A boat is docked next to a body of water

Castro – Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao

This land adventure provides a glimpse into the history of these small villages in the Castro-Delahue area. We will visit three towns by coach and ferry.

  • Explore the charming, historic villages in the area
  • Learn about the ranchers and whalers in Curaco de Velez, who were prominent during the town’s ‘glory days’
  • Visit some of the oldest churches in the area
  • Spot the black-necked swans along the coast
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    4 hours, 30 minutes

  • Min. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • From

    $ 183

  • Notices

    We recommend wearing layered clothing, a windbreaker or rain jacket, and good walking shoes.

We depart from the pier and proceed to Dalcahue, a picturesque village located 20 km north of Castro. Along the way, discover the colorful hamlet of Llaullao where we see ‘tejuelas’ (uniquely roofed houses) and a beautiful chapel in a lovely setting.

Arrive at the ferry terminal in Dalcahue and board a boat for an 8-minute crossing to the Island of Quinchao. Upon arrival, we head towards Achao, passing through Curaco de Velez. This tiny village of approximately 500 inhabitants saw its best days back in the 1850s when cattle ranchers and whalers lived there. The beautiful houses you see today remain as a testament to the past. A local highlight are the black-necked swans, which can be found along the stretch of coast.

About 16 km further on, we come to the town of Achao, founded as a Jesuit residency in 1743. With almost 2,500 inhabitants, today Achao is alive with boats from the surrounding islands, making it one of the busiest ports in the area. A focal point of the town is its church, built in 1730 and featuring beautiful baroque imagery. At an agreed time, we will head back to Dalcahue, a town that emerged into its present state as a result of the cattle and timber industry boom in the late 19th century. Dalcahue boasts one of the largest and oldest (1750 – 1790) churches in the area. Following a visit to the church, we begin the return drive to Castro.

Practical information

  • Language: English / German (Subject to Availability)
  • Remarks: We recommend wearing layered clothing, a windbreaker or rain jacket, and good walking shoes. The weather in Chile is unpredictable, guests should be prepared for possible showers during the day.
  • Walking information: Paved surfaces at Curaco de Velez, Acao and Dalcahue. A few steps to enter churches.
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes, as long as they can navigate a few steps. Note that no ramps are available at churches or in the towns.