The fifth largest island in South America, Chiloe has wonderful hilly scenery – as high as 800m – stunning national parks and fascinating birdlife and marine life. Blue whales visit the northern coastline from January to April, dolphins are frequently seen and Humboldt and Magellan penguins have colonies here. It’s a rather mysterious place, renowned for the myths and legends, but it’s also very friendly. The main town of Castro is known for the brightly painted wooden houses that sit on stilts over the water, and the island’s architectural treasures include 150 historic wooden churches, 16 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Reasons to visit Chiloe Island include:
Chiloe is a year-round destination, but summer - December to March - is the sunniest time and also the time when the best cultural festivals happen. It is one of the rainiest places on earth but this remote, enchanting place has plenty of sunshine as well, and the mist and fog only add to the unique atmosphere.
Time: GMT -4 hours
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.