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By Land

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BACKYARD PULLAO

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.

  • Duration: Half Day.
  • Difficulty: Easy.

 

RILAN PENINSULA

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.

  • Duration: Half day
  • Difficulty: Easy.

 

HISTORIC CASTRO

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 colorful 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.

  • Duration: Half day
  • Difficulty: Easy.
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    BOSQUEPIEDRA - CHONCHI

    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 accordeon 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.s.

    • Duration: Full Day
    •  Difficulty: Easy.

     

    MUELLE DE LAS ALMAS

    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. ©CHUMONO, Muelle del Alma. CREAIMAGEN 2016.
    From the highest point on the clis, 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.

    • Duration: Full Day
    • Difficulty: Medium

     

    DUHATAO

    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.

    • Duration: Full Day
    • Difficulty: High
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    GUABIL BEACH

    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.

    • Duration: Full Day
    • Difficulty: Easy

     

    ISLA QUINCHAO

    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.

    • Duration: Full Day
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Bicycle, Horseback Riding and Kayaks Trips

    Our 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.

    * Excursions may be modified depending on weather conditions.