Planning our two-week visit to Chile from the United States, we were unsure about giving up four days to visit Chiloe, but staying at Refugia was one of the best decision we've ever made. Our stay was amazing, thanks to personable and expert guides, gourmet food and the hotel's location in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
This is above all an intimate experience: from the moment we entered the hotel, we were greeted by our host like we were old friends. The hotel has just 12 rooms, so all of the excursions are planned based on each guest's preferences. We toured the historic churches one day (including attending a local festival), went kyacking another day, and then took an incredible day hike on cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Our guides (Benjamin, Anna and Cyril) were very attentive and able to answer questions about nature, wildlife, culture, and history. We met an organic farmer and toured her farm and then our guides arranged for us to meet and visit the house of a a woman who grew up on the nearby island of Quecho. All of these experiences were beyond any expectations and any previous "tour" we're ever had.
And then there's the food - every meal was delicious, using local, fresh ingredients. The chef is very creative and flexible - one guest found sea urchins for sale on an excursion and asked the chef to prepare them for all the guests - it was our appetizer that night. We looked forward to every meal.
All together, an unbelievable experience that we'll never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are proud to present the newest member of the Tierra Hotels family, Tierra Chiloe. The hotel, which was previously known as Refugia, is located amid the blue waters of Chile's Northern Patagonia, on a mythical island, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The beauty of this destination is as much in the landscape as it is in the island residents with their deep-rooted culture and timeless traditions. In true Tierra style, the lodge's distinctive architecture is in-step with its breathtaking surroundings and comes complete with its own boat the "Williche" for navigating the inland waters. With only 12 guest rooms, the property continues in the footsteps of Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia by offering exceptional experiences and personalized service to its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tierra Chiloe Castro, Chile - Isla Chiloe