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ISOLATION 1300 KM / DAY 014 / MARCH 30, 2011 - 10:14 / PUERTO EDEN, CHILE
It was long way from the deep south of Tierra del Fuego to the isolated town of Puerto Eden. Three years ago I made a stop here during my research for this project. Hidden deep in the Chilean fjords, the nearest town is a few hundred kilometers away and can only be reached by boat. It always rains in Puerto Eden - it`s beautiful but wet, very wet.
A town with 180 inhabitants, Puerto Eden is on Isla Wellington, once territory of the Kaweskar fishermen and sea nomads. They lived a rough existence, living in their tiny boats and sailing the fjords. Nowadays, nine Kaweskar remain - all without descendants. The rest of the town is made up of immigrants from different parts of Chile.
One afternoon there is suddenly a lot of excitement in town. I see a cruise ship appearing, passengers flock on the shore and the Kaweskars rush to them to sell hand-made replicas of the boats they used for fishing. One hour later the town is as dead as it was before.
DAY 363 FINAL DESTINATION