Chiloe Island Discoveries

Cultural Insight

For your next trip to Chile we recommend this tour to discover Chiloé Island (8,394 km²), the second largest island in Chile (and South America), after the Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego. The Chiloé Archipelago is definitely a world apart waiting for you to be explored!

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Discover stilt houses in Castro.

Explore smaller islands of the Chiloe Archipelago.

Visit the oldest wooden church of Chiloe Island (UNESCO).

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itinerary & includes

Day 1: Castro or Puerto Montt – Chiloè Island

Day 2: Castro – Quemchi – Aucar Island

Day 3: Quinchao – Castro or Puerto Montt

Included in this tour:

2 overnights with breakfast.
Private transfers and excursions with bilingual driver & guide.
Roundtrip on ferry.
Entrance fees.

Day 1: Castro or Puerto Montt – Chiloè Island
After arriving at the Puerto Montt or Castro airport we will be transferred to the seaside town of Dalcahue. The town, named after the native canoes known as “dalcas” is a thriving maritime center. Here a variety of boats of all sizes and colors can be observed along the waterfront and anchored at the harbor. We will have lunch at the local market where fresh seafood delicacies and empanadas are offered. Afterwards, we will visit the town church; one of 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Chiloe Archipelago. From there we will drive through the countryside to the capital of Castro. In this town we will be able to observe the emblematic “palafito” stilt homes and the San Francisco wood church, also a world heritage site. 2 nights lodging in Castro at Hotel Palafito 1326. (lunch)

Day 2: Castro – Quemchi – Aucar Island
After breakfast we will visit the bustling local market where seaweed, smoked shellfish, fresh vegetables, and handmade cheeses are all on display. We will then drive an hour to the small fishing hamlet of Quemchi, whose brightly painted boats lay at anchor along the waterfront. Further south of the village we will find the Isla Aucar; “Island of Sailor’s Souls”. Accessible only by a footbridge, the island is a small botanical garden planted by a priest who ran the chapel grounds. After our visit, we will continue down the coast through the forests and farmlands to a few small fishing villages. UNESCO churches dot this coast along with breathtaking scenery. Optional lunch available. (breakfast)

Day 3: Quinchao – Castro or Puerto Montt
Today’s excursion will commence with a short ferry ride to the second largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago; Quinchao. Once we arrive, we will take a high ridge road, in the middle of the island offering panoramic views of the other nearby islands and the glacier topped Andes to the East. Our destination will be the small town of Achao which is home to some the oldest wooden churches around. After lunch (not included) we will make our way back to Chiloe Grande Island and either be dropped off at the local airport or transfer back to Puerto Montt. (breakfast)

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