Caleta Tortel is one of the most touristic places in Chilean Patagonia, known for the unequalled beauty of its wooden walkways and the color of the Baker River’s waters.
It is the southernmost town of the Aysen Region and part of the sixth largest, but least populated district of the country. The area has an estuary basin formed by the mouth of Chile’s largest river, the Baker, along with other important rivers.
The place’s rough geography creates an unbeatable landscape, characterized by an archipelago containing numerous islands and channels, along with beautiful valleys and glaciers of varying sizes.
The town’s history dates from 1520, a period when it was inhabited by the now extinct Kawesqar nomads. Its definitive foundation dates from 1955, after numerous attempts to populate the zone which is mainly dedicated to the exploitation of Guaiteca Cypress trees, forestry preservation and of course, tourism.