Rules and Recommendations
WELCOME TO THE PROTECTED AREAS
The preservation and protection of the natural and cultural heritage of our country depends on our actions and consciousness. Collaborate with us by following the rules and recommendations given at the Protected Areas.
Ask park rangers for information about authorized places and recommendations to perform any kind of activity.
HELP US TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE NATURE IN CHILE
LEAVE NO TRACE
- Remember that the main principle is avoiding risks. Prevention is fundamental, and self-care and planning your trips are the most important points.
- Set your tent and cook ONLY at properly authorized and designated areas.
- Free campfires are strictly prohibited under any circumstance (Law N° 20.653).
- Do not expose yourself to legal actions and expulsion from the protected area or even deportation in case of foreigners.
- Observe the trails closing time. Check in at every park ranger station.
Take all the litter out of the protected area.
- Always follow park ranger instructions.
- Notify or inform about any dangerous behavior or situation.
PREVENT FOREST FIRES
- Campfires are strictly prohibited, except In designated areas, and under appropriate conditions.
- Causing risk of forest fires is penalized with fine, jail or even deportation in case of foreigners.
- When using fire in authorized places, take into consideration the weather conditions and safety measures. Consider a place protected from the wind and avoid using fire under hazardous circumstances.
- Campfires must be under constant supervision and a safe distance from any type of fuel.
- When the campfire is no longer in use, thoroughly check that it was effectively extinguished.
- DO NOT Under any circumstances use fire in unauthorized places.
- It is strictly prohibited to smoke inside Protected Areas.
- In case of forest fires, follow park rangers’ instructions.
- In case you are near a forest fire do not act on your own. Stay away from fire and notify the situation to park rangers.
- Do not use fire to burn litter or food waste.
- Always keep water, sand or dirt for emergencies.
- Candles are strictly prohibited.
- In case you see any signal of a forest fire, immediately notify:
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- 132 FIREFIGHTERS
- 133 POLICE FORCE
- 134 CIVIL POLICE FORCE
PROTECT OUR NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Help us to preserve and protect the natural heritage and to protect the wildness of our flora and fauna, considering the following tips:
- Pets or domestic animals are not allowed in protected areas.
- Drive safely at moderate speed and with extreme attention to avoid accidents or disturb the local flora and fauna.
- Don’t make unnecessary noises.
- Do not feed wild animals.
- Take all the litter out of the Protected Areas.
- Do not remove or damage archaeological, paleontological or historical remains.
The list of necessary items that you must take with you to perform trekking is the following:
- Map of the trail (brochures of the trail or authorized tracks).
- Global positioning system (GPS) or compass.
- A small backpack with some supplies and a first aid kit.
- Appropriate hiking shoes that provide suitable support and have appropriate soles.
- Avoid wearing sandals, sport shoes or shoes with smooth soles.
- Clothes in accordance to the location and weather conditions.
- Sunglasses, hat and sun screen lotions to protect yourself against UV rays.
- An adequate amount of water.
- Hiking is an activity that along with the environmental conditions, involves a high risk of suffering accidents and possible problems if the appropriate preventive and security measures are not taken.
Consider the following recommendations:
- Ask park rangers for information on the places you are planning to visit or go to the information offices available at the protected areas.
- Carefully read information signs found along the trails.
- Do not leave the trails or take short cuts. Avoid the creation of alternative paths that not only erode the soil but also can disorient other hikers.
- If you are interested in filming or taking photos and to avoid possible accidents, pay attention to the place when searching for the perfect image.
- Consider the journey time and travel always during the day. In case you have doubts, ask park rangers or authorized guides.
- Take liquids and food in small amounts and at regular intervals.
- Finally, remember hiking is fun. Enjoy the natural beauty.
In case of accidents:
- Take actions as soon as an accident occurs and stay calm.
- Provide first aid only if you are trained to do so and if it is absolutely necessary.
- Immediately request help from park rangers or call on any emergency phones.
- Do not leave the injured person alone. If necessary, mark the exact location for rescue teams.
- Once the accident is reported, you must remain available for rescue teams in case they need your collaboration.
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- 131 AMBULANCE
- 132 FIREFIGHTERS
- 133 POLICE FORCE
Your safety is our concern, but it is your responsibility
Source: CONAF – Rules and Recommendations