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The Chilean government is creating one of the longest hiking trails in the world, dubbed the Route of Parks. It’s 1,700 miles of walkable land will traverse volcanoes, rainforests, and mountains throughout Chile.
The trail will bring adventurous types through Patagonia toward Cape Horn, intersecting 17 national parks along the way. One of the most important moments in the long origin story of the Route of Parks came in the 1990s, when Douglas Thompson, who founded North Face, and Kristine Thompson, who is former CEO of Patagonia, bought millions of acres of land for the sake of preservation. After Douglas’ death in 2015, Kristine donated many of those acres to the Chilean government.
“We want Chile to be internationally recognized for having the most spectacular scenic route in the world,” said Tompkins Conservation executive director Carolina Morgado in a statement.Read the full story at Vogue