Holidays to Chiloé Island, Chile

A ferry ride from Puerto Montt will get you to Chiloé Island, a mile and a half off the mainland. It’s an intriguing destination, instantly different from the Chile you will have left behind. Covered in evergreen forest that’s watered by unrelenting rain, this picturesque place is home to an abundance of birdlife.

It’s an island steeped in myth and legend, with a distinctive culture. You’ll be warmly welcomed by the seafaring Chilote people, who’ll point you in the right direction to find the palafitos, brightly coloured homes built on stilts over the water. Try their traditional dish, curanto, a mixed seafood stew cooked over hot stones in the ground. Hundreds of varieties of potatoes are grown here, famous for the rainbow of colours they come in.

Chiloé has trekking trails you can follow to explore the forests of Chiloé National Park. Or hire a kayak and discover the scenery along the sea channels. Either way, you can’t miss the profusion of colourful wooden churches that are found all over the island - 16 are Unesco World Heritage Sites. On the north of the island, waddles of Humboldt and Megellanic penguins nest from November to March. You may even spot the odd seal playing in the water!

 

 

Highlights

  • A mythical, culturally rich island

  • Home to waddles of penguins

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With its breathtaking landscapes and host of adventures on offer, Chile will always have a special place in my heart. I have lived in Chile and travelled extensively in Ecuador as well as Argentina, Peru and Brazil. I'm fluent in English and Spanish.

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Map of Chiloé Island