Why We Like This Lodge
- Set on a bay overlooking an archipelago of smaller islands, the remote Tierra Chiloé is located a convenient 30 minute drive from the capital Castro on the banks of the Rilán peninsula
- The hotel’s 24 rooms are warm and cosy with rugs and throws, woven from local lambs wool, as well as Jacuzzi bathtubs and panoramic views over the bay and to the islands of the archipelago
- Daily choice of half and full day excursions on foot, horse, bike, by vehicle, kayak or on board the hotel’s traditional wooden boat “Williche”; group sizes are limited to 8 guests to ensure personal attention
- Steeped in tradition, a journey to Tierra Chiloé is as much about the island's rich and magical culture as it is about its beautiful landscapes
- Flights from Santiago to Castro operate 4 times a week and there are daily flights from Santiago to Puerto Montt, which is a 3 hour drive from the hotel
The hotel offers a select choice of tailored excursions designed to reveal the magic of the island. These include both half and full-day excursions, by foot, horse, bike and kayak. Guests can visit the UNESCO World Heritage churches, famous for their wooden shingles and unique design, and enjoy wandering through local markets where everything from fresh fish to handmade textiles are on display.
Bird watching is a popular option as the property is located next to wetlands, which are home to a variety of migratory birds. In addition, you can book exclusive trips through the fiords and canals on the hotel's traditional vessel, the “Williche.”
There are two full-day boat trips to choose from, both of which provide an astonishing exhibition of the beauty of the area, geologically and culturally, and its wildlife. The first excursion begins at the magical town of Tenaun and sails through the waterways between the islands of the archipelago, with visits to the only heritage church on the island, the original palafitos (stilt houses), and the Don Checo Museum. You're then able to choose between kayaking, hiking, or a Zodiac ride.
The second excursion starts with a visit to the island of Chelín, then follows a woodland hike before heading over to the island of Quehui. The area’s unique geography allows you to sail to the heart of the island by way of the Pindo Estuary’s calm waters. Here, you can kayak, sail the shoreline by Zodiac boat, or bicycle on nearby trails to cliffs with gorgeous views.
Many different cycling trails are possible from the hotel, with levels varying from relaxed to difficult. Recommendations can be made regarding intensity and particular areas you'd like to visit before you set out.
The rides begin from the hotel, and take you through the village of San Jose, then into woods and open fields, and past the church and cemetery. The entire path is unpaved with a privileged view of the coastal mountains.
You can enjoy a variety of horseback rides perfect for close-up exploration of the island and hotel surroundings, in the company of the hotel’s horseman. The smaller Chilote horses are the perfect ride for the island’s geography.
The Village of San Jose excursion is an easy half-day ride through heart of the village, with unique views of the Andes Mountains. The medium-difficulty Shipyard excursion begins on the beach, with potential dolphin sightings, and incorporates fields, farmland, and the countryside. On the Pellul – Quento Beach excursion, more experienced riders travel to Quento Beach, with a panoramic view toward Castro, the capital of Chiloé.
For me, the gem of the hotel is the ‘Wiliche’, the wooden boat. Whilst out on her, we pulled up alongside a small, local fishing boat to see what they were catching. We were offered some of their catch – local muscles and clams. Later in the afternoon the captain cooked these up with white wine, garlic and onions – delicious and so fresh.
Sally Dodge Tailor-made trip & Lakes Specialist
Take a look around Tierra Chiloé
About Hotel Chiloé
Location and seasonality
Tierra Chiloé is a welcoming lodge on the island of Chiloé, on the coast of Northern Patagonia. Sitting on 10 hectares of land where the sea meets the countryside, the hotel overlooks the islands of the southern archipelago.
San José is the closest village, whilst the island's capital, Castro, is 18km away. The nearest airport is Mocopulli – Castro (MHC), 30 minutes drive from the hotel. Commercial flights from Chile’s capital, Santiago (2 1/2 hour flight time) land here several times a week. The airport at Puerto Montt (PMC) receives a number of flights daily from Santiago (2 hour flight) and is approximately 3 hours’ drive from the hotel.
Tierra Chiloé is open from spring through until the end of fall (September – May). It is closed during the southern hemisphere winter months (May – August).
Food and drink
Food is inspired by the traditional cuisine of Chiloé and a variety of local produce is sourced, including succulent oysters, farm fresh eggs and daily catch from the surrounding waters. One of Chiloé’s most traditional dishes, Curanto, is served - a delicious stew of shellfish, fish, potatoes and meat, cooked on hot stones in the ground.
Guests can also enjoy an extensive list of Chilean wines, artisan beers and classic cocktails.
Spa, pool and gym
Breathe in the fresh sea air whilst relaxing in the hotel’s ‘Uma Spa’. With an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation areas, and a selection of therapies and massages, you can look forward to enjoying a different aspect of the spa each day. Guests also have use of a well-equipped gym.
Please note that therapies and treatments are an additional cost, payable locally.
The inviting, friendly atmosphere imbues the range of common spaces throughout the hotel.
Map out your next walk or research the local wildlife you've spotted during your rambles in the reading room, meet other travellers in the TV lounge or bar, or gaze upon the surroundings from the living room or terraces. Interiors are carefully decorated with hand-made textiles and woodcarvings, echoing the island ́s culture, and WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in local culture and beautiful scenery but not scrimp on the comfort level, then this hotel would make a wonderful addition to any itinerary to Patagonia.
Dates & Rates
Open from September through April, this luxury lodge provides adventure and relaxation throughout the Patagonian summer.
Mid-season prices (September, October and April) start from USD $1,500 per person for two nights in a superior double-bedroom. High season prices start from USD $1,650. These prices include:
- Transfers between the Hotel and Castro Airport
- All meals (American breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Open bar (soft drinks, mineral water, juices, house wines, beers and liquors)
- Exclusive daily excursions (two half day or one full day guided excursion per day in small groups with other guests)
- Full use of all the hotel facilities, including the heated pools, saunas and jacuzzi
Tierra Chiloé has 24 rooms including 2 suites and 5 family rooms. From every room, guests can have their own panoramic view over the sea towards either the inland Pacific Ocean or the Pullao Bay. Enjoy the wonderful views and the constantly changing light on the water, as well as watching the many birds that dwell here.
All rooms have a telephone, safe deposit box, central heating, shower, bathtub, and hairdryers. Warm and cozy, the decoration includes hand-dyed rugs and throws woven from local lambswool. Feel right at home with deep-soak bathtubs and hand-knitted slippers made of the softest Chilean wool (yours to keep).
Superior rooms are clad in traditional details from Chiloé Island with wood paneling and warm tones that complement the overall energy of the hotel. Rooms have large comfortable beds that face wide windows, and there is also the option to connect some of the rooms, creating family apartments that can sleep up to six people. Ask about the 'superior family rooms' for more details.
Generously-sized suites offer the perfect upgrade to your stay at Tierra Chiloé. There are two suites available, both of which look out over the inland Pacific Ocean and Pullao Wetlands with huge windows to soak up the personal view. You’ll find lounge spaces clad in hand-crafted furniture and locally-sourced materials; being inspired by the region before even leaving your room.
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