Where we are

October 31, 2019 • 6:45 am

We are now well into the Chilean fjords, and woke up early to see a glacier. Sadly, as I can’t post photos from the ship, I’ll try to capture a view of the glacier from the ship’s panoramic camera. (Later: I couldn’t, as the panoramic camera doesn’t seem to operate in real time.)

First though, our location from this map site:

A zoom:

An even closer zoom, as we’re ensconced in the fjord.

As I write this, while it’s still dark, we’re well into the fjord, whose name I can’t seem to find. Our ship’s log says it’s “Seno Fjord”, but I think “Seno” just means “fjord” in Spanish. Now we’ve just stopped to observe the Tempanos Glacier, though it’s pouring rain and very cold. It’s my first close-up view of a glacier save the Khumbu Icefall, which debouches off Mount Everest.

Sort of what it looks like from the ship’s panoramic camera, but the cliffs of the fjord are much closer; about a quarter-mile away. My photos will come later.

NOTE: As Michael points out in the comments, these are photos from yesterday as the panoramic camera and its attendant locator map are apparently way behind schedule. See comments for better information about where we are.

Leaving the fjord to head south:

Now we’re headed to Villa Puero Edén (population 176), a small fishing town that’s accessible only by boat. It has no roads—only wooden sidewalks—and is reputed to be WET. As Wikipedia notes,

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, 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.

Puerto Edén will be the first place where we actually disembark since we left Valparaiso. I have waterproof gear.

32 thoughts on “Where we are

  1. Oh, those were the days…
    Even if you aren’t soaked, you’re wet. Even if you aren’t frozen, you’re cold.

    If you get a taste for this type of traveling (high latitudes), maybe I could recommend the fjords of Kalaallit Nunaat, or Grønland, or Greenland.

  2. The webcam didn’t send anything new since yesterday early morning. The last view was taken just outside the channel between Isla Fitz Roy and Isla Humos,in the Chonos archipelago.

  3. Jerry. That last photo & the last map is wrong, that’s where you were when the feed last updated over a day ago. Since then you’ve been out into the Pacific, sailed around a headland & entered another fjord [the red track I’ve drawn]. The Témpano glacier is just right of the red cross below:

    https://flic.kr/p/2hD5pT2

      1. The layout of the map of where he is & where he was over a day ago are coincidentally similar. Image 3 map [where he is] & image 5 map [yesterday, where he was] easily confused I suppose.

  4. This is so thrilling

    With the miserable conditions, it appears – in some views – like one of those movies about old seafaring, battling the elements.

  5. Not sure if that qualifies as the middle of nowhere, but on the rare clear day, you can probably see nowhere from there.

    Sometimes nowhere is the best possible place to be.

  6. “..the place in the world with the highest frequency of rainfall”

    It’s ironic that, IIRC, Chile, at its other (northern) end, also has the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. Not too surprising that the capital is ‘halfway’ between.

  7. Looking at Villa Puero Edén on Google Earth (48 degrees S), the gallery images make it look damp, as expected. Charming. I’d buy a locally made souvenir out of sympathy.

    1. Unless Adam & Eve are waterproof fish “Puerto Edén” must be a marketing move, the same as the name “Greenland” [Grfnland] reputedly was. Reputedly.

      I’d love to go there – rainier than Britland! I think you can spot sea otters thereabouts & some sort of deer. One disgruntled reviewer using the ferry service complained of nowt to do at that stop & no cafes nor public toilets! That was 2012 though & I think s/he didn’t have a floating hotel only a short boat ride away [there must surely be toilets ashore for visitor non-locals though!].

      1. I’d say ‘Buy Icelandic’, pretty wet there, but they are getting quite rich again after 2008.
        ‘Public Inconvenience” land? Or do they still use that ‘Public Noninconvenience’ terminology in Britland? I’ve not been for 5 years or so.

        1. “Public conveniences” has faded away – “public toilets”, “disabled toilets” etc is current usage in my experience. We also have them labelled as having “baby changing” facilities now, which will presumably confuse E.T. & other non-Brits.

      2. Actually, global warming might make Greenland one of the few decent humanly inhabitable places in a hundred years. In a selfish mood, maybe go there then and afterwards campaign to rename it ‘Poisonous-snakeland’ or ‘Religious-looneyland’ or etc..

        1. I saw a pic on Google of a cat strolling the Puerto Edén boardwalk. I expect PCC[E] & said kitty will be conversing right now about serious matters concerning fish.

          1. And I’m sure such an encounter will by photographically documented. We should see evidence at some point where his bandwidth widens.

          1. yes, screenshot of. I plugged the latlong for the ship into the Google Earth search bar & one is pulled down to the planet & it plants a yellow pin. Needs a special effect though *swooping sound, burning re-entry & SPLASH!* for watery pins.

            1. Your cinematic sensibility is undoubtedly the result of viewing numerous examples produced by other humanoids on your planet. I can well appreciate that. Thanks for the tip. I shall try it myself.

    1. Yes, that was at dawn this morning near the glacier. As of three minutes ago they’ve sailed approx 50 km south to -49.12774 -74.36910 –
      a kilometre or two offshore from Puerto Edén. That’s according to CRUISEMAPPER which has been accurate up to now.

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