CARRETERA AUSTRAL

Day Sixteen - Caleta Tortel

Posted on 5th Mar 2016

Photo: Boardwalks at Caleta Tortel

A cold morning delayed our departure but we had packed up the tent and were away by 10:30am. Today's objective was described in our guide book as a 'highlight' and a 'magical place' we were heading to Caleta Tortel, famed for its wooden board walks as there are no roads in the village. It is also the base for (expensive) boat trips to some big glaciers, but we intended to visit for just the day and on saying that to the grumpy lady in the Tourist Info office she said there wasn't much to do if we're didn't want to do a glacier trip and questioned our desire to visit the village for just a day.

We headed down to the main board walk and found a small restaurant for lunch overlooking the bay, then headed off to see what else Caleta Tortel had to offer.... the grumpy lady was right, there wasn't much else to see apart from the board walks. At one point we followed the 'evacuation in case of Tsunami' sign, only to find it brought us to a dead end...literally if there had been a Tsnunami! We looked as some rustic handicrafts, I wan't very impressed. One of the handicraft items was a piece of wood with some holes drilled in it...Gaby later explained to me it was a pencil holder!

There was an interesting notice on the board outside what I assumed was the community building:
Hours of Electricity:
Monday to Friday 7am -1pm, 2pm - 6pm & 8pm to midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm & 8pm to midnight

After walking the length of the village we headed back to the car and decided to spend another night at the same camp site as the previous night, so drove the two hours back there as it was in the right direction for the following day... Argentina!!!!

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