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, 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.
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