Starting this year, access to parks, national reserves and natural monuments will be free for senior citizens.
Entry to parks, national reserves and natural monuments that are part of the National System of Protected Wild Areas (SNASPE), under the management of CONAF, will be free of charge. This initiative is part of the Adulto Mejor senior citizen program led by First Lady, Cecilia Morel.
Entry to parks, national reserves and natural monuments that are part of the National System of Protected Wild Areas (SNASPE), under the management of the National Forestry Service (CONAF), will be free of charge as of today for Chilean citizens and residents over the age of 60. This is part of the Adulto Mejor senior citizen program led by First Lady, Cecilia Morel, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture.
“I would like to congratulate the Ministry of Agriculture and CONAF on the commitment they have made to the Adulto Mejor senior citizen program. This initiative is called Vive Tu Naturaleza (Live your Nature) and will help senior citizens choose a healthier, more active and more engaging way of life. Therefore, I would like to invite all of our “better living” seniors to take advantage of the opportunity this summer, and all year long, to enjoy nature, the fresh air and our country’s beautiful landscapes,” said Cecilia Morel.
The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, noted that “this initiative is part of a larger goal to promote universal accessibility to our national parks, so that more and more Chileans can experience and enjoy the benefits of being close to nature.”
The Executive Director of CONAF, José Manuel Rebolledo, added that “it is very important that we learn about our natural and cultural heritage, visit our wild areas responsibly, protect and care for plants and animals and natural ecosystems, especially at this time of year, when the risk of forest fires is high.”
Chile currently has 103 protected wild areas under the management of CONAF, consisting of 40 national parks, 46 national reserves and 17 natural monuments. Combined, they cover an area of about 15.3 million hectares or 20.4% of the country’s territory.
With respect to free entry, CONAF would like to remind the public that entrance fees at some locations, for example at Los Flamencos National Reserve and Lago
Peñuelas National Reserve, may have been awarded to a concession or contracted out to third parties. Please make sure you have the correct information before heading to any location.