Karukinka & De Agostini Parks

Oct 17, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

The day began with an outing to Chile’s Karukinka Natural Park. Established in 2004, this park is 2,720 km2 and offers a diverse array of habitats and wildlife. Most significant may be the small but stable breeding population of southern elephant seals, the breeding colony of black-browed albatross, and bird species such as the Andean condor. We were very fortunate to have Karukinka Park Coordinator Melissa Carmody traveling with us to share her experience and insight on management and conservation issues associated with this nascent gem in the Chilean Park System.

The afternoon brought us to Alberto de Agostini National Park. At nearly 1.5 million hectares, De Agostini, in conjunction with Cabo de Hornos National Park, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Spending time ashore in both these magnificent and rarely visited locations made for a very special experience.  

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Doug Gualtieri


Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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