The importance of trails in natural spaces

Whether in forests, across pampas, through the desert, or up steep mountains, the presence of trails in natural spaces seeks to both guide and protect the environment. How?

The properly marked trails, which have maps, and signage and are built based on a previous study, can have different difficulties. For beginners and advanced hikers, the trails specify in advance the target audience. With this, people can know in advance what they are facing when deciding.

In addition to guiding visitors to a place, the trails also protect the natural environments in which they are located. How?

The first step is to analyze the territory: study the most frequented places, natural landmarks to be reached, and slopes of the terrain, among others, all of which seek to define where it is convenient to demarcate a trail in the area. The objective of this is to organize the terrain and define which sectors are visited and which are not.

Today, and more and more every day, people seek to visit natural environments, do outdoor sports and enjoy nature. To this end, the sites must be authorized and regulated, and information about them must be provided to protect them.

Trails in Parque Bahía Esperanza

This is how the trails in Parque Bahía Esperanza were built to give people the opportunity to get to know this magical place in Chilean Patagonia, and at the same time, to prevent further erosion in the territory. Thus, regulated tourism contributes to the protection, since the visits know for places enabled for it.

Parque Bahía Esperanza has 7 trails of different difficulties and for different activities.

  • Los Fiordos Trail: low difficulty. Trekking, MTB, and horseback riding. 2.6 km long. 40 minutes of trekking and 30 minutes on horseback. Part of this trail borders the characteristic fjords of the area.
  • El Bosque Trail: medium difficulty. Trekking, MTB, and horseback riding. 5.1 km long. 2 hours trekking and 1.5 hours on horseback. It is the farthest trail from the center of the park and goes through ancient forests.
  • La Turbera Trail: low difficulty. Only trekking. 5.2 km long. 2 hours walking. The trail has a privileged view of the only lagoon in the park and the peat bogs and the forest of new shoots of Guaiteca’s cypress.
  • Pasarela Trail: low difficulty. Trekking only. 1 km long. 30 minutes walking. Path composed of a wooden footbridge that contributes to not eroding the territory. Halfway there is a lookout tower that allows a privileged view in the middle of the park.
  • Carpinteros Trail: low difficulty. Trekking, MTB, and horseback riding. 3.4 km long. 1-hour trekking, 40 minutes horseback riding. Forest trail inhabited by local fauna, where you can find Magellanic woodpeckers.
  • Panorámico Trail: low difficulty. Trekking, MTB, and horseback riding. 3.4 km long. 1.15 hours of trekking and 50 minutes on horseback. High altitude hike with a privileged view of the mountains, fjords, and Puerto Natales.
  • Monumento Trail: low difficulty. Trekking, MTB, and horseback riding. 1 km long. 20 minutes trekking, 15 minutes horseback riding. A trail for the whole family and goes directly to the Última Esperanza Monument.


The call is to respect the trails in the places you visit and that we all contribute to taking care of the environment.

See you in Parque Bahía Esperanza!