August 28, 2017 #ChileGlobal #Tourism and Sport.

Navarino Island and the treasures of the end of the world

The last Patagonian island before the icy seas that separate the American continent from Antarctica is the southern Navarino Island. Containing the main settlements of the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, the island has become the place with the highest concentration of people in the Province of Chilean Antarctica and the commune of Cabo de Hornos. A territory at the end of the world, which hides and protects enormous green hectares indispensable for the biosphere and research.

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In the extreme part of the territory, the geography is also imposing. The mountain range stands out Dientes de NavarinoThe Dientes de Navarino mountain range, named after its jagged pinnacles, stands out, together with its lakes and other natural landscapes of Tierra del Fuego is home to the world's southernmost known trekking, which every summer receives enthusiasts and professionals of extreme sports.

As of 2005, Cape Horn was named by UNESCO as one of the world's most important UNESCO as Biosphere Reserve. In addition to becoming the southernmost reserve in the world and the only maritime-terrestrial reserve in Chile, the area acquires enormous relevance as the territory of a large area of sub-Antarctic forests that are mostly untouched and protected from the hand of man.

Omora Ethnobotanical Park
Among the native forests of lenga, ñirre and coigue typical of the area, remains protected a universe of more than 1,000 hectares that can only be appreciated with the help of a magnifying glass; the Omora Ethnobotanical Park. Omora Ethnobotanical Park. Covering the bark of the trees or at ground level, this micro-forest is composed mainly of lichens, mosses y liverworts form a true carpet of different textures and colors, which is in itself one of the greatest treasures of Patagonia.

The park is thus a scientific center for research, education and conservation, depending in administrative terms on the University of Magallanes (Universidad de Magallanes). University of Magallanesof the the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB-Chile) and the and the Omora Foundation. It is through this constant research that it has been discovered how this true micro-universe possesses a flora that is impressive not only for its homeopathic capabilities, but also for its ability to predict global warming.

Photo: Paola Vezzani

Photo: Paola Vezzani

In order to promote the existence of this reserve, as well as to raise awareness and teach the general public about the importance of the conservation of the flora and fauna as a whole, the concept of "Ecotourism with Magnifying Glass" was created. "Ecotourism with a Magnifying Glass" was created.. Through guided visits by students and researchers through the Magellanic forests, these miniature universes have been brought closer to people's lives; connecting with their diversity and beauty. This same aspect was the one that caught the attention of the jury of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinationwhere the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve received recognition.

Thus, Navarino Island is not only recognized as the true end of the world, but also as a crucial place for the conservation of the southern flora and fauna, as well as for the promotion of research.

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