Instead of streets, the mode of transportation in Caleta Tortel consists of fascinating cypress wooden walkways, which make this town in Aysén a charming place.

In one of the purest corners of Chilean Patagonia, where nature overflows in an authentic catalog of glaciers, rivers, and forests, you'll find Caleta Tortel, a true hidden treasure waiting to dazzle travelers from around the world with its unique beauty. The magic of this town is felt when walking on its 'streets': wooden cypress walkways over the mouth of the Baker River, the largest in Chile.

Caleta Tortel is located in the Aysén Region, at the southern tip of the country. To reach this hidden paradise, you can fly to Balmaceda Airport, located about four hours away by car from the town, with connections to Santiago and Puerto Montt. From there, you can embark on a spectacular journey along the famous Carretera Austral, a scenic route that takes you through unforgettable landscapes.

Founded in the 1950s, this town has witnessed unique development and has preserved its original charm. Its geographical features compelled residents to urbanize and build the town under a very unique strategy: a labyrinth of wooden walkways that winds throughout the town, the first of Caleta Tortel's treasures and a driver of tourism in the locality.

This system of walkways, spanning about six kilometers, will take you through brightly colored houses, craft shops, and small bridges that cross the waters. A stroll here will make you feel like you're walking on the river as you explore this enchanting town, with fascinating dining options and activities such as bird watching, trekking, kayaking, and many other adventures.

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The Charms of Caleta Tortel

One of the most exciting excursions in the town is a journey along a boardwalk trail that leads you to the top of Cerro Tortel, where the viewpoint is located. As you ascend, you'll witness a breathtaking panorama of the natural beauty surrounding the area. From this viewpoint, you can gaze upon the majestic mouth of the Baker River and Mitchell Fjord, two of Aysén's most treasured gems. Being atop this hill is a unique opportunity to connect with nature in its purest form.

After an exhilarating three and a half hours of navigation through the intricate fjords of the region, you'll reach the most prominent glacier in the Southern Ice Field: the Jorge Montt Glacier. This imposing ice giant will leave you speechless with its magnificence and power. You can witness massive ice blocks breaking off and falling into the water in a awe-inspiring natural spectacle. Additionally, on special occasions, you can also venture to the Steffen Glacier, located in the Northern Ice Field, for another unforgettable experience.

The Island of the Dead, located at the mouth of the Baker River, is famous for its intriguing history, reflected in numerous crosses that pay homage to workers who perished in these lands. Sailing to the Island of the Dead is a unique opportunity to explore this historical enigma and contemplate the mysterious beauty of this remote island.

If you dream of uncovering the mysteries surrounding Caleta Tortel and each of its attractions, booking a tour with excursions to its various corners and obtaining more information about this magical town, please contact czuniga@gochile.cl.

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