Isla Chiloé Travel Guide

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Isla Chiloé Highlights

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    Aquamantos says…

     Beautiful landscapes, friendly people.....it's simply magic! 

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     Rains most of the time 

  • In a nutshell
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     A place where, in parts, time has stood still 

Isla Chiloé Things to Do

  • PARQUE NACIONAL CHILOE

    A wonderful national park on the west side of Chiloe Island, with interesting and unique flora. One trail leads to the beach where you can view the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Another takes you through an area entirely overgrown by evergreen forests and moss-covered ground - El Tepaul.

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  • CHILOE - QUAINT ISLAND OFF CHILE

    The culture of Chiloe is unique because it was rather isolated from Spanish colonial history and its dependence on the sea for survival.Nearly all the houses on the island are made from wood. The famous thing about Chiloe are the many wooden churches. The walls of the houses have what I called 'fish-scales' designs as pieces of wood were laid side...

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  • Castro

    Despite being destroyed by fires and Earthquakes numerous times throughout its history, Castro is still going strong, and today is the capital of Chiloe, and, judging from what we saw, its most visited town. It's a good base for exploring the island as there is a good choice of accommodation & restaurants, and many of the islands highlights, such...

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  • Ancud

    Chiloe's largest town contains a number of worthwhile attractions, making it a good place to visit for a couple of days. Ancud is the first place that most visitors see in Chiloe, as it's located just to the south of the ferry terminal, from where the Puerto Montt boat arrives. The town has an interesting historical museum, where you can learn all...

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  • Castro

    Castro is a very charming city as it's climbing on the gentle hills and spreading along the beautiful coastline. Being in a way separated from the rest of Chile, Chiloe has maintained its local flavour. Walking in the streets is very pleasant. There are houses of Spanish architecture matching harmoniously with the typical "palafitos" (houses on...

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  • National Park-Cucoa beach

    The wonderful Park of Chiloe is a must-see place. Especially Cucoa beach is a natural gift. Millions of shells are scattered on the sand. The perfect decoration ! There are a lot of possible walks around as there are forests and rivers to complete the picture !!!Click on the picture

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  • Isla Quinchao

    Quinchao is also an archipelago that consists of 10 islands with Achao, the capital, as the civil center of the communities. There are hills and levees so there is a lot of high points with panoramic views. Very old churches are proudly standing up with their unique style.Click on the photo for more

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  • Island Lemui

    An island of green fields with cows and sheep grazing ! A serene picture that works as a time-forgetting cure..Dinner included lamb on the spit in a warm wooden restaurant accompanied by other typical Chilean tit bits. Delicious !! Houses are all made of wood each one having its own shape and colours.click on the photo for more

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  • Achao : Iglesia 2 - Church 2

    Aquí incluyo algunos detalles de la iglesia de Ancud : el púlpito , los suelos , el artesonado , las tejuelas de la fachada Here I am including some details of the Ancud Church : the pulpit , the floor , the ceilings , the facade tiles

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  • Achao : Iglesia - Church

    Achao significa : Playa arenosaLa Iglesia deSanta María de Loreto en Achao es la más antigua de las iglesias chilotas que permanecen en pie y es la única que fue construida por los Jesuitas que realizaban las Misiones Circulares . Las columnas son salomónicas y se aplican motivos vegetales, propios del barroco. En el retablo la pintura imita un...

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  • Curaco de Velez : Iglesia - Church

    Curaco de Velez quiere decir " agua sobre piedras".En febrero de 1971 un incendio destruyó la antigua iglesia que era Monumento Nacional . En su lugar se levantó esta nueva construcciónCuraco de Velez means "water over the stones"On February 1971 a big fire destroyed the old Church that was a National Monument . In the same place a new building was...

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  • Dalcahue : Iglesia / Church

    Dedicada a la Virgen Nuestra Señora. De los Dolores , esta revestida por el exterior con tejuela de alerce , que con el paso del tiempo se les ha quedado un tinte platinado. Se destaca por su pórtico , con nueve arcos , seis en punta , dos remontados y el central de medio punto Dedicated to the Virgin Nuestra Señora de los Dolores , it is covered...

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  • Castro : Mercado - Market

    El mercado no iba a ser menos y también está hecho todo de maderaTiene mucho colorido y puedes ver frutas , verduras , pescados , flores y a nosotros nos llamó mucho la atención los cochayuyos ( un alga ) y los choros (mejillones )que los venden secos y en tiras , que parece un collar o bien trenzadosThe market is not different , it is made also in...

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  • Castro : 2 Iglesia de - San Francisco -...

    Originalmente el conjunto estaba formado por la iglesia y la esplanada , cuando la iglesia estaba aislada y ésta se convirtió en la plaza que actualmente tienenPosteriormente se les añadió un cementerio y la "Casemita" o casa ermita destinada al misionero de pasoLas iglesias tienen en el frente un atrio cubierto y encima están el coro y la torre ,...

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  • Castro : 1 Iglesia de - San Francisco -...

    Las iglesias de Chiloe están declaradas Patrimonio de la Humanidad y pertenecen a la Escuela Chilota de Arquitectura Religiosa . Originalmente se hacían sólo de madera y se utilizaban cuñase y pasadores en 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...

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Isla Chiloé Restaurants

  • Curanto En Olla -Chiloe specialty

    Fishing is the main occupation in Chiloe so local people eat a lot (whether they like it or not..) In my case I am a fisheatingmaniac so I found big fish cut in slices is superb, and usually well cooked.I have even tried raw fish in a sour sauce served as a salad. Interesting !! So here is a recipe of the Chiloe specialty.CURANTO is usually a...

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  • Restaurants suck!

    Most of the restaurants are bad. Although the food is always fresh, so there is no danger of intoxication, Chiloe´s cooks are know for the lack of imagination in the kitchen.Buy your own food and cook it, or eat potatoes.You´ll find fish and seafood everywhere.

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Isla Chiloé Transportation

  • By ferry from the mainland

    There are no flights and no roads to Chiloe from the mainland, meaning the only means of reaching the island is by boat. The easiest crossing is south of Puerto Montt, where regular ferries make the 30 minute crossing. If you travel by bus, the cost of the ferry will usually be included in your ticket. The ferry lands in the north of the island,...

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  • Puente no aprobado/Don´t approved bridge

    Elgobierno no ha querido aprobar un puente para cruzar a la Isla de Chiloe , con gran disgusto de los Chilotas , así que es necesario ir hasta Pargua y coger un ferry hasta Chacao (30 min ) las 24 horas Esto quizá ayude a conservar el tipismo y el encanto de ChiloeThe Goberment did not approve a bridge to cross to Chiloe Island , with great...

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Isla Chiloé Shopping

  • typical chilean woollen sweater

    Very nice heavy woollen sweaters are for sale at a very low price of around 10 $US !! Also gloves and scarfs in pleasant colour combination. The Dalcahue Market is famous for woollens, wooden crafts and basketry.You can also find local artistically woven mats and carpets. There are market stalls on the coast road in Castro near the central...

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  • Chilote handicrafts

    When visiting the churches of Chiloe we had the chance of going to the artisanat of Dalcahue. The local handicrafts of Chiloé are quite reknown: they mostly offer knit ware - hats, socks, ponchos and the like. I did buy a pair of socks and I tell you: they really do keep my feet warm!!!

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Isla Chiloé Local Customs

  • Casas de madera - Wooden houses

    Todas las construcciones son de madera , iglesias , casas , mercados , edificios públicos...All buildings are made wiyh wood , churches , houses , markets , public buildings...

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  • Cultura de la madera - Wood culture

    En Chiloe la madera fue durante siglos el único material de construcción que se utilizó y todavía hoy siguen esa tradiciónPor ello la importancia que tiene la cultura de la madera y todo lo relacionado con esa actividadTienen en el puerto expuestas antiguas máquinas de vapor que se utilizaban para trabajar la madera In Chiloe the wood was during...

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Isla Chiloé Warnings and Dangers

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    En la iglesia de Achao , Monumento Nacional , nos hizo gracia la guía que nos la enseñó , pues venía con su perro que se plantó en el medio de la iglesia , controlándonos a todos
    In the Achao Church , National Monument , it was curious that the guide who showed us came with her dog that sat in the middle of the church , controlling all of us

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Isla Chiloé Off The Beaten Path

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    View fron the top of the islands

    by pibanez78 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    One of the best things to do in Chiloe is trying to get to the smaller islands in the gulf. Is not hard, and it´s totally worth it. People will let you stay with them if you ask, and they will give you food if you need. The only thing you need is good weather and a pair of hiking boots. Walking is what´s all about in the islands. Loose yourself in the beatiful roads, camp in the virgin beaches and drink apple chicha.

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Isla Chiloé Favorites

  • Wooden Architecture

    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...

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  • Traditional churches

    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...

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  • Beautiful landscapes...

    Landscapes in Chiloe are the most wonderful ones I have ever seen in Chile........ I was with some high school class mates simply watching the landscape and talking......

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