Welcome to Castro


Just 85km south of Ancud, the city sits on a bluff above its sheltered estuary lined with distinctive palafito houses. Located in the dead center of the island, it's the main transportation hub and a perfect base for exploring attractions further afield.


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$93 Day Trips & Excursions

Chiloé Island Highlights Full-Day Tour 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).

$123.08 Day Trips & Excursions

Chiloé National Park Private Tour from Castro

Our tour begins with the transfer of passengers from the port and then take appropriate heading south towards the sector of the city of Chonchi, to visit the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo (Heritage), whose construction is style Neoclassical. Then we go to the museum of traditions Chonchi, to get a taste of what is the Chiloe culture.After that we will continue our tour through the best farmland of the island, between old houses testify to the dating of the settlement. After 20 minutes we arrive at Huillinco, village who came to the port of 1935 as support of the settlers installed on the coast. Today it is a place with a beach, inn and guest house. Its port function was lost with the opening of the route to Cucao, only in 1983.Our journey continues to the coastline along Lake Huillinco to the village of Cucao, which is an ancient Indian village in 1734 already had chapel. Since the mid-eighteenth century was visited by Jesuit missionaries as a first stop circulating mission. Today there are milestones of significance since the 1960 tsunami devastated its oldest buildings. At the mouth of the lake is a bridge for vehicles to cross the Chanquín sector where we enter the National Park Chiloé, which is located on the western slopes of the Cordillera de la Costa mountain range called Piuchén. Here, consisting of a solid summits with heights between 500 and 800 m.The park is divided into three areas: The Chepu sector (7800 ha), Metalqui Islet (50 hectares) and Anay (35207 Ha) Sector. Since Chanquin begin our tour through a path that crosses the path the Tepual, which lasts for about 1 hour.

$533 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Chile Lakes Region 4-Day Tour with Puerto Montt, 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.

$74 Day Trips & Excursions

Puerto Varas to Chiloe Island, Castro and Ancud Full-Day Tour

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).

$64 Day Trips & Excursions

Chiloe Island: Castro & Dalcahue

Departure from Puerto Varas towards Chiloé, an island rich in traditions and myths that have survived because of the archipelago’s isolation from the continent, and famous for the locals’ warmth and hospitality. To reach this magical island you must first navigate the Canal de Chacao for 30 minutes. The crossing departs from Pargua, a town located on the continental limit of Chile. During the navigation get the chance to watch a variety of birds and sea lions, before reaching the town of Chacao where you will visit the square and church. The trip continues along the coastal Llao Llao road to Dalcahue, home of a traditional handicraft fair with loom knit clothing, and crafts in local woods. Visit the Dalcahue church, a national monument and World Heritage Site (2000) and enjoy some free time to have lunch (if option is selected). Later travel to Castro, famous for its stilt houses or Palafitos. Visit to the Handicraft Fair of Castro, where the woollen, wooden, and stone articles are a must-see. Make a stop at the San Francisco church, famous for its detailed woodwork and size. Finally visit the church of Nercón. Return to your hotel.

$542 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

4 - days discovery Lake Region & Puerto Varas

ItineraryDay 1: Puerto Montt Airport - Puerto VarasPass By: Aeropuerto El Tepual SCTE PMCArrival at El Tepual, Puerto Montt Airport. Upon arrival, meet with your driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Puerto Varas.Pass By: Hotel PuelcheOvernightNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hotel Puelche Day 2: Puerto Varas - Osorno Volcano - Petrohue - Puerto VarasStop At: Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos RegionPick-up at your hotel in Puerto Varas to explore the Osorno volcano. On the way we will pass by typical woodenchurches, Chilean farm houses and the town of Ensenada. We will drive through a thick forest of mostly nativeCoigües to reach Chile’s oldest National Park, Vicente Pérez Rosales, founded in 1926.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Saltos de PetrohuéOur first stop within this park will be the waterfalls of Petrohué. We will hike a short trail through native forests: you will be amazed bythe crystal green waterfalls.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Volcan Osorno, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos RegionWe will get back to the car and drive on heading to the slopes of the OsornoVolcano. At 1.300 m / 4.265 ft. above sea level, we will make a short hike over lava fields and enjoy the impressive view over the lake Llanquihue. On a clear day, we can see the Pacific Ocean.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lago Todos Los Santos, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos RegionOn our way, we will have time for a picnic lunch and be able to enjoy a great view over the lake “Lago Todos Los Santos” and several snow-capped volcanoes. In the afternoon return to your hotel in Puerto Varas.Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Hotel PuelcheOvernightMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel PuelcheDay 3: Puerto Varas - Chile Island - Puerto VarasStop At: Chiloe, Isla Chiloe, Los Lagos RegionIn the morning we pick up at your hotel in Puerto Varas for our drive to the island of Chiloé, which includes a nice 30 minute ferry crossing during which we can observe sea lions and maybe dolphins. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro Cultural DalcahueOnce on the island, we continue south to the fishing village of Dalcahue. We take our time to explore the beauties andculture of this beautiful small fishing village. Rustic homes, traditional fishing boats, and the friendly people makeDalcahue a charming village. On Sundays, we can visit an interesting local market in Dalcahue, where localtypical crafts are sold. You learn a lot about how traditional life in Chiloe is and was during the last years.Duration: 1 hourStop At: CastroWe continue our journey to Castro, the capital of Chiloe, to observe the traditional palafitos (houses builton stilts along the shore) and visit the majestic wooden church (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). We strollthrough town and stop at the crafts market featuring wood and woolen products from the region. In the lateafternoon we return to Puerto Varas driving along the eastern coastal road passing by several small fishingvillages.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Hotel PuelcheOvernightMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel Puelche Day 4: Puerto Varas - Frutillar - Puerto Montt AirportStop At: Lago Llanquihue, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos RegionTrip along the Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile, and enjoy gorgeous views of the volcanoes Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Tronador.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Centro Comercial FrutillarWe will pick you up from your hotel in Puerto Varas and travel toFrutillar, a charming village on the bank of the huge Llanquihue Lake. The village is noted for the Germaninfluence on the architecture developed by the immigrants who arrived around 1853. Here, we will take awalk to visit some restored colonial houses and see the strong German influence on the architecture. Youwill learn about the history of this picturesque town and the time of the first German settlers. Afterward, we will visit the open-air German museum.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Puerto Montt-Chiloe Toll PlazaIn due time, transfer to Puerto Montt Airport for your next flight.(we recommend to book next flight after 4:00pm)Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.