Accommodations are available to scientists and researchers that undertake studies over longer periods of time. Sleeping accommodations at Huinay Scientific Field Station are currently centralized in a building consisting of 5 standard rooms (sleeps 1-2 persons), 3 department rooms (sleeps 3-4 persons), and a common room+small kitchenette for general use. Lunch and dinner are provided daily in the cafeteria.
Finally the station has heating in accordance with weather conditions in the South of Chile, as well as laundry and cleaning facilities. A support staff is on the station for cleaning and other chores.
Cheaper dormitory options are available in the local village, please ask the HSFS staff for help if you are interested. See price chart to estimate how much money you will need to bring to cover your charges while at HSFS.
How to prepare for your visit...
The most obvious characteristic of the climate in the northern part of the south Chilean fjord region is rain. There is no reliable “dry season”. For example, during the year 2002 a total precipitation of 6.316 mm was measured, with a maximum of 924 mm in October and 768 mm in May (see pluviometry chart).
Respect that you should always be prepared to avoid getting wet and cold. So bring good, warm and impermeable clothing (jackets and trousers) and shoes (rubber boots can be provided by the station), as well as a second layer. In contrast December to March can have longer dry periods with intense sun and increasing temperatures. Please bring equipment to deal with all weather.
Accommodations are fully equipped with towels, bed sheets and blankets; there is no need to bring a sleeping bag except if you want to do several day hikes e.g. climbing Cerro Tambor (1951 m, 1-3 days depending). In this case having a tent is advisable.
(left) Seating arrangement in the common room.
(center) Dormitory building, department rooms located in the left wing and common room + standard rooms in the right wing.
(right) Common room.
Right now there are three fully equipped desktop computers at the station with printer, scanner, burner and interfaces. These computers are reserved for sole use by station staff. Two old laptops are available for work and checking the internet, but this resource may be limiting if there are many other researchers on the station. For daily work with a computer and internet access, we advise you to bring your own notebook. There are several places at the HSFS where you can plug in to the internet, but speed is slow (satellite connection) and subject to weather conditions! So do not expect to be able to transfer big files! Wireless internet is now available.
Electricity is 220 V / 50 Hz and sockets are three pronged, compatible with the flat EURO-plugs with two round pins. The plugs with two flat pins common in Chile’s neighboring countries and the US are not compatible. Adapters for US, Schuko-, Argentinian plugs and others can be provided by the HSFS.
For scientific research work you are allowed to use all facilities, described in the sections about the wet and dry labs under Buildings. Please check if the standard facility stock of the HSFS meets your needs. In case you need extra or special equipment, please either indicate so in your research request form or contact us at email at least two weeks before your scheduled arrival. This time enables us to attempt to fulfil your request before your arrival at Huinay. Please be prepared to bring special equipment on your own that we are not ready to provide.
(left) Lower level of a department room.
(center) Kitchenette connected to the common room.
(right) Standard room.
Due to our very remote site, we can not accept credit cards and/or traveller’s checks. Please bring the appropriate amount of cash/moneyyou believe will cover all financial obligations to HSFS that accumulate throughout the duration of your stay. Financial estimations can be made by referencing the price list. Chilean Pesos are preferred, but in exceptional cases we might also accept Euros, US Dollars or Argentinean Pesos.