Castro, Chiloe island - Activities and excursions

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What to do in Castro, Chiloe island, Patagonia Chile

Places to visit in the city

Church of San Francisco. Patrimony of the Humanity. It is the biggest church in the island of Chiloé, built by local artisans in wood between 1910 and 1912. Is located In the middle of center of the city in a corner in front of the square.
Coastal avenue. If you arrive in car the Pan-American highway (route #5) enters in Castro skirting the sea, surrounding the city with a view to Castro's fiord and it continues to the south toward Quellón. These walk visiting the port, the handmade fair and the ‘palafitos’ (wooden constructions on piles buried in the beach) cooking places with an impressive variety of shellfish, can take you several hours.
The Party ‘Costumbrista Chilote’. It is carried out the third week of February in Castro's Municipal Park. It is a popular party that claims the customs and the folklore of Chiloé. In it you can observe traditional tasks and typical crafts of Chiloé. A separate paragraph deserves the elaboration and exhibition of the gastronomy ‘chilota’ in which you will be able to prove typical plates as: curanto, yoco, milcao, tapados, pulmay, barbecue and mistelas.
Trips
To Dalcahue and island Quinchao: leave Castro toward the north until arriving to Llaullao, then turn to the right and in the kilometer 20 will arrive to Dalcahue. A town of 3,000 inhabitants located in the coast of the channel that separates it of the island of Quinchao. It arises with the lumberman and cattleman peak of final of the XIX century where settles an impressive automated sawmill. In Dalcahue you should visit: the Church ‘Nuestra Señora de los Dolores’, with a portal of 9 arches, declared Patrimony of the Humanity. And the Handmade Fair with a tradition of more than a hundred years where the artisans of the islands show and sell an immense variety of wool fabrics and crafts in carved wood. To continue with this trip in the jetty of Dalcahue you will take a ferry to the island Quinchao that lasts 5 minutes and it works the whole day. Already in the island continue toward the south 9 kilometers to arrive to Curaco de Vélez, famous town of 500 inhabitants because of their teacher-carpenters, manufacturers of houses and ships. In its restaurants of the beach you can savor the best oysters in Chiloé. If you continue toward the southeast by the asphalted route 26 kilometers more you will arrive to Achao, communal capital city of the archipelago with 2,500 inhabitants. There you will be able to visit the Church Santa María de Loreto also declared Patrimony of the Humanity, built with cypress wood and larch and the experts say that it is the most beautiful in Chiloé. We recommend you to follow 11 more kilometers to the south to arrive to Villa Quinchao, a village next to the beach that has the Humanity's Patrimony, the Church of Quinchao, the biggest in the colonial churches of Chiloé built in the XVIII century.
To Island Lemuy going by Chonchi: leave Castro toward the south. To just 4 kilometers you will find the church ‘Nuestra Señora de Gracia de Nercón’ (Patrimony of the Humanity). In the kilometer 22 you will arrive to Chonchi, called the city of the three floors, to be on the slope of a hill. It has hotels, cabins and the Humanity's Patrimony, the Church of San Carlos de Borroneo. In the trade of the coastal and the port you can buy Chonchi’s threads, hung and the famous liquor of gold, traditional alcoholic drink prepared handmadely. 5 kilometers to the south of Chonchi by the road that skirts the channel Yal is located Puerto Huilchas, where you take the ferry to Puerto Chulchuy in island Lemuy (it delays 15 minutes). In the island there is a road that travels her almost in its entirety with itineraries that go from 2 to 5 kilometers visiting villages, churches (3 of them declared Patrimony of the Humanity) and beaches through cultivation fields. On the east coast in Puchilco is a Mirador from where it can be seen the archipelago between Chiloé and the continent, up to the volcano Michinmahuida that is to the east of the city of Chaitén.
To the National Park Chiloé:
leave from Castro toward the south by the Pan-American highway; in the kilometer 24 take the route to Huillinco (toward the west), a town that you will arrive 9 kilometers later on, located in the oriental end of the lake Huillinco, with beach and hostel. The road continues skirting by the south the lakes Huillinco and Cucao until arriving, in the end ocidental of this last one, to its drainage in the ocean Pacific where crossing a bridge will arrive to the area of Chanquín of the National Park Chiloé. There there are camping site and cabins, service of trips, rent of horses, canoes and kayaks. The National Park Chiloé is located among the mountain range of ‘La Costa’ (to this latitude is called mountain range of Piuchén) and the ocean Pacific; It is crossed by a series of small rivers that end in the sea, with forests in almost all its surface and having a very big variety of mammals and fundamentally of birds.

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