Chiloe Island from Beach Cabin

Experience the unique charm of Chiloe over four days whilst staying with a local family in a truly special beach setting. Eat traditional cuisine, meet the locals and rise to the sound of the lapping Pacific, tailoring the activities to your interests. Experience the unique charm of Chiloe over four days whilst staying with a local family in a truly special beach setting. Eat traditional cuisine, meet the locals and rise to the sound of the lapping Pacific, tailoring the activities to your interests.

4 Days

$1,488

Chiloe Island from Beach Cabin - 4 - $1,488

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Three full days getting to know Chiloe, unravelling its distinct history and witnessing its wonderful wildlife and birdlife
  • Explore the differences between the remote Pacific Coast and the more populated East Coast
  • Take a boat trip to the penguin colony at Puñihuil, seeing Humbolt and Magellanic penguins nesting side by side
  • Visit the city of Castro with its colourful wooden houses on stilts, Jesuit churches, traditional boat builders and many villages
  • Travel with ease with all transfers included throughout and flexibility of start/end locations

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Puerto Montt

Landmarks visited on Chiloe Island from Beach Cabin

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts

The trip begins with you being picked up from either your hotel in Puerto Montt or Puerto Montt airport in the morning. You'll be driven to the ferry port to cross the emerald island of Chiloe. This island is a different world from the nearby Chilean mainland – having been inhabited by Huilliche indigenous and then with Spaniards mixed in from 1567 onwards, three centuries prior to their arrival to the Puerto Montt area.

Chiloe is steeped in history, natural beauty (with over half the island still with no road access), seafood, UNESCO churches and tranquility. You’ll visit the village of Chacao where the Spanish arrived in 1567 and the nearby Caullin Bay bird sanctuary. You’ll then pass through Ancud for an evening arrival at the beachside lodging 6 kilometres away.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: La Casita


Day 2: Pacific Coast

Today will be spent enjoying the island’s rugged Pacific Coast – a sparsely populated area of tremendous beauty and diversity, with expansive beaches, coastal cliffs, tight rocky bays and marine wildlife. Activities will be geared to your interests and can include a focus on birdwatching, trekking or simply soaking up the variety of beauty. 

All visits will include a boat trip to the penguin colony of Puñihuil, the only place in the world where Humbolt and Magellanic penguins nest side by side. Lunch will be at a local family farm which is one of the founding members of the Chiloe Organic Association. Not only will you enjoy the great food but you'll also get a glimpse into local island life. 

Later, dinner will be in nearby Anud before another night staying in Chil-Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: La Casita


Day 3: East Coast

Your third day will be spent exploring the East Coast of the island, where more of the island’s population has traditionally lived in small protected bays. It is an area of rural farms, small towns and lovely views over the other 40 islands of the Archipelago and the backbone of the Andes across the water 40 miles (60 kms) away.

You'll visit the bustling small capital city of Castro which is home to one of the 16 UNESCO World Heritage site churches as well as iconic palafito stilt houses built along the shores of the estuaries. Castro has a long history and was settled by the Spanish in 1567, sacked by Dutch Pirates in 1600 and 1643, and visited by Darwin in 1832. Currently, it is home to the island’s government as well as the economic base of the salmon farming industry.

Into the afternoon you'll then drive up the coast to Dalcahue, another small town accompanied by its UNESCO Church. You'll visit small markets and get a feel for the maritime world of the coast. You can decide to visit one of the outer islands or drive the coastal road north to visit more small off-the-beaten-track villages, where life follows a unique rhythm. In these villages you'll see farmers plowing with oxen and wooden boats being built by hand as they have been for centuries.

In the evening, you’ll arrive back to Chil-Hue. You can either return to Ancud for dinner or take something back for you to eat at the accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: La Casita


Day 4: Free morning then depart

You'll have a nice slow start to the final day with free time in the morning to enjoy the peaceful beach, return to the nearby Pacific, or visit the nearby Chepu River Valley where you can have lunch at a local farmer’s home. The transfer will then take you to PMC airport or Puerto Varas, depending on your plans, in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability. 

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing. The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

4+ people – USD $995 per person

3 people – USD $1,140 per person

2 people – USD $1,488 per person

Includes

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 3 nights at La Casita (first night at The Tower if needed)
  • Bilingual guide
  • All private transport included in the itinerary

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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