US students know the Second Region through the Atacama Immersion Chile Program

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During a month five American students lived a unique experience through the Atacama Immersion Chile Program (AIChile) of our University, in this opportunity they studied different modules to learn about the Antofagasta region from different areas.

In the first week the students of Mechanical Engineering and one of Civil Engineering of Texas Tech University (TTU) attended mining economy classes. This training module allowed them to generate an idea about the political, economic and social context in the Antofagasta region; know its dynamics and linkage around its main productive activity, such as mining, and thus measure the importance of the red metal industry for the country's economy.

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The weather: Important aspect when packing to live the experience Atacama Immersion Chile

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One of the conditions when embarking on a tourist experience is to choose the outfits that allow the enjoyment of the trip, depending on which is comfortable to walk, climb or ride in a vehicle and deal with the weather.

In Antofagasta there is extreme aridity, which is only interrupted by the humidity derived from the action of the sea. From there you can feel a desert climate, that is, low humidity, clear days, absence of rainfall and a high thermal oscillation between day and night. the difference is unimaginable, it can go from 25 ° C in the day and go down to -0.9 ° C at dusk.

Certainly, all year round, a shining sun illuminates the entire region, so you should not leave out the use of sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. There are only about 20 annual days that become cloudy, even there are records of whole years without any rain, characteristic aspect of the desert.

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More foreign students fascinated with Atacama Immersion Chile

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pic blog 1  18 students from the United States learned about mining, geology, astronomy and other disciplines present in the Antofagasta Region, thanks to Atacama Immersion Chile, an initiative promoted by the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN).
   The American delegation visited emblematic places in the area, such as the Lascar volcano, San Pedro de Atacama, La Portada and the Cerro Paranal Observatory, among others. The delegation, who is in the last year of undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University (TTU), participated in a program that includes training modules on the political, economic and social context of the region, considering its dynamics and linkage around mining activity and tourist.
   

 

 

 

 

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Elqui Valley products

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It is located in the Coquimbo region, Elqui Valley represents a fertile and picturesque area, its green landscapes are irrefutable those of the city, the locals are characterized as working people in the agricultural area, making it irresistible the temptation to bring a house that occurs.

Its water resource is largely from the Puclaro reservoir, in addition to the long seasons of sun that make in this place, the appropriate scene for the fruits production, vegetables and especially the cultivation of grapes for pisco .

The climate is esteparic, with abundant clouds on the coast and the great atmospheric sequence and the clean skies towards the interior; while in the mountain range the temperatures are lower due to the altitude.

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History, literature and cosmic phenomena in the Coquimbo Region

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tololoA diverse region in activities to know and understand more Chilean culture, Coquimbo surprise its visitors with wonderful places to take a walk and soak up its art and history is why we have chosen 6 museums that can visit during the Atacama Immersion experience .

1. Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

Perhaps it is the most famous of the observatories located in Chile. It was inaugurated in 1967, has 8 telescopes and a radio telescope. The size of its mirrors varies from 61 cm. the smallest to 4.5 meters, with them look at the clear sky of the region is quite a spectacle.

It employs around 175 people and is open to the public every Saturday, summer and winter, weather permitting. The number of visitors is limited to two groups of 40 people for security reasons. The permits are free and can be obtained at the reception desk in La Serena. The tours are conducted without charge by a professional guide. The time from the departure of the door to the return to the road is approximately 2 hours.

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