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Wooden walkways in Caleta Tortel
Wooden walkways in Caleta Tortel
Location of the Tortel commune in the Aisén Region
Location of the Tortel commune in the Aisén Region
Tortel is located in Chile
Location of the Tortel commune in the Aisén Region
Coordinates: 47°47′49″S 73°31′59″W / 47.79694°S 73.53306°W / -47.79694; -73.53306Coordinates: 47°47′49″S 73°31′59″W / 47.79694°S 73.53306°W / -47.79694; -73.53306
Country Chile
Region Aisén
Province Capitán Prat
Seat Caleta Tortel
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Bernardo López Sierra (PPD)
 • Total 19,930.6 km2 (7,695.2 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 487
 • Density 0.024/km2 (0.063/sq mi)
 • Urban 0
 • Rural 507
 • Men 322
 • Women 185
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC−04:00)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC−03:00)
Area code(s) 56 + 67

Tortel is Chilean commune located at the outflow of the Baker River and Pascua River to the Pacific Ocean. It lies between the Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Field in the Capitán Prat Province in the Aysén Region. The commune is administered by the municipality in Caleta Tortel, the principal settlement.


According to the 2002 census of the Chilean National Statistics Institute, Tortel spans an area of 19,930.6 km2 (7,695 sq mi) and has 507 inhabitants (322 men and 185 women), making the commune an entirely rural area. The population grew by 13.2% (59 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]


As a commune, Tortel is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Bernardo López Sierra (PPD).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Tortel is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Iván Fuentes Castillo (Nueva Mayoría) and David Sandoval (UDI) as part of the 59th electoral district, which includes the entire Aisén Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Antonio Horvath Kiss (RN) and Patricio Walker Prieto (PDC) as part of the 18th senatorial constituency (Aisén Region).

Landmarks and main features[edit]

Tortel commune is one of the most remote in southern Chile and its unspoiled landscape is one of its principal attractions. Features include:


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Tortel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Tortel walkways Atlas vivo de chile, retrieved December 09, 2013
  7. ^ At about 16,800 square kilometers, it is second only to southeastern Alaska's approximately 25,000 square kilometer St. Elias-Kluane-Malaspina-Eastern Chugach Ice Field.
  8. ^ "Bernardo O’Higgins National Park". Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins". Corporacion Nacional Forestal. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

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