Top 6 Things to do in Castro, Chile

December 6, 2017 Agatha Simes

A rainbow assortment of palafitos (wooden houses on stilts) are the unofficial calling card of Castro, the capital city of Chiloé Island. Once home to thousands of farmers and a target for European pirates, Castro was established in the 16th century and is Chilé’s third-oldest city. Highights here are the astonishing wooden church, an impressive contemporary art museum and the charming wharf in the Gamboa district.
Restaurants in Castro

1. Church of Castro

Almirante Latorre Esquina San Martin, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Church of Castro

Made entirely of wood, this striking church was designed by an Italian architect in a blend of Neo-Gothic and classic design.

Reviewed By Pedro_L_P_Sanchez - Sao Paulo, SP

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.

Costanera | Panamerica Sur y Ernesto Riquelme, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
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4 based on 466 reviews

Costanera

Reviewed By Emyr1 - Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

It's a great vista alround, with photo opportunities galore. It's an absolutely beautiful estuary, with fishing boats, birds and weather in abundance.

3. Church of Nercon

Plaza de Nercon, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Church of Nercon

Reviewed By Sebastián B - Santiago Chile

We just drove by and took this picture. We didn't have time to get in, but it's well known as one the most beautiful churches in the island. Just appreciating from the exterior, it's looks gorgeous.

4. Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloe

Parque Municipal de Castro, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Excellent
52%
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4 based on 67 reviews

Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloe

Museo de arte contemporáneo, alrededores naturales y construcción tradicional en madera. Muestras principales entre enero y marzo (verano sudamérica)

Reviewed By ZornsLemma - London, UK

The museum is a considerable distance outside the centre of town - I think I walked it in about half an hour each way, being in need of exercise and too cheap to use a taxi. It's quite sprawling but not enormous and depending on how long you like to look at things, you could well see everything in half an hour or an hour. I enjoyed the works on display though and the price was certainly right - it was free, although they do accept donations.

5. Museo Municipal de Castro

Calle Esmeralda, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile 65635967
Excellent
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3.5 based on 63 reviews

Museo Municipal de Castro

Reviewed By jump78 - Santiago, Chile

Located in downtown Castro, this museum houses regional artefacts and agricultural tools. Information on the displays in Spanish. Hours: M-F 9:30am-6:30pm, Sat 9:30am-1pm. Admission: Free.

6. Biblioteca Publica de Castro

Chacabuco 410, Castro, Isla Chiloe 5700000, Chile +56 65 263 5076
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Biblioteca Publica de Castro

Reviewed By 4Bliss - Northern California

This library is charming. It has gorgeous views of the palafitos across the bay. It is warmed by three wood stoves and has a wonderfully gracious staff.

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