Huilo Huilo- CIEE Santiago Study Tour
About the Destination
Situated in the heart of the Chilean Patagonian Forest and surrounded by the majestic Andes Mountains, the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is a unique project in the world for its commitment to the conservation of natural heritage and local culture. This will be a fascinating trip through the wonders of this magical Reserve where you’re learn about our commitment in the areas of Sustainable Tourism and the conservation project.
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VISIT TO THE LOCAL DEER AND HOG BREEDING FARM
Upon arrival at the nature reserve Huilo Huilo, the group will visit the local deer and hog breeding farm. Here, there will be a talk on the importance of this farm and its role on the reserve. There will be an opportunity to observe very closely how these exotic examples of the region’s fauna interact amongst themselves and with the ecosystem where they inhabit.
VISIT TO VOLCANOES MUSEUM
The museum is in “Bosque de los Ciervos” and was designed to meet the educational needs and interests of diverse groups of visitors. The exhibit boasts 775 unique and valuable archaeological and ethnographic pieces. Items which belong to 13 pre-Hispanic communities and cultures of Chile, including the Mapuche people, that stands out within the collection of archaeological and ethnographic objects.
Students meet with a Mapuche community, discuss their cosmology and customs and learn about the Mapuche vision of health. Students learn about the Mapuche “huerto” and are presented with the different trees, herbs and plants used on their medicines.
NIGHT HIKE TO “HUILO HUILO SMALL WATERFALL”
We will trek through a path until we reach a staircase-like structure that will take us directly to the most iconic waterfall of the reserve, “Salto de Huilo Huilo”, a beautiful waterfall of 37 meters. We will appreciate the power of the falls and our hike will culminate in a viewpoint in front of the falls before making our return hike. (this is a 1- hour activity).
VISIT TO HUEMUL INFORMATION CENTERISIT TO HUEMUL INFORMATION CENTER
We will learn part of the history of the conservation program of the Huemul del Sur. It began in 2005 with the transfer of two huemul (a female and a male) from the Region of Aysén in order to repopulate the Region of Los Ríos after the native deer disappeared in the late 80s. Thanks to this conservation program, which has been the only one in the world to achieve the reproduction of this species in a controlled environment, the reproduction plan has saved this endangered native deer from extinction. Through a brief talk, we will hear an introduction to the project of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, supported by a prototype that shows the 100,000 hectares of reserve, emphasizing the most distinctive conservation projects.
CANOPY AT HUILO HUILO
At 35 meters above ground, you can enjoy the adventure of touring the treetops, following a small estuary immersed in the Native Forest. The course is comprised of 4 cables of between 60 and 200 meters in length and, from 15 to 30 meters high, between bridges and hanging stairs.
RAFTING AT RIO FUY
You will enjoy a descent of white waters rapids of the River Fuy (4 hrs approx. for this activity).
NIGHT HIKE ON LOS ESPIRITUS TRAIL
This will be a tour of the mystical stories of the Mapuche culture. This path shows us the forest from a new perspective through a system of footbridges to spot large wooden sculptures, which will take us to points where we observe their way of life.
Free Time Suggestions
Navigation in Huilo Huilo
The impressive landscape of North Patagonia is the perfect setting for having fun taking a boat or catamaran, taking a dip, or disconnecting from the world by going along the beaches on its banks of lakes and rivers.
Huilo Huilo Hot Springs
The underground streams located on the north shore of Lake Pirehueico bring their thermal waters to this small center with natural pools connected by footbridges.
Cable Car Cóndor Andino
It is an attraction of the commune of Panguipulli and the Region of Los Ríos since it includes a part of the Biological Reserve and a unique experience in the middle of the native forest.
WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?
The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.
Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:
ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.
RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.
IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.
EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.
DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.
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