Ferry to Chiloé

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Chiloe, Chile
Ferry to Chiloé - Near the ferry landing in Chacao, Chiloe
Ferry to Chiloé - The other ferry
Ferry to Chiloé - One of the ferries
Ferry to Chiloé - Black-necked swan, seen from the ferry

Ferry to Chiloé Chiloe Reviews

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Ferry to Chiloé Nov 04, 2016
At present (see below) the easiest way to reach Chiloé is by ferry from Pargua, which is about 62km southwest of Puerto Montt. Two companies operate the boats, which leave from adjoining jetties every 15 minutes (you will be directed to the one that will be next to leave). The crossing takes about 30 minutes and you can get out of your vehicle. There is a small coffee shop to one side of the parking area (we had a coffee on our return crossing, which came from a machine but was not too bad). There are also toilets and a small upper deck area for views.

It is also possible to fly here from Puerto Montt, but more expensive and, if you want to be able to drive round the island, less practical.

However, all this could change. Construction has just started, after a series of delays, on a controversial 2.6 kilometre suspension bridge very near the ferry terminals. This is scheduled to be in operation by 2020 and will link the island to the mainland making access much easier. And hence the controversy – not everyone welcomes the notion of a Chiloé no longer separated from mainland Chile as they fear it losing its very distinct identity. Hopefully though the culture here is strong enough to withstand what will probably be a fairly modest increase in visitor numbers.
One of the ferries
The other ferry
Near the ferry landing in Chacao, …
Black-necked swan, seen from the f…
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