- Tailor made
verlooking Rilan Bay and surrounded by a beautiful landscape, Tierra Chiloe is the perfect spot to discover the rich cultural identity of Chiloé Archipelago.
Tierra Chiloe features 12 rooms with amazing views over the sea, a SPA, a delicious cuisine based on local traditions, and unique excursions to explore the archipelago and its marvelous settings.
|Keep in mind||Highlights|
|5 flights per week from Santiago and Puerto Montt to Chiloé||Excursions designed to discover the natural landscape and local culture|
|Local Festivals during the months of January and February||Its own vessel for maritime outings through the fjords|
|Season: September to April||Gourmet cuisine with the best recipes of the Chiloé Culture|
HOTEL & ROOMS
Tierra Chiloe (formerly Refugia Lodge) was built using native wood, sheep wool weavings and basketry, all of which were crafted by local artisans, ensuring the highest degree of comfort. The hotel sits atop a hill at the edge of the sea, surrounded by green fields and forests bordering an arm of Chiloé’s inland sea.
Only 12 rooms, with an exquisite décor and a privileged view over the inland sea surrounding the peninsula, will be your warm refuge in the midst of a rugged natural landscape.
The excursions are designed to discover the magic of Chiloé’s archipelago, its culture and natural landscape, from a different perspective. As activities are planned daily, the guides are able to come up with a schedule which alternates different types of trips: Cultural excursions, boating, horseback riding, biking, hiking or simply looking around, are just a few of the possibilities awaiting you.
Tierra Chiloe took special care to ensure that the hotel’s design respect the natural environment and above all, Chiloé’s cultural identity. Built with indigenous species of larch, conifer and ulmo, cut and elaborated by local craftsmen. For the interior decoration of the hotel, locally made ponchos, baskets, figurines and numerous details in wickerwork and wood that reflect the island’s identity were chosen.
Tierra Chiloe is located on the banks of the Rilán peninsula, some 18 km ( 11 mi) from the city of Castro, surrounded by more than 10 hectares of green fields and forests bordering Chiloé’s inland sea.
From Santiago and Puerto Montt there are 5 flights per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday (3:00 hr flight from Santiago and 40 min from Puerto Montt).
The hotel is surrounded by gentle green hills dotted with brightly colored wildflowers, hundreds of native trees and the Pullao wetland, where dozens of endemic birds and marine species can be observed in complete tranquility.
From all the bedrooms, living rooms and terraces, the immensity of the inland sea is on display, as well as the Rilán peninsula, part of its islands and the imposing Andes mountain chain, dominated by the Michimahuida and Corcovado volcanoes.
The Chiloé archipelago enchants visitors with its hospitality, traditional houses on stilts, steaming fish stews cooked in the ground and the mythical figure of the Thrauco. The Spanish conquerors were awed, so too the Jesuit missionaries and the various groups of European colonists who landed there. Today, Chiloé attracts national and foreign tourists who seek to immerse themselves in the island’s magical culture, where nature and tradition have been maintained over centuries.
Chiloé displays a unique architecture, with colonial-era wooden churches in Achao, Chonchi and Quinchao that have been declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. This building technique was taught by the Spanish Jesuits during the conquest more than four centuries ago; the houses with larch shingles and the palafitos, typical constructions on stilts above the water, are not found anywhere else in the world.
Rivers, streams, lakes, lagoons, inlets and coves, beaches and canals have always defined the life and culture of the people of Chiloé, through fishing, harvesting shellfish and navigation.
Chiloé is known for its wickerwork, stone fireplaces and its warm clothing of hand-spun wool, dyed 100% naturally with plants and vegetables, following techniques passed down from generation to generation.
When it comes to food, Chiloé’s varied cuisine is presided by curanto, a stew of shellfish, fish, potato and meat, cooked in a hole in the ground covered with the leaves of the Chilean rhubarb. Also typical are the oysters of the Caulín oyster farm, the crabs of Quellón, the golden liquor of Conchi, the traditional pancakes milcao andchapalele, and apple cider.
Chiloé’s irregular geography has created stunning landscapes: to the east, green hills and tranquil waters; and to the west, the immense and powerful Pacific Ocean which pounds the rocks of the coast. This is the scene of rich biodiversity which so impressed Charles Darwin in the 19th century, this exuberant nature which even today is home to species such as the “mountain monkey,” a marsupial, the Andean antelope (pudú), as well as trees such as the native ulmo, conifer, cinnamon laurel and Chilean beech, which evolved in isolation, forming animal and vegetal species endemic to this vast southern continent.
Tierra Chiloe features 12 exclusive rooms (30 sq mt, 332 sq ft) with a sea view, a reading room, a cosy living room with fireplace, dining room and a terrace. The hotel also boasts a SPA with a modern Jacuzzi, dry sauna, steam room, and a massage room.
Every guest room and public space at the hotel is a subtle expression of the region’s cultural identity, taking you on a dream journey through Chiloé’s rich cultural heritage, a voyage of unique sensorial experiences.
FOOD & WINE
When it comes to food, Tierra Chiloe pulls from the traditional dishes of Chiloé and locally sourced produce including succulent oysters, farm fresh eggs and, straight from the surrounding waters, the daily catch.
Chiloé’s traditional cuisine is headed by Curanto, a stew of shellfish, fish, potatoes and meat, cooked on hot stones in a hole in the ground. Also typical are the crabs of Quellón, the golden liquor of Chonchi, the traditional pancakes milcao and chapalele, and apple cider. The food is simple, local and delicious.
Guests can also enjoy an extensive list of Chilean wines, artisan beers and classic cocktails.
The hotel has a team of guides offering a handful of tailored half-day and full day outings for our guests.
Day trips are scheduled and designed to allow our guests to discover the magic, culture and nature of the archipelago through a different angle each day, by alternating a variety of outings such as cultural trips, boating, horseback riding, biking, trekking and nature observation, providing our guests the opportunity to visit the unique sites that along our guests to comprehend and appreciate this wonderful archipelago called Chiloé.
Tierra Chiloe has its own vessel named Williche for use during maritime outings on the archipelago’s ocean, channels and fjords.
Our guides are equipped with the best design Furio, Enigma, and Ferrosi Neoplume by OR.
On many of Tierra Chiloe’s excursions, weather permitting, guests will be able to sail the waters of the numerous channels separating the islands of Chiloé where the main attractions are unbeatable views and a vantage point that is entirely different from what one enjoys while traveling overland.
Our vessel Williche was tailor-made entirely out of wood for Tierra Chiloe by local boat builders who employed ancient techniques traditionally used by island craftsman.
We will travel by van to the village of Chonchi where we will take a walking tour of the historic neighborhood, stopping to enjoy the old homes along the way. This visit also includes the old local museum, the church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the waterfront.
We will then board our vessel Williche, en route to the islands of Lemuy, Chelin and Quehui, navigating along the coastline in order to view the islands from the inland sea. Our next stop will be the islands of Chelin and Quehui. We will return home aboard the vessel Williche.
Duration: Full Day (6 – 7 hours).
We will depart by van en route to the village of Tenaún for a tour of the town. From there we will board our vessel Williche sailing up to Mechuque Island where we will tour the inner channels, admiring small islands and isles. Afterwards, we will take a walking tour of Mechuque village and return by boat to the hotel.
Duration: Full Day (6 – 7 hours).
This is a short trip by van to the village of Dalcahue where we will board a ferry to cross the channel over to the Island of Quinchao. On the Island we visit some churches declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in addition to several famous villages such as Curaco de Velez, Achao, and other smaller attractive towns such as Quinchao and San Javier. During the trip we have a special chance to stop at scenic overlooks of the countryside and ocean, Chiloé architecture, local crafts and history, along with other surprises. We will take in one more panoramic view of that side of the archipelago and then begin our trip back to the hotel.
Duration: Full Day (6 hours).
We will travel by van to the village of Rilán where we will can see the local church under reconstruction, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but prior to getting there we will wind in and out of inland roads with gorgeous views of the archipelago and other smaller villages such as Curahue, Quel-Quel, and Yutuy, providing us with a closer glimpse of local culture.
Duration: Half day (3 hrs)
We will travel by van to Castro, the capital of Chiloe, a welcoming and vibrant city where past and present meld. We will visit the main square, a church declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a typical country market with handicrafts, scenic overlooks and, of course, the classic view of the Chiloé stilt houses (palafitos). Before returning to the hotel we will stop at the village of Nercón, where we will get to see another UNESCO World Heritage Site church under reconstruction and, nearby, the mastery of local carpenters at one of the coastal shipyards.
Duration: Half Day (3 hours).
We will head southbound to the Chiloé National Park, near Lake Cucao, where we can walk along the forest trails lined with Tepu trees and views of the Pacific Ocean. On the return trip we will stop by Lake Huillinco and visit the Vilupulli Church, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rain boots and gear required.
Duration: Full day (6-7 hours)
We will head to the northwest where we will step into one of the densest forests in all of Chiloé. The change in landscape is radical and we will soon be surrounded by trees and rivers. This trek will take us along a streambed where we will have the opportunity to enjoy a forest full of different species of ancient trees, moss and birds.
Rain boots and gear required.
Duration: Half day (3 hours)
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Departing from the Hotel we will take the trail leading to the northern end of the beach, taking advantage of low tide and enjoying an incredible view of the inland sea, typical Chiloé farmhouses, washed up tree trunks and rookeries. We will then ride onward to the town of San José for about an hour before reaching the local chapel, and then head back down to the hotel.
Duration: Half Day (2 – 3 hours).
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate.
Departing from the Hotel we will take the trail leading to the southern end of the beach. This trail will take us very close to the Pullao wetlands where we may have the chance to do some migratory bird watching. Further on we will arrive at the local blacksmith’s house, where we can see some tools and instruments typically used in Chiloé to work the land. From there we will ride up the trail while enjoying a wide panoramic view, ending up in the village of Quilquico. After winding along several inland trails crossing over fields, we will return to the hotel.
Duration: Half Day
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate.
BY VAN & BOAT
We will depart by van from Tierra Chiloe headed northbound, crossing Chiloé fields until we reach the Chepu river, where we will take a local boat cruise to admire an underwater forest. We will then embark on a slightly difficult trek overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Duration: Full day (6 hours)
Difficulty: Easy – Medium
Fleece and thermal underwear
Windbreaker, raincoat, rain pants
TIERRA CHILOE – All Inclusive Programs:
2 nights: USD 1,150.-
3 nights: USD 1,690.-
4 nights: USD 1,900.-
5 nights: USD 2,500.-
6 nights: USD 3,000.-
7 nights: USD 3,500.-
Rates per person on double occupancy. Valid until May 2015.
Please ask for single room and child rates.
Check-In: 3:00 PM / Check-Out: 11:00 AM
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open bar – soft drinks, mineral water, juices, house wines, beers and licors.
Guided daily excursions (2 half day or 1 full day per day, in small group with other guests)
Transfers in/out to Castro Airport.
Full use of all the hotel facilities, including pools, saunas and Jacuzzi
Transfers from/to Puerto Montt at extra cost, please aks for schedules and rates.
Premium wines and liquors
Massages, spa treatments and therapies
Laundry, phone calls
Any other extra not mentioned
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