The 10 Best Things to Do in Isla Chiloe, Chile

November 4, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Although it's only a 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across the Chacao Channel, verdant Isla Chiloe – the largest in the Chiloe archipelago – is another world. Sixteen wooden churches clustered around Castro on the island's east coast have UNESCO World Heritage status, and traditional palafitos (houses on stilts) dot its shores. To the west, Chiloe National Park shelters foxes, sea lions and otters and provides unspoiled terrain for horseback riding, sea kayaking and fishing.
Restaurants in Isla Chiloe

1. Isla Aucar

Puerto Fernandez, Quemchi, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Isla Aucar

Reviewed By natogl - Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

After visiting a couple of times Muelle de las Ánimas and going this weekend to Aucar, I think Aucar is a much better place.
More accesible, less crowded, quiet and well preserved.
It is not a long walk, but you can enjoy a walk on the island, the island Beaches, watch the tides and the thousands of birds around.
I think it is a must of Chiloe.

2. Church of Castro

Almirante Latorre Esquina San Martin, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Church of Castro

Made entirely of wood, this striking church was designed by an Italian architect in a blend of Neo-Gothic and classic design.

Reviewed By Pedro_L_P_Sanchez - Sao Paulo, SP

Amazing architectural and artistic work. The structure, columns and most of the details are made of carved wood. That is interesting, unique, but it was not what got my attention. What I found most interesting and have not seen a single mention anywhere, was that the external surface of the church is made of hammered sheet metal imitating stones.

3. Lemuy Island

Isla Chiloe, Chile +56 9 7664 0475
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Lemuy Island

Reviewed By Mei L - Hong Kong, China

While you can island-hop independently, it can be a hassle to time the bus and ferry departures so that they coincide. Most people go with a tour, which you can buy from many tour operators in town. Also, public transportation options on the Islands aren't great so you might be better off on a tour where you'll get to visit the rural areas, rather than be confined to the main towns . In low season (from April to October) though, it is likely that your only option is to go out on your own as the tour agencies won't leave without a full tour.

4. Chiloe National Park

Isla Chiloe, Chile 65-532501/532500
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 429 reviews

Chiloe National Park

Reviewed By TravelReviewer1983 - London, United Kingdom

Not the most exciting national park I've been to but I guess it's a nice place to visit if you have kids.
The entrance Fee (4,000 pesos per person - foreigners / 2,000 pesos per person- Chileans) is extortionate considering what the park actually offers (which isn't much).
The walks are very easy but some of the trails were very muddy at parts and should be maintained better.
The walk to the sand dunes isn't anything special either. The beach is okay I guess.
If it was free entry or at least half the price then I might bother coming here.

5. Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Church

Plaza de Armas, Dalcahue, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Church

Distinctive for its nine-arched entry and splendid view, this late 19th-century church is tiled on the outside with silver-toned native wood, like other Chiloe churches.

Reviewed By Emyr1 - Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

This is a very imposing-looking church indeed. Hard to tell about the inside though, as it was locked. The nearby church at Curaçao de Velez, over at the next island, was definitely worth seeing, though much smaller.

6. Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario

Calle Centenario S/N, Chonchi, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario

Reviewed By Albywon - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Small wooden church. They say of 'historical' significance as they do for many on this island. What can I say? It cost us quite a lot of money to come here from Castro - maybe look at my photos and draw your own conclusion...

Costanera | Panamerica Sur y Ernesto Riquelme, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 466 reviews

Costanera

Reviewed By Emyr1 - Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

It's a great vista alround, with photo opportunities galore. It's an absolutely beautiful estuary, with fishing boats, birds and weather in abundance.

8. Chiloe Island Penguin Colony

Punihuil, Isla Chiloe, Chile +56 9 9380 1032
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony

Reviewed By tim252 - Salisbury, United Kingdom

There is more to this place than just penguins although there are plenty of them in evidence.
The boat trips are well organised and compulsory wearing of life jackets is reassuring in fairly rough seas. Our guide went out of his way to point out different bird species, he made sure that everyone saw things.

9. Museo Regional de Ancud

Libertad 370, Ancud, Isla Chiloe, Chile 65622413
Excellent
41%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Museo Regional de Ancud

Reviewed By Aidan80 - South America

A smallish free museum looking at the history of the local area. Well worth a look and takes around 1hr to see everything.

10. Church of Nercon

Plaza de Nercon, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Church of Nercon

Reviewed By Sebastián B - Santiago Chile

We just drove by and took this picture. We didn't have time to get in, but it's well known as one the most beautiful churches in the island. Just appreciating from the exterior, it's looks gorgeous.

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