Argentina’s latest national park is officially open.
Chaco’s El Impenetrable (literally “The Impenetrable”) is now open for business and it seeks to become a tourist attraction in the future with its 150,000 hectares in the northern province of Chaco. The inauguration ceremony took place today and was presided by Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña, Environment Minister Sergio Bergman and the province’s governor, Domingo Peppo.
The new park was created partly due to a very successful marketing campaign that started in 2014, calling for the protection of 48 million square meters of forest in Northern Argentina. As a result, more than 30 NGOs, businesses and government officials came together to pass law bringing the park into existence. The area used to be a privately owned estancia that was known as ‘La Fidelidad’.
Such a project is expected to protect a forest region that was previously endangered. It is expected to protect the various flora and fauna that can be found within the park and protect endangered species such as yaguaretes, the giant armadillo and the solitary eagle.
In addition, the park will seek to become an attractive tourist destination and feature nature walks, tourist trails and a focus on the Criolla, Qom and Wichi indigenous communities. An increase in tourism is expected to boost the local economy.
Chaco Senator Eduardo Aguilar, who originally spearheaded the project along with other organizations, spoke to the Perfil in 2014 and said the park would be “a perfect refuge for endangered animals.” He further added that a park in Chaco, alongside Los Esteros del Ibera and the Iguazu falls, would help create a corridor spanning the north of the country, where environmental protection can be ensured.