37,500-acre El Rincon Donated to Expand Perito Moreno National Park

BUENOS AIRES, MAY 16, 2013 – In an official ceremony with the Ministry of Tourism and the National Parks Administration, Conservacion Patagonica donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today. In the northwest area of the Santa Cruz Province, the 37,500-acre El Rincon will expand Perito Moreno National Park. El Rincon encompasses the Lácteo River Valley, which provides access to the dramatic—and still-unclimbed—south face of San Lorenzo, Patagonia’s second-highest peak.  Its granite walls and iconic pyramidal form make it the “Everest” of the region.

Doug Tompkins first visited El Rincon in 1992 to scout out routes on San Lorenzo’s south face, considered one of the greatest challenges of the Patagonian Andes.  He recalls his first encounter with this property: “I first visited Perito Moreno National Park in 1992, to scout the south face of Cerro San Lorenzo.  My plan was to return later to make a first attempt at this wall, the largest and possibly most challenging of all in the Patagonian Andes. We entered the park from the south and began making our way north toward the peak, crossing the Lácteo River Valley, which lies outside the park boundaries. To our surprise, we found that the most spectacular area of the zone, for some reason, had been excluded from the National Park. My climbing partners and I had a clear feeling that this property must be purchased and integrated into the National Park.  A year and a half later, I had the opportunity to buy Estancia El Rincón, which I did with the express intention of donating it someday into the national parks system.” Later, Doug donated the property to Conservacion Patagonica to oversee its protection, restoration, and eventual donation.

As Kris Tompkins said this morning, “This donation has been in the works for some time, largely because it took a long time to hammer out the details of future use and zoning within this new section of the park.  We finally feel secure that our vision for this land is permanently designated through the legal donation documents – and off it goes. It’s a great day for us.”

The expansion of Perito Moreno National Park follows in the footsteps of Conservacion Patagonica’s donation of the 155,000-acre Estancia Monte Leon to Argentine National Parks to establish Monte Leon National Park, as well as the Conservation Land Trust’s contribution of private lands to create Corcovado National Park in Chile.  This donation today represents a key milestone in our plan to contribute all our conservation properties into the national parks system of their respective countries.

We are thrilled to share this news and hope that one day you’ll have the opportunity to visit Perito Moreno National Park, surely one of Argentina’s most beautiful national parks.

7 thoughts on “37,500-acre El Rincon Donated to Expand Perito Moreno National Park

  1. Friday May 17th, 2013 at 01:27 AM

    Congratulations on this successful project. Thank you for protecting yet another important part of wonderful Patagonia.
    San Lorenzo’s South Face should be an important climbing goal of this decade.

  2. Friday May 17th, 2013 at 02:33 AM

    Thank you Kris and Doug. You are heroes of humanity.

  3. Marcelo Romano
    Friday May 17th, 2013 at 01:30 PM

    Gracias Kris y Doug !!. Esto continúa demostrando vuestro profundo compromiso con la conservación !!
    Coincido con la apreciación de Doug sobre el sitio. Estuve allí en el 82 y tampoco podía entender porqué un lugar tan maravillosos estaba fuera de los límites del parque.
    FELICITACIONES !!

  4. Friday May 17th, 2013 at 02:06 PM

    Dear Kris, Douglas and Conservacion Patagonica.
    Mis felcitaciones!!!! From the route 41, there are spectacular views of this Giant Mountain!! My home in Lago Posadas hamlet can now be a shelter before starting the expedition!!
    At last!! You will not have to ask for permission to the other owners in the other estancias!!! I am so amazed to learn about this news. I am in BS As and really wanted to assist to your invitation but was not possible! All my blessing to our beloved Patagonia.

  5. Friday May 17th, 2013 at 02:07 PM

    Dear Kris, Douglas and Conservacion Patagonica.
    Mis felcitaciones!!!! From the route 41, there are spectacular views of this Giant Mountain!! My home in Lago Posadas hamlet can now be a shelter before starting the expedition!!
    At last!! You will not have to ask for permission to the other owners in the other estancias!!! I am so amazed to learn about this news. I am in BS As and really wanted to assist to your invitation but was not possible! All my blessing to our beloved Patagonia.

  6. Jaime Bascunan Aldunate
    Thursday May 23rd, 2013 at 03:31 AM

    Muchas gracias a la familia Tompkins por su generosidad y confianza en la Republica de Chile y Argentina.

    Han sacado adelante estoicamente estos proyectos de conservacion a pesar de tener a practicamente toda la prensa y la opinion publica en contra, que nunca creyeron en sus reales intenciones de donar finalmente las tierras a los Sistemas de Parques Nacionales.
    Es una pena que la misma publicidad que se utilizo para atacarlos no se utilice ahora para reconocer su generosidad.

    Espero que logremos conservar estas tierras en las mismas o mejores condiciones en que ustedes las entregan. Al ver el estado en que se encuentran algunos de nuestros parques nacionales, tengo dudas al respecto.

  7. Sunday September 22nd, 2013 at 08:00 PM

    Excellent!
    I sincerely appreciate any conservation efforts to help protect our Patagonian environment.
    Let’s hope that the donation is fully appreciated by Argentine authorities and further measures adopted to promote similar efforts.
    best regards

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