Welcome to Caleta Tortel
A network of creaky boardwalks tracing the milky waters of the glacier-fed sound, Caleta Tortel feels like a place from long-ago fables. There are no roads. Dedicated as a national monument, this fishing village cobbled around a steep escarpment is certainly unique. Seated between two ice fields at the mouth of Río Baker, it was first home to canoe-traveling Alacalufe people (Qawashqar); colonists didn't arrive until 1955. Still isolated but more outwardly social than other Patagonians, locals live off tourism and cypress-wood extraction.
Dependence on a small turbine means that the town has water shortages in big droughts. Electricity is rationed and available for only several hours in the morning and evening. Use water sparingly.