An island of folklore
It never ceases to amaze us how on such a small island can you find so many stories, so much history and, not to forget, so many types of native potatoes! The journey to the archipelago of Chiloé is not one for those in a hurry. Though there are flights into Castro, the majority of travel involves several hours of driving, including a ferry crossing.
When to Go
Summer months, from November to February are the best to visit.
How to Arrive
Direct flight from Santiago (SCL) to Puerto Montt (PMC): 1 hr 45 mins
Driving from Puerto Montt to Castro: Approxiamately 4 hrs, including a ferry
Good to know
Language: Spanish Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Visas/fees: Travel to Chile does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.
Ready to go? Here’s what to pack
The weather in Chiloé can be compared to London, with sun and rained interchanging throughout the day. Be prepared with rain gear and active clothing to take advantage of getting outdoors on a moment’s notice.
- Closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes
- A rain jacket and waterproof hiking pants
- Heavier coat and boots for winter travel
- Layers! Weather conditions can change quickly
Travel tunes: Playlists for Coastal Chile
Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations
The vibe: Stylish, all-inclusive luxury
The location: 30 minutes outside and across the river from Castro
Good for: Couples or families
The vibe: Casual, traditional palafito (house on stilts)
The location: In Castro, a short walk to the main plaza
Good for: Solo travelers, couples on a budget
Hotel Parque Quilquico
The vibe: Tranquil, Chiloé-chic
The location: Perched above the river across from Castro
Good for: Families
Tips from our Team
The weather in Chiloé, as with much of the Lakes District, can be fickle and unpredictable. Having patience and slowing down helps to enjoy whatever the island may bring.
The national parks in Chiloé present relatively easy opportunities to hike or walk through beautiful nature so be sure to get outdoors!