Those who have been there have known it for a long time, but a recent research conducted by the University of North Texas, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Universidad de Magallanes and published by Bioscience Magazine confirmed it: The Subantarctic Ecoregion of Cape Horn is one of the most important nature destinations in the world, due to its unique mixture of science, tourism, biodiversity, and respect for the surroundings. All of this thanks to the increasingly sought after ‘Special Interest Tourism’.
Its stunning landscapes, tremendous biodiversity, and vast wetlands have positioned it as one of the 24 most pristine areas in the world, according to several international rankings. The area entails the national parks of Alberto D’Agostini and Cabo de Hornos, its sea and lands are protected Biosphere reserves and experts consider it a ‘must’ for nature or ‘special interest tourism’.
The Magellanic Subantarctic Forest cannot be equaled by any region in the world: Over 60% of its flora is exclusive of this region, and it has the largest extension of temperate rainforest and temperate wetlands in the Southern Hemisphere (1,3% of world’s total. The area also has the cleanest rain water and water courses, as well as the largest ice reserves on earth excluding Antarctica: The Patagonian Ice Fields and the Darwin Mountain Range.
These features encouraged researchers from Universided de Magallanes (UMAG), Insituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad, and the University of North Texas to develop the ‘Programa de Conservación Biocultural Subantártico‘, which merges respect for nature, ethics, teaching, and professional training with local communities, so as to integrate tourism and science, two areas that not long ago seemed very distant.
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Source: Prensa Antártica