Who are we?
We are a non-profit organization created by the Chilean State to lead the implementation of the public program Sendero de Chile, an ecotourism and environmental education initiative that promotes and facilitates citizen access to knowledge and enjoyment of the natural environment and culture of the country.
What do we want to be?
A collaborative instrument of public policies of ecotourism, environmental education, and social inclusion throughout Chile involving the active participation of citizens, public entities, and the private sector in order to generate a collective sense of belonging, identity, and responsibility for the values of each territory and corresponding heritage.
Our strategic objectives
1.- To promote the practice of hiking and other activities in contact with nature and Chilean heritage as modes of meaningful learning, promotion of healthy lifestyles, social inclusion, and better use of freetime as a citizen; and to promote the value of the natural and cultural heritage of each territory.
2.- To help to develop and promote sustainable use of a network of trails that allow citizens to enjoy and access knowledge of the natural culture of Chile, promoting institutional changes and innovation in public policies of tourism, protected areas, environmental education, and other social areas.
3.- To develop professional capacities in different territories to initiate local endeavors that offer services to visitors of ecotourism, education, and cultural environment in main natural areas and public spaces.
1.- All the regions of the country develop networks of touristic hosts of natural areas and public spaces that offer ecotourism services, education, and a environmental culture based on trekking and citizen contact with the natural environment and that these ventures are economically sustainable.
2.- Establish links between the touristic hosts in these natural areas and environmental educational institutions, incorporating different teaching systems to their curricular planning.
3.- Establish links between touristic hosts in natural areas and various environmental social and territorial organizations through their social tourism programs and funds.
4.- Develop centers of excellence in matters of education and environmental culture at Vivero Cumbre in Santiago and Sur Vivo Gallery in Puerto Varas, and initiate operations in the Rio Olivares concession.
5.- The country adheres to the Trails Law which creates an operational unit in the Ministry of Public Works responsible for developing and maintaining pedestrian roads and trails as national goods for public use endowed with funds and resources to expropriate, indemnify, build, provide signage, and improve non-motorized routes.
6.- Create a national association “Friends of Sendero de Chile” to bring people together committed to the development of our projects through donations and volunteer service.
Our Board (2016-18)
María Teresa Eyzaguirre
Juan Carlos Castilla
Our Team (2018)
Administration and Finances
Valparaíso Region Manager
Metropolitan Region Manager
Gonzalo de Terán
Maule Region Manager
Bío Bío Region Manager
Araucanía Region Manager
Los Lagos Region Manager
Director of Vivero Cumbre
Vivero Cumbre Professionals
Juan Pablo Basanta
Director of Sur Vivo Gallery
Ana María Caravantes