Welcome to Cajón del Maipo, a historically rich Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.
The proximity to Santiago and its almost five million inhabitants is a curse and a blessing. Cajón del Maipo is the perfect weekend destination, which means crowds but also revenue potential for the area.
On January 13, 2011, the national tourism agency “Sernatur” launched Chile’s first official tourism site. Disappointingly, it is without any mention of ecological preservation or involvement of local cultures.
Should we be alarmed that the government is not placing enough emphasis on saving Chile’s resources?
- Chile is a well developed nation, with a highly educated population, proud of their natural resources, eager and committed to preserve and educate on a grass roots level.
- Efforts and investments made nationwide and in neighboring countries in the past ten to fifteen years by tourism industry professionals local governments, the park services and others is very encouraging. It may have been a trend slow to catch on, but it truly seems the floodgates are about to come down. Note the dates on the events listed above.
In an ideal world, current problems, results of exploitation of one kind or another should have never happened. Well, we all know that hindsight is 20/20, so what we can do now is to vote with our feet and change the way we travel, thereby halt and hopefully reverse some of the damage done.