Guide to


An island of folklore

Chiloé Archipelago

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.

What to do in CHILOÉ


Visit the churches of Chiloé, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Join a traditional cooking ritual of the curanto


Stay overnight in a traditional-style home on stilts, known as palafitos

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

Tierra Chiloe Hotel In Chile

Tierra Chiloé

The vibe: Stylish, all-inclusive luxury

The location: 30 minutes outside and across the river from Castro

Good for: Couples or families

Palafito 1326 Hotel On Stilts In Chiloe Chile

Palafito 1326

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 Exterior Parque Quilquico Chiloe Chile

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!