CHILOE ISLAND

“JAIME MET US AT THE PORT, AND GREETED ME LIKE AN OLD FRIEND – BIG HUGS AND KISSES ON BOTH CHEEKS… WE HAVE BEEN EMAILING BACK AND FORTH SINCE LAST MARCH ABOUT ALL THESE TOURS, AND YES, I FELT LIKE I WAS GREETING SOMEONE I KNEW QUITE WELL, RATHER THAN MEETING HIM OF THE FIRST TIME!”

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It is the second biggest island in South America, with only five islands, out of 40, without inhabitants. Its environment is practically virgin soil, most of which is part of the Chiloe National Park, which offers a natural and traditional scenery. The architecture is the major attraction of this destination. The “palafitos” and the old churches (built between the 18th and 19th centuries) have made of Chiloe a Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO. In Chiloe you can find a simply exquisite gastronomy variety.

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Chiloe Island, Ancud and Penguins colony.

After an early breakfast, we’ll head out into the countryside to the rugged Pacific Coast. This is an area of deserted beaches, quiet farmlands and coastal forest, the rarely visited West coast is a hidden jewel of natural beauty and wildlife, crossing the Straights of Pargua by ferry to the island of Chiloé.

Once on the island, you’ll drive to the serene Bay of Caulin where swans and other birds may be seen. After that we arrive to  Ancud, a picturesque community of rustic homes, colorful fishing boats and historic Spanish forts with a thriving market of local traders and artisans selling their wares. Chiloé is full of legends and superstition. Some island residents claim that century-old monsters roam here at night, sailing on elaborately painted ghost ships, frightening even the bravest of fishermen. Reaching the northern coast of the island, you’ll visit a World Wildlife Fund-supported penguin colony, one of the few places in the world where Magellanic and Humboldt penguins co-exist. A trip by zodiac takes you among the small islands of penguin rookeries. Depending on weather conditions, you might also observe a sea lion colony.. After a relaxing breakfast, we’ll head out into the countryside to the rugged Pacific Coast. This is an area of deserted beaches, quiet farmlands and coastal forest, the rarely visited West coast is a hidden jewel of natural beauty and wildlife. Our destination will be the unique penguin colony of Puñihuíl, the only place in the world where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins nest side-by-side. We will tour the small island colonies by boat, a trip that often encounters many other types of marine life.

Castro and the Churches of Chiloe

Castro, capital of Chiloé Island. Castro is Chile’s third oldest city in continued existence. Rodrigo de Quiroga as the temporary governor of Chile in 1567 launched a campaign led by his son in-law Captain Martín Ruiz de Gamboa to conquer Chiloé Island, establishing the city of Castro there, and pacifying its inhabitants, the Cuncos. From its founding on 12 February 1576 until 1767 Castro was the administrative centre of Chiloé Island. Up to the mid of the 17th century the town was looted by Dutch pirates several times. In 1767, during the time of the Bourbon Reforms that sought to modernize the Spanish Empire, Chiloé was separated from the General Captaincy of Chile to which it had previously belonged and made a direct subject of the Viceroyalty of Peru.   The Churches of Chiloé are a unique architectural phenomenon in the Americas, and one of the most prominent styles of Chilota architecture. Unlike classical Spanish colonial architecture, the churches of Chiloé are made entirely in native timber with extensive use of wood shingles. The churches were built from materials to resist Chiloé Archipelago’s humid and rainy oceanic climate and represent the fusion of European Jesuit culture and local native peoples’ skill and traditions: an excellent example of mestizo culture. The Churches were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000.

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