Favorite thing: Wooden architecture has been used by two different groups with pretty different emphases: in the 16th century the Spanish settlers used the natural resources for their houses and in the middle of the 19th century the German colonists introduced their traditional way of building houses:
they used shingles for their roofs and by taking advantage of the native alerce wood, they managed to construct roofs that could withstand the many many rain showers in that region. You can find many houses of this type in the area of Llanquihue and Puerto Montt.
Favorite thing: The Wooden Churches of Chiloé are considered UNESCO World Heritage. They are characterized by the best use of environment resources (such as the alerce wood), the interrelation with the landscape (usually near the coast and many with the mountain ranges at their back) and for the making true of blending native and Spanish beliefs into the churches.
They all tend to have Southern front doors to protect them from the rain. The churches are often facing an esplanade that turns into a square which varies in size according to the size of the church and the importance of the religious festivities held in the surroundings.
The main characteristic of the Chiloé churches is the facade tower, which is very symetric and is formed by an arched entrance gate at the front.
Houses & People
Favorite thing: Wooden houses in the South of Chile are a very interesting thing to watch....I love the colors that people choose to paint their houses.....bright blues, yellows, oranges...... which talks a lot about people.
Fondest memory: I remember that I was walking around with 2 class mates of mine, watching houses, people.....simply enjoying there, when I suddenly needed to go to the toilet!!!!!!....so I decided to knock any house's door...... and I chose this one you're seeing in the pic ;o) the lady who opened the door was so friendly!!!!! and after I used the toilet she invited us to share a meal with her and her family.....it was so beautiful!!!!!!!.
People here is like that, INCREDIBLY friendly and always ready to give you a hand :o)
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Favorite thing: It's a big , i mean big plate, made with fish, potatos, all kind of shellfish, chicken, sausage, etc... . To cook it you must do a hole in the ground. place stonesin it, place the ingredients and cover it with Nalca's leaf
Favorite thing: Landscapes in Chiloe are the most wonderful ones I have ever seen in Chile........
Fondest memory: I was with some high school class mates simply watching the landscape and talking......
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