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The green island of Chiloé is enchanting with marvellous bays and long sandy beaches. On the west there is the wild open Pacific with its pounding surf and on the east picturesque small islands. On clear days you have fantastic views of the volcanoes on the mainland that seem to rise up out of the sea. In Chiloé you can enjoy a lasting sense of rural calm.

Actitvities on Chiloé

Ancud: Ancud is the base for several day trips along the east and west coast. Local fish and shellfish restaurants serve typical dishes from the island.

  • Penguin and sea lion colony Puñihuil: Penguins nest along sea lions, dolphins and aquatic birds on this beautiful secluded beach of Puñihuil.

  • Peninsula Lacuy: Small roads lead to fishing villages and deserted beaches. Farmers live next to the waterfront where they live from what the sea and the land offer.
  • Bird sanctuary Caulin: A wide variety of land and aquatic birds nest in this bay. In wintertime flamingos come from the north of Chile in this tranquil place.

 

  • River Chepu: Boat trips, hiking and fishing are the main activities in this area of splendid beauty. Crossing the river is the northern part of the National Park of Chiloé.


Castro: After the earthquake of 1960 the typical stilt houses were rebuilt on top of a wide estuary that forms the city of Castro. Wooden boat builders still work like centuries ago. It was the same boat builders that constructed the famous wooden churches that are now protected by the UNESCO.



Myths of Chiloé

The separation of Chiloé from the mainland has created a uniqueness about the island. This can be seen in its architecture - many of the houses are built on stilts right at the water’s edge and the UNESCO heritage wooden churches are quiet different from those on the mainland. The legend and myths still form part of the unique life of the island people.

Visitors beware when walking in Chiloé’s forests. There lives a small ugly man known as El Trauco, who can hypnotize girls, leading them into the forest ...from which they return pregnant. There is just one trick to protect yourself... But be warned, not only the women have to be careful...

At sunrise you may see a beautiful blond girl coming out of the sea... but is it really a girl... or is it the famous Pincoya, goddess of the sea?

If you spot a boat looming up on the horizon, with music and a big party going on, again beware! It’s probably the Caleuche, a ship with wizards on it... which can transform itself into a trunk or a rock.