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PUERTO EDÉN

Puerto Edén is a port town in southern Chile, situated south of the Gulf of Penas on the western shore of the Paso del Indio, on Wellington Island. The Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, the largest in Latin America, covers the whole of Wellington Island. Approximately 6,000 years ago, the island’s coasts were inhabited by native canoeing peoples, the ancestors of the modern day Kawésqar.

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Flora and Fauna of Puerto Edén

Wellington Island is covered by Magellanic rain forest, with evergreens such as Coigüe de Magallanes, Cypress of the Guaitecas, and Canelo abounding.  Lenga and Ñirre are also present. The fauna of Puerto Eden is not very abundant or varied, but in various sectors of the island you can find the endangered Huemul deer. Sea lions and sea otters are also a common sight. Among the birds that can be seen are the Blue-eyed Cormorant, the Falkland Island King Cormorant, Flightless steamer duck, Condor, Eagle, Cahuil Seagull, and Austral Parakeet.

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