Última Esperanza, Puerto Edén
After a 40-hour sailing trip that starts in Puerto Natales and crosses the extensive fjords of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, full of waterfalls and rocky bays, you will arrive at Puerto Eden, a town of 80 inhabitants located south of the Gulf of Penas, which was inhabited 6,000 years ago by the ancestors of the Kawesqar people. Although lacking vehicular access, you can tour the town via walkways that run through native forests and lead to viewpoints and posts from where you can see the lights of streets and houses reflected in the sea.
Featured in Puerto Edén
An important anthropological center that has vestiges of the Kawesqar culture. The village has a population of 80 inhabitants. There are no roads, only walkways that connect the most important points of the island, which provides a particular visual attraction. Surroundings of wild vegetation, humid soils, mosses and chimneys that smoke every day of the year.
Coastal cove, local village, historical, landscape, documentary.
To get there you will have to navigate 27 hours from Puerto Natales or 14 hours from Caleta Tortel. Crossing icy fjords, passing by islands that could have been eternal. Millenary glaciers, windy channels, narrow passes that allow a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the largest body of fresh water on the planet.
The location lacks the necessary communication and hotel services required for large-scale filming. For small documentary or indie film crews with small technical requirements, the location has accommodation and boat services.
Distance from Santiago
3 hrs flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Then 3 hrs drive from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. From Puerto Natales, a 41 hour boat journey via TABSA or a 27 hour boat journey via NAVIMAG. The ferry makes a round trip from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales, passing through Puerto Eden. Departures from Puerto Montt are on Fridays and from Puerto Natales on Tuesdays, all year round. The route is through channels, snowdrifts and Patagonian forests.
Puerto Edén, Magallanes
Months of more light
Between November and April, betwee 16 and 12 hrs of daylight.
Months of less light
Between June and August, 8 hrs.
Month of highest elevation of the sun
Month of lowest elevation of the sun
January and February
February with 9ºC Average
July with 6ºC Average
Distance to siteLocal Hostels
Base Camp optionNo
Local Network3G, limited internet
Clothing3 layers, constant rain
FootwearGoratex comfortable hiking, gaiters, gloves and rain coats
Physical conditionMedium level requirement
Tourist activities / Links
Recommended rolling size
Small: 5 to 15 people.Recommended
Medium: 20 to 50 people.Not recommended
Large: 50 to 200 people.Not recommended