Scientific Tourism

The Aysén region has a consolidated scientific tourism thanks to the discovery of Chilesaurus diegosuareszi, among other findings, as well as for its flora and fauna, its wild geography and especially its archaeology.

The Aysén region has a consolidated scientific tourism thanks to the discovery of Chilesaurus diegosuareszi, among other findings, as well as for its flora and fauna, its wild geography and especially its archaeology.

Aysén’s natural environment, which is hard to find in other latitudes, has become an important focus in the study of the Earth’s behaviour.

The worldwide interest in trying to explain climate change or in trying to predict the geological movements of planet, have generated the development of a new form of tourism: scientific tourism. This is why every year the region receives scientific teams and exploration groups, who are looking for clues to help decipher the mysteries of nature.

This has pushed the industry to implement new forms of tourism and new services in the region, such as the possibility of navigating the vicinity of Melinka, in the archipelago of Guaitecas, to observe the blue whales and other cetaceans, while providing all the amenities and services required for scientific observation.

One of the main interest points for research teams who come from various parts of the world are, without doubt, the Ice Fields (Campos de Hielo) located in the extreme south of the region. These large reserves of fresh water have experienced significant changes in their water levels over the years, becoming an ideal spot to study climate change.

Likewise, the diversity of flora and fauna in the Chilean Patagonia and the presence of endemic plant and animal species in the area, has resulted in an increasing number of people who arrive to Aysén to study nature. In addition to this, more and more tourists are interested in devoting their time to observe condors and eagles, foxes and huemules, and even small amphibians and insects, which are often species that are only found in this part of the American continent.

Along with this growing demand, the area’s touristic offer and its supply of accommodations, equipment, transport and specialized guides, has extended to these new fields that, for many years now, have moved from only covering disciplines such as geology or archaeology, and have actually included the most varied fields, which would have seemed unusual and far-fetched years ago, but that are absolutely necessary nowadays for the conservation of the planet.

Areas of interest:

Avifauna Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda and Caleta Tortel
Marine Biology Melinka
Botany: Ventisquero Colgante Queulat National Park (Queulat Hanging Glacier)
Paleontology Puerto Guadal Fossils
Huemules Cerro Castillo and Tamango National Reserves
Rupestrian Art Cerro Castillo, Mallin Grande and Chile Chico
Glaciology Puyuhuapi, Puerto Tranquilo, Caleta Tortel, Villa O’Higgins

More information at www.turismocientifico.cl