, which has some of the world's most varied and dramatic landscapes. Chile is a robust and sophisticated country, filled with fantastic flora and fauna, amid a diverse landscape of snowcapped volcanoes, endless salt flats, the high desert, emerald blue lakes, glacial fjords and dense old growth rain forests. It is an incredible country to explore, if you like geography, wilderness and seeing nature at its most beautiful and most awesome expression, it will make and unforgettable impact on you.
During the 1990s, the number of visitors to Chile's National Parks and monuments increased significantly, topping a million in 2002. The need to promote an expanded capacity for ecotourism in Chile led to the establishment of a National System of Protected Wildland Areas. The system seems to improve a tourist access to the national parks and reserves by promoting partnerships of hotels and other recreation facilities.
Today, ecotourism in Chile offers a wide choice of trips with a perfect mix of exotic wildlife, fascinating culture and breathtaking beauty. Chile's European style city life is contrasted by some of the most unspoiled and majestic wilderness areas in the world. Visitors have an exceptional opportunity to explore areas, such as the Atacama Desert and Patagonia with ecotourism in Chile, including the Island Chilo, the Pumalin Park and the Lake region. Chile's abundance of geographical wonders include snow caped volcanoes, the world's highest geysers, majestic Andean peaks, pristine lakes, the driest coastal desert in the world, untouched fiords, deep blue glacier fields and fantastic canyons.
By means of ecotourism in Chile you can plan the best active, outdoor exploration, which meets your interests, time, budget and abilities. Everything possible is done to make you feel comfortable. Trekking and sea kayaking expeditions make use of a combination of full-service camping and lodge accommodations with horse packing and a boat support; thus, visitors carry only what they need each day. What is more, tourists usually are accompanied by expert local guides, specializing in each region. It allows them to learn as much information on the natural history of these regions as possible. In Patagonia, for instance, ecotourists witness the untouched wilderness of the steep, glacier topped Andes, view innumerable birds and old rainforest and get an environmental education simultaneously.