What sets us apart?
(5 days / 4 nights)
Where the magic of traditional culture lives on.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating, cultural experience of Chiloe Island as we glide silently through the mysterious byways of this archipelago, where Spain once maintained it's last stronghold of colonial power in South America. Our sturdy kayaks emulate the spirit of the fragile dalcas; in which the natives traveled many centuries ago. Today there still vestiges of this original Araucanian way of life, in harmonious combination with the influences of German immigrants in the late 1800s and of modern-day Chile. On every lovely island we visit, you'll see moss-covered old wooden churches gracing the seaside, as well as palafitos (stilt houses) that are 20 feet and more in the air when the tide is out, but nearly awash when it's in. Savor a rich curanto and other typical cuisine to delight your palate. Wander through the local market of Castro. What more can we say?. This is the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy a fantastic adventure at the other end of the Earth.
DAY 01 ANCUD - PUÑIHUIL - CASTRO
Reception at the bus terminal of Ancud, then we will drive west to visit the place of Puñihuil in the Pacific side of the main island. This is a group of islands that serve as breeding habitat for Magellanic and Humboldt Penguins as well as many other marine birds. Visit to the colony by zodiacs. After our pic-nic lunch drive to Castro in the interior sea of the archipelago and arrival to a picturesque stilt house hostel. Dinner in a nice sea front restaurant. (L,D)
DAY 02 CASTRO - SEA KAYAK DALCAHUE CHANNEL - CASTRO
Morning transfer to the sea kayaking center near the cultural port of Dalcahue. Full day of sea kayaking paddling in Dalcahue channel, on the way we see great numbers of local seabirds including black-necked swans, three kinds of seagulls, oyster catchers, grebes. Then we continue across the Channel to Quinchao Island for a visit to the lovely San Xavier church and cemetery. Pic-nic lunch. For the rest of the afternoon, we visit various picturesque locations along the channel, until we finally return to the Sea Kayak center. In the evening we drive back to Castro. Lodging in the hostel.(B,L).
DAY 03 CASTR0 - SAN JUAN - TENAUN - MECHUQUE ISLAND
This morning we will drive to the picturesque fishing village of San Juan with the famous shipyards and wooden church. From here we will paddle north visiting sea side hamlets till we get to the nice town of Tenaun in order to catch a motorized vessel and cross to Mechuque in the little archipelago of Chauques. Dinner and lodging in a family house at this beautiful town. (B,L,D)
DAY 04 MECHUQUE - AÑIHUE - TAUCOLON - VOIGUE
Today we start early for a full day of sea kayaking among the waterways and islands of Mechuque, Voigue, Añihue and Taucolon, visiting villages and churches as we go. We pay special attention to the traditional culture of this area, celebrated in the songs and dances of Chilean folklore. In particular, we watch for palafito stilt houses with brightly colored fishing boats tied up in their "basements". In the evening, we get back to Mechuque. Dinner and lodging in our guest house
DAY 05 MECHUQUE - TENAUN - COLO - AUCAR - QUEMCHI - ANCUD
We cross back to Tenaun in our vessel and drive through a beautiful coastal road in the interior sea of the main island, visiting cultural highlights and villages as Colo, Aucar, and Quemchi, before we get to Ancud in order to catch the bus back to Puerto Montt or Pto. Varas. (B,L)
Departures from December to March at request.
Price per person based on double:
US$980.- minimum 3 participants.
- All transportation according to the itinerary, for round trip Ancud.
- Vessel crossing to Mechuque Island.
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on day 5. Except dinner on day 2.
- Two nights in the stilt house hostel in Castro, based on double.
- Two nights in the Mechuque guest house.
- Services of bilingual expert guide.
- Fully equipped two-person fiberglass sea kayaks of the Northwest Seascape 2 type with spray skirts, paddles and accessories.
- Regular bus ticket from Ancud back to Puerto Montt.
Dinner on day 2, any type of insurance, gratuities and personal extras as communication cost, laundry, meals , drinks and transportation out of program and other personal items.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONING:
The trip is not especially rigorous and requires no prior experience with kayaks. Must know how to swim and be in reasonably good physical condition. A positive attitude towards open-air activities is very important. These are trips for the person who enjoys participative tourism in a natural setting, understanding that during our trip we may encounter variable weather and tidal conditions that require us to adapt the sequence of the itinerary.
Departures and rates for summer season 2014