Thursday, August 8, 2013

Villa Puerto Edén and Caleta Tortel


Purto Edén was the second of our unscheduled stops on this cruise. This area receives an average of 226 inches of rain each year (average precipitation in Green Bay is only 29 inches) with some precipitation falling almost every day of the year. The village has less than 200 inhabitants and is considered one of Chile's most remote inhabited places similar to Easter Island and a permanent civilan settlement in Antarctica. There are no roads in the town, only wooden boardwalks to get around on. It is linked to the outside world by a ferry service that runs between Puerto Natales and Puerto Montt and a weekly boat that takes its main products, fish and mussels, to market. We had a lovely , sunny, two hour visit to this last bastion of the Kawéshkkar people.

(Re)tired fishing boat
The replacement?
Typical boatdwalk
Colorful house
Store sign
"Road" work
Water taxi
It was a beautiful day in Puerto Edén
Recovering one of the tenders

Caleta Tortel is another small village along our route that is without any roads. The 550+ inhabitants make their way around town using the myriad of boardwalks, wooden bridges, and steep stairs. It is not an old place, estaablished in 1955 to exploit the forests of cypress that grow in the area. There is a small airport nearby and a road was built to the town in 2003.

Cypress for export
Big project at the entrance to town
Sculpture at the village entrance
Colorful siding on the homes
Even the slides are made of wood--watch out for splinters!
Low tide
Lace curtain in Santa's window
Another tired fishing vessel
Staircase to the upper part of town
The milky/green color of the water is due to the glacial runoff
New boardwalk
Old stairway
Immaculate reception?
Colorful paint jobs
The tv in our cabin kept us well informed


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