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Meullín-Puye Nature Sanctuary

The Meullín-Puye Nature Sanctuary is a biodiversity reserve located in the Cuervo River basin, in the Aysén Region. With an untouched water network fed by glaciers that flow into the fjords, it contains numerous wetlands and a large temperate rainforest that hosts native species of flora, fauna, and funga of great ecological value.

The basin contains diverse pristine habitats that require protection because of their important ecosystem functions, which include regulating the water and nutrient cycles, mitigating climate change, and supporting biodiversity, all of which are essential to sustaining life.

A geographically complex area, its territory has been shaped by the forceful effects of natural phenomena, where volcanic activity, tectonic faults, and glaciation have played significant roles. What also makes this place special is that there is no recorded evidence of fires, logging, or the presence of salmonids, factors that have drastically altered the Patagonian landscape in Aysén in recent years.

These unique attributes underpin Meullín-Puye’s research potential as a natural laboratory containing wetlands, rivers, lakes, forests, grasslands, and long stretches of snow-covered mountains. The area also hosts various endangered or threatened species, some of which are endemic. It is for these reasons that the area has been declared a nature sanctuary, for the protection and conservation of this important natural heritage.

"These unique attributes underpin Meullín-Puye’s research potential as a natural laboratory containing wetlands, rivers, lakes, forests, grasslands, and long stretches of snow-covered mountains".

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Meullín-Puye Nature Sanctuary
Meullín-Puye Nature Sanctuary
Meullín-Puye Nature Sanctuary

The Meullín-Puye Nature Sanctuary is a biodiversity reserve located in the Cuervo River basin, in the Aysén Region. With an untouched water network fed by glaciers that flow into the fjords, it contains numerous wetlands and a large temperate rainforest that hosts native species of flora, fauna, and funga of great ecological value.

The basin contains diverse pristine habitats that require protection because of their important ecosystem functions, which include regulating the water and nutrient cycles, mitigating climate change, and supporting biodiversity, all of which are essential to sustaining life.

A geographically complex area, its territory has been shaped by the forceful effects of natural phenomena, where volcanic activity, tectonic faults, and glaciation have played significant roles. What also makes this place special is that there is no recorded evidence of fires, logging, or the presence of salmonids, factors that have drastically altered the Patagonian landscape in Aysén in recent years.

These unique attributes underpin Meullín-Puye’s research potential as a natural laboratory containing wetlands, rivers, lakes, forests, grasslands, and long stretches of snow-covered mountains. The area also hosts various endangered or threatened species, some of which are endemic. It is for these reasons that the area has been declared a nature sanctuary, for the protection and conservation of this important natural heritage.