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Calata Tortel

Caleta Tortel, Tortel, Región de Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, Chile
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Undiscovered Caleta Tortel Tortel  Chile

Undiscovered Caleta Tortel

This remote, tiny hamlet is 100 kilometers beyond Cochrane, where a tiny landmass juts out from the two large ice fields, the third largest in the world after Greenland. On this fjord is Caleta Tortel, a village colonized in the 20th century by the lumber industry.

Until 2003, there was no road to get there, just a three hour boat up the Baker River. The town is surrounded by cypress forests (the lumber company's main interest), and Caleta Tortel grew into a settlement of wooden homes and hundreds of wooden walkways spanning the length of the town.

With a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and the fjord at its feet, this remote place was put on the map when Prince William worked on a community project here before attending university.