Chiloe Island is the second largest island in South America, next to Tierras del Fuego. This surprising archipelago situated south of Puerto Montt, linked to the mainland by ferries, is definitely a world apart. Whether on dry land or in their remarkable boats, Chiloe is an archipelago made up for many islands. One comes across wonderfully structured old churches, colorful local markets, knitted goods,
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|Day 1||Arrive in Puerto Montt airport & Ferry to Chiloe Island|
|Day 2||Sightseeing tour in Quemchi & Aucar Island|
|Day 3||Journey Castro to Puerto Montt|
Day 1: Puerto Montt to Castro – Chiloe Island
Pickup at the airport of either Puerto Montt or Castro for our transfer to the seaport town of Dalcahue. The town is named after native canoes called “dalcas”. Dalcahue is still a thriving maritime centre for fishing, transport and aquaculture with boats of all types and colors at anchor along the waterfront. We will have lunch at the local market where fresh empanadas, fresh fish and island meat is offered. We’ll visit the town church – one of 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites on Chiloe before driving through the countryside to the capital of Castro. Here we will see the emblematic “palafito” stilt homes where fishermen and seaweed collectors can park their boats underneath their homes. Castro’s San Francisco church is also a UNESCO site and is a soaring gothic-style cathedral exclusively made of wood.Overnight in or nearby Castro
Day 2: Castro-Quemchi-Aucar Island with Lunch
After breakfast we will visit the bustling local market of the city. Seaweed, smoked shellfish, fresh vegetables, and hand made 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 long standing priest who ran the chapel grounds. Continuing down the coast through the forests and farmlands, we will visit small fishing villages where wooden boat building and a life at sea are still frequent. UNESCO churches dot this coast, reminders of the area’s missionary past when the Jesuits and Franciscans arrived with the first Spaniards in the XXI century. Optional is to have lunch at the home of a mussel producer along the ocean. In the evening we’ll return to Castro.
Day 3: Quinchao – Castro / Puerto Montt
Today’s excursion will be a short ferry ride away to visit the second largest island of the archipelago, Quinchao. The road goes along a high ridge in the middle of the island, offering panoramic views of the other islands of the archipelago and the glacier topped Andes to the East. The small town of Achao is home to the oldest of all the wooden churches- an intricately decorated and painted building made of the finest wood on the island. After lunch – not included – we will make our way back to Chiloe Grande and drop-off at the local airport or transfer back to Puerto Montt.
- Arrival and departure private transfer
- 2 nights accommodation in Palafito 1326
- Full day tour to Quemchi and Aucar Island
- visit to Castro’s San Francisco church, local market in Castro, ferry to Quinchao. visit to Anchao
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfast daily
- English speaking guide
- Items of personal nature
- Drinks alcoholic and not alcoholic
- Meals not listed above
- Tours not listed above
- Transfers not listed above
- Tips to the drivers, guides & porters
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