On the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Routes Program, National Assets Minister Julio Isamit and Minister Secretary General of the Government Jaime Bellolio launched the Heritage Routes application, a free digital tool that shows the 76 heritage routes established throughout Chile in a simple and didactic way. The app aims to improve citizens’ experiences when visiting these circuits.
Minister Isamit said that “the National Assets Ministry’s heritage routes are now 20 years old. We began with the first one in Dientes de Navarino, Magallanes, and over the past two decades the project has grown steadily until today we have 76 routes and more than 1,600 landmarks all across Chile, from Arica and Magallanes.”
The application includes a map with information such as landmarks, audio guides and downloadable videos for every route. The data is also subdivided by region and type, whether the route is cultural or natural. It also includes the distance in kilometers, the level of difficulty and the possibility of arriving using Waze or Google Maps.
“So, we wanted to give citizens access to all the public information. We started with the Map Viewers, which have had around seven million visits, then another application to see access points to beaches and now another for the Heritage Routes. It is crucial that the State uses 21st century tools. What you used to find in a book or brochure, you will now see on your cell phone, in the palm of all Chileans’ hands,” said Minister Isamit.
In this regard, Minister Bellolio stated, “we estimate that there are 800,000 people who could be tourists in the country, but we hope there will be many more because we know that the gastronomy, tourism and culture sectors have been hit hardest by the pandemic. We now have opportunities thanks to the vaccination progress and self-care that most people have followed. We want a safe national holiday this September 18 and a safe national holiday starts at home. It is not yet the time for big gatherings, so we call on people to enjoy these days by celebrating with their families and using the country’s heritage routes.”
Along the 76 Heritage Routes available throughout the country, the user will be amazed by the millennial Chinchorro culture in the Arica and Parinacota Region, the traditional celebrations of the Virgin de Andacollo or la Pampilla in the Coquimbo Region, the historical architecture in downtown Santiago, the Mapuche culture at Lake Budi in La Araucanía Region or the Fort System in Niebla and Corral in Los Ríos Region, among other things.
To learn more about our country’s national heritage, download the free Heritage Routes App for Android or IOS systems, or visit the website www.rutas.bienes.cl.