Archipelago, the magic of traditional culture
In front of the smooth waters of Dalcahue channel we found the
perfect spot to build our sea kayaking base. The proximity to important
cultural centers, such as Dalcahue and its famous market, the village
of Curaco de Velez on Quinchao Island and San Javier church with its
cemetery at the edge of the sea, tempt us to immerse ourselves in
this rich coastal culture. We'll experience it in the same way as
it's ancient inhabitants, the "chonos" and "veliches",
who with their "dalcas" (dugout canoes) traveled throughout
01 CASTRO - SEA KAYAK CENTER - DALCAHUE CHANNEL
Castro, Chiloé at noon. Lunch at a typical restaurant in the
port. Visit the handicraft market. Midafternoon transfer from Castro
to Altue's Sea Kayak Center, near the town of Dalcahue, for kayak
instruction and practice in the smooth waters of the Dalcahue Channel.
Typical dinner, followed by overnight camp at the Center.
|DAY 02 SEA
KAYAK CENTER - DALCAHUE CHANNEL - QUINCHAO ISLAND
breakfast. Early morning departure by kayak for Dalcahue, observing
en route the variety of local seabirds including black-necked swans,
three kinds of seagulls, oyster catchers, pimpollos (greeves) and
an occasional flamingo. In Dalcahue, we'll visit the local cultural
center. Then we'll continue across Dalcahue Channel to Quinchao Island
visiting the lovely Saint Xavier church and cemetery. Pic-nic lunch.
During remainder of the afternoon, visits to various picturesque locations
along the channel, finally crossing to the Altue Sea Kayak Center.
Evening transfer to Castro. Dinner not included.
- Transportation and meals according to itinerary, one night camping
or lodging in our loft
- Sea kayaks with paddles
- Personal flotation devices
- Other accessories
OF DIFFICULTY AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONING:
The trip is not specially rigorous and requires no prior experience
with kayaks. Must know how to swim and be in reasonably good physical
condition. A positive attitude towards open-airs activities is very
important. These are trips for the person who enjoys participative
tourism in a natural setting, understanding that during our trip we
may encounter variable weather and tidal conditions that require us
to adapt the sequence of the itinerary.