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Mythic Chiloé Archipelago

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In Southern Chile, just south of the lake district, the "continent," as locals call it, crumbles into thousands of islands and narrow channels. The archipelago of Chiloé is a haven of rural tranquility—of verdant rolling hills overlooking the sea—preserving a rich, insular culture from centuries past.
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Sector San José, Castro, Región de los Lagos, Chile
The first luxury lodge to come to Chile’s second biggest island, Tierra Chiloé opened in 2012 and became a member of the Tierra hotel group in 2014. Designed by Chilean architect Patricio Browne, the hotel looks like a boat on stilts...
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Dalcahue, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Chiloe Island is a particular place in Chile with authentic culture and architecture. Sixteen churches were declared World Culture Heritage sites by UNESCO in 2000.
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Quellón, Los Lagos Region, Chile
After driving from the wine country of Chile, we finally arrived at this fishing village of quaint, picturesque houses. There are two hotels, boutique with stunning views. In this quiet village in the archipelago of Chile, fishermen live by the...
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Castro, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Nestled among the verdant hills and sea, Castro, the capital town of Chiloé, is a quiet, rustic community. Within Chile, it is known for its colorful architecture of "palafitos," homes built on stilts along the border of the Lemuy Channel and...
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Tenaún, Quemchi, Región de los Lagos, Chile
Dotting the bucolic landscape of the island of Chiloé are over 150 wooden churches. These represent a unique example of ecclesiastical wooden architecture, a tradition initiated by the Jesuits in the 17th and 18th centuries, continued by the...
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Along the coast of Chiloe, the second largest island in South America, artisan fishermen cultivate the Chilean black-lipped oyster, a tiny little bivalve that tastes of the fresh sea (similar to a Kunamoto in the Pacific Northwest). Often, many of...
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Castro, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Milcao are simple yet delicious potato pancakes that are a traditional food in the Chiloé Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of Chile. These crunchy, fried pancakes are usually made at home and often form part of the "curanto", a meal...