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  • 1. Iglesia de San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Any tour of Castro begins with this much-photographed 1906 church, constructed in the style of the archipelago's wooden churches, only bigger...Read More

  • 2. Iglesia de Santa María de Loreto

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Achao's centerpiece is this 1730 church, the oldest house of worship in Chile. In addition to the alerce wood so commonly used to construct...Read More

  • 3. Parque Nacional Chiloé

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This 430-square-km (166-square-mile) park hugs Isla Grande's sparsely populated Pacific coast. The park's two sectors differ dramatically. Heavily...Read More

  • 4. Fuerte de San Antonio

    Military Site

    Northwest of downtown Ancud, the 16 cannon emplacements of this fort are nearly all that remain of Spain's last outpost in the New World. Constructed...Read More

  • 5. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Gracia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    About 10 km (6 miles) south of Achao is the archipelago's largest church. As with many other Chilote churches, the 200-foot structure sits in...Read More

  • 6. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1850 church, modeled on the churches constructed during the Jesuit era, sits in the main square (Plaza de Armas). A portico with nine arches...Read More

  • 7. Iglesia de San Carlos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's centerpiece, this church on the Plaza de Armas was started by the Jesuits in 1754 but left unfinished until 1859. Rebuilt in the...Read More

  • 8. Iglesia de San Pedro

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In an effort to win converts, the Jesuits constructed this enormous church on the Plaza de Armas. The original structure survives from colonial...Read More

  • 9. Iglesia de Tenaún

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The small fishing village of Tenaún, 7 km (4 miles) south of Quicaví, is notable for its 1845 neoclassical Iglesia de Tenaún, which replaced...Read More

  • 10. Isla de Aucar

    Island

    This tiny forested islet 6 km (4 miles) south of Quemchi is reached by walking across a stunning wooden bridge some 510 meters (1,673 feet)...Read More

  • 11. Isla Lemuy

    Island

    Though easily reached by a 15-minute ferry ride from Chonchi, Isla Lemuy feels miles away from anything. In reality, this is remote countryside...Read More

  • 12. Mirador

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Uphill on Calle Presidente Kennedy, this scenic overlook has stupendous views of the Golfo de Ancud, the smaller islands in the archipelago...Read More

  • 13. Morro Lobos

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Reached by a 45-minute boat ride from the port of Quemchi, this immense rock outcrop juts out of the sea off the coast of Caucahue Island. Hundreds...Read More

  • 14. Museo de Arte Moderno de Chiloé

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in five refurbished barns in a city park northwest of downtown, this modern-art complex—referred to locally as the MAM—exhibits works...Read More

  • 15. Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas

    Museum/Gallery

    This small but interesting museum documents early life in Chonchi through furnishings and photos in a 19th-century house. ...Read More

  • 16. Museo Histórico Etnográfico de Dalcahue

    Museum/Gallery

    A fogón —a traditional indigenous cooking pit—sits in the center of the small palafito (a shingled house built on stilts and hanging over...Read More

  • 17. Museo Regional de Ancud

    Museum/Gallery

    Statues of mythical Chilote figures, such as the Pincoya and Trauco, greet you on the terrace of this fortresslike museum, just uphill from...Read More

  • 18. Museo Regional de Castro

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum, one block from the Plaza de Armas, gives a good (Spanish-only) introduction to the region's history and culture. Packed into a...Read More

  • 19. Plazuela del Tren

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    All that remains of Chiloé's once-thriving Castro–Ancud rail service is the locomotive and a few old photographs displayed outdoors on this...Read More

  • 20. Refugio de Navegantes

    Museum/Gallery

    The town's cultural center contains a small museum with artifacts and old black-and-white photographs. Nothing is very colorful here—the muted...Read More

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