Hunt For Tourists Who Painted Rock In Protected Park

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

The Chilean authorities are searching for the perpetrators who painted this graffiti of a woman on a rock in a protected national park in Patagonia.

The picture of a woman with green hair hugging the mountains was painted on a rock in the Torres del Paine National Park, in southern Chilean Patagonia, and was reported by the National Forest Corporation (CONAF).

Picture Credit: CEN

The painting was reportedly done in washable paint at the base of the towers at Torres del Paine.

Mauricio Vejar, the Regional Director of CONAF, said to local media that “sadly these incidents are out of the rules, because doing graffiti is an attack of the image of the landscape.

“The landscape should also be preserved, it is a very serious fault. We are collecting data in order to give justice.”

Picture Credit: CEN

Forest rangers are reportedly searching the area to find out if the graffiti was also done in a restricted area.

Local media report some suspects, who have not been named, have been identified and they will speak to the authorities shortly. No arrests have been reported.

Picture Credit: CEN/@torrespainecom

Torres del Paine national park is very popular due to its mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile, with around 181,414 hectares.

The park averages around 252,000 visitors a year, of which 54 percent are foreign tourists, according to official reports. It is also part of the End of the World route, a tourist scenic route in southern Patagonia.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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