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Magical Chiloe Heritage Tour

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Explore the island of Chiloé with its abundant wildlife and unique culture on this active Chile Lakes District tour. Bike through villages and along coastlines and kayak through an ancient sunken forest. Hike remote stretches of beach where penguins nest and experience the local hospitality of a people whose indigenous culture and traditions have been well preserved through the centuries.
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  • Hike through Chiloé National Park alongside picturesque Lake Huillinco and Cucao
  • Taste traditional, homemade dishes typical to Chiloé
  • Experience Chiloe's wildlife on a boat trip visit the Punihuil penguin
  • Visit Chiloe's UNESCO World Heritage sites
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Chiloe Island | Wildlife-watching Boat Trip

We leave Puerto Varas and go south to Ancud, the gateway to Chiloé and one of the province's most important cities. Before traveling east to Puihuil, a natural monument consisting of three small islets*, we stop at its museum to learn about the island's unique churches and also make a stop at its famed fishing market. We head to the waters after a substantial meal to give you a close look at some of the local marine species, including the Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins. Following that, we'll go to Castro, where you may unwind in the beautiful gardens of Hotel Palafito, your home for the next two nights.

Note: This itinerary is modified in winter due to penguin migration, and instead includes a visit to Fuerte Ahui from April to August.

Important: Kindly arrive one day early for the pick-up in Puerto Varas.

Day 2: Chiloé National Park & Traditional Lunch

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Do an easy trip in Chiloé National Park today, a secluded region of evergreen tep (Tepualia stipularis) forest on the border of Huillinco and Cucao, two lakes that extend between the island's rolling hills. We finish at the indigenous community of Quique, where a feast of Chiloé-style homemade delicacies awaits us. After that, we return to Castro for the remainder of the afternoon, stopping briefly along the road to view the Chonchi patrimonial church, which dates from the 19th century.

Day 3: Chiloé Church Exploration | Quinchao Island | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today's mission is to explore Chiloé's remarkable churches, which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites. This morning, we'll go to Quinchao Island, where we'll take a breathtaking coastline path to see the archipelago's oldest church, Achao. After lunch, we travel to the port town of Dalcahue to view its distinctive church, which dates back to 1858, as well as its tiny market, where you can buy locally manufactured wool souvenirs. After that, we'll return to Puerto Varas, where your island vacation will come to an end.

Important: Please book a late flight - departing after 7:00 PM. 


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  • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • All excursion transfer
  • Museum Entrance
  • Round-trip Shuttle Service: Park Entrance/Lodge
  • Entrance Park Fee
  • Picnic Lunch
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)


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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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