Thick temperate forests, dramatic fjords and hidden glaciers can be discovered in this magical and widely unknown area of Chile.
The far west coast of Chile leads to Chiloe island – shrouded with folklore and mythical stories, it is a very unusual destination. The biggest draw to this region is the beautiful multi-coloured churches that are protected by their UNESCO World Heritage status. Visitors can explore by horseback, canoe or by boat as many of the most scenic locations are inaccessible by road or foot. The coastline is home to otters and penguins, with the occasional sighting of large whales, including blue whales, and curious dolphins. Central to this area, and running down the vast length of Chile, is the Carretera Austral – a road like no other. Frequently referenced as one of the best road trips in the world, the route hugs the side of fjords, rolls past giant wild rhubarbs and passes through tiny fishing villages. The forest feels almost prehistoric, and exploration here will reveal hanging glaciers, spectacular plant life and a number of tiny hummingbirds darting between the emerald leaves. As unusual as this destination is, there are still some fantastic luxury hotels which offer an unbeatable ‘escape from it all’ experience, relaxing spas with natural geothermal pools and world-class seafood cuisine.