Self-Drive: Chiloe Extension 3d


A brief excursion to the mythical island of Chiloe, Chile’s second largest island after Tierra del Fuego. This island is steeped in myths and legends. It’s little wooden churches have been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Day 1


After breakfast, you will commence your drive back towards Puerto Montt where you will follow the road signs to Pargua where you will then cross the Chacao Channel by ferry to reach the Island of Chiloé. After arriving, you can visit the town of Chacao famous for its main square and the church of San Antonio. Afterward, continue your travels to the city of Castro. This is the capital city of the island and is famous for its stilt houses build above the water’s edge. In addition, the town boasts the massive San Francisco Church, completely built out of native wood. Overnight in Castro. (B)

Day 2


Today your drive will begin with a short detour to Dalcahue, where you can explore the town’s waterfront or visit the local market which features a wide range of arts and crafts. Additionally, you can visit the museum and church (one of the 16 cathedrals declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO). After sightseeing return back in direction of Castro and head to the Cucao National Park home to over 43,057 hectares (94,725 acres) of coastal dunes, rivers, diverse vegetation, fauna, lakes, beaches and a variety of breathtaking sceneries. Overnight near the Cucao National Park. (B)

Day 3


In the morning commence your drive back to Puerto Montt to drop off your rental vehicle. Along the way, take advantage of the drive and stop in the town of Ancud famous for its museum, the San Antonio Fortress and the local market featuring a wide range of seafood and handmade crafts. (B)

Rates in 2018

Self-drive itineraries are highly flexible and can be adjusted to your preferences. The rates below are sample rates for this itinerary with the specific car types and hotels mentioned in the table. However, Hotels are subject to availability as well as your choice. The final rate of this itinerary will reflect the specific options you have chosen in the course of developing your itinerary.

Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. For single or triple rates, different hotels or extra nights, please inquire.


Car TypePrice per person
with Europcar cat D1$260
with Europcar cat F2$299
with Hertz cat C$236
with Hertz cat G$275

This itinerary is meant as an extension to one of the Lake District itineraries. Chiloe is best reached from Puerto Montt.
There are several daily flights between Santiago and Puerto Montt, the nearest airport for access to Chiloé island. From there it is a short drive (1h approx.)  to reach the ferry terminal. The boat ride takes about 30-40 minutes.
  • 2 nights including breakfast.
  • 2 days car rental including unlimited free mileage, Local tax, Full CDW coverage with a deductible (for details see rental contract) and descriptions
Chile car rental companies charge an additional airport service fee when the vehicle will be picked up from the airport. This service charge is not included in the published rates. This extra fee has to be paid upon returning the car.


Car Types


cat. D1 – New Mazda 3 Sedan S1,6 5 (mt) or Similar

cat. F2 – Jeep Nissan X-Trail 4WD (AT) or similar


cat. C – Toyota Yaris Sedan or similar

cat. G – Toyota RAV4 or similar

Please note that car rental companies only reserve a specific category of cars, not a specific type of car within that category.

Please mention at the time of booking if you need a vehicle with automatic transmission.

Rental cars do not come with a GPS system by default. They can be added on at an additional cost, but the cover is not complete in remote areas.

Driving License

Foreign nationals must have an international driver’s license in order to be able to drive in Chile.

Hotel Palafito 1326 (Standard with bay view room)

Palafito 1326 is a small boutique hotel in Castro, the capital of Chiloé. It is nestled next to the Gamboa River and boasts 12 modern rooms with natural elements and includes Wi-Fi, a private bathroom, and a balcony. In addition, the accommodation features internet in the common areas, a big terrace and a rooftop where guests can enjoy a 360° degree panoramic view of the surrounding city and nature. This is the perfect place to explore Chiloé and learn more about its culture, history, and cuisine.

Hostel Palafito Cucao (Standard room)

This is a simple but idyllically situated nature lodge close to Chiloe National Park. It was built with native woods, in the construction style of the area. Its privileged location provides spectacular views of Lake Cucao and its amazing surroundings with its abundant and varied plants and wildlife. Hostel Palafito Cucao Chiloé is open all year round and has all the necessary facilities such as a fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom and hot water in all rooms. It also has kayak rental services, guided trekking, and horseback riding.