Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa: The Experience

Located in Chiloé Island, Chile

The natural and the cultural are tightly intertwined in the Chiloé archipelago, a relationship reinforced in the excursions offered by the lodge. Here, a hike to coastal cliffs culminates at an art installation symbolizing an ancient Mapuche legend, and a day exploring native forests is capped off around the campfire of a local Chilote farmer and storyteller. The lodge’s private boat, the Williche, allows for exploration beyond the main island, to secluded spots that harbor intriguing marine life or nearly forgotten churches and villages.

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

Driving Tours

Explore the bucolic beauty and unique culture of the Chiloé archipelago on one of several half- or full-day driving tours. Step into World Heritage-listed Jesuit churches, see traditional fishing villages with their colorful palafitos stilt houses propped along the water’s edge, peruse quaint museums and handicraft markets, sample local culinary specialties like golden liquor, and much more.

Hiking

Set out on one of several daylong hiking excursions to discover the inland and coastal landscapes of Chiloé Island. Explore native forests draped in ferns and lichen; trek to towering sea cliffs to see shipwrecks and art installations, like the Dock of Souls and Bridge of Light; glide along inland waterways to secluded beach and mountain trails; or visit Magellanic and Humboldt penguin colonies. Many hiking excursions include a cultural element, like a visit to a farm, or a folklore performance by a local storyteller.

Boat Tours

Sail between the islands of the Chiloé archipelago aboard the Williche, the lodge’s private boat. Photograph palafito stilt houses from the water, and disembark to visit rustic villages and ghost towns on some of the archipelago’s smaller islands. The boat is equipped with a Zodiac and fleet of kayaks, which allow for more in-depth exploration of secluded coves, fjords, and wildlife-rich estuaries.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up and travel across Chiloé in the traditional way, riding on horseback between quaint villages, across windswept fields, and along serene beaches—all within view of the Andes soaring up from the Chilean mainland.

Bicycling

Borrow a bike and explore one of the many trails that weaves across the Rilán Peninsula. Ride into the village of San José, through woodlands and open fields, and past ancient churches and cemeteries.

Fishing

Set out on a half- or full-day fishing trip in southern Chiloé National Park, one of the most scenic spots in the archipelago. Designed for amateur and expert fishermen alike, the excursion is accompanied by an expert local guide and can be tailored to the preferences of the group. Fish inland lakes and rivers for brown and rainbow trout and red snapper. Or post up on a Pacific beach and angle for sea bass, red snapper and flounder. Salmon fishing is available from November through April.

Food and Drink

Lodge fare is inspired by Chiloé’s traditional cuisine—dishes that draw from both the farm and the sea. The archipelago’s bounty ranges from eggs and potatoes to oysters, mussels, and salmon; and hearty preparations historically used to fuel local farmers are ideal for active days spent hiking, kayaking, bicycling. A pisco sour cocktail hour kicks off each evening, and twice per week a traditional curanto, the island’s signature seafood stew, is prepared over hot stones in the ground and enjoyed with festive entertainment from local musicians.

The Spa

The Uma Spa is amply appointed with tranquil treatment areas, as well as a variety of water and steam features, including a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and indoor and outdoor pools. Indulge in a range of relaxing therapies infused with local ingredients, from goat’s milk bath treatments to hot-stone and deep-tissue massages.

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