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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Puerto Chacabuco is a Chilean town in Aisén commune. Administratively it belongs to Aysén Province in Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region and is located at the head of Aisén Fjord. It is the main port of the region, a port of call for ships sailing to the Laguna San Rafael National Park and the terminus of a Navimag ferry service from Puerto Montt.

Before the great burnings of the Patagonian forests and the eruption of Mount Hudson volcano in 1991 Puerto Aisén was the main port in the Aisén Fjord, but the ashes and earth erosion decreased the navigability of Aisén River and the port had to be moved further to the coast where Puerto Chacabuco now stands.

Puerto Chacabuco is named after the Battle of Chacabuco in 1817 during the Chilean Independence War.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

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Puerto Chacabuco is a Chilean town in Aisén commune. Administratively it belongs to Aysén Province in Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region and is located at the head of Aisén Fjord. It is the main port of the region, a port of call for ships sailing to the Laguna San Rafael National Park and the terminus of a Navimag ferry service from Puerto Montt.

Before the great burnings of the Patagonian forests and the eruption of Mount Hudson volcano in 1991 Puerto Aisén was the main port in the Aisén Fjord, but the ashes and earth erosion decreased the navigability of Aisén River and the port had to be moved further to the coast where Puerto Chacabuco now stands.

Puerto Chacabuco is named after the Battle of Chacabuco in 1817 during the Chilean Independence War.


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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Port Information


Cruise ships anchor offshore, and travelers are transported ashore by tender boats. This trip will last 15 min.
The pier is located in the center of Puerto Chacabuco.

Get around Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


The town can be explored on foot.
You can also visit different towns like Coyhaique and Puerto Aysen (use a taxi). 

What to see in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


Visit Coyhaique and Puerto Aysen. 
Explore the area, visit National Reserves, enjoy nature.

What to do in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Sightseeing

What to eat and drink in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


Try Chilean food.
Centolla (Southern King Crab) is fished in this region

Shopping in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


Many of the towns in this region do not have ATMs (or have ATMs that don't seem to work with many foreign cards). Make sure to keep a good stash of emergency cash on hand before venturing out into the smaller towns.
Although there are not many shops in the town, you can find clothes, shoes, jewelry, souvenirs, gift, etc. to take home.

Safety in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


Use your common sense like in any other place.
Be aware of situations that are obviously dangerous.
Be careful with wild animals.
Avoid isolated locations.

Language spoken in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile


Spanish is the official language in the country and is spoken everywhere. Chileans use a distinct dialect called Castellano de Chile with a variety of differences in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and slang usage. Spanish-speaking foreigners won't have problems understanding it and will only think it sounds funny, but non-native speakers often struggle to understand it, even with years of practice. For example, Chileans tend to drop the "S" sound at the ends of their words. Instead, they replace that sound with an "H" sound (i.e. the word "tres" is pronounced "tréh"). On the other hand, standard Spanish is not the first dialect of choice, but people would generally be fairly fluent.

Here are two of the most common Chilean expressions:
  • Huevón (pronounced usually as way-OHN) could be translated into different words according to its context. Originally a swear word meaning "jerk", it can be used also as "friend" or "dude".
  • Cachar (pronounced ka-CHAR) comes from the verb "to catch" and means "understand". Also, is commonly used in a weird conjugated form as cachai'at the end of the sentences, similarly to "y'know", and in a colloquial manner it can also be used to mean sexual intercourse.
English is widely understood in large cities, especially Santiago, and to a much lesser extent in Valparaíso, Concepción or La Serena. English is now mandatory in schools, so younger people are far more likely to speak English than older people Most Chileans over age 40 are unlikely to speak English unless they are tourist industry workers.

Indigenous languages including Mapudungun, Quechua and Rapa Nui (in Easter Island) are spoken in Chile but only among indigenous people, who are less than 5% of the population. Many people identifying with one of these groups are not able to speak the language of their ancestors and speak only Spanish instead.

Many Chileans understand some French, Italian and Portuguese and also there are some German speakers, especially in the south of the country, where a lot of German migrants arrived in the second half of the 19th century and some around the time of World War II.

LOCAL TIME

5:29 am
November 22, 2019
America/Santiago

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