Las iglesias de Chiloe están declaradas Patrimoio de la Humanidad y pertenecen a la Escuela Chilota de Arquitectura Religiosa . Originalmente se hacían sólo de madera y se utilizaban cuñasen vez de clavos pues el hierro era muy escaso , se cuenta que una de las primeras iglesias que se construyó utilizando clavos la incendiaron para poder quedarse con ellos
Los Jesuitas estuvieron 160 años en chiloe , hasta que fueron expulsados y los susttituyeron loa Franciscanos
Organizaron la Misión Circulante que consistía que al empezar la primavera , el 19 de septiembre ,
Con el fin de aprovechar al máximo las orillas del mar , en el siglo XIX se construyeron las casas sobre pilares encima del agua
Las hubo en toda la isla , pero ahora sólo quedan en Castro . Están pintadas de colores brillantes y el reflejo sobre las aguas hace una vista muy interesante
In order to get the most of the river banks , on the XIX century they built the houses on pillars above the water
There were in all the island , but now there are only in Castro . They are painted with brilliant colours and the reflexion on the water makes a very interesting view
Kayaking at Chepu wetlands is an exceptional experience as you go with your kayak alone in an area full of dead trees (Valley of Dead Trees) and with high tide you can get into many small channels and this absolutely gives you the idea of being transported in time. Kayak is so quite that you can get real close to amazingly large birds standing in the dead trees and they do not fly away. I was given some tips on how to use low and high tides in my favor to help me move faster with less effort. This way you can be out in the river, wetlands and dead trees for many hours without really feeling tired.
Chepu is a small and quiet community located between a wetland area and the Pacific Ocean alongside a long, quiet river. In 1960, the biggest Tsunami ever registered in the world?s history hit the coast and caused a major flooding. It left thousands of dead trees in the middle of the valley, still flooded with water. It is a peaceful and unique landscape, nesting place of many birds, and you can realize of how nature starts all over again after a great disaster. Great variety of local fauna and flora.
MIRADOR DE CHEPU is the place to contact and to arrive as they rent kayaks, offer private transportation and arrange and coordinate most of the activities in the area. This place has a great view over the dead tree valley, the wetland & rivers. Amory & Fernando are a friendly and warm couple!
Chepu is a wild area attractive for every person who likes nature & outdoors activities. By staying overnight, you will be able to discover much more the area that offers spectacular landscapes.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE: Camping: allowed for early kayaking (I do recommend) Trekking: from a day walk to discover the beach or the native forest to a trek of 3 days to explore the adventurous Senderos de Chile.
Renting a boat is another alternative as local people can take you for a ride on the river and to Coluco Lagoon.
Fishing: Supplies available
Horse riding or rural accommodations, previous arrangement.
This church was built in the late 19th century on the grounds of the old chapel of the Jesuits' mission. It is a very strategic location with an excellent view of the channel that divides Isla Grande from Quinchao island.
Dalcahue church is very typically covered with silverish looking wood tiles of alerce (native wood). This church is special because of its deep entrance door, that consists of nine arches.
The Church of Achao was built in 1740 and is the oldest church still standig in Chiloé. The facade tower was remodeled in the 19th century.
It was constructed by a Franciscan missionery in a baroque style. The central dome is the one feature that makes this church so very special. It is divided in 5 parts with a wooden retable located behind the altar.
The church stands on a place just two blocks from the sea. The square used to be tree lined. It is now the main square of town.
Castro is the capital of Chiloé and it was here that the evangelization was first carried out by Franziscan and Jesuit priests on the archipelago.
The first church was destroyed by a fire in 1902, the present church was finished in 1912.
It is made all of wood - especially the inside is breathtaking! It was designed by the Italian architect Eduardo Provasoli. He wonderfully combined old and new and made sure that it goes together with the local construction tradition.
Dalcahue is located 20 km to the North of Castro. It's famous for it's Sunday Market, and also because of it's wonderful wooden church, which was built by the end of XIX century in the same place where it stood the chapel of Jesuits' missions. The location of this church is, like other ones, very strategic since it is facing the channel that divides Isla Grande from Quinchao island, with an excellent view. As well as many other churches in Chiloé, this is covered with tiles of alerce (native wood), wich have got a silver color as time has passed by. It outstands because of its deep entrance door, that consists of nine archs
The former temple was destroyed by a fire in 1902; the present church was finished in 1912. The work has some diferences and some simiralities with the tradition in Chiloé. Its desing belongs to the Italian architect Eduardo Provasoli. He mixes a Neo-Gotic with a clasic desing that goes together with a local costuction tradition.
Sometimes Chiloe´s town might seem poor and ugly, but walk around, you´ll find hidden places, amazing views, and really cool people.