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Nature - Biodiversity - Rivers - Lagoon - Peace - Sounds of Nature
Chepu exemplifies the natural beauty for which Chiloe Island and Patagonia are known. The wetlands here were formed as a result of the 1960 earthquake, the biggest ever recorded, forming a unique environment and a special place for observing birds and animals.
There are some things that you need to know when coming to Chepu!
As for the weather, come prepared to hear, see, and feel the rain, mist, and wind, mixed with periods of sun that come suddenly and go unexpectedly at any time of the year. The average rain per year is app. 2200 mm and the average low temperature is 5°C / 41°F. Summertime temperatures can be nice and warm during the day, app. 17°C / 63°F, but nights are usually cold.
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What to Expect
What to Bring
More about our surroundings
Chepu is a peaceful rural village with app. 300 people and houses spread along the road. Residents' primary income is from farming and from the harvesting of abalone ("loco" in Spanish).
Our eco lodge is located where the rivers Puntra and Grande meet to form the Chepu River and is surrounded by evergreen forests, wetlands, and dunes and beaches by the Pacific Ocean. The views from the lodge are beautiful, but if you want more, there is a trekking trail along the seaside with views over the coastline where you can see a variety of shore birds.
The Chepu River Valley lies at the confluence of three rivers. It is host to 1.400 hectares of "sunken forest", created by the 1960 earthquake which sank the ground by approx. 2 meters(!) and the following tsunami which drowned the area with salt water, killing the trees that once formed a forest in the Chepu River Valley.
After this event, the rivers of the area became tidal rivers. Biodiversity in the area adapted to this new condition.
Chile Flora — your window to the world of Chilean plants
Aves de Chile — birds of Chile