In order to continue this “initiative” taken during the pandemic, and conduct similar promotional events through social media, ignoring the civil (property) rights of local actors, the absence of legal servitudes and nature protection needs, a contract allowing promotional teams to use free of charge and unrestrictedly nature protected areas in an exclusive way was concluded.

The legal management of the project is assessing this “influencers’ ” case study and the type of legal action that would respond best to it. The case was notified to the now viral Instagram account @publiclandshateyou, designed to protect nature areas from “influencers” of social media.                                                                                                         Absurd influencers ruin nature

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degraded ecosystem valley Leones
degraded ecosystem valley Leones
Social network damaging nature

  

2021: the access to sector Leones is, de facto, closed to any public access

without concessionaires.


It is recognised on national and international level (UNESCO, Biodiversity and other international environmental conventions, IUCN,  SER,  etc.) that tourism, growing exponentially, whether ordinary, “nature”, “eco”, “scientific”, “adventure”, “conservation”, “de- or re-forestation”, “bad weather”, “last chance” and, in particular, “instratourism” and sport tourism constitute a major threat to Nature and natural ecosystems.

One of the main objectives of the project is to protect damaged Nature from continued commercial use,

including uncontrolled development of local tourism and social exposure, and thus help it regenerate itself.


The project does not support and is not related to any tourism association, group, activity or accommodation.

No tourism operations of whatever kind are allowed in the project and its properties.

The land was bought for protection and conservation because it was severely degraded and deserved a better life.   


The setting:

  1. The unofficial access to the lake Leones area (Laguna San Rafael National park), by private neighborhood road X-732 in the valley and further trail, is part of a series of private properties; public passage through the project constitutes, therefore, trespassing onto its properties;

  2. There are no legal easements for public access to the national park (sector Leones or other) through private properties in favor of tourists or tourism operators (with concessions or not) in the valley, on the road X-732 or otherwise in the properties of the project, neither there are concessions or provisions for developing any economic, in particular tourism or filming of any type (especially drone), activities in its properties;

  3. The valley is a good example of regional ecosystem destruction in the 1930s-1940s, see image below;


Tourism is a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and input to climate change.pdf

2019: 10% decrease of flying in Sweden due to “flying shame” , flyggskam.

2021: France bans some internal flights for climate.

Renowned local conservationist on devastation by intense tourism in regional national parks

The “no-trace” tourism is a lure, the main trace is travel to the place and our mere presence in nature.

A study:  Tourists are not sensitive to sustainable criteria

Leaving more than footprints: impact of tourism in Chilean Patagonia


  1. The road in the valley was repaired, at places built, for the restoration project and as a fire or eruption escape road, using only personal, quite significant funds. It was not built for the tourism business, which is exploiting it now without consideration or compensation, thus diverting resources of the project from the main goal of ecological restoration;

  2. The signposting within the project was entirely done by the managers using only personal funds;

  3. The area is monitored with cameras:


Trip financed by CIEP, National Geographic and Patagonia:

“In the habitat I am exploring the human is not welcome.

How can I prevent people from going here and destroy everything?”


Tourism is the second, after climate change,

cause of glaciers melting (SER Conference, Iceland, September 2018)

By visiting the glacier we contribute to its disappearance.



If you, as homo turisticus consumeristicus, decided to brave the closure of the park and the absence of servitudes allowing public passage, you will do it at your own risk:


  1. As to the sector Leones: you may be able to pay the fines directly to Conaf

   as they check the sector regularly, or there is an office in Puerto Tranquilo;

  1. Liability for leaving garbage, including in private properties, can be up to 200.000 CLP;

  2. You might not be covered by your insurances as you are, de facto,

   trespassing strictly private land with no official public access or passage easements;

  1.   No responsibility or liability of the landowners can be invoked at any time;

  2. The area is remote and isolated;

  3. The road is an bad condition, followed by a difficult trail.

  4. Climate change accentuates rapidly dangers like floods and landslides in the destroyed

    ecosystem;

  1.   Several lethal hypothermia and diving accidents occurred in the waters of the area

   in the last years;

  1. Mobile phone coverage in the valley drops often, no other means of communication;

  2. High wildfire risk in the valley in summer, no fire prevention or management in the valley;

  3. A lot of mosquitoes (aggravated allergies occurred), horseflies are ferocious in summer;

  4. No medical or other help accessible in case of accident;

  5. The hantavirus is present throughout the South of the country;

   lots of rodents, potential carriers, in the area. Rabies is present in bats;

  1.   Loss of nature poses risks to economy and human health,

   uncontrolled regional tourism is accentuating this risk;

  1. As global tourism is the main modern vector of pathogens, in particular Covid-19,

   you might be subject to potential liability under the legislation on propagation       

   of illnesses,  and you will see these signs in the project →                   Disease outbreaks more likely in deforestation areas


Scientific tourism in the form of scientific research expeditions and biodiversity

assessments generally present risks for the ecosystem they study.


The local professional tour operator who shares the goals and concerns of the nature protection project: Terra Luna (Puerto Guadal). If you are interested in sustainable and responsible (including Covid rules) tourism in the area you may contact El Puesto (Puerto Rio Tranquilo). Both have information about the project. The nearest camping and heritage tourism is Turismo Melikina, just before the collapsing bridge over the Melinquina river. The nearest horse riding and trekking within the valley is Turismo Valle Leones.

The neighbour who can ensure the sustainable development of the valley:  www.aristidesbenavente.cl.

The project is in no way related to the signposting or to the business (“Ruta Leon”) at the turn into the valley from ruta 7, and in no case can be represented, promoted or explained by them or their staff:  it has been confronted to ethically and legally incompatible misrepresentation and misuse of this project that tries to repair the damage done to nature by colonisation, which resulted in moral and financial prejudice to it.  A legal watch programme was initiated in order to address the present crisis of responsibility.

Prevention of damage to Nature by tourism

and social media

A citation: “Tourism is unsustainable, effects can be mitigated, but not always. CO2 offsets are just hiding the damage”. Chris Thomson, Head of Responsible Tourism, Federation of Tour Operators.

You might imagine this landscape with 2 m of additional soil cover on the hills, ancient native forest

and unknown wildlife - the situation before the ecocide, 80 years ago

Tourism is identified as a threat to bird life in the San Rafael National Park : datazone.birdlife.org.

If we loved Nature we would not have put it under intense stress

by our occasional, disposable and hedonistic visits for “recreational use”


One-third of global protected land is under intense human pressure | Science.pdf


In 1993 EUROPARC published the ground breaking report “Loving them to death.pdf”, which called for sustainable tourism in Europe’s Protected Areas, the situation is just worsening now

Road in the valley

As to the landscape of the destroyed valley of the Delta/Leones river, representative of the situation in the region and reason for the project: critically degraded nature and a novel ecosystem

  But mainly for more “likes” in social media.

Our Social Media might be destroying the worldʼs most amazing places

Nature- and eco-tourism, including photography, is a major factor

of deaths of wild animals by exhaustion and starvation.

Advertisements and promotion of use of private properties, which produced and keeps producing important revenues in no way shared with the community in the valley living through difficult times, with those who tried to keep the place safe for the future, with those whose life, income and security depend on the preserved natural features. The value of land was exported far away.

According to experience, coming soon in the valley?:

Have you seen this advertisement ?  www.iamag.co/huawei-gnu-gnu/



New social media guidance

A recent showcase of deleterious effect in nature protected areas of social media’s self-promotional campaigns:

In early 2021, a media promotional risky ice swimming “challenge” was held in the lake. In the closed sector of the national park. With very limited attention being paid to safety rules for such “challenges”. In the midst of the Covid pandemic. With no respect of Covid sanitary rules (quarantine). Passing by and advertising more than 15 rural private properties without informing the landowners and no legal ground for it. The location, the organiser and the event have been largely and still continuously publicised in social networks. Result, as expected: acute increase of public interest for and traffic to the closed sector of the national park through strictly private properties and the largest in the region private nature protected area.  It means:

For the sector: small landowners in the valley see their property’s and other rights and interests ignored and abused.

For local tour operators:  pressure from large tourism companies and mass social media tourism impossible to compete with.

For the nature protection project: substantial efforts deployed to give nature and wildlife a chance to regenerate are seriously compromised.

Not mentioning the impact on the sensitive ecosystems of the national park.  All this for the promotion of: 

Marketing companies;          Cameras,                           Swimming suits ;                     Insurances,             etc. etc.

                                                 Commercial photography

You may wish not to do to nature what you would not like to be done to you: abstain from violating its privacy, not consider it as an “object” or “thing”, not promote it like a “zoo animal” to visit.