Getting Here and Around in Ancud

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Getting Here and Around

Boats leave Pargua, on the mainland, every 15 minutes from 7 am until late in the evening. Trips take about 30 minutes. An additional 30 minutes down the road from Chacao, Ancud will be the first real stop on Chiloé Island for most visitors. Roads from Chacao to Ancud are paved, but if you venture north or west of town to visit attractions such as the beaches at Faro Corona or the penguin colony at Puñihuil, the pavement turns into gravel road. There are several bus lines that serve Chiloé cities, particularly Ancud and Castro. Most visitors board buses in Puerto Montt, which is about 2½ hours from Ancud. Add another hour to get to Castro. The main bus line serving Chiloé, Cruz del Sur, has frequent service throughout the island, including Chonchi and Quellón.

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