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Scientisific Tourism in Chile

In 2011 Chilean authorities established one more travel attraction that was called scientific tourism. Following the example of their European colleagues, travel agencies in Chile agreed to offer one of the most exciting tours, during which visitors have an opportunity to try themselves as real scientists. Fortunately, there are a plenty things to explore around the country: marvelous landscapes of the Andes, different animals and plant species, archeological sites and whatsoever.

The first round of scientific tourism was arranged in January 2011. It was a ten-days trip, or better to say expedition, around Moraleda Bay on the yacht. The core idea of the excursion was to observe and explore the animal world of the area, including seals, fish, colonies of birds and, more precisely, whales. In last case tourists had a possibility to became a true naturalists, to tape whales’ conversation and tale pictures of them under the guidance of the professionals. It was a scientific expedition indeed! The staring pint was Puerto Cisnes.

The second tour was focused on archeological digging, which was arranged in Coihaique town. There is no secret in Chilean architect treasures, as it is a part of South America with its long-standing tribes’ history, indigenous traditions and no doubts valuable historic sightings. The best place to start as an archeologist is Chacabuco Province near the border with Argentina. Scientists suppose that hidden treasures remain here more than one thousand years ago.

In order to take part in the research stages, it is not necessary to have any special skills. Any tourist, who wishes to learn Chile in such an unusual way, can become a member of the expedition. However, it is still an expensive entertainment. For example, a tour on a yacht costs from 3,5 to 4,2 thousand dollars and archaeological excavations – 1,5 thousand dollars. Thus, the purpose of such high rates is quite reasonable; this money is invested in scientific institutions of Chile, working at the same research fields. In 2012 twenty different scientific tours were on schedule. Hence, the idea of scientific tourism benefits both parties: scientists receive financial support on further investigations, while tourists enjoy the benefits of scientific work and Chile tours.

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