Arrives at station Mapocho photographic exhibition of scientific tourism in Chile

Arrives at station Mapocho photographic exhibition of scientific tourism in Chile

  • There are 22 photos showing scientific findings and stories from Arica to Puerto Williams, highlighting astrotourism. You can visit on 1, 2 and 3 September within the framework of the VYVA Travel and Holiday Fair, the largest in tourism in the country.

From next weekend you can travel learning, with the opening of the first photographic exhibition dedicated to Scientific Tourism in Chile that can be visited in Estación Mapocho. This is in the framework of the VYVA Travel and Holidays Fair which will take place on September 1, 2 and 3 in the capital.

Through 22 large photographs (100×80 cm), you will be able to learn about the stories and discoveries that science has made in various tourist destinations of the country, from Arica to Puerto Williams, with an emphasis on archaeology, paleontology, astronomy, geology and biodiversity. For example, the Astronomical Observatories Las Campanas and Tololo in the Coquimbo Region, the King Penguin Park in Tierra del Fuego, the Kutralk'ra Geopark in La Araucanía, the Rano Raraku volcano on Easter Island, the Chiflón del Diablo Mine in Lota, the Chinchorro Mummies in Arica or the Geoglyphs of Chug Chug near Calama, among others.

The exhibition is authored by journalists Andrea Obaid and Cristián Campos Melo thanks to the documentary work they have done for five years recording throughout Chile together with scientists the program "Technociencia en Ruta" for Canal 13C and for international TV channels, and the book-guide "Technociencia: 30 Routes of Scientific Tourism in Chile", launched in December 2016 together with an App for mobile phones.

"Science and technology play a key role in studying our wonderful landscapes, which are true natural laboratories, and in revealing amazing stories of places. This is an invitation to get excited to travel and to be curious to open yourself to knowledge beyond appreciating a beautiful postcard. It's knowing and being part of our heritage," explains Andrea Obaid.

In this regard, Cristián Campos Melo points out that "with this exhibition what is intended is to exhibit the eyes of two scientific spreaders in the face of a natural environment that always surprises us and wonders us. With professional camera or cell phone in hand we have recorded moments that have marked our lives and that today we want to share with people."

Scientific tourism is exploring, not just traveling. It's learning from the places we visit. Ask yourself: Will extraterrestrial life be found with telescopes installed in Chile's Note? How were the various landscapes formed about 200 million years ago? Which native peoples inhabited our territory more than 10 thousand years ago? What native flora and fauna do you live in Chile's vast forests and mountains? What are the main scientific discoveries being made in different regions? For this reason, the exhibition aims to show the unparalleled wealth that Chile has that must be valued and cared for for future generations.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Undersecretariat of Tourism and Epson Chile.

About the authors

Andrea Obaidhe is a journalist at the Diego Portales University of Chile and a Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain. She is a founding partner of the production companies Neurona Group and Endorfinas. Creator, editor and host of the radio and TV program "Technoscience en Ruta". Author of the book and cross-platform "Technoscience: 30 Routes of Scientific Tourism in Chile". Vice President of the Young Science Foundation. Award "Leading Journalist in Technology Content and Innovation" presented by the Chilean Federation of Innovation and Technology Associations (FEDIT).

Christian Campos Melohe is a journalist, scientific photographer and audiovisual filmmaker. He is a partner and director of the communications agency Neurona Group with whom he carries out projects for television, such as the program "Technociencia" and "Cerveza, Otra Historia Chile". He is also manager of the environmental education campaign "Save the Earth, the solution is in you", among other projects related to science, health, environment and culture. As a photographer he has exhibited at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and the Animal Gallery in addition to participating in the book "Technociencia, 30 Routes of Scientific Tourism".