Chiloe is a serene area off the coast of central Chile. This sleepy and mythical island is overlooked a lot by travelers who are eager to head down south to Patagonia. But this picturesque island dotted with colorful fishing villages is well worth a visit. Here you can immerse yourself into the traditions of handmade boat making, the art of Curanto (a seafood feast cooked in the ground), and a slower pace of life.
WHAT TO DO:
Take a day trip on the Williche (if you are staying at Tierra Chiloe) and explore the beautiful waters of the Pullao Bay while dolphins jump and play all around you. You will be traveling in style and luxury aboard this bright and modern HANDMADE wooden boat. The morning begins with coffee and breakfast as soon as you board. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you head toward one of the many islands surrounding Chiloe where you can explore and visit Unesco World Heritage churches. Once back on board you will trek to a nearby island where you can choose to hike or sea kayak (the kayaking was incredible)!
After your excursion you are welcomed back to the boat with a freshly cooked local lunch that was prepared onboard in the kitchen below. Start heading back to Chiloe as the sun begins to set (this is an all day excursion).
You can choose from two different riding experiences at Tierra Chiloe. If you are a beginner, you will take an easy ride to a beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you are an expert and crave a bit of adventure (like me), then you can canter through the hillsides of the island and experience stunning views from one of the highest points of the island.
You can not come to Chiloe without experiencing this amazing local seafood feast cooked in the ground. Stay tuned for a in depth post on Curanto this Thursday. Sip on local Chilean wines while watching the cooks prepare the feast and watch the sun set over the water. Then head inside for a delicious mix of clams, mussels, chicken, and sausage.
No seriously I mean it! Too often we head off on a vacation and we want to see and do everything. Before you know it, you’re back home and you feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation. Read a book, get a massage, sit by an outdoor fireplace and watch the sun rise or set.
Visit downtown Chiloe and find beautifully crafted local goods which include hand-carved wooden bowls, sweaters, baskets, and much more.
WHERE TO STAY:
Tierra Chiloe is a gorgeous hotel perched on a lush green hill overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Pullao Bay. This modern luxurious all inclusive hotel will leave you wanting for nothing. Do as much or as little as you want; your daily excursions are catered to your interests. The on site staff are gracious and cater to your every need. Almost the entire hotel is windows, which allows you to take in the incredible views Chiloe has to offer. You might even get lucky like we did and see a triple rainbow! The cuisine is fresh and modern and is served three times a day in their restaurant.
WHAT TO WEAR:
It is COLD and WET in Chiloe and the weather can change from one moment to the next very quickly. I packed lots of great layering pieces: warm soft knit ponchos, sweaters, casual dresses, leggings, and comfortable boots.
One of my favorite looks was this Zara leather dress that I layered an alpaca poncho over. For extra warmth, I threw on these wool leggings and a tweed hat. This look is stylish but WARM. Chiloe is not fancy so opt for a more laid back feel with your fashion choices.
Shop similar Chiloe fashion below!