How To Get Here

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Map of Chiloe

Photo Gallery

Visit our photo gallery of the critters and views at our Eco Lodge!

Birds

Rainbow over the river

Rainbow over the river

The Chepu River Valley

The Chepu River Valley

The Sunken Forest

Dead trees in the Sunken Forest

Flock of birds at Chepu Adventures

Flock of birds flying over our waterfront

Chepu

Nature - Biodiversity - Rivers - Lagoon - Peace - Sounds of Nature

Chepu exemplifies the natural beauty for which Chiloé Island and Patagonia are known. The wetlands here were formed as a result of the 1960 earthquake, the biggest ever recorded, forming a unique environment and a special place for observing birds and animals.

There are some things that you need to know when coming to Chepu!

Weather

As for the weather, come prepared to hear, see, and feel the rain, mist, and wind, mixed with periods of sun that come suddenly and go unexpectedly at any time of the year. The average rain per year is app. 2200 mm and the average low temperature is 5°C / 41°F. Summertime temperatures can be nice and warm during the day, app. 17°C / 63°F, but nights are usually cold.


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What to Expect

  • Visit our directions page for instructions on how to get here.
  • You are coming to Chiloé Island, so be prepared for RAIN (but this does not mean that you will not see the sun).
  • If you plan to go hiking, be prepared for MUD!
  • There are no dangerous animals here, only cute ones.
  • There are no stores in the area, no noise, no loud music, no bars discos, malls, or fancy restaurants. We like it that way.
  • We ask our visitors to minimize their environmental impact during their visit and help us conserve water and electricity by taking our Eco Challenge.

What to Bring

  • Waterproof windbreaker jacket
  • Waterproof shoes, trekking shoes, & sandals
  • A good polar fleece or warm jacket
  • Comfortable pants and shorts
  • Sun hat & a wool hat for cold mornings
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (DEET-based) in Jan-Feb due to the presence of horseflies in Southern Chile
  • Camera with batteries
  • Food and snacks for trekking or any meals you do not plan to eat with us (there are no stores, bars, or restaurants in Chepu!)

More about our surroundings

Chepu is a peaceful rural village with app. 300 people and houses spread along the road. Residents' primary income is from farming and from the harvesting of abalone ("loco" in Spanish).

Our eco lodge is located where the rivers Puntra and Grande meet to form the Chepu River and is surrounded by evergreen forests, wetlands, and dunes and beaches by the Pacific Ocean. The views from the lodge are beautiful, but if you want more, there is a trekking trail along the seaside with views over the coastline where you can see a variety of shore birds.

The Chepu River Valley lies at the confluence of three rivers. It is host to 1.400 hectares of "sunken forest", created by the 1960 earthquake which sank the ground by approx. 2 meters(!) and the following tsunami which drowned the area with salt water, killing the trees that once formed a forest in the Chepu River Valley.

After this event, the rivers of the area became tidal rivers. Biodiversity in the area adapted to this new condition.

Chile Flora — your window to the world of Chilean plants

Aves de Chile — birds of Chile