Caleta Tortel

Fiordos y Glaciares

This area is well known by its marvelous landscape diversity and magnificent scenic view along its way to fjords, channels, islands, wetlands and mountains with deep cliffs which are part of the tour along Bravo River, Pascua River and Baker River, the mightiest in Chile.

Caleta Tortel, its main populated center, has been declared “Typical Zone” for its unique architecture and interesting lifestyle. Here the streets have been replaced by wooden walkways  Cypress Guaitecas that run throughout the town, allowing preserve biodiversity in the area.

Together with its temperate climate cold and rainy, indomitable nature, the working of wood has been building the character and identity of its people. The hospitality and warmth of its local people makes the commune an unforgettable travel destination.


This area was first travelled since prehistoric times by the canoeist nomads Kawaskar, today practically extinct. The first white to sight this territory would be Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, and named it “Land December”. In the XVI and XVII centuries there were 12 Spanish expeditions in search of the “ City of Caesars” and trying to avoid a British occupation. The wreck of the Wager frigate in 1741, narrated by Lord Byron is the first “bestseller” of Aysen coast.

The first Chilean recognition of the area occurred in 1888 when commander Adolfo Rodríguez, from the Chilean Navy, aboard “Toro”escampavia explores the fjord Calen or Baker and discovers  Bravo River and Pascua River. In 1903 the National Society of Livestock and Colonization, later called Operating Company of the Baker would be the first to occupy the area with facilities in Puerto Bajo Pisagua in the north side of the mouth of the Baker. In 1907, it also installs a sawmill and dock in what is now the corner of Caleta Tortel.

In May 28, 1955, Caleta Tortel is founded, and later declared Typical Zone in 2001.



The Tortel Commune is located strategically between the Northern and Southern Ice Filed (about 4.000 km2 from communal glaciers) to 462 km southwest of Coyhaique  (regional capital) and 2.237 km from Santiago.


Tortel can be accessed through the southern stretch of Southern Road (Route N°7) that connects the towns of Cerro Castillo, Puerto Tranquilo, Puerto Bertrand and Cochrane. You can also access the commune by air throughout the local airfield, and waterway sailing on the Baker River of high flow and scenic beauty.



Ticket si dispone del servicio Observaciones y /o Telefono 
Agua Potable Se sugiere consumir agua embotellada o hervida para beber.
Señal Telefónica Solo Entel.
Electricidad En ocaciones es restringida por falta de precipitaciones y/o sobre consumo.
Correos Oficina local.
Hospital Hospital más cercano Cochrane.
Posta de Salud Celular 98241609
Carabineros 067-2567184
Cajero Automático
Caja Vecina 3 cercanas al sector del Estacionamiento.
Cambio de Moneda No hay cambio oficial de moneda.
Servicio Mecánico Vulcanización y servicios mecánicos en Cochrane.
Supermercado Pero dispone de minikarket almacenes.
Información Turistica Sector Rotonda en temporada alta.
Aeródromo Todo el año, dependiendo de condiciones climáticas. (No hay vuelos regulares).
Embarcadero Todo el año.