Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 1 day
Explore Chile's Los Lagos Region on a day trip. See lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Take in stunning scenery, incredible nature, and local villages.
Start your trip early in the morning at the local supplier's office in Puerto Varas, where you will meet your host for the day. Climb aboard the bus to be taken into Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, bordering the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. See the mouth of the Rio Pescado river and small towns such as La Poza before heading to the city of Ensenada. Here, you have the chance to visit Petrohué Falls. Cross the walkways installed amidst lush vegetation and beautiful scenery on the River Petrohué and admire the turquoise waterfalls. Then, continue your tour with Todos los Santos Lake, where you will board an Andean Lakes catamaran. Navigate through the Andes to the green village of Peulla. Enjoy fre...
Begin the tour on a ferry to the Chacao Channel, separating the continent of Chiloe Island. During the sail, you might see native seals, pelicans and sea birds. The ferry berths at Chacao pier, where you will take the route to Ancud city, where you can see the San Antonio Fort; this historic place is located in the highest part of the city as one of the last Spanish fortifications. Continue the trip to Dalcahue’s market, where you can find traditional gastronomy. This market is special, this construction is named Palafito, because it is built over the water with a spectacular view. Visit the market and visit the local church, a World Heritage Site. Later, continue the trip to Castro, the capital of Chiloé Island, taking pictures at Manuel Montt palafitos. Visit the San Francisco Church in front of the main square and visit the biggest artisan market of the island.
Begin your tour in either Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and make your way south to Pargua to board a ferry to sail through the Chacao Channel to Chiloe Island. During the trip, see sea wolves, pelicans, and other sea birds endemic to the area. Upon arrival at Chacao pier, admire the houses built with Alerce wood, and the churches that are a National Heritage Site. Then, continue along a coastal route and visit Caulín beach, a place famous for its oysters and rich marine fauna. Later, go to Puñihuil beach, declared a National Heritage Site for its ecological relevance. Once on Puñihuil beach, hop on a boat to a small island where you'll find both Magellanic penguins and Humboldt penguins. This is the place where these two species make their nests, and they have coexisted together for generations. With your guide, learn about the way of life of these birds, the surroundings, and the abund...
Explore Chile's scenic Lake District on a full-day shore excursion exclusively for in-transit cruise passengers. Get picked up from the cruise terminal in Puerto Montt in the morning and meet your English, Spanish, and Portuguese-speaking tour guide next to your ship. Enjoy an included lunch and drop-off directly at your ship at the end of the day. After meeting your guide, head to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park that borders Llanquihue Lake. Admire the amazing landscape framed by the snowy peaks of volcanoes until you arrive in the Petrohué area on the shore of Todos Los Santos Lake. Once there, walk on the trails surrounded by an evergreen forest. Marvel at the majestic Osorno volcano and the spectacular turquoise color of the Petrohué River, which jumps among great masses of crystallized lava. Next, replenish your energy with a typical lunch before continuing to the lovely c...
Enjoy a full-day shore excursion exclusive for in-transit cruise customers. Get picked up from the cruise terminal in Puerto Montt in the morning and meet your tour guide next to your ship. Then, head to the Angelmó area in Puerto Montt, famous for its many handicraft shops, the Fishermen’s Cove, and the local market. Here, get a glimpse of the fishermen's daily activities as they bring their fresh catches to market. From the market, move on to the German Settlers Monument, located in front of the main square and the cathedral. Find out more about the architectural heritage and the mix of cultures with your English, Spanish, and Portuguese-speaking guide. Next, head north to Frutillar, a beautiful village that recalls old Bavaria, where the first settlers in the area came from. Walk around its beautiful, old, German-style houses, and admire the gardens and incomparable views of the Oso...
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A quasi local guide with reflected insight into the local situation of the population. Despite obviously good connections to the local organizers, there was no impression of the biting. Guide was very knowledgeable. Well-coordinated team of driver and guide (photo stops etc.). Generally recommended and worth the money.