Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Puertos del Pacifico en Patagonia

If you’ve ever looked at a map of Chile, you know that it is long and skinny, stretching just over 2650  miles (4270 km) from north to south with an average width of about 110 miles (177 km) east to west.

Looking at the southernmost part of the map, which is where Patagonia is located, one can see that the Pacific coastline contains many small islands and fjords. What ports there are, tend to lie more inland.

In honor of this week’s Alphabe-Thursday, in which we ponder that precocious letter P, I’ll show you a little of los puertos del Pacifico en Patagonia (the ports of the Pacific in Patagonia). In particular, we’ll be visiting Puerto Cisnes (Swans Port), Puerto Aysén (port where the ice ends), Caleta Tortel, Puyuhuapi, and Puerto Natales (also known as Puerto Última Esparanza or Port of Last Hope). Sit back and enjoy the tour. No worries, I don’t think you’ll be needing any Dramamine for this little cruise. 

First stop, Valparaiso. Oh, did I forget to mention that one? That's only because it's not in Patagonia, and it's probably more along the lines of what you were expecting for a port city. Near Santiago, it's a fun place to explore.

Next stop: Tortel. It's at the end of the road, literally. No streets in this tiny town, just the boardwalks. Up until about 10 years ago, it was accessible only by boat.

Puerto Cisnes. A sleepy fishing village with a sizable boat graveyard.

Going way south, Puerto Natales near Tierra del Fuego.

And then, back to the northern parts of Patagonia, Puerto Aysén.

And finally, Puyuhuapi...OK, I dare you to say that with a mouthful of anything! Poo-you-wop-ee...see, it's not really that hard.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Now off you go to Mrs. Jenny's where you can see what the other Alphabetarians have posted for your viewing pleasure!


Leovi said...

Delicious photos as always some nice photos with high quality, excellent. Greetings.

Jim said...

Patagonia looks to be very pretty, Anita. I never think of this far south when I think Chile. I think of mountains, rocky shores, and the larger cities like Santiago.

Mrs. Jim has a nurse friend from Chile but I don't know where in Chile she is from.
My "P" Words are here,

Gattina said...

Very interesting I didn't realize that Chili is so skinny ! Your sightseeing tour was beautiful, and there was even a cat to see for me !

Sandy said...

Although I've swam the Pacific I've never been to Chili.. looks like a very nice
place to visit... such a long coast line.
nice photos

Naperville Now said...

love the boats -- great, great shots. how did you achieve the effect in the last image? awesome!

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Excellent photography and beautiful country ~ (A Creative Harbor)

thanks for coming by ^_^

EG CameraGirl said...

What a pleasure to see all this beauty! Wonderful!

Susan Anderson said...

All so picturesque!


ImagesByCW | OceanDreamIllustration said...

These pictures are so (!) pretty. I love to come on your travels to Chile every Alphabe- Thursday. So much, that I am now your latest follower :)

My name is Riet said...

That must be a beautiful country. The photo's are all excellent and showing it. Wonderful.

storybeader said...

your drawings are fabulous! What a beautiful land and seascape. I'd love to go island hopping in a sailboat around there! The water was so clean in Puerto Cisnes (I believe it was) - with the rocks on the shore. Thanks for the tour! {:-D

Splendid Little Stars said...

What gorgeous captures! just wonderful!
I can only imagine that this trip was so special. You make me long to visit!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

You do take the most outstanding photos, and it great for me to see this place through your journey!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Thanks for sharing such an informative, interesting and inspiring place♫ The photos are picture card perfect♪

Judie said...

Anita, I have learned soooo much about Chile from you, and your wonderful photos!! BRAVA!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Absolutely awesome! Love them all, but especially love all the boat and buildings by the water.

Thank you dear friend for your sweet comment.

Blessings & Aloha!
Oh...the profile view of Chile reminds me of an elephant's trunk :o)

Esther Joy said...

Another great tour! And fabulous photos! ...And you're right, didn't get seasick or need dramamine. Loved all those red boats!

lissa said...

quite colorful and great place to take photos.

thanks for your visit & have a great day.

Cheryl D. said...

Thanks for the trip! Patagonia is on my bucket list of places I want to see for real! But this was nice in the meanwhile!

The Poet said...

My dear Anita,
You are so GOOD at what you do. At times when I look at the photos, I feel as if I am actually there. The maps were also very interesting. It is nice to see and learn a few things from another country from right here at home (smile). I also love your sense of humor my friend. Thanks for sharing and stay beautiful (smile again).

Birgit said...


Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful photos!!! I felt like I traveled along with you. The sweet cat somehow stands out -- it's interesting how both critters and people always stuck in mind when seeing such photos, huh?

Anyway, I wanted to visit your blog to thank you for all the sweet comments you left for me. That's so very much appreciated!

Of course, I would love to welcome you back to my blog. Currently, I even have two giveaways -- details are on the left sidebar of my blog.

Greetings from Germany,

Anonymous said...

"P" Perfect!
Amazing photography.
Did you collect these over a long period?

Ames said...

Wow I am just amazed that you have all these pictures. Did you experience any Earth Quakes while there?

Jenny said...

The color of the boats and houses on the water are perfect!

I didn't realize Chili was so skinny! I'm envious of a Country now, too!


This was a fun stop for the letter 'P'.

Thanks for letting us pop by.


~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Your photos of this gorgeous country always take my breath away! Just lovely and wonderful!