Program Details

Spend days hiking through Patagonian steppe and rare temperate grasslands and exploring the beech forests and high peaks of the future Patagonia National Park. Assist our partner organization, Conservacion Patagonica, with wildlife and vegetation studies.
Santiago, Chile; Coihaique, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Spend a semester living and conducting research with Round River in southern Patagonian Chile, where we work with local organizations to monitor wildlife and vegetation while exploring the vast mountainous terrain. We work in two areas: 1) assisting Conservacion Patagonica with bird and mammal studies in the future Patagonia National Park, and 2) assisting local park agency CONAF with monitoring the endangered huemul deer in the remote Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. 

Round River's programs are field-based, meaning you will be camping for the entire semester in Chile. You will be based out of a field house near the town of Cochrane, though you will spend much of your time away from here, hiking and back-packing in the field. Students have the unique opportunity to not only explore Patagonia, but to work with local people to assist with conservation measures to ensure the region's wildlife is protected. 

Spanish language skills are not required; all lectures and field activities are in English. However, it is recommended that students have some prior knowledge of Spanish. Students should be physically fit and prepared for hiking, back-packing, and inclement weather.

Setting Description:
The Chacabuco Valley, the spectacular heart of the future Patagonia National Park, is located in a transitional zone between the semi-arid Patagonian steppe and temperate beech forests, thereby boasting amazing scenery and a span of habitats, from grasslands and wetlands to high alpine peaks. This habitat diversity supports the highest levels of biodiversity found in the Aysen region of Chile. While camping and backpacking in the Chacabuco Valley, students spend the semester conducting fieldwork, covering relevant academic material, interacting with local researchers and residents and learning about the region’s ecological, cultural, and agricultural history.
$18,530. Includes program tuition, 15 semester credits, research costs, in-country travel, and all food and lodging during the program.

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  • Incredible Adventures in an Incredible Place

    Round River's program in Chilean Patagonia is without a doubt the best decision I have made in my college career. The instructors are amazing, smart and very fun to be around, and the projects we got to participate are challenging yet rewarding; they

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend