The Eastern Wetlands of Chiloé remain one of the world’s most expansive – and vital – ecosystems for a staggering range of creatures, most notably, families of Chilean flamingos, imposing cormorants, and fluffy coastal ducks. A local Chiloé guide will take you on a horseback ride across these wetlands, pointing out natural landmarks and the myriad of different bird species to be found grazing there.
After that, head up the dramatic sea cliffs to what is locally known as the Bridge of Souls – it is a modern art installation that represents the Mapuche myth of Tempilcahue, also known as the transporter of souls to the afterlife.
What makes the experience so unique are, in fact, the local Chiloé guides that graciously show guests around their island. These modern, seafaring and farming indigenous people, have a wealth of stories and myths from their rich culture to share with guests, and are more than glad to explain their spiritual bond to the land and sea with curious visitors.
Tierra Chiloé serves as a great base for intrepid visitors to the culturally and ecologically rich lands of Chile. Aside from being named in World Travel Magazine’s The 100 List 2018, Tierra Chiloé takes it in their stride to preserve and promote the local culture. In each of the 24 rooms and suites at this modern, upscale resort, guests will find locally made upholstery, sustainably sourced materials and natural decor that incorporates the lodge with its peaceful surroundings. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Feb 2019 – World Travel Magazine.