LOCATION AND ECOSYSTEM
Located in one of Chile's most important natural areas, the Conservation Reserve is in a stunningly beautiful setting renowned for its vast landscapes and the Paine mountain range. The area is of great scenic beauty, with ridges, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and lagoons, and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. The Paine mountain range rises abruptly to over 3,000 meters (9000 ft), generating a robust eco-climate gradient that captures precipitation fluctuating from 300 mm in the dryer areas up to 1,400 mm per year in the wettest regions. The park contains four vegetation zones: Patagonian steppe, Pre-Andean shrubland, Magellanic subpolar forests, and Andean Desert.