Cerro Castillo National Park
| Chile |
Area: 354,601 acres (143,502 hectares)
Estimated Carbon Storage: 62.1 million metric tonnes
Cerro Castillo, one of the most distinctive and beautiful mountains in Chilean Patagonia, is the centerpiece and namesake of the park, which features an internationally known trekking circuit. Its hanging glaciers form gemstone lagoons above treeline, and its southern beech forests are home to the endangered huemul (South Andean deer). Other notable wildlife include pumas and Magellanic woodpeckers. The historic town of Cerro Castillo is a destination for Patagonian travelers along the Carretera Austral, the country’s southern highway.
Formerly a national reserve created in 1970, Cerro Castillo was upgraded to national park status as part of the parklands protocol signed in 2017 between the government of Chile and Tompkins Conservation.