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Half an hour’s ferry ride from Puerto Montt lie a series of islands famous for their folklore, legend and handicraft traditions.

Chiloé, covered by undulating hills and evergreen forest, boasts diverse and abundant birdlife, over 150 wooden churches, and Castro’s much photographed ‘palafitos’: picturesque but precarious timber houses perching over the water on stilts.

Exploring Chiloé

Ancud Church, Chiloe IslandIt is possible to stay overnight on this remote archipelago, and over recent years several charming boutique properties have opened up. Travel with your local guide or rent a car to explore the island, perhaps visiting a penguin colony and stopping for lunch to try some of Chiloé’s renowned oysters. One thing you can be fairly sure of where Chiloé is concerned; it will very likely be raining, so bring your waterproofs!

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Suggested itinerary featuring Chiloé Island

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Chiloé Island, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Chiloé Island

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    Places near Chiloé Island

    Our expert guides to exploring Chiloé Island

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Chiloé Island, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Chiloé Island at its best.

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      A church in southern Patagonia, Chile

      What to do in Chile: our highlights guide

      What to do in Chile: our highlights guide

      Chile is a land of geographical contrasts, from the arid Atacama Desert to the peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. Cultural differences are equally stark as Spanish-built wooden churches on Chiloé Island vie for the visitor’s attention along with the incongruous and mysterious stone statues on Easter Island.

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    • Self-drive holidays in Chile: 3 wilderness road trips
      Driving between Balmaceda and Lago General Carrera

      Self-drive holidays in Chile: 3 wilderness road trips

      Self-drive holidays in Chile: 3 wilderness road trips

      When it comes to driving trips in Chile, you’ll find the most fulfilling journeys are to be had in the Lake District and Chilean Patagonia, says Audley Chile specialist Chloe. Just make sure you allow time to stop and explore.

      7 min read

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    Accommodation choices for Chiloé Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Chiloé Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.