With more than 325,000 hectares of forest, Pumalin Park has a wide variety of activities that offer the adventurous traveler, as for example make explorations, observe wildlife, learn and relax. The sea kayakers explore the fjords RAID and Reñihue, where you can often see dolphins, wolves of sea and even whales, but at the same time can relax with nature and facilities provided by the place.

In 1991, American Douglas Tompkins bought the Reñihue Estate with the idea to protect its 17,000 hectares (40,800 acres) of temperate rain forest from
any future exploitation. Today, the Park makes up a total of 300,000 hectares (720,000 acres), to become the largest private park in the world.

With these characteristics, the park is destined to become a Santuario de la Naturaleza (Nature's Sanctuary), a special nomination from the State of Chile in order to balance additional environmental protection, where industrial activity is prohibited. With the help of the Land Trust Environmental Conservation Foundation, this land will be donated to a Chilean entity, for its administration and development as a National Park with complete public access, but with a private initiative. The park is continuing to develop a tourist infrastructure, similar to what other National Parks around the world offer, but under much stricter conservation guidelines, with excursion trails, camping areas, information centers, cafes and restaurants, cabanas, and land and water excursions. Thousands of visitors are already enjoying these facilities.

Before Douglas Tompkins purchased the estate, the Reñihue property was nothing more than a field of acres destined for raising cattle, a landing strip due to its isolation, and almost 7,000 hectares (16,800 acres) covered with native forests. Some time later, Tompkins discovered that an anonymous organization was trying to sell a piece of land of approximately 185,000 hectares (444,000 acres), known as Pumalin, and which neighbored as much of the north as the south of the Reñihue Estate. Said property was found totally abandoned but the large majority of its surface area is made up of native forests without any commercial value, tall peaks, rivers, and fjords. It was here that the interest in creating a grand Ecological Park was born, and was named Pumalin.

Pumalin Park map