Meet the wild Chiloé that impressed Charles Darwin almost two centuries ago by visiting Tantauco Park, the most pristine forest on the island.
"The jungle of huge trees, crowded with vines and ferns, pierced by moisture, forms a dark green complex that seems the absolute owner of the island ... Large trees whose trunks link climbing plants form real walls on the sides of the road ..." This is how Charles Darwin described what we know today as the Chiloé Island. Today, much of the island is inhabited, but there is still a wild corner that could be described just as the English naturalist did.
The Tantauco Park covers some 118,000 hectares of millenary forests, peat bogs dating from the last glaciation and large lakes where a wide variety of animals live, some of them endemic and in danger of extinction.
Its remote location has made this park, an ecosystem unique in the world. It is located in one of the 35 "hotspots of biodiversity", which means that it has at least 1500 endemic species of vascular plants and that it is in danger, having suffered a loss of habitat surface of at least 70% of its original surface.
Explore this paradise of biodiversity
The park is a conservation project that seeks to protect the ecosystems and species of the marine and insular territory of Chiloé, and best of all, it is open to the community.
There are seven trails to walk on foot, seven trails where you can find unique animals from the Chilean forest. Darwin fox, Geoffroy cats or pudús. All elusive species, two of them endangered and one endemic.
The Tantauco separates in the northern zone and in the southern zone. The path that goes to the north ends in Caleta Zorra, a spectacular cliff towards the Pacific Ocean and where you can see blue whales. The path that goes to the south, the "Transversal", ends in Caleta Inio, near the lighthouse, and where you can also arrive by sailing from Quellón.
The campsites, shelters, trails and footbridges are excellent, but still you have to travel prepared with good equipment, enough food for the amount of days and good physical condition. Another important requirement is to respect the flora and fauna of Chile, taking care not to litter or fire in places where it is not allowed.
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Live the experience
Travel package of 5 days to meet the best of the Chiloé island. We will take a city tour of Castro and Dalcahue, visit the wooden churches…
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Tourist package express to meet the Island of Chiloé in 3 days. We will visit Castro, which is the most important city. It is noted…
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City Tour Castro y Dalcahue5 Hours
City tour to visit the best of Castro and Dalcahue: Visit the famous palafitos, handicraft markets, heritage churches and the Castro…
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Touring the artisan markets of Chonchi and taking a trip in Chiloé National Park are one of the best walks to take in the Island of Chiloé.
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Achao and Dalcahue Tour8 Hours
Tour full day in Achao and Dalcahue in Chiloé Island. Visit with us the World Heritage-listed wood churches and the famous Chilean…
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Full Day to Tantauco Park Tour10 Hours
If you like Ecotourism this place is perfect for you. On this tour we will visit the Tantauco National Park where you can explore the…
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