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.
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!