In response to information from the health authority regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Forest Corporation (Conaf) has decided to temporarily close all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments until the health alert is lifted by health authorities.
Caleta Tortel might be one of the most picturesque towns in Chile. It features 5 miles of boardwalks made from Ciprés de las Guaitecas (Pilgerodendron) winding through the fjords at the mouth of the Baker River, all nestled between the Northern and Southern Ice Fields.
The town has been declared a heritage site, with architecture that tells the story of the first settlers to arrive to the area. The settlers came from Chiloé and were known for their woodworking skills, especially with axes. In 1904, the «Baker Exploitation Society» (Sociedad Explotadora del Baker) began logging in the area, bringing along workers who settled in the basins of the Baker, Bravo, and Pascua rivers. Today, the houses’ facades, the beautiful shingles, and the smell of cypress make this town an unforgettable place for visitors.
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Caleta Tortel is located 287 miles south of Coyhaique and 78 miles from Cochrane along the Carretera Austral.
Bus routes are available some days of the week between Cochrane and Tortel. For more information, contact Buses Aldea (+5667263829).
If you’re coming from Puerto Natales, you can take the ferry to Puerto Yungay. From Puerto Yungay, drive 82 miles north on the Carretera Austral, passing Cochrane and continuing on to Puerto Guadal.
Sky and LATAM Airlines offer daily flights to Balmaceda Airport, located 34 miles south of Coyhaique. At Balmaceda, you can rent a car or take a bus. The Carretera Austral is 7.5 miles west of Balmaceda.
The largest national park in Chile and one of the largest in the world, with 26% of the park in the Aysén region and the remaining 74% in the region of Magallanes.
Vast valleys sculpted by the Chacabuco River form a natural corridor that, since ancient times, has been used for travel both by nomadic peoples and a large diversity of fauna.
The largest park in the Aysén region, with a captivating landscape of glaciers and snowdrifts that highlight the immensity of this wilderness.
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