Churches on Chiloé

After our little hold-up in Coyhaique we ended up on the Islands of Chiloé, known for its unique history, churches, palafitos and horrible weather.

Chiloë was one of the last parts of South-America to become independent. The Spanish have left many influences that are still visible on the islands. Because of its isolation the inhabitants were for a long time forced to use only the resources available on the island itself. There was plenty of wood, but no metal. This made the Chilotes experts in building with only wood. They have built many beautiful churches, with almost only wood. A lot of these churches have become a UNESCO world heritage.

The weather in Chiloé is very wet. It rains almost year round, which makes it a very green place.

The tide in chiloé is enormous and the Chilotes, who are mostly fishermen, build their houses half on the ground, half on poles. These houses are called palafitos.

Boats waiting for high tide next to a palafito house.

What we think was the highlight of our stay on the island was Don Hector and Doña America, the owners of the hospedaje we stayed at in Castro. Whenever we went out out or came back home Don Hector passed us a glass of his homemade coffee liquor. “To get warm” they would explain. The breakfast was so good and the talks we had with Don Hector were so much fun, we never got out before 11 am.

After Chiloé we stopped in Puerto Varas. We waited for some good weather, but it never really came. We then moved to Pucón, where now we are still waiting for some good weather. Here we want to climb the Villarrica volcano and do some rafting and hiking.

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