The second largest island in South America is host to a warm culture of fishermen and mythical tales that take places in the lush, green hills of this costal destination. Colorful wooden churches and weathered houses dot the shores of the bays and sea while small boats line the waterways on their way out to fetch the daily catch. A quaint mixture of beautiful landscapes and unique cultural opportunities await those who venture across from mainland Chile.

Themes

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Wooden Churches
  • Dalcahue
  • Chiloe National Park
  • Trekking

Places to Stay

Palafito 1326

Style: Heritage

The true essence of Chiloé island is reflected in the architecture of Palafitos 1326 boutique hotel, where land and water meet to provide a relaxing and simplistic atmosphere.

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Quilquico

Style: Lodge

The expansive grounds of the Hotel Parque Quilquico allow you to soak in vistas of the native forests and wetlands surrounding this ideal location of the peninsula of Rilán that overlooks the channel of Dalcahue leading out the the Pacific ocean.

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Tierra Chiloé

Style: Lodge

The hotel is located amid the blue waters of Chile´s Northern Patagonia, on the mythical island of Chiloé, dotted with picturesque fishing villages.

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Activities in Chiloé

Visit to Puñihuil Penguin Colony & Ancud ending Puerto Varas

After a drive of about one hour and thirty minutes north across the island of Chiloé to the fisherman’s town of Ancud where you can visit the local fish and craft market. Continue on along the coast to the Puñihuil Penguin Colony, the only shared nesting site of both Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. Mid-September to mid-March is the nesting season of the penguins when you will be able to see these beautiful animals. Take a half hour navigation around small islands where the penguins nest. In the afternoon take the public ferry from Chiloé across the Chaco Channel and drive to Petrohué. (Approximately 09:00 to 18:00. Private transfer and guide. Group Navigation of 30 minutes at Puñihuil Penguin Colony, maximum 12 people. Lunch Included)

Visit to Puñihuil Penguin Colony & Ancud ending Petrohué

After a drive of about one hour and thirty minutes north across the island of Chiloé to the fisherman’s town of Ancud where you can visit the local fish and craft market. Continue on along the coast to the Puñihuil Penguin Colony, the only shared nesting site of both Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. Mid-September to mid-March is the nesting season of the penguins when you will be able to see these beautiful animals. Take a half hour navigation around small islands where the penguins nest. In the afternoon take the public ferry from Chiloé across the Chaco Channel and drive to Petrohué. (Approximately 08:00 to 19:00. Private transfer and guide. Group Navigation of 30 minutes at Puñihuil Penguin Colony, maximum 12 people. Lunch Included)

Full Day visit to Ancund & Puñihuil Penguin Colony

After a drive of about one hour and thirty minutes north across the island of Chiloé to the fisherman’s town of Ancud where you can visit the local fish and craft market. Continue on along the coast to the Puñihuil Penguin Colony, the only shared nesting site of both Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. Mid-September to mid-March is the nesting season of the penguins when you will be able to see these beautiful animals. Take a half hour navigation around small islands where the penguins nest. (Approximately 09:30 to 15:00. Private transfer and guide. Group Navigation of 30 minutes at Puñihuil Penguin Colony, maximum 12 people. Lunch Included)

Castro City Tour & Dalcahue Wooden Churches

Explore the port city of Dalcahue and the capital city of Castro both known for their historic wooden churches. Constructed by the Jesuits in the 18th and 19th centuries, the churches of Chiloé are not representative of classical Spanish colonial architecture, instead being constructed of local timber and featuring wood shingles. A rich mix of European culture and the local Chilote traditions, sixteen of the churches on Chiloé are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Castro also view the traditional stilt houses known as palafitos that are built along the coast. (Approximately 09:30 to 17:00. Private Activity. Lunch Included)

Included Activities at Tierra Chiloé

During your stay, many different activities are offered allowing you to discover the magic, culture and nature of the Chiloé Archipelago through a different angle each day. Choose from a variety of outings such as cultural trips, boating, horseback riding, biking, trekking and nature observations. Visit cultural attractions such as the historical churches of Chiloé. Constructed by the Jesuits in the 18th and 19th centuries, the churches of Chiloé are not representative of classical Spanish colonial architecture, instead being constructed of local timber and featuring wood shingles. A rich mix of European culture and the local Chiloé traditions, sixteen of the churches on Chiloé are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Tierra Chiloé’s private vessel, the Williche, constructed in the traditional Chiloé style, explore the waterways and visit several of the smaller islands that make up the archipelago. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Tierra Chiloé please visit their website: http://www.tierrachiloe.com/en-us/excursiones/excursiones.htm.

Included Activities at Quilquico 4 Days

Explore the natural beauty of Chiloé and learn about the history and unique culture of this island region during your stay at Quilquico. On a full-day excursion visit the port city of Dalcahue where you can visit the local market and tour the historical churches. Constructed by the Jesuits in the 18th and 19th centuries, the churches of Chiloé are not representative of classical Spanish colonial architecture, instead being constructed of local timber and featuring wood shingles. A rich mix of European culture and the local Chiloé traditions, sixteen of the churches on Chiloé are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Dalcahue take a short ferry to the island of Quinchao where you will visit the towns of Achao and Curaco de Vélez touring the historical churches in both towns. On your second full-day excursion visit the cities of Castro and Chonchi to view the traditional houses built on stilts along the coast, which are known as palafitos. Then in the afternoon visit the beautiful Cucao National Park and admire the stunning beauty of Lake Hullinco. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Quilquico please visit their website: http://www.hpq.cl.

Included Activities at Quilquico 3 Days

Explore the natural beauty of Chiloé and learn about the history and unique culture of this island region during your stay at Quilquico. On a full-day excursion visit the port city of Dalcahue where you can visit the local market and tour the historical churches. Constructed by the Jesuits in the 18th and 19th centuries, the churches of Chiloé are not representative of classical Spanish colonial architecture, instead being constructed of local timber and featuring wood shingles. A rich mix of European culture and the local Chiloé traditions, sixteen of the churches on Chiloé are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Dalcahue take a short ferry to the island of Quinchao where you will visit the towns of Achao and Curaco de Vélez touring the historical churches in both towns. Also take a half-day excursion to the cities of Castro and Chonchi to view the traditional houses built on stilts along the coast, which are known as palafitos. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Quilquico please visit their website: http://www.hpq.cl.

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