Head northwest on a full-day nature excursion to Isla Grande de Chiloé, or Chiloé Island. Here, you’ll visit Puñihuil Cove, which is home to a small fishing community, and the only known shared breeding site for both Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. The native Mapuche dubbed this the “Island of the Gulls,” and you’ll have a chance to spot 156 other avian species here. Setting off on fiberglass boats, you’ll cruise three small islets in search of steamer ducks, red-legged cormorants, kelp gull, and other birds.
Back on land, you’ll pass colorful farmlands, stopping to explore historic churches in Caulin and Chacao. Aside from its astounding natural beauty, Chiloé is home to the unique Chilota culture. A blend of Mestizo traditions and Jesuit religious practices resulted in dozens of 17th- and 18th-century wooden churches that dot Chiloé’s landscape.
For lunch, look forward to a home-hosted curanto. This traditional shellfish, sausage, and vegetable medley is baked underground in a stone-lined pit. After your meal, head back to Puerto Varas for the evening.
Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!