Within the framework of the project “Promotion of Tourism of Special Interests (TIE), Cultural Routes of Tierra del Fuego, the closing seminar“ Cultural routes and tourist management in Tierra del Fuego ”was held.
Experts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) linked to the creation of this new tourism offer in the southern part of Chile, as well as local operators and representatives of the institutions associated with the project, spoke at the seminar.
The project “Promotion of Tourism of Special Interests (TIE), Cultural Routes in Tierra del Fuego”, are part of the program Diffusion and Technological Transfer of InnovaChile de Corfo, who finance the initiative with a contribution close to 80 million pesos, to in turn, the Catholic University and associated operators contribute 46 million pesos.
This project has developed the design of four Cultural Routes that link territory, history and heritage, revealing heritage tourist landmarks that, articulated and identified in the geographical space, propose ways of understanding Tierra del Fuego as a singular place positioned in the cultural imaginary of the West.
The Cultural Routes proposed are: Selknam Route, hunting and fire territories; Route of the Estancias and the sheep occupation of the territory; Wood Route in the Almirantazgo Sound; Route of the Punta Arenas. January 27, 2011.
Wetlands, birds and waters. The Cultural Routes represent an original international tourism initiative, they offer an attractive interpretation of the territory of Tierra del Fuego to a controlled number of visitors, tourists with special interests.
The special interests tourism sector demands a competitive design to highlight the tourist advantages of the area, hence the design of cultural routes, which are based on interpretations of the territory as nature, history and heritage, according to which the resources are used. scenic attractions, such as natural resources of Tierra del Fuego, to which value is added through their interpretation in historical and patrimonial terms, configuring a cultural landscape perspective.
According to a report by Sernatur, this type of tourism that is in contact with nature, where the culture of the locals stands out, a rural tourism, adventure, and in community, becomes increasingly important, with an annual growth of 15 %, so the project’s commitment is to transform Tierra del Fuego’s current weakness (low number of inhabitants, decreasing productive activities) into an opportunity to enhance its development based on Special Interest Tourism (TIE).
Great unexplored steppes, stories that have passed from generation to generation, archaeological sites, bright blue skies, glaciers, sea birds such as penguins, albatrosses, petrels or cormorants. Sightings of humpback whales, red foxes and sea lions.
This and much more is what can be appreciated and enjoyed in Tierra del Fuego, in the Magallanes Region.
More than 3,000 km from Santiago, the place houses a unique nature and climate, however, at the tourist level there has been a lack of properly informed itineraries and an interpretive structure that is capable of explaining the territory, its history, its environment, its resources. and patrimonial assets.
This is why the Catholic University (UC) and its Cultural Heritage Center, supported by Corfo, created the Cultural Routes in Tierra del Fuego. These are based on the relationship between nature, history and heritage and seek to promote special interest tourism in the region.
“This project collects historical, cultural, patrimonial and natural elements of our own identity and makes them visible to us and also to other people,” says Andrea Téllez, director of Sernatur XII Region.
The design of the routes was carried out by a multidisciplinary team that was working in the area for 10 years, which included architects, geographers, designers and economists, in addition to the collaboration of two international experts, from MIT and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
In the beginning, 12 itineraries were created based on the idea of “adding value to the landscape in cultural terms. A mountain range like Darwin, in addition to being a fantastic place from the landscape point of view, has a history behind it ”, says Sebastián Seisdedos, project coordinator.
However, due to the lack of tourist infrastructure, it was decided to start with only four that will be available from March on the page www.tierradelfuegochile.com.
From there they can be downloaded to a GPS system or known via Google Earth to follow them independently or with local operators.
The routes are: de la Madera, Estancias, Selk’nam and Wetlands. The latter includes a circuit to the bottom area of Bahía Inutil, where there is a large colony of penguins.
“We want these four to be the starting point for a sustainable tourism development for Tierra del Fuego, so that in the future a new infrastructure will be enabled and that all those designed in the beginning can be implemented.”
The plan is part of an Innova Chile Corfo program and was consolidated thanks to the contribution of $ 80 million from the entity. In addition, UC and associated operators contributed another $ 46 million.
For Téllez, “this is the basis and a very important tool from which we can empower Tierra del Fuego as a unique destination in the world.”
The Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region joins the celebration of World Wetlands Day through an activity organized by the Regional Ministerial Secretary for the Environment and the Illustrious Municipality of Primavera.
The activity that takes place this Tuesday, February 1, includes the participation of the Cerro Sombrero community in a conference and a visit to the Bahía Lomas Wetland.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2 of each year in commemoration of the date the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, was adopted. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the international treaty that serves as a framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
Bahía Lomas, located at the eastern mouth of the Strait of Magellan, on the north coast of the Island of Tierra del Fuego, Spring Commune, is a coastal marine wetland, and is the southernmost Ramsar site in the country. This site is one of the most important areas for shorebirds in South America, and is home to a high concentration of migratory birds. This situation has led to Bahía Lomas being prioritized as a conservation site in Chile, promoting its inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance and in the Hemispheric Network of Shorebird Reserves. Currently, the Ministry of the Environment is coordinating the development of the Management Plan for the Ramsar Bahía Lomas Site, an instrument that will allow effective management of the biological diversity of this internationally important wetland.
One of the main characteristics of Bahía Lomas is its wide range of tidal variation and its low slope, which allows the existence of a tidal plain that exceeds 7 km wide, being the most extensive in Chile, with similar ones in South America , only in San Sebastián Bay in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This characteristic allows it to be the most important wintering area of the Arctic sandpiper, and habitat for other species of birds such as the straight-billed curlew, the white-backed sandpiper, the double-collared plover, the Magellan plover and the southern pilpilén.
The celebration of World Wetlands Day in Bahía Lomas by the Cerro Sombrero Community is possible thanks to the Municipality of Primavera, which has actively participated in the conservation initiatives of this Site; to the logistical support of the National Petroleum Company, ENAP, through its Program for the Rational Use of Wetlands, and thanks to the assistance of Ricardo Matus, who has studied the birds present in the wetland for several years.