Chiloé Island, Chile
Tierra Chiloé is a welcoming lodge on the island of Chiloé, off the coast of Northern Patagonia. Sitting on 10 hectares of land where the sea meets the countryside, the hotel overlooks the islands of the southern archipelago. A journey here is as much about the island ́s rich and magical culture as it is about its beautiful landscapes. Guests are inspired to explore the hills and blue waters as well as experience the timeless traditions of the island ́s people.
- Renewable biomass energy is used to heat the hotel, further reducing our carbon footprint. The building’s geometric, sustainable design optimizes the natural energy sources identified during a study of local land conditions. The location and orientation of the structure is such that the light and heat of the sun can be absorbed through thermopanel windows. This, together with ‘Low-E’ technology allows for 66% of energy that would otherwise have been lost – to be saved.
- Use natural cross ventilation in order to keep the air fresh and efficient lighting reduces the use of fossil fuels.
- Next to the hotel are the Pullao Wetlands, which boast a rich array of shorebirds. Among them, are the Curved-billed Curlew, Hudsonian Godwit (a North American species), Chilean Flamingo, Chilean Plover and black-necked Swan. They have undertaken to carry out best practices with the Center for Conservation and Study of Natural Heritage (CECPAN), to promote the sustainable management of these wetlands and preservation of their biodiversity. At low tide, local seaweed collectors can be seen gathering their stocks.
- In 2011, Chiloé was declared by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization for the United Nations) as a ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System’ (GIAHS), recognized for its identity and the important role it plays in conserving both ancient agricultural practices and native crops.
- Eight of their twenty hectares, 50% of which make up part of the gardens, have been planted with different types of produce including herbs, fruit and vegetables; many of which are native to the region such as hazelnut, nalca and rosehip.
- They also grow typical Chilote potatoes and garlic, and have a greenhouse and organic compost heap to help it all flourish!
- Tierra Chiloé stands out for its eye-catching architecture, which was inspired by the traditional ‘palafitos’ of the island. The hotel was built with the help of the local community, many of whom still work with them today.
- The building’s geometric, sustainable design optimizes the natural energy sources identified during a study of local land conditions. The location and orientation of the structure is such that the light and heat of the sun can be absorbed through thermopanel windows. This, together with ‘Low-E’ technology allows for 66% of energy that would otherwise have been lost – to be saved.
- The use of natural cross ventilation in order to keep the air fresh and efficient lighting reduces the use of fossil fuels. Renewable biomass energy is used to heat the hotel, further reducing our carbon footprint.
24 rooms including 2 suites and 5 family rooms. All have a panoramic view over the sea towards the mainland or the Pullao Bay.
Restaurant & Bar
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage churches
The nearest airport is Mocopulli – Castro (MHC or WCA), 30 minutes drive away. Commercial flights from Chile’s capital, Santiago, land several times a week. Flight time is 2 1⁄2 hours approximately. The airport at Puerto Montt (PMC) receives a number of flights daily from Santiago (2 hour flight) and is approximately 3 hours’ drive from the hotel. The nearest village is San José, and the hotel is 18km (11 miles) from Castro, the island’s capital.
Open from spring through until the end of fall (September – April) Tierra Chiloé closes during the southern hemisphere winter months (May – August)
Good to Know
Food is inspired by the traditional dishes of Chiloé and locally sourced produce includes succulent oysters, farm fresh eggs and, straight from the surrounding waters, the daily catch. Chiloé’s traditional cuisine includes Curanto, a stew of shellfish, fish, potatoes and meat, cooked on hot stones in the ground.
Making the most of the fresh sea air, Uma Spa is a relaxing space. Indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room and relaxation areas lead to rejuvenation.