Villa Puerto Edén

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Villa Puerto Edén
Jetarktétqal (Kawésqar)
Country  Chile
Region Magallanes
Province Última Esperanza
Commune Natales
Government
 • Type Municipalidad
 • Mayor Mario Margoni Gadler
Population (2002 census [1])
 • Total 176
Time zone Chilean Standard (UTC-4 hours)
 • Summer (DST) Chilean Daylight (UTC-3 hours)
Area code(s) Country + town = 56 + 61

Villa Puerto Edén is a Chilean hamlet and minor port located in Wellington Island, in Natales commune, Última Esperanza Province, Magallanes Region. It is considered one of Chile's most isolated inhabited places together with Easter Island and Villa Las Estrellas. The village is known for being the home of the last Kawéshkar people. Owing to the large tidewater glaciers caused by the region’s super-high precipitation, it is only accessible by sea, on the Navimag ferry from Puerto Montt in the north, or Puerto Natales in the south. There is also a monthly boat from Caleta Tortel.[1]

The population is 176 (2002 census). Owing to the extraordinarily humid climate the village has no roads, with only pedestrian boardwalks connecting the houses and shops. A weekly transport boat takes local fish and shellfish products (the latter mainly mussels) to markets.

Climate[edit]

Villa Puerto Edén has an extremely wet subpolar oceanic climate (Köppen Cfc) and is widely reputed to be the place in the world with the highest frequency of rainfall,[2] though according to Guinness World Records the highest frequency of rain in a year occurred at Bahia Felix, a little further south, with only eighteen rainless days in the whole of 1916. The annual rainfall is almost exactly equal to that of Little Port Walter in the similarly wet Alaska Panhandle, but is more evenly spread across the year, with a minimum average monthly rainfall of 375 millimetres (14.8 in) as against 200 millimetres (7.9 in) in Little Port Walter.

Climate data for Puerto Eden
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.7
(58.5)
13.9
(57)
12.4
(54.3)
10.3
(50.5)
7.5
(45.5)
5.7
(42.3)
5.5
(41.9)
6.7
(44.1)
8.1
(46.6)
10.3
(50.5)
12.3
(54.1)
13.9
(57)
10.1
(50.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 11.6
(52.9)
10.8
(51.4)
9.7
(49.5)
7.4
(45.3)
4.8
(40.6)
3.3
(37.9)
3
(37)
3.9
(39)
5.2
(41.4)
6.5
(43.7)
8.9
(48)
10.8
(51.4)
7.1
(44.8)
Average low °C (°F) 8.4
(47.1)
7.9
(46.2)
6.8
(44.2)
5
(41)
3
(37)
1.5
(34.7)
0.8
(33.4)
1.6
(34.9)
2.7
(36.9)
4.3
(39.7)
6
(43)
7.3
(45.1)
4.6
(40.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 507.5
(19.98)
523.1
(20.594)
532.2
(20.953)
525.2
(20.677)
508.7
(20.028)
482.8
(19.008)
499.7
(19.673)
419.2
(16.504)
377.9
(14.878)
447.2
(17.606)
456.7
(17.98)
464.8
(18.299)
5,745
(226.18)
Source: Meteorología Interactiva[3]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ South American Handbook 2009 ISBN 978-1-906098-36-0 p.857
  2. ^ Lindenmayer, Clem; Trekking in the Patagonian Andes (Lonely Planet Walking Guide); pp. 17-31. ISBN 0-86442-477-9
  3. ^ "Información climatológica de estaciones chilenas" (in Spanish). Retrieved September 6, 2012. 


Coordinates: 49°08′20″S 74°27′11″W / 49.139°S 74.453°W / -49.139; -74.453