Muelle del Alma – a breathtaking hike on Chiloé

muelle del alma

Muelle del Alma – hiking Chiloé with a view

A wooden footbridge leading to mystery lands. Well not entirely. It’s a wooden footbridge that leads you upward to a platform towards the ocean. The view up there is just breathtaking. The footbridge has a well-sounding name: Muelle del Alma – path or harbour of the soul.

And like the name suggests is this place absolutely perfect to slow down, enjoy the view and do a little soul searching. My gaze wanders over the ocean, my legs are dangling off the edge of the footbridge and I am completely relaxed.

Muelle del Alma Chiloe Hike

The island of Chiloé lies in the lake district of Chile and is a little paradise for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts like me. Most paths aren’t really marked but the risk of getting lost isn’t very high. In this article I want to tell you more about the hike, getting here and all of the trappings:

The hike Muelle del Alma

The actual hike is about 5 kilometres long (plus the 9km from the bus stop to the entrance).

It is not a circular path which means that you have to walk back the same way. The scenery is so beautiful I didn’t mind at all. You will also spot things on the way back you missed before.

The hike to Muelle del Alma is absolutely stunning and even though the path isn’t really marked, the chances of getting lost are very slim.

The path is both narrow and wide but the view over the ocean is always breathtaking. Cows, horses and goats are grazing along the way and they seem to be wondering where all the hikers are headed.

Muelle del Alma

Muelle del Alma

How to get to Muelle del Alma

Catch a bus from the terminal Municipal de Castro (Avenida San Martín). Buses to Cucao depart every couple of hours. Look up the bus timetables here or ask on site.

Careful: Castro has two bus stations and buses are rarely delayed.

Ask the bus driver to let you off at the crossroads to Muelle del Alma, which is a little before Cucao.

Quiero bajarme donde el cruce para ir al muelle del alma, me puede avisar por favor?

The bus ride to reach the crossroads to Muelle del Alma takes a good hour. Turn left and head South on an unpaved road. The hike doesn’t start immediately. You have to follow the road for a couple of kilometres until you reach the start point. I would guess the road is about 9 kilometres long. You cannot take a bus to the hiking path but the walk to Muelle del Alma is also beautiful. You can see the ocean for most of the way.

You will get to a little booth where you can purchase your ticket for 1500 CLP (ca. 2€).

My tip: Hitchhiking! I let the first few cars pass me. I wanted to walk some of the way. I managed to stop a car and hitchhiked the last couple of kilometres though.

Muelle del Alma

Where to get off the bus

Muelle del Alma

How to prepare for Muelle del Alma

  • Bring enough water as you won’t be able to buy some on the way
  • Bring a snack with you – have it up on the top while enjoying the view
  • Sunscreen!
  • Camera
  • A book/music for the bus ride – or take in the panoramic views
  • warm sweater as it is quite chilly early in the morning in the winter months (July-September)
  • Sneakers or hiking boots
  • Plan on spending a full day if you do not have your own car
  • weekdays are less busy than weekends
  • avoid the month of February – high season!

Muelle del Alma is the perfect choice if you are after a calm, green hike. I didn’t just enjoy my time there, I absolutely loved it and would go back in a heartbeat.

There are plenty of hikes on Chiloé (even though Lonely Planet fails to mention them). Here is another gorgeous hike but also ask hostel staff for more popular options.

Keep on travelling

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20 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! That walkway is amazing and when I looked at the first picture I couldn’t quite figure out the setup. It looked like you were so much higher until I saw the side view. Great photographs! I can’t wait to read more.

  • Meileilan says:

    This place is incredibly stunning!

  • Muella del Alma looks beautiful. I prefer a nice calm hike as well.Thanks for all the tips.

  • You’re brave to hitchhike! And what a beautifully green place, my hiking scenery is not nearly as pretty as this!

  • Alissa says:

    Oh my gosh, you totally put me in vacation mode!

  • Nancy says:

    What a beautiful place! I haven’t been to Chile but it’s definitely on my list. We spent 6 months last year in Costa Rica (and blogged all about it) and can’t wait to go back. You have a great site here – I could stay on it for hours dreaming of new places to go.

  • Lacee says:

    The blueness of the water is unbelievable! Your photos are gorgeous. I would love to hike with those surroundings. 🙂

  • Audrey says:

    Beautiful pictures!!

  • Amy says:

    That view looks like it was worth every step of the way! (Although I admittedly am not a hitchiker) but I do embrace the hiker part! I love the footbridge, it comes across as such an odd shape, but in the photo capture, you understand it!

  • Edith & Juan says:

    This hike looks beautiful and peaceful! Love all the pictures. 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    That scenery is stunning! I love the rolling hills by the seaside – with a cow or two:) I would definitely do this hike.

  • Jing says:

    That’s the beauty of hiking with a view. The stunning view far more outweighs the tired legs. 🙂

  • Miranda says:

    hitch hiking! Oh my, that’s not normally practiced where I’m from because it’s not considered safe. But it’s really cool to hear other places do it often and it is totally safe there 🙂

  • The world full of water, few are breathtaking ones though! It looks wonderful, the words you described with make me wanna go there and sit for a while, maybe, having my favorite snack! Everybody needs a soul search once in a lifetime!

  • G&D Blog says:

    Wow! You found a great scenery there, and I would definitely want to go there with my husband. I love that shot with that nostalgic wooden trail where you can get a great view of the ocean, that’s so stunning.

  • Carol Colborn says:

    At least once in one’s lifetime, we must walk this Path of the Soul! Awesome..

  • Kevan says:

    That wooden walkway is so cool and a great photo. Hiking is such a nice way to get in touch with yourself. Looks very calming.

  • Woah I can see why they call it harbour of the soul! What a gorgeous hike, and I love the look of the path up to that incredible view. Wow. That’s worth taking up hiking for! I’m not sure if I would be keen enough to hitchhike, but each to their own!

  • This is truly a breathtaking place for a hike, Viki! I would love to go there and enjoy the stunning landscapes!

  • Wow that walkway would make a hell of a place for some photography!

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