A brief description of 2020-2021 visitors

During the 2020-2021 season, due to COVID we thought we would not recieve many visitor, BUT, we were completely wrong. We registeres 1840 people aprox, including our neighbours from Villa O’Higgins. The  majority of the tourists were chilean since the frontiers were closed for tourism for a long while.

Here you can also see which was the most visited trail, age groups, means of transport , how many days people spent in Villa O’Higgins and when we received more people.

We hope to see you this next season!

Available Services in Villa O'Higgins

Office Hours

Dear visitors:

During the winter season, we will have a different schedule for the opening hours. Pay attention!

Office hours

Mon-Thu 8:30-13:30 and 14:00 to 17:30

Friday 8:30-13:30 and 14:00 to 16:30

*** Closed on Saturdays and Sundays***

Considering that during the winter season, the daylight lasts fewer hours, and it is necessary for walking safely through the trails, the administration recommended to define a closing time for each of the trails:

a) Cóndores walkingtrail                             12:00

b) Mirador La Bandera walkingtrail             14:00

c) Mirador del Valle walkingtrail                  14:30

d) Miradores Urbanos walkingtrail              16:30

Regards!

Entrance Protocol due COVID 19

Dear visitors:

The park’s main entrance is located on the corner of Lago Cisnes and Río Pascua streets). Follow the next steps:

1.- Before entering the office, take a place in the wheelchair access, where you will find marks on the floor, with a 1.5m distance.

2.- Put alcoholgel on your hands before entering in the office (there is a dispenser).

3.- Then, one of the recepcionist will take your temperature while you fill the COVID form (we ask for some personal information and sympthoms). This form is only for trazability, the only way to dany the access is if you present a temperature above 37.8°C. In this case, we will give you the recommendations given by MINSAL (Ministry of health). Also, there is a risk acceptance declaration form, where you accept the fact that there exisit a risk for your safety in mountain trails.

4.- After filling the form, the park range will give you a brief talk about the available trails, recommendations for trekking and park’s normative. Then you are ready to go!

Have in mind…

  • Wearing a mask inside the office is compulsory.
  • The office’s capacity is 7 people (3 workers and 4 visitors). In the public bathrooms, only 2 people is accepted. In each viewpoint in Miradores Urbanos’ trail, the capacity is fourteen people.
  • Ask for the bathroom keys in the office, they are usually closed.
  • The trekking guides should send the COVID form taken to their clients by email to v.alvarez@municipalidadohiggins.cl
  • The available trails are the following:

        a) Miradores Urbanos (difficulty: low – 45 minutes round trip)

       b) Mirador del Valle     (difficulty: medium/low – 2:30 hours round trip)

       c) Mirador La Bandera (difficulty: medium/high – 3 hours round trip)

       d) Sendero Cóndores   (difficulty: medium – 5 hours round trip)

Send your doubts to the mail v.alvarez@municipalidadohiggins.cl

Kind regards

Who visited Parque Glaciar Mosco last 2019-2020 season?

Last season we had the chance to register personally our visitors on the park’s office, where we gave information about the trails, recommendations, park’s rules and other services in Villa O’Higgins and diferents atractions that we have in O’Higgins.

Our book registered 1760 people from december 11th to march 13th 2020 and in the next image we tell you where they were from, which trails were mosto visited, many days they pretended to stay in Villa O’Higgins and how old our visits were

In one day only, we recieved more that a hundred tourists!

World Environment day contest!

Dear youth of Villa O’Higgins!!

To conmemorate such a relevant day, the departaments of Saneamiento Urbano, Cultura and Parque Glaciar Mosco want to invite you to participate of a contest, where you have to create a banner with a phrase related to the environmental protection; you can also add drawing, trimmings or any recycled material, you just need your imagination!

And with your parents’ help, send us a video (10 seconds) showing us your creation, the next whatsapp +56931932379

Duedate: June 5th

Why do we conmemorate this day on June 5th?

On June 5th, 1972 begins the first international conference about envirnomental issues in Stockholm, Sweden.. The main objective was to create a common vision about the politics and actions that these countries should implement in order to value our nature and protect it.

O'Higgins in quarentine!

Dear friends, we would like to comment that Villa O’Higgins’ community has decided to protect the town from COVID-19, by closing the entrance. Only trucks with supplies and residents are allowed to come in. We appreciate your understanding and empathy with this community, who is grateful for your visits during the summer season.

Regards to everybody!

Tourism services are not available in Villa O'Higgins

In relation to the State of Catastrophe by Public Calamity Declaration (decree 104 of march 18th, 2020) in Chile, due to the high risk of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreading and the consequences that it could bring to the people’s health, it is recommended not to visit Villa O’Higgins nor its surroundings, in order to protect this community and yourselves. We also want to comment that in the local Operative Council for Emergencies reunion (carried on march 19th 2020) it was agreed that no turism services will be offered; accomodations or food services in O’Higgins.

Thanks for your understanding

Parque Glaciar Mosco is CLOSED

Dear friends

Due to the nowadays’ contingency  in relation to the COVID-19 virus is that, as Municipalidad de O’Higgins (local government) it has been decided to close the park to tourists and neighbours of O’Higgins. If you need more information, please write an email to v.alvarez@municipalidadohiggins.cl or to the other emails on the image.

On the other hand, the events that we had programmed, as the visit to recognize the new trail from Mirador del Valle to Mirador La Bandera and the second version of the Seminar about biodiversity awareness and valorization were suspended.

Avoiding the spread of the virus is everyone’s responsability.

ll Seminar about Biodiversity Awareness and Valorization

Dear friends:

Everyone is invited to participate en this second version of the Seminar about Biodiversity Awareness and Valorization, were the main topic will be the funji Kingdom and the huemul’s protection.

Among the expositors will be Prototipo de Laboratorio Abierto de la Universidad de Magallanes which already has developed other activities related with the macrofunga and the microforest. Also Round River Foundation will present the work they have done in Parque Glaciar Mosco as well as in other places in O’Higgins. With both of them, we have carried on a work related to environmental education with students from Liceo Pioneros del Sur, who will also be part of the seminar as exponents.

On the other hand, Fundación Huilo and Fundación de Protección al Huemul de la Patagonia will be exponents as well due to their hard work in developing important projects related to the huemul’s conservation.

This event will take place on mach, 27th 2020, in Centro de Eventos Municipal of Villa O’Higgins from 8:30

The seats are limited, that is why we ask you to send an email to v.alvarez@municipalidadohiggins.cl with your contact information.

See you there!

Recognizing a new trail: from Mirador del Valle up to Mirador La Bandera

All the community and visitors are invited to join us in this trip to walk the trail that links Mirador del Valle to Mirador La Bandera. This trail represents a second option for those who want to go to La Bandera, which has a more progressive ascent and views to Mosco and Huemula Glaciers and a bigger portion of O’Higgins Lake.

We will meet on march 21st at 11:00 in Parque Glaciar Mosco’s office. Bring water, food and wear clothes that are according to the weather. Children must come with a responsible adult.

Pets are not allowed in Parque Glaciar Mosco

Pets,  livestock or any other exotic animal is not allowed in Parque Glaciar Mosco, nor any other national park or reserve, this is why we ask users to  keep in mind this message. Deseases’ transmission, predation, harassment and the competition for terrain and food are the result of bringing livestock (as cows or horses), invasive exotic animal (vison for example) and/or pets (cats and dogs). These species do not belong to the natural environment we are trying to protect in the park, they break the equilibrium on the ecosystem since they are not part of it.

Credits for the ilustrations to CONAF. Please share!

Minga Fotográfica Comunal

For the sencod time, we are carring on this campaing were we look (in this opportunity) collect pictures from huemules and fungus form O’Higgins. For this, we ask our neighbours and visitors  to send their pictures of the different types of fungus that live here and huemules too. The objective is to create a small book  with these pictures and give some relevant information about these species and their importance for protection. This book will be distributed for free.

Please send your pics to the mails juan.alvarez@conaf,cl or to v.alvarez@municipalidadohiggins.cl

Thanks for your collaboration!

Discovering a new world, the microforest in O'Higgins

Dear all:

We want to invite you to participate in this workshop brought to you by the Ilustre Municipalidad de O’Higgins, and its project Parque Glaciar Mosco. In this opportunity, more proffessionals from Laboratiorio Abierto de Ciencias Subantárticas will carry out this workshop related to edible mushrooms, indentification of species from the microforest (as lichen, moss and fungus) and the relation between natural and anthropic landscapes. We will also have a time for reflexion, where we will focus on the human impacts over the natural environment.

This event will take place on november 15th, 16th y 17th in Centro de Eventos Municipal of Villa O’Higgins. Please register in the public library. If you can’t do it in person, please send your name and contact numer to the mail v.alvarez@municipalidadohiggins.cl

See you there!

The enchanted world of the subantarctic funga - Universidad de Magallanes visit Villa O'Higgins

As part of the environmental education axis of the Parque Glaciar Mosco’s project, and thanks to the Ilustre Municipalidad de O’Higgins’ arrangements, we can bring Laura Sanchez Jardón (biologist) and her team from Prototipo de Laboratorio Abierto de Ciencias Subantárticas from Universidad de Magallanes. During her visit, they are going to do two practical and theoretical workshops with different levels from Liceo Pioneros del Sur. These are focused on explaining the fungus’role on the ecosytems and the parts that compose the fungus. Meanwhile, in the practical session, the students will be able to identify the enormous variety of fungus present in the park

In addition, the team will do a prospection in one of the park’s walking trails, to register the different funga types, and then will expose their work and more information abouf the funga kingdom on an open exposition for the whole community on May 31st in Centro de Eventos Municipal of Villa O’Higgins.

1rst Seminar about Biodiversity Awareness and Valorization

 Dear friends:

For us is very important that the people how visit the park and the community self understand the importance of environmental care and the biodiversity protection. This is why we organized this seminar, where our exponents will talk about the local biodiversity and the good practises we can do to protect the environment, in other words give value to the local flora and fauna and create conscience about out acts and responsabilities.

This seminar will take place the March 22nd 23rd in Centro de Eventos of Villa O’Higgins, we will be waiting!

This project was funded by the 0.3% of the regional budget for environmental activities. Gobierno Regional de Aysén.

Glaciers Challenge ll version - Villa O'Higgins

Dear all, as part of the Villa O’higgins’ anniversary program, we want to invite you to participate on the adverture competition “Reto los Glaciares", which is developed in our town.

It consists on 3 days of activities, where competitors have to cover three disciplines: the first day you get a technical explanation of the tracks to cover and on the second and third day, is all about bike, kayak and trail running. It is developed around Mayer river, Cisne Lake, Ciervo Lake and Parque Glaciar Mosco.

The date is the 15, 16 and 17 of September of 2018

For more information and registration visit www.municipalidadohiggins.cl

Minga Fotográfica Comunal

We want to invite everybody to participate in this campaing (we called “minga" because is a collaborative process) were we ask you to share your flora and fauna pictures (from O’Higgins). 

 How can we protect something if we do not know what it is? The objective is to prepare a small book with all the pictures and make it a tool for those who go to the forest and do not know the name of the species. Also, we want to give value to the biodiversity we have in this; our territory, and help everyone to conserve.

Chilean Flag Rising - Mirador La Bandera - Parque Glaciar Mosco

To start the annual celebration called “Tropeando pa’ no olvidar" (which exposes the Patagonian traditions regarding games, sports, music and food) last February 16th, people from Villa O’Higgins, tourists, personnel from the local government  and staff from the armed service and journalists gathered in La Bandera viewpoint for an important event: the flagpole lifting and flag rising at Mirador La Bandera, in Parque Glaciar Mosco

Thanks to everyone!

BNP Glacier Park Mosco

BNP Parque Glaciar el Mosco, is developed within the framework of the National Protected Area “Mosco River" and adjacent fiscal estates, all located in Villa O’Higgins, the last village on the Austral Road (route 7). Commune of O’Higgins, Province Capitán Prat, Region of Aysén of General Carlos Ibáñez of the Field, XI Region of Chile.

Its surface covers about 10,316 hectares approximately. It is characterized by 4 Glaciers, a biological corridor of Huemules, several Lakes and Rivers, standing out the Mosco River. It also has a forest of Coihue magallánico, Lenga, Canelo, Ñire, Calafate, among other species of native flora and fauna.

HIGHLIGHTS

Tourist attractions

If you are looking for a getaway that truly has it all, look no further than GLACIAR MOSCO and its magnificent trails.

Regardless of your itinerary, GLACIAR MOSCO has many ways to make the most of your days, adrenaline in all its mountain attractions, a pleasant and entertaining family adventure.

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