On arrival to the hotel you will have a speedy check in, a welcome briefing and set up a meeting to plan your activities for your stay and head to your room.
The rooms are comfortable with large panoramic windows – and the activities are a mix of land and water based excursions.
There are treks, horse rides, mountain bikes an kayak for the more adventurous and cultural explorations that don’t require as much effort.
Some are half day, some full day and all are guided in small groups with expert guides.
The hotel has been built and designed to channel and optimise natural resources including wind, sunlight and rainwater.
Reflecting the Island’s traditions, the exterior is clad in wooden shingles to ensure a low level of heat loss.
The local community was key during the construction phase and continues to be an integral part of the hotel.
The hotel also counts on a spa with indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam room and sauna. Massages and therapies are available at an extra cost.
Getting to Hotel Tierra Chiloe
The season runs from September through April.
Airport transfers are included in the package. The nearest airport is Castro airport with several flights a week to and from Santiago. It is approximately a 40 minute drive from the hotel.
Puerto Montt airport is also an option with daily flights from Santiago, Punta Arenas and Balmaceda. The transfer takes around 3.5 hours.
Luxury off the beaten track adventure
Discover the myths and culture of Chiloe Island
Trek solitary trails with rugged coastal scenery
Sail the seas and inlets that grace the coast of Chiloe
Explore the colourful bountiful markets
Spoil yourself with fine dinning with incredible views
Horse ride through wetlands with black necked swans
Enjoy the tranquillity away from it all
I really felt privileged to stay here. The quality of the room, the food, the excursions, the facilities, the guides, the staff were all first rate. I didn't want to leave.
A Lyall, UK, 2017
Arrive Castro Airport. A guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will assist you to the vehicle for the drive to the hotel which takes around 40 minutes.
The hotel is located on the banks of the Rilan peninsula with great views out to sea and a nearby wetland.
Check in to your room on arrival, and have a meeting with one of the guides to plan the excursions you will be enjoying during your stay. The daily excursions are designed for you to discover the magic of the archipelago, its culture and natural landscape. There are different types of excursions, half-day or full-day, at different levels of difficulty; multi-disciplinary outings which combine different activities in one excursion. The number of guests per activity is limited to eight per guide, thus ensuring you receive personalized and appropriate attention along with a sound level of safety.
Depending on time available you may have chosen a half day activity in the afternoon.
In the evening you can relax in the bar, enjoy the spa or rest in the lounge – maybe all three.
In the evening a three course fine dining dinner awaits with choices from a fixed menu.
the following day’s excursions will be displayed on a board in the lobby along with their respective departure times.
After a plentiful buffet breakfast set off on your chosen excursion.
This might be a full day excursion with a packed lunch or a half day excursion returning to the hotel for a 3 course lunch and another excursion in the afternoon.
All excursions include a hearty snack.
Backyard Pullao: An introduction to the area around the hotel including the Pullao wetlands. There is an option to kayak too. Half day, difficulty level easy.
Rilan Peninsula: Explore the culture and rural life of the peninsula taking in watermills, fish pens, the patrimonial church and boat builders at work. Half day, difficulty level easy.
Historic Castro: Visit the capital of Chiloe including the colourful market, the multicoloured “stilt houses”, San Francisco Church on the main square and a boat building yard. Half day, difficulty level easy.
Bosquepiedra – Chonchi: Visit Bosquepiedra private park, a 12 hectare plot of land, with evergreen native forest, including canelos, coigues, avellanod and mañio trees. Continue towards Chonchi, a traditional fishing town, one of the most important on the Island. Full day, difficulty level easy.
Muelle De Las Almas: Drive across the Island to the Pacific coast. Hike to cliffs where the “Pier of Souls” sculpture is to be found in honour of a local legend. Full day, difficulty level moderate.
Duhatao: Trek along the Pacific coast from Duhatao to Chepu. The trek takes in 4 hills with cliff top views and finishes with an hour beach walk. Full day, difficulty level high.
Guabil Beach: Drive across the Island to Chepu and sail down river to the sea. Walk to Guabil beach for pic nic lunch. Return the same way. Full day, difficulty level easy.
Isla Quinchao: Drive to Dalcahue and visit the century-old craft market. Take the ferry to Quinchao Island and meet a Chilote farmer. Continue with visits to Curaco de Velez and Achao. Full day, difficulty level easy.
Mechuque: Drive to Tenaún, board the boat Williche, sail to the Chauques Islands. Visit Mechuque and optional afternoon activities such as kayak or an easy walk. Sail back to the hotel. Full day, difficulty level easy.
Chelin – Quehui: Board the boat “Williche” at the hotel. Sail to the island of Chelin for a visit including the church and cemetery. Sail to the island of Quehui and optional afternoon activities such as kayak or an easy walk. Sail back to the hotel. Full day, difficulty level easy.
Bicycle, Horseback Riding and Kayaks Trips: Guests can discover the nearby areas of Pullao, San José and Quilquico by bike, on horseback or in a kayak. Depending on the experience and interests of our guests, the activities can take between 2 and 5 hours, whilst taking in the countryside and daily life of the island.
At the agreed time share transfer to Castro airport for your departure flight. There is the option of transfers to Puerto Montt airport for an additional cost.
Prices From $2,610 / £2,213 per person
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Shared transfer to and from Castro (MHC) airport or to and from Puerto Montt (PMC) on request.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open bar (includes mineral water, soda, juice, house wine and liquors).
Daily, Two half day or one full day excursion in small groups with other hotel guests.
Use of pools, sauna, Jacuzzi.
Premium wines and premium liquors.
Massages, treatments and therapies.
Services not mentioned, extras and tips.
The hotel has 24 superior rooms, 30 to 33 m2 with double or twin beds. En suite bathrooms have shower, toilet, bathtub and washbasin.
All rooms have panoramic windows overlooking the Pullao wetlands or the southern inland Pacific channels. There are five family rooms which consist of 2 interconnected superior rooms.
There is a team of dedicated , expert multilingual guides who will accompany you on your chosen excursions.
All meals are included at the hotel.
There is a buffet breakfast with a wide selection of fruit, breads, cakes, cereals, dairy, cold cuts, cheese, eggs, juices, tea and coffee.
Lunch and dinner at the hotel are a fixed gourmet menu with three course all with three choices.
All excursions have a plentiful supply of snacks and drinks and full day excursions will include a packed lunch as well as snacks.
All drinks are included as well as an open bar. Premium wines and spirits are extra.
You can choose from easy excursions to more demanding ones. On arrival to the hotel you will have a welcome briefing where you can chat to the head guide about the excursions on offer the details and that way organise your stay to get the mos t out of it.
The excursions are led by qualified and experienced guides who will join guests in a variety of activities such as hikes, horse rides, scenic journeys or bike rides in order to discover the most interesting parts of the archipelago.
Activities are divided into three different levels;
Every day you can choose 2 half day excursions or one full day activity.
If you would like to arrange a massage or therapy and enjoy some time in Uma Wellness, we recommend you check the return time of the excursions with the guides, and pre-book treatment times.
Land Excursions Half day:
Backyard Pullao – Easy
This activity is ideal as an introduction to the area around the hotel, and the Pullao wetlands which make up part of the “Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network”- WHSRN. Depending on the time of year, it is possible to spot scientifically important migratory bird species such as godwits, Chilean flamingos, cormorants, ducks and gulls. There are salmon farms, mussel farms and seaweed collectors who’s paths we may cross on our journey. This excursion can also be done by kayak.
Rilan Peninsula – Easy
Discover the cultural wealth and rural life of the peninsula in this tour which takes us past watermills, fish pens, the patrimonial church and boat builders at work. We will visit the recently restored Santa Maria de Rilán church, inspired by the neo-gothic style with a shingled exterior typical of the area. We will also learn about the Water Mill Project that has restored 4 (of the 48 on the island) traditional mills introduced by the Spanish. Depending on the season, we will see honey producers, large-ship builders or farmers. Rilán is one of Chiloe’s 3 pilot sites participating in a UNESCO project that seeks to recognize and promote the conservation of areas whose agricultural and cultural characteristics are unique. It is known as GIAHS or Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Following a visit to the village of Rilán, with its beaches, we return to the hotel via a scenic route over looking the Castro fjord.
Historic Castro – Easy
This tour follows the tides and invites you to discover the island’s capital with its traditional houses on stilts. We will visit the picturesque Mercado Yumbel where typical regional products such as Chilote potatoes, elephant garlic, basketry, woven goods and a wide variety of seafood are sold. We will see the inspiration for Chiloé’s classic postcard: the colourful stilt homes and charming main street with small craft shops and wood-shingled stores. We continue on our way to San Francisco church, the capital’s main Catholic church, declared a National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit the shipyard where our boat “Williche” was built, and see others being built. An optional trip to nearby Nercon church is available, which lends valuable testimony to the Chiloe Wooden Architecture School. The interior, built by local carpenters, reveals the island’s imagery and the devotion of the Chilote sailors.
Land Excursions Full day:
Bosquepiedra & Chonchi – Easy
We leave the hotel heading southwest to Huillinco Lake, where we visit the Bosquepiedra private park which is a 12 hectare plot of land, with evergreen native forest, including canelos, coigues, avellanod and mañio trees. There is also a wide variety of ferns and a lichen garden, where we can view the minature “forests” through a magnifying glass. There is also a geological fault line, which has left the rock strata exposed and where the water has sculpted rounded forms and deep pools. We then head towards Chonchi, a traditional fishing town, one of the most important on the Island. We visit the historic church whose vaulted roof is painted blue, sprinkled with white stars. We walk along the coast road, declared a National Monument for its traditional large wooden houses, which reflect a period of wealth resulting from the growth of forestry. We can visit the local museum of “Chonchina Tradition” which was founded by the villagers to preserve their own history and show how their ancestors lived. We can also discover the traditional accordion music of the
island, in a museum founded by Sergio Colivoro, an avid collector of the instrument and well loved folklorist. Following the coast road we pass by the craft fair where as well as artisan wares, local doughnuts are sold, together with the traditional “golden liquor” of the island.
Muelle de las Almas – Medium
Driving across the island, along the shore of Huillinco Lake with its lush vegetation dominated by large ferns and native trees, we come to the open sea, and wild Pacific coast of the island. Here we hike through low forests, stunted by the wind, until we reach the clis at the edge of the island. Here, a local sculptor has paid homage to the legend of the boatman Tempilcahue and his “Pier of Souls” with a special wooden sculpture.
From the highest point on the cliffs, you can see a colony of sea lions below, as well as a wide variety of ocean birds. On the way back to the hotel in the van, we will stop along the way to visit a Chilote woman, Morelia who is renowned for her fresh empanadas.
Isla Quinchao – Easy
We will drive to Dalcahue, “place of canoes” in the indigenous Williche language. Every week, artisans travel from far away islands to sell woven items, basketry and carved wood at this not-to-be-missed, century-old craft market. We will catch the ferry to Quinchao Island to meet a Chilote farmer, who grows native potatoes and elephant garlic. We will stop at a clearing in the woods to try some farm products. Next, we travel to Curaco de Velez with its colorful, wooden-shingled homes built about 100 years ago. We will lunch in the area before heading to Achao, capital of this island and meeting point for the inhabitants of the smaller surrounding islands.
This is home to the oldest church in the archipelago, a World Heritage Site, built entirely of wood. Depending on the season, we may meet some local artisans. We may also continue toward the end of the island to Quinchao, a tranquil village that once a year receives hundreds of tourists for one of the archipelago’s most important religious festivals. For this reason, its church, built in the midst of the countryside, is Chiloe’s largest (nearly 11,000 square feet). We return to the hotel by van.
Duhatao – High
This trail, which goes from Duhatao to Chepu, is part of the “Sendero de Chile” a trail which when finished will run the length of the country. We start our hike at sea level in the Bay of Duhatao, climbing up to natural lookout points to view the surrounds and the ocean. When we reach the woods, the sound of the sea retreats and birdsong takes its place, including that of chucaos, hued-hued, fio-fio, rayaditos, cometocinos, and hummingbirds. We lunch at a viewpoint where we can see the mouth of the Chepu river in the distance. We follow the track through the forest until we start the descent, heading down to sea level again, to the islet of Aulen, with its distinctive form. We walk along the beach for about an hour, until we reach the mouth of the river where we take a boat upstream to meet the van which will take us back to the hotel.
Guabil Beach – Easy
We travel by van until we reach Chepu, where we sail down the river until it meets the sea. Here we walk to the south of the river, through native forests and low lying trees blown by the wind until we reach Guabil beach, with its green rolling hills, characteristic of the Pacific coast of the island which fall suddenly into the sea. There is an ancient boat here, stuck in the sand. We return by the same path, sailing up the river through submerged woods. Following lunch, we return to the hotel by van.
Sea Excursions Full day:
Mechuque – Easy
We will travel north by land along the coast between Dalcahue and Quemchi, towards Tenaún, the town of the “three hills” where we can visit the church which is decorated with stars and has three towers, like its namesake.
Time permitting, we may also stop at the Tocoihue Waterfall which is considered a ceremonial place in Chilote mythology.
We will then take our boat, the Williche, towards the Chauques Islands, considered the most beautiful chain of islands in Chiloe, which conserve the essence of the archipelago. We arrive at the charming town of Mechuque, which takes us back to another time, with its traditional houses on stilts, a church, an ancient bridge and a maze of passageways that will take us to a private collection of historic maritime, agricultural and ranching artefacts, which reflect typical Chilote family life. Following lunch there is a choice of activities for the afternoon – kayak through the canals, like the indigenous people did in their dugout canoes, or you might opt to hike up to the Mechuque viewpoint (an easy 1.5 hours) where you can see all the splendor of the Chauques Islands. We will return to the hotel aboard the Williche.
Chelin & Quehui – Easy
We will board our boat the “Williche” and sail towards the southwest, moving away from the Rilán Peninsula to the island of Chelin. Here, we will stroll through rustic streets past traditional homes until we reach the World Heritage Site church that is currently being restored. Here, we can see with our own eyes the work of artisans and architects who seek to preserve the history of this area with its neoclassical style and imitation marble paintings. Next, we will discover the Chilote cemetery that still has niches imitating the traditional wood-shingled homes of the village – a miniature town of the dead, lost in time. After visiting a lookout we walk through a small wood and take the boat over to the island of Quehui. This area’s unique geography allows us to sail to the heart of the island by way of the Pindo Estuary’s calm waters. Here, we can try our hand at kayaking, sail the shoreline in our Zodiac or bicycle on nearby trails to clis with gorgeous views. We can also walk in the picturesque streets of Quehui, which every year received many visitors for the “Ocean Festival”. This traditional
gathering maintains the cuisine, folklore and customs of the archipelago alive. Lunch is taken on board.
Bicycle, horseback riding and Kayak excursions:
Guests can discover the nearby areas of Pullao, San José and Quilquico by bike, on horseback or in a kayak. Depending on the experience and interests of our guests, the activities can take between 2 and 5 hours, whilst taking in the countryside and daily life of the island.
Chile is the land of contrasts, from verdant vineyards to driest desert, deep fjords and towering glaciated volcanoes.
A narrow but incredibly long, snake-like country, Chile’s unusual geography features more than 5,000km of South Pacific Ocean coast. The country is almost 4,400km long but barely more than 160km at its widest.
It is best divided into general regions, all of which offer spectacular landscapes and identities of their own.
This variety means Chile is the land where almost every activity is possible. Hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking.
Or climbing, cruising, fishing, horse riding, wine tasting.
Or simply eating great food, relaxing and exploring.
Official name: Republic of Chile
Country population: 17,000,000
Capital city: Santiago (6 million)
Largest cities: Santiago, Concepcion, Valparaiso
Languages: Spanish (official)
Official currency: Chilean Peso
Major industries: Copper mining, agriculture, fish
Time zone: GMT-5 in winter (Mar-Sep) and GMT-4 in summer (Sep-Mar)
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Body: T shirts, Shirts, Fleece, Light sweater for evenings, Insulated Waterproof jacket.
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Technical kit: Daypack . Comfortable and with waterproof lining or cover.
Other kit: Wet Wipes/antiseptic hand-wash cream, Sunscreen (factor 40+) and lip salve,
Camera and plenty of memory, charger, binoculars , Spanish phrasebook, Sunglasses.
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