Chiloé Island (in Chile) is situated around 1,000km south of Santiago and can be accessed by a road-and-ferry trip from Puerto Montt or via Chiloé’s new airport at Castro, the largest town on the island. Chiloé is the second largest island in Chile (after Isla Grande Tierra Del Fuego) and until recently was visited only by a few more ‘adventurous’ travellers.The island is famous for its many UNESCO-protected churches although, while they are very interesting, it was the almost unchanged way of life, along with the island’s natural beauty, that were the highlights for me.
Until recently accommodation options were quite limited, now we have the beautiful Tierra Chiloé hotel, a luxurious 12 room lodge located on the banks of the Rilán Peninsula, providing and excellent base from which to explore the many wonders of Chiloe.
Sitting on more than 10 hectares of private land, atop a hill at the edge of the sea, Tierra Chiloé combines countryside and beach, with green fields and forests bordering an arm of Chiloé’s inland sea. The architecture of the hotel is quite stunning, showcasing the beautiful native timbers and blending well with the natural landscape.
With its own vehicles, boat, horses and kayaks, Tierra Chiloé can tailor-make your activities to suit your personal interests. The hotel’s wonderful guides enable you to make the best use of your time, and help you to discover Chiloé’s unique culture, fabulous landscapes, flora and fauna.
The bird life on Chiloé is excellent; you’ll see thousands of the brown-hooded gulls from which the island gets its name, as well as steamer ducks, black-necked swans, whimbrels and cinnamon teal – to name just a few.