Although it's only a 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across the Chacao Channel, verdant Isla Chiloe – the largest in the Chiloe archipelago – is another world. Sixteen wooden churches clustered around Castro on the island's east coast have UNESCO World Heritage status, and traditional palafitos (houses on stilts) dot its shores. To the west, Chiloe National Park shelters foxes, sea lions and otters and provides unspoiled terrain for horseback riding, sea kayaking and fishing.
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4.5 based on 147 reviews
After visiting a couple of times Muelle de las Ánimas and going this weekend to Aucar, I think Aucar is a much better place.
More accesible, less crowded, quiet and well preserved.
It is not a long walk, but you can enjoy a walk on the island, the island Beaches, watch the tides and the thousands of birds around.
I think it is a must of Chiloe.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Made entirely of wood, this striking church was designed by an Italian architect in a blend of Neo-Gothic and classic design.
Amazing architectural and artistic work. The structure, columns and most of the details are made of carved wood. That is interesting, unique, but it was not what got my attention. What I found most interesting and have not seen a single mention anywhere, was that the external surface of the church is made of hammered sheet metal imitating stones.
4.5 based on 111 reviews
While you can island-hop independently, it can be a hassle to time the bus and ferry departures so that they coincide. Most people go with a tour, which you can buy from many tour operators in town. Also, public transportation options on the Islands aren't great so you might be better off on a tour where you'll get to visit the rural areas, rather than be confined to the main towns . In low season (from April to October) though, it is likely that your only option is to go out on your own as the tour agencies won't leave without a full tour.
4.5 based on 429 reviews
Not the most exciting national park I've been to but I guess it's a nice place to visit if you have kids.
The entrance Fee (4,000 pesos per person - foreigners / 2,000 pesos per person- Chileans) is extortionate considering what the park actually offers (which isn't much).
The walks are very easy but some of the trails were very muddy at parts and should be maintained better.
The walk to the sand dunes isn't anything special either. The beach is okay I guess.
If it was free entry or at least half the price then I might bother coming here.
4 based on 197 reviews
Distinctive for its nine-arched entry and splendid view, this late 19th-century church is tiled on the outside with silver-toned native wood, like other Chiloe churches.
This is a very imposing-looking church indeed. Hard to tell about the inside though, as it was locked. The nearby church at Curaçao de Velez, over at the next island, was definitely worth seeing, though much smaller.
4.5 based on 112 reviews
Small wooden church. They say of 'historical' significance as they do for many on this island. What can I say? It cost us quite a lot of money to come here from Castro - maybe look at my photos and draw your own conclusion...
4 based on 466 reviews
It's a great vista alround, with photo opportunities galore. It's an absolutely beautiful estuary, with fishing boats, birds and weather in abundance.
4.5 based on 117 reviews
There is more to this place than just penguins although there are plenty of them in evidence.
The boat trips are well organised and compulsory wearing of life jackets is reassuring in fairly rough seas. Our guide went out of his way to point out different bird species, he made sure that everyone saw things.
4 based on 156 reviews
A smallish free museum looking at the history of the local area. Well worth a look and takes around 1hr to see everything.
4.5 based on 90 reviews
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