Located off the west coast of Chile is the misty 41-island archipelago known as Isla Grande de Chiloé.
It is here where the native Huilliche and the Spaniards driven from the mainland by the Mapcuhe’s 1598 rebellion melded into a harmonious community. Today, you will find a mestizo society of some 200,000 seafaring people, whose culture, architecture, religion, and daily life reflect a unique mixture of indigenous, Spanish, and German influences.
Although the island spent a good deal of its history in isolation (the mainland only a mile away at its nearest point), Chiloé today, with its hearty seafood stew “curanto”; more than 70 beautiful, Jesuit-built wooden churches (16 of them UNESCO World Heritage sites); and its vibrantly painted palafitos (houses mounted on stilts) along the water’s edge, is fast becoming one of Chile’s choice travel destinations.
You will find a new airport, affording easy access from the mainland; small fishing villages and luxury hotels; local handicrafts markets; and sophisticated restaurants in addition to a slowly but surely developing tourism infrastructure, all making for a charmingly rustic locale.
The island is teeming with lush landscapes and fascinating nature, from wild beaches to dense forests and remote national parks.
Delight in the wildlife found along the island’s rocky coast, including penguins, whales, dolphins, and sea otters, while other opportunities such as horseback riding, kayaking and birdwatching abound.
The hotel, which was previously known as Refugia, is located amid the blue waters of Chile’s Northern Patagonia, on a mythical island, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The beauty of this destination is as much in the landscape as it is in the island residents with their deep-rooted culture and timeless traditions. In true Tierra style, the lodge’s distinctive architecture is in-step with its breathtaking surroundings and comes complete with its own boat the “Williche” for navigating the inland waters. The hotel has 12 exclusive rooms, each with a sea view, a reading room, a cosy living room with fireplace, dining room and a terrace. The hotel also boasts a Spa with a modern Jacuzzi, dry sauna, steam room, and a massage room. Every guest room and public space at the hotel is a subtle expression of the region’s cultural identity, taking the traveler on a dream journey through Chiloé’s rich cultural heritage, a voyage of unique sensorial experiences.