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Chañaral de Aceituno: The taste of marine life in the company of traditional Chilean fishermen

Chañaral de Aceituno: The taste of marine life in the company of traditional Chilean fishermen

from USD $465 per person

LIVE MARINE LIFE HAND IN HAND WITH FISHERMEN IN AN AUTHENTIC CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Chañaral de Aceituno is a little-known and unexplored paradise. Located in the Atacama Region, in the north of Chile, it hides many of the wonders of the local coasts: the fauna. Depending on the season, whales, dolphins, and penguins, among other species, can be seen around the area. Together with the fishing and algae gathering local community, you will be able to learn about the way traditional fishermen live in this unique cultural experience in your trip to Chile.

 

In Chañaral de Aceituno, we will live an incredible adventure. With local guides we will sail to visit different islands, where you will be able to see whales, dolphins, penguins, sea lions, and diverse birds. We will revive and participate in the traditions of the Changos, a coastal indigenous people, taste the incredible local marine gastronomy, learn what they do with olives and how olive oil is produced and visit the National Park Llanos de Challe.

 

Enjoy your vacation with Travolution and let this community tourism experience change the way you look at the sea, its ancient inhabitants and dedicated workers.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sailing to Chañaral Island
  • Sightings of Humboldt penguins, otters, sea birds and bottlenose dolphins.
  • Whale watching (December – March).
  • Artisanal fishing
  • Visit to the village of Carrizalillo
  • Participation in algae harvesting

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Tour Features

Porcentaje Comunitario

Community-Based 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Cultural 80%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Physical Demand 20%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Family 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Nature 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Gastronomy 80%

  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Light clothing for the day and warm clothing for the night / Windbreaker for sailing / Swimsuit / Trekking shoes / Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen / Water bottle (At Travolution we avoid buying plastic bottles and appreciate if you bring a reusable one)
  • Included
    24/7 assistance
    Contribution to WINTA or TDLF
    Local guide in Spanish
    Payment by bank transfer or credit card
    Standard room w/private bathroom
    Tickets
    Transport when mentioned
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic drinks
    Camping
    Domestic flights
    Interpreter guide
    Meals not mensioned
    Meals when mentioned
    Nights in cabins run by local families
    Tip
    Transportation on excursions
    Travel insurance
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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO CHAÑARAL DE ACEITUNO

Marinella, our local guide, an expert in the conservation of marine fauna, will welcome you to this small Fisherman's Cove and tell you about this community-based tourism initiative. You will also talk about the details for the next few days' adventures and share some recommendations for local restaurants.
 
Artisan Fishing: You will be able to experience artisan, small-scale, sustainable fishing in Caleta de Chañaral together with local fishermen.
 
Cabins: You will spend the night in a private cabin of a local family with breakfast included.
 
Included: local guide, entrance(s), cabin.
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DAY 2 - VISIT TO CARRIZALILLO AND OLIVE OIL PRODUCERS

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by your hosts.
 
Carrizalillo and olive groves: Today we will explore Carrizalillo, a small town near Chañaral de Aceituno. Marinella will guide us through this sector, famous for the olives and olive oil production. We will visit the ancient olive groves and meet a local family who will welcome us into their home and prepare a traditional lunch for us to enjoy.
Explore this oasis in the middle of a desert landscape!
 
Cabins: You will spend the night in a private cabin of a local family with breakfast included.
 
Included: breakfast, entrance(s), excursion, lunch, transport, cabin.
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DAY 3 - SAILING AND ALGAE HARVESTING

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by your hosts.
 
Navigation*: This morning, it’s sailing time! We will visit Chañaral Island, 6 kilometers off the coast and part of a marine wildlife reserve. You will have the opportunity to observe Humboldt penguins, otters, sea birds and bottlenose dolphins. It is possible to see whales between December and March. Let's hope they show up to greet you!
* Sailing not available on windy and rainy days.
 
Algae harvesting: After lunch in the village, we will participate in the daily activities of the local community: we will collect seaweed by the sea, walk along the beach to some archaeological sites and discover the intertidal fauna that inhabits the coast.
 
Cabins: You will spend the night in a private cabin of a local family with breakfast included.
 
Included: breakfast, excursion, lunch, local guide, cabin.
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DAY 4 - END OF THE EXPERIENCE

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by people from a local community and get ready to leave Chañaral de Aceituno full of energies and meaningful experiences.

Location

Chañaral de Aceituno

CHAÑARAL DE ACEITUNO

 
The Atacama is world-wide famous for the desert where thousands of tourists come every day. However, not so many of us know that there are other places to visit and things to see in the Atacama region. One of them is the Chañaral de Aceituno Creek, a natural tourist destination that belongs to the commune of Freirina. It is located 141 kilometers from La Serena, and it is adjacent to the valley of Huasco.
 
Most of the locals of the creek, of whom there are just 250 people, are dedicated to fishing, while few of them are developing the sustainable tourism.
 
If you are interested in a sustainable, community-based tourism experience, add Chañaral de Aceituno to your list of places to visit in Chile. Here, you can combine pleasure of traveling and learning about local cultures from the authentic inhabitants. Contact us for more info.
 

HISTORY OF THE COVE

 
Originally, the village was occupied by the nomadic people of the Changos, who would travel around the coasts of pre-Columbian Chile from Arica to La Serena. The Changos reached an incipient formative level and spent a great part of their life in rafts made of sea lion skin. They also used lion teeth to manufacture the tips of their spears, used for fishing, their main activity.
 
Now the province of Huasco is known as an ideal destination for whale watching and its imposing green flora. At present, fishermen, scientists, and tourists converge here in search of adventures in the untamed coastal nature. But only 40 years ago, the locals were afraid of the huge sea animals as they had no idea what whales were capable of. It changed when first researchers started to come to the village to study marine life. They taught the local communities who the whales were and how to interact with them. Since then, Chañaral de Aceituno has become a famous tourist destination which attracts thousands of tourists every year.
 

Come and enjoy a different experience of sustainable and community-based tourism!

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