On 10 April 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented eight new world geoparks, including the Kütralcura Geopark in the Araucanía Region in Chile. The UNESCO World Geopark Programme recognises the importance of geologically important sites around the world. The Kütralcura Geopark is located in the Conguillío National Park, 700 km from Santiago and 110 km from the city of Temuco, and comprises a total of six protected areas, five volcanoes and a large geodiversity with different landscapes. It also has a geological history spanning 250 million years.
This selected group of parks – consisting of 147 geoparks in 41 countries – are jointly managed by local municipalities and supported by the Secretaries of State for Tourism together with other institutions.
This network of geoparks, launched in November 2015 with the support of 195 UNESCO member states, recognises the management of geological sites and outstanding landscapes that tell the story of 4.6 billion years of planet Earth and the geological events that have shaped it, as well as the evolution of humanity itself.
UNESCO’s programme not only helps show evidence of and educate on past climate changes, but also informs local people about current challenges and helps them prepare for risks such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The designation of geoparks is intended to raise awareness of geodiversity and promote better protection, education and tourism, so that sustainable development of the areas can be ensured over time. If you would like to learn more about this beautiful geopark or include it in your programme, please contact your travelArt representative.