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Four New travelArt Programmes for Chiloé – and a New Bridge is Planned

Recently, travelArt introduced four new Chiloé travel programmes. First up is a hike through Chiloé National Park, through forests and along bluffs overlooking the Pacific, to the mysterious, magnificently-situated “Puente de las Almas”, or “Bridge of Souls”. Next is an excursion to Chonchi, site of the largest of the World Heritage wooden churches of Chiloé, in conjunction with a visit to remote Lemuy Island’s several other well-known wooden churches. Third is an outing to see the colourful wooden churches of Colo, Tenaún (the only one on the island with a three-towered façade), and San Juan, the last of which is a quiet fishing village next to the sea. Lastly, travelArt is now offering a bicycle tour leading from Castro to Chiloe National Park – perfect for a close-up experience with the island’s unique charm and natural beauty.

Also in the news for Chiloé, the government recently announced approval for the construction of the first bridge to link Chiloé and the mainland. (Currently the island can be reached only via ferry across the Chacao Channel.) The bridge will connect the island directly to the Pan American Highway, Chile’s main north-south route. Plans for the bridge were first put forward in 2002, but were repeatedly set aside due to the high cost of steel. Now, however, the government has announced that construction of the 2,750-metre-long bridge will begin in 2015. The USD $270 Million project will be full of symbolic importance for the inhabitants of Chiloé, who have, since age immemorial, lived isolated from the rest of Chile.

For more information, or to include any of travelArt’s Chiloé programmes in your clients’ travel plans, please contact your travelArt sales agent.

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