The archipelago of Chiloé can be found in southern Chile. It is made up of the Isla Grande de Chiloé together with countless smaller islands and minor islets. The archipelago has a surface area of 9,181 km². The archipelago of Chiloé was formed by the sinking of the Chilean coastal range, only the peaks of which rise up above the surface of the ocean. The main Island of Chiloé has a rectangular shape, with protuberances at the Lacuy peninsula, the Rilán peninsula and indents formed by the Bay of Cucao and the Dalcahue channel. The western coast is exposed to the Pacific Ocean and is steep and with no natural ports.
How to get to Chiloé
By sea towards Chiloé: On a Navimag ferry you can sail from Puerto Chacabuco or Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt and from there drive or take a bus to the island of Chiloé, crossing the straits of Chacao on another ferry.
Chiloé’s main city is Castro, 173 kilometers from Puerto Montt and 1,198 km from Santiago.
You can arrive in Puerto Montt by air at El Tepual Airport or by land via Route 5 (the Panamerican Highway), and then from there drive or take a bus (via the city of Puerto Montt) to Chiloé Island, crossing the straits of Chacao on another ferry. (Navimag only offers ferry transport on the aforementioned routes and does not provide a transport service between Puerto Montt and Chiloé)