Chiloe Island

How often does one get to photograph a sunrise without getting out of bed?

For me, the answer is probably once in my lifetime. (If all goes well, my iPhone will upload the photo and I’ll be able to share the view).

The “Enjoy Chiloe” Hotel in Castro, the capital of Chiloe Island, makes the most of its spectacular location. All rooms have floor to ceiling windows facing the bay. And the bay experiences spectacular tides. That photo was taken during low tide. During high tide, the inhabitants are grateful their houses were built on stilts!

The hotel has a spa, a casino and a nightclub. The casino held zero appeal for me, but the night club definitely had potential, until I say the sign posting the hours it was as open. Midnight to 5 AM??!! Not for this girl. That left the spa. The choice was between pool and hot tub versus drinking pisco sours and wine on the terrace.

Here’s what I chose.

Yes, each region has its own take on pisco sours. Chiloe Island adds a berry that only grows locally which gives it the unusual color.

We were blessed with perfect weather, which made our boat trip to view the Magellanic penguins delightful.

We had a unique way to board our boat. What looked like a shopping cart was pulled into the bay.

No need to get our feet wet.

There is so much more to say about this wonderful island, but it is time to leave for Puerto Montt.

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I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I've never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance, counting on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

10 thoughts on “Chiloe Island”

    1. We are at the airport now, getting ready to fly to Punta Arenas.

      There was so much more that I could have said about the trip, but that would have cut into my socializing (and drinking) time!

      I’m loving the free Wi-Fi at the airport.

      Sent from my iPhone


    1. Our ride in the shopping cart was a hoot. I guess not everyone was as adventurous as you. They probably devised the ride to keep from losing business.

      Sent from my iPhone


  1. This has been a high-packed adventure trip…so many different activities…so much to experience…always on the go….your type of trip. Love your curiosity and spirit!


  2. Hmmmm. hot tub and pool vs. hanging out with friends enjoying a sip or two? It looks like you made a great choice! I love those penguins, were you able to get close at all or was that it? A telephoto lens would be helpful to have, I bet (note to self if I ever take that trip). So funny that the life vest of the person boarding the “shopping cart” says “Titanic III.”


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