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Visit to Chiloe

by dantarta Online Now Feb 12, 2006 at 7:59 PM

I will have 2 days on Chiloe and want to visit Castro, Dalcahue, Chonchi and National Park Chiloe. May be also Ancud (if enough time, not sure what is better).
We will start from Puerto Montt around 10am after landing, and I plan to be in Puerto Varas next night. What is the best way to do it? Buy tour or rent car?
If yes, which operators/car agencies are the best. Should we take 4WD to visit park or regular car is ok? Where is the best place to spend night in Castro (local and cheap)?
Any other tips?

Thanks,
Dan

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    RE: Visit to Chiloe

    by HenryG Online Now Feb 15, 2006 at 4:52 AM

    I'd skip Chonchi and go to Ancud. I did it by car, but since the roads are terrible, mostly loose pebbles or stones (camino de ripio), you must go very slowly or they hit the bottom of the car. A 4x4 is a much wiser alternative.
    Don't know if there are tours.
    We didn't go to the Chiloe National Park because the roads were even worse than the terrible ones we've been through, and to make matters worse, it rained (it rains too many days a year).
    All throughout Chiloe you'll find the typicall wooden churches, and good seafood.

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