The name 'Yelcho' (which has no meaning in Spanish) also features prominently in an area of outstanding scenic beauty to the South of Chile, between Chaitenand Futaleufu. This includes Lake Yelcho, the Yelcho River, the Yelcho Bridge, the Yelcho Glacier, the Yelcho Walk, a Yelcho bus company and the attractive hospitality lodge set up to welcome travellers to the area, known as the Hotel Yelcho de Patagonia. Walking and fishing are especially popular in this area, to which a number of tour companies offer holidays.
The Yelcho region lies to the south of Chile, not far inland from the Pacific Ocean. It seems highly appropriate that an area of such outstanding natural beauty should bear the name of the small tug which under Pilot Pardo's command retrieved Shackleton's 22 men from the equally beautiful, yet desolate and forlorn, Elephant Island.
The upper hinterland of the southern Andes here, and in particular areas like the impressive and beautiful 'hanging' glacier known as 'Ventisquero Yelcho', capture something of the icy climes experienced by this southern region of Chile and its Antarctic offshoots during winter.
The views in the Yelcho region, for instance from the high 'ridge' on the Yelcho Hill, are sometimes as dramatic as those high up in the mountains of South Georgia,or of Antarctica itself.
The Yelcho region is also home to some of Chile's wines, which - both white and red - are now among the most widely consumed in the world. You can now drink 'Yelcho Chardonnay', 'Yelcho Merlot' and 'Yelcho Carmener Reserve' Red, from grapes grown in Chile's Rapel Valley.