Caleta Tortel is located south of the Aysen region and has a surface of 20,390 km². It is strategically situated between Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Fields (about 4,000 km² of glaciers). In this place lies the mouth of the mightiest river in Chile, the Baker river, as well as the estuaries of Pascua, Bravo (Chile) and Huemules rivers, forming an estuarine and inland waterways basin with an important freshwater inflow having both glacial and pluvial origin.
The urban structure of the city is very particular. There are no vehicles transporting people between houses, because the city is elevated and connected by a beautiful set of wooden walkways that connect with all places in town. The walkways act as streets and form a network of more than seven kilometers long. View Map of Caleta Tortel. View Map of Caleta Tortel
The area has been traveled since prehistoric times by nomadic seafaring people called Kawesqar, now virtually extinct. The first European to discover this territory was Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, calling it “Tierras de Diciembre” (Lands of December).
Caleta Tortel was founded in 1955, and until 2003 it was only accessible by water. Nowadays there is a road that connects Caleta Tortel by land with the rest of the country.
Tips & Recommendations
- In order to provide the necessary guidance to get to our lodge, please call us when you reach the parking lot in Caleta Tortel to the following cell phone numbers: +56 9 95793779, +56 9 95995730. You can also contact the Tourist Information Office, where you will obtain directions to get to Entre Hielos Lodge Tortel.
- We recommend to go down with a small bag, just with necessary items for your stay, as transporting suitcases to the Lodge is not easy.
- We inform our visitors that in Caleta Tortel, for some years now, electricity is being rationed.This affects the continuity of electrical service at certain hours of the day, although we have an emergency generator.
The electrical service schedule is as follows:
Monday to Friday: From 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and from 20:00 to 24:00.
Saturday and Sunday: From 10:00 a.m. to 13:00 and from 20:00 to 24:00.
- The drinking water supply system in Caleta Tortel is very fragile, and sometimes experiences power outages, which unfortunately do not depend on us.
- For dinner reservations at Entre Hielos Lodge Tortel, please notice in advance indicating whether you require some special request or food, and reporting if you have any food allergies.
- Caleta Tortel is a place where you have to walk quite a bit, going up and down through slippery steps due to humidity and rain, so it is not a proper place for people with reduced mobility.
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