For many visitors, the elongated Isla Quinchao, the easiest to reach of the islands in the eastern archipelago, defines Chiloé. Populated by hardworking farmers and fisherfolk, Isla Quinchao provides a glimpse into the region's past. Head to Achao, Quinchao's largest community, to see the alerce-shingle (a wood native to Chile) houses, busy fishing pier, and colonial church. And if you have more time, visit one of the nine outlying islands near Quinchao.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More