Chiloé Archipelago is known for being a land of mysteries, magic, myths and legends; a place that do not only stands out for its culture, people and heritage, but also for its amazing geography composed of national parks, reserves and a great amount of wetlands.
The so called “Humedales Orientales de Chiloé” (Chiloe’s Eastern Wetlands) are under the administration of different municipalities, those being Dalcahue, Quinchao, Curaco de Vélez y Castro, a net composed of 10 wetlands that cover a total of 1900 hectare of the island; Curaco, Pullao, Chullec, Rilan, San Juan, Castro, Putemun, Teguel, Nercón, Quimchao.
These preservation areas located in the inner water formations and coasts throughout the archipelago are in charge of sheltering the natural treasures that are the migratory birds. Curlews, sanderlings, rufous-chested plovers, black skimmers and flamingos, are some of the 80 species that at some point during the year, decide to take flight and make a stop in these eastern wetlands; there are birds that are even capable of flying up to 14.000 kilometers from the Arctic territory without stopping.
Due to the important biodiversity level that these southern wetlands have throughout the migratory route of several species, along with the fact that it harbors a 40% of the worldwide population of the Hudsonian curlew, is that in 2011 was included into the Red Hemisférica de Reservas de Humedales (Hemispheric Wetlands Reserves Network). This group of places formed by a total of 98 areas in 14 different countries, seeks to ensure the reproduction, hibernation, rest and feeding of the birds through their migrations between north and south America.
Along with the ecological contribution and the Chiloé’s Archipelago’s biodiversity preservation, it is worth noting that the existence of these areas do not only help the environment and its flora and fauna, but they also promote the ecological or sustainable tourism; directly helping the communities of the area.
With the purpose of generating the necessary growth to turn these secrets of nature into a tourist attraction, is that the Ruta Patrimonial de los Humedales de Chiloé (Chiloé’s Wetlands Patrimonial Route) was created. In charge of the Centro de Estudios y Conservación del Patrimonio Natural (Natural Heritage Studies and Conservation Center – CECPAN), the circuits not only emphasizes the natural places of interest related to the wetlands, but also the tourist services and access to other sites of general interest.
The route, that runs through Chiloe Island and the Quinchao Island, is formed by a three-section circuit that allows to visit 7 out of 10 wetlands. The first section starts in Tenaún and ends in Dalcahue. The second one runs through the Quinchao island, starting in Curaco de Vélez. Finally, the third section connects Dalcahue with Castro.