History

Karukinka protects an important part of the historical heritage of the community of Tierra del Fuego and Magallanes. It not only preserves the biodiversity and its unique landscapes, but also preserves an essential cultural value and the memory of indigenous peoples, extinct today.
Prior to 2004, what we know today as Karukinka Park used to be an immense piece of land located geographically on the world’s most remote spot, a natural paradise originally inhabited by the Selk’nam. Land of guanacos, condors, foxes, black-browed albatross and elephant seals, here can be found the greatest extensions of coast of Chile and a great diversity of landscapes.

This part of Tierra del Fuego, part of Chilean Patagonia, was not protected and lacked regulation to protect and manage its possible exploitation. A major part of its territories were in hands of the forestry company Trillium, which shortly after beginning their exploitation went bankrupt. The U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs received them as part of the debt.

Out of this situation arises a new partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), when Goldman Sachs donates the land acquired. From that moment on, an innovative model of ecological conservation and management of Karukinka-, one of the largest private parks in the world-, was implemented.