Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

Anchorage in Fiordo Aisén (Aysén Fjord), Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Anchorage in Fiordo Aisén (Aysén Fjord), Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

“Where the Andes tumble into the sea” is an apt description for Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Aysén, remote outposts at the head of Chile’s Fiordo Aisén (Aysén Fjord). Back-dropped by snow-capped peaks, these small towns are the gateways to several nearby national parks.

A new housing developmnet overlooking the harbor, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

A new housing development overlooking the harbor, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

 

A new home in the developmnet overlooking the harbor, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

A new home in the development overlooking the harbor, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Puerto Chacabuco’s population is only 1,400 and the main economic activity is its harbor – built after the old port, further upriver in Puerto Aysén, was lost due to a natural disaster. For shopping, locals and visitors alike head to Puerto Aysén, 9 miles (14 km) away, or the regional capital Coyhaique, 48 miles (77 km) to the east.

Three interconnected tent domes housing artisans from nearby Puerto Aysén, adjacent to the harbor, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Three interconnected tent domes housing artisans from nearby Puerto Aysén, adjacent to the harbor, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

The scenic bridge over Rio Aisén (Aysén  River) on the road from Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Aysén , Patagonia, Chile

The scenic bridge over Rio Aisén (Aysén River) on the road from Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

Puerto Aysén is a popular embarkation point for venturing into Chile’s numerous national parks in Patagonia. Reflective of the environment, fishing and salmon farming are the area’s main economic drivers. Chile’s largest suspension bridge – President Ibanez Bridge – crosses Rio Aisén (Aysén River). It spans 689 feet (210 meters) and was named a national monument over a decade ago.

Iglesia Catedral (the main church), Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

Iglesia Catedral (the main church), Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

 

Monument to the early settlers in the center of town, Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

Monument to the early settlers in the center of town, Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

New housing with painting honoring Native (South) Americans, Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

New housing with painting honoring Native (South) Americans, Puerto Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

 

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