Welcome to Chiloe Island Chile, South America

Chiloe Island Chile, Nothern Patagonia

(If you look at the map it is the island just south of  Puerto Montt.) 

ferry crossing to Chiloe Island ChileTo cross to and from the Island you need to take a ferry.
The trip from mainland Chile to the Island takes about 30 minutes.

The Isla Grande of Chiloé is South America's largest island and among its most striking cultural anomalies. Divided by the gentle peaks of the Coastal Range, Chiloé's eastern and western coasts are two worlds apart. To the west is a wilderness of endless beaches, dune habitat, and temperate rainforests, much of it protected in one of Chile's most forgotten national parks. To the east are the scattered islands of the Chiloé archipelago, sheltered from Pacific storms, intensely cultivated, home to a traditional culture of subsistence farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen.

Charles Darwin arrived in Chiloe on 28 June 1834 and was based there for six months, writing about his impressions of southern Chile in his diaries.


"There is also something very attractive in the
simplicity and humble politeness -"
( February 4, 1835) Charles Darwin speaking of Chiloe's customs which are still alive today.


The Jesuit order made this corner of the earth their special responsibility, erecting schools and over two hundred elegant wooden churches, nine of which are protected as national monuments. A rich mythology - populated by strange trolls, sea monsters, and eerie ghost ships - is yet another mark of Chiloé's singular history.

Unesco Criterion (iii): The mestizo culture resulting from Jesuit missionary activities in the 17th and 18th centuries has survived intact in the Chiloé archipelago, and achieves its highest expression in the outstanding wooden churches.

Today, Chiloé balances wild, unbridled nature with one of South America's most remarkable traditional cultures. Renowned for its seafood, its woolen handicrafts, and the warmth of its people, Chiloé is still a largely unknown destination for walking and biking, fishing, paddling and birding.

The town of Castro, characterized by its fleets of yellow fishing boats and distinctive palafito houses built on stilts above the tides, is easily accessible and provides a full range of tourist services. The charming islands of the archipelago, meanwhile, can only be visited by boat or kayak.
(excerpt from "Tourism Promotion Corporation of Chile")

Packages and additional tips

Santiago, Lakes and Volcanoes - Air EKA 012
11 days / 10 nights

Visit Santiago, ViƱa del Mar, Valparaiso then south to Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas, frutillar, Chiloe and a final view of the Puyehue Hot Springs before returning to Santiago


Map

The Weather on Chiloe Island



Rent a Car in :

Category A:
City cars for rent in Chile
Kia Morning or similar city car
Day Week Month
US$ 49 US$ 320 US$ 1.150

Category B:
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Suzuki Swift or similar subcompact
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US$ 59 US$ 354 US$ 1.350

Category C:
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Nissan Versa, or similar compact sedan.
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US$ 78 US$ 468 US$ 1.590

Category D:
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Chevrolet Cruze or similar
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US$ 118 US$ 708 US$ 2.350

Category E:
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VAN
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US$ 175 US$ 1.050 US$ 3.090

Category F:
City cars for rent in Chile
Double cabin, four doors pickup truck (4x2)
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US$ 99 US$ 594 US$ 1.730

Category G:
City cars for rent in Chile
Double cabin (4 doors) pickup truck (4x4)
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US$ 145 US$ 870 US$ 2.500

Category H:
City cars for rent in Chile
Suzuki Vitara 1.600cc, 4x4, 3 doors jeep
Day Week Month
US$ 89 US$ 490 US$ 1.730

Category I:
City cars for rent in Chile
SUV4x4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar)
Day Week Month
US$ 175 US$ 1.050 US$ 3.090





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