Welcome to Castro

Using some poetic license here, if there is one place to call Chiloé cosmopolitan, it's Castro, where all the idiosyncrasies and attractions of Chiloé are nicely packaged in the Big City. At times loud and boisterous like some working class towns in Chile, the capital of the archipelago somehow retains its local Chilote character side by side with a dash of modern development, comfortable tourism infrastructure and... Read More

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$79 Walking & Biking Tours

The New Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

On this bike tour you will learn how SF has been shaped by waves of settlers, from Spanish missionaries to Silicon Valley techies, each redefining the city in its own way. Join us as we pedal past dazzling murals, Victorian row houses, famous viewpoints, thriving commercial districts, and gems of Golden Gate Park. You’ll come away with new perspectives on the city, and you’ll have plenty of ideas about where to go next. But what about the hills? We’ve minimized the hills and use the gentlest ascents possible. The route is designed for anyone comfortable on a bike with a modest level of fitness. We don’t stop for lunch on this tour, but we do include a snack stop. Neighborhoods visited: Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, Nopa, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, Lower Haight, the Castro, the Mission, Civic Center.  

$89 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour to Chiloe Island Including Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue from Puerto Montt

This full-day tour will leave from Puerto Montt early in the morning and take the Panamericana Route 5 towards south for about 80 miles to reach the town of Pargua.In Pargua we take a ferry that will allow us to cross the Chacao Canal and reach the Isla Grande de Chiloe.There we go to the town of Chacao, one of the oldest villages of the island founded in 1567 which has a typical square where stands a curious and picturesque building of strong color. Visit the church, which is in addition to the more than 150 churches in Chiloé as well as many National Monuments. Then we will go to the city of Ancud, visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church, the crafts market, the Museum, the Gulf of Quitalmahue, Cerro Huaihuén and Fort San Antonio, historic site located in the uptown built in the late eighteenth century, all in the midst of stories of customs and myths of one of the larger islands of South America. Please note that tickets to the Museum of Ancud are not included. Later we will go to Castro, capital of Chiloé Island, visit the local Church of Castro which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, handicrafts market and the Mirador del Barrio Gamboa to appreciate the famous "Palafitos" typical constructions made wooden pillars on water.We finish our tour visiting Dalcahue, famous for its craft fair on Sundays where locals bring from the outer islands of the archipelagos the most varied handicrafts for marketing. During the tour we will have time for lunch in a typical restaurant Chiloé Island (own expense).

$24 Tours & Sightseeing

Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts

The tour begins under the big Rainbow Flag in the Castro, known today as Harvey Milk Plaza. With a funky, dapper tour guide, you'll venture past the Castro Theatre, our Art Deco masterpiece and home to sing-a-long screenings, and the historic gay bar Twin Peaks. On 18th Street, pass the rainbow crosswalks to hear about current organizations helping keep the LGBT community safe, and hear how Harvey Milk and friends  started a gay rights revolution. Around the corner was Harvey's home and campaign headquarters leading up to the historic 1978 election.The group next heads to Dolores Park in the Mission District, home to hipsters, families, athletes and dogs. We'll get a sweeping view of the city and learn how the Mission spearheaded a DIY movement that shaped the city. Down the hill we stop at the historic Mission High School, famed for alumni including Carlos Santana and Maya Angelou. On 18th Street we'll see award-winning restaurants, grocers and ice cream shops that define our foodie culture. Further down is the Women's Building, home to a "four story tall standing ovation to women's liberation," a powerful and colorful mural. More street art awaits on the alleys off Valencia Street, then we head past the independent shop corridor of 16th Street and end on quaint Albion Alley, site of the first Spanish Mission church in San Francisco.There is a cafe break about halfway through the tour.What we see: Harvey Milk Plaza, the Castro’s protest grounds Castro’s most historic and popular bars and nightlife GLBT Museum, 1st stand-alone queer museum Castro Theatre, Art Deco masterpiece Harvey Milk’s camera store & apartment The Human Rights Campaign Store Pink Triangle Holocaust Memorial Sweeping downtown view from Dolores Park Mission High School, alma mater of Santana and Maya Angelou Gourmet foodie corridor of 18th Street Massive murals of the Women’s Building and alleyways Sites of former lesbian institutions

$517.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Chilean Lakes Region Tour: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Chiloe Island

This four-day excursion through Chile’s lakes region takes you from Puerto Montt to Lake Todos los Santos and Chiloe Island. You have a choice of two four-star hotels, and private transfers and breakfast are included. All transportation and tours are private except on Day 2Day 1: Puerto Montt -- Puerto VarasAfter being met at Puerto Montt airport, start your experience with a scenic tour of Puerto Montt by private car. The drive takes you past the Plaza de Armas square and the cathedral, to a viewpoint for panoramic vistas over the town and Chiloe Island. Follow the coastal road to the fishing village of Angelmó for a seafood tasting and to browse the local woven handicrafts. Returning to Puerto Montt, you’ll be transferred to your selected hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.Accommodation: Hotel Colonos del Sur Mirador  or Indigo Cabañas del Lago  in Puerto VarasDay 2: Puerto Varas -- Puella -- Puerto Varas (B)After breakfast at your hotel, a scenic drive takes you along the shore of Lake Todos los Santos. Stop to admire the Petrohue Falls in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park before boarding a catamaran to cruise on the lake’s emerald-green waters to the small village of Puella. During the nearly two hour cruise, admire the scenic views of Osorno Volcano and the peaks of Puntiagudo and El Tronador ringing the lake. Arrive in Puella in time for lunch (own expense), with free time to explore the tiny village before cruising back to Puerto Varas and return to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.Day 3: Puerto Varas -- Chiloe Island -- Puerto Varas (B)Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before leaving Puerto Varas for a private day excursion to Chiloe Island, the second largest island in Chile. You’ll visit the island town of Castro, famous for its brightly colored houses built on stilts over the water, known as palafitos. Your private tour of Castro includes a visit to the church on the main square, Plaza de Armas, and a tour of the town’s museum. Learn about the 1960 seaquake that devastated Chiloe Island, and see traditional artefacts and exhibits to learn more about the island’s inhabitants. Then take a scenic drive to the Gamboa lookout, where you can clearly see the brightly painted palafitos. The drive back to Puerto Varas includes a stop in the town of Ancud, known for its craft market and handicraft stalls. Returning to your hotel in Puerto Varas, the rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your own.Day 4: Puerto Varas -- Puerto Montt (B)After breakfast at your hotel, a private transfer will return you to Puerto Montt airport to catch your onward flight.

$94 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour Chiloe Istand Including Ancud - Castro and Dalcahue from Puerto Varas

This full-day tour will leave from Puerto Varas early in the morning and take the Panamericana Route 5 towards south for about 80 miles to reach the town of Pargua.In Pargua we take a ferry that will allow us to cross the Chacao Canal and reach Isla Grande de Chiloe.There we go to the town of Chacao, one of the oldest villages of the island founded in 1567 which has a typical square where stands a curious and picturesque building of strong color. Visit the church, which is in addition to the more than 150 churches in Chiloé as well as many National Monuments. Then we will go to the city of Ancud, visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church, the crafts market, the Museum, the Gulf of Quitalmahue, Cerro Huaihuén and Fort San Antonio, historic site located in the uptown built in the late eighteenth century, all in the midst of stories of customs and myths of one of the larger islands of South America. Please note that tickets to the Museum of Ancud are not included. Later we will go to Castro, capital of Chiloé Island, visit the local Church of Castro which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, handicrafts market and the Mirador del Barrio Gamboa to appreciate the famous "Palafitos" typical constructions made wooden pillars on water.We finish our tour visiting Dalcahue, famous for its craft fair on Sundays where locals bring from the outer islands of the archipelagos the most varied handicrafts for marketing. During the tour we will have time for lunch in a typical restaurant Chiloé Island (own expense).

$408 Tours & Sightseeing

San Francisco Private City Tour

On this private, customizable 4-hour tour, you will be picked up from your hotel or the airport and driven to major locales in the metropolitan city of San Francisco. After booking, let your guide know of any particular interests or preferences, or feel free to make suggestions during your route. Don't miss a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to the waterfront town of Sausalito or Tiburon's Arc Row. Or, view the postcard-perfect landmark on an easy hike from Lands End near Ocean Beach, the Cliff House, and Golden Gate Park. Perhaps explore the shops of Union Square, the Embarcadero, or the Metreon; see the exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); take in the vistas from Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, and Russian Hill; visit Coit Tower or pass by the mansions of the Marina District, Sea Cliff, and Pacific Heights; wind down the hairpin turns of Lombard Street; visit the popular attractions at Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39; discover the cuisine of Chinatown and North Beach; or explore neighborhoods such as Japantown, the Castro, Noe Valley, the Mission, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, or the Fillmore district.Afterward, you're returned to your starting point by private vehicle.