For the 4th time since 2019, Chile was voted “World’s Leading Green Destination 2023” at the World Travel Awards.
This prestigious award, also known as the “Oscar of Tourism,” recognizes Chile’s commitment to eco-friendly travel. Chile stood out among the other nominated countries such as Peru, Ecuador and Norway for its its green tourism initiatives.
The award recognises the richness and promotion of nature attractions, together with the planning, development and promotion of environmentally responsible tourism activities.
The 5 green destinations that made Chile the winner in this category at the World Travel Awards 2023 are:
- The Huilo Huilo nature reserve: a 100,000-hectare forest with spectacular waterfalls, native trees and Darwin’s frogs! This species is threatened with extinction as it is one of Chile’s protected animals.
- Cape Horn: located in the extreme south of Chile, it is home to protected areas with Patagonian lichen forests and several ecotourism initiatives.
- Futaleufú: located in Chilean Patagonia, this area is characterised by the conservation of the Futaleufú river basin and the care of its aquatic life.
- Cochamó: in recent years, progress has been made in the conservation of the region’s biodiversity through the Tagua Tagua Park, which, in addition to tourism, aims to protect native species and promote scientific research.
- Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine: This national park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979. The area involves local communities in its tourism offer and emphasises the value of indigenous peoples and traditions as well as the protection and conservation of nature.
The award for “World’s Leading Green Destination” joins two other prizes awarded to Chile in 2023. These are South America’s “Most Romantic Destination” (Atacama Desert) and “Leading Adventure Tourism Destination“.
Since 2015, Chile has already received a total of 30 awards at the World Travel Awards.