3 days/ 2 nights Trekking y Culture in Chiloé from Puerto Varas
Day 1 – Welcome to Chiloé.
This excursion begins from Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas where we will depart towards the ferry that will cross us to the island of Chiloe. We will drive through the quaint village of Chacao towards Caulin Bay, famous for its oysters. Then we will continue to Ancud, the second largest city on the island. We will visit the Fundacion Amigos de las Iglesias de Chiloe, foundation which is in charge of the restoration of the wooden churches, 16 of which have been declared World Heritage by Unesco. Then we will continue to the Natural Monument of Puñihuil, only place in the world where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins nest side by side. Afterwards we sail to the islets where penguins nest sharing their habitat with cormorants, wild geese and other fauna. We disembark for lunch at a local restaurant (included) where you can sample the freshest products from the country side and the sea. Later on, we will leave you at your hotel boutique in palafito.
* NOTE: Between March and September, when there is no presence of penguins, we will visit the Lacuy peninsula, Spanish forts, and beaches and do some bird watching.
Día 2 – Trekking: Bridge of the Souls (Puente de las Almas) – National Park Chiloe.
We travel to Cucao in the South-West area of the Island. Our first stop will be at the small village of Huillinco where we will visit its pier and a peculiar Chilote Cemetery. We will continue our journey bordering the Huillinco and Cucao lake arriving to Rahue where we will leave our vehicle and start our hour hike through cliffs with an outstanding view until we reach the mythical area of the “Bridge of the Souls”. We will have time to contemplate and feel the mystic of the place and to enjoy a picnic lunch. After hiking back to the vehicle, we will go to visit the Chiloe National Park where we will have a light walk on the Tepual trail. After visiting the park we will return to the hotel in Castro.
Day 3 – East Coast Chiloé.
On our last day in the island, we travel to the East coast of Chiloé. We start the day visiting the world heritage church in the village of San Juan and its shipyard which allow us to learn more about the labour of the “Maestros de Ribera”. Nearby we visit the world heritage church of Colo (smallest) and have lunch at a local restaurant. As we continue to the North, we stop at the village of Quemchi which the prominent Chilean writer Francisco Coloane described as “the town of the thousand landscapes.” We continue to the very peculiar botanic island of Aucar . Finally, we head to end Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas where the journey ends.
The excursión includes: Private transportation, bilingual guide, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches*, entrance fees, all activities and taxes.
Does not include: Dinner, alcohol, tips.
* Note: Lunch is a set menu. Does include the first non-alcoholic beverage.