Chiloe Island

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I have visited recently Chilo? and was charmed by its beauty.
First of all in this island you can learn how people have lived 50 years ago, some houses still have a shower with a bucket they tie to a pole and pull the rope....
The best thing that I really liked about the island is the city of Cucao, It is beautiful village around the lake, and the special thing about it is that you can rent a hourse, without guide (which are generally painn in the ass) and just go wild with the horse and ride it wherever you want !
I rented a hourse with a friend we ran on the beach by ourselves, went to some parts of the national parks, rode some nice mountains with lots of trees. We paid only 15000 chileans for a full day, each one. The hourses where great as welll. And Cucao is beautiful to know by hourse !

Chiloe is a place where an exuberant nature goes hand-in-hand with a friendly people, the creators of a fantastic mythology, a particular gastronomy and whose assets include 150 churches and chapels built by Jesuit miss during the 18-19th centuries. Today they have applied to the UNESCO for recognition as a World Heritage.

travel forumChilo? is the second largest island in South America - after Tierra del Fuego - measuring 112 miles from north to south. The coastal mountains cross its entire length, creating two completely different environments: toward the Pacific, the coast receives constant damp winds from the ocean and heavy rainfalls, so there is abundant vegetation. 

Facing the continent, the island's microclimate allows for human life with all its folklore and varied mythology its gastronomy - such as the typical curanto and all the necessary agricultural crops. With their maritime tradition, these people built most of their homes on palafitos -pillars of wood that hold the house above the water - which are one of the island's emblems, together with its characteristic wool handicrafts.

In the inner sea, between the island and the continent, there are a number of small is lands separated by channels that can be reached by boat or kayak. Some are so close together that, in the ebb tide, it is possible to walk from one island to another. The island's main urban centers are Castro (The capital of Chiloe), Ancud and Quell?n where Chiloe's delicious cuisine can be enjoyed. Also, they are the starting point for tours to the surrounding areas, adventure excursions, bicycle tours, to the surrounding areas, adventure excursions, bicycle tours, hourseback riding, fishing trips, maritime crossings, observation of the flora and fauna, etc.

Castro, the capital on the main island, is an old town with lovely palafitos?houses built on stilts?along the shores of an inland sea. With its fading banana-colored paint job, the Iglesia San Francisco de Castro, dating from 1912, is unmistakable; it contains particularly gruesome representations of the Crucifixion. As a whole, Chiloe's shingled Jesuit churches and chapels are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Though the weather is often foggy and cool, the climate adds to, rather than detracts from, Chiloe's atmospheric beauty. Linked to the mainland by ferry, the longitudinal Panamerican Highway runs the length of the island. Chiloe is also a good place to shop for woolen sweaters and the ideal location for trying fresh seafood dishes?in particular curanto, a steaming cauldron of shellfish, dumplings and meat


Another special thing I have found out about Chiloe is that it is famous for myths and legends with roots in its native population. Even though the island was Christianized by Spanish conquerors (you can visit many of the Jesuite wooden churches all over the island) its inhabitants are also very superstitious. A singing, fair-haired beauty similar to the German Lorelei is called la pincoya. It is said that if she dances towards the coast the sea will bring a lot of fish. A ghost ship carrying the souls of wrecked sailors, similar to the Flying Dutchman, is called caleuche. And if someone tells you he or she was seduced in the forest, it might have been the fiura or the trauco, which is often blamed for venereal disease or an awkward pregnancy. A very pitiful figure is the invunche; as a baby his orifices, including his eyes, were closed and one leg was sewn to his back, so that he walks on three legs.




So What you can do in Chiloe ?

Sea kayaking
The protected Castro Fjord and Chauques islands make for safe, enjoyable paddling in the archipelago's most traditional sector, where many inhabitants live without motors or electricity, abiding by the rhythms of the tides and the changing seasons.

Navigation
Boat trips in the islands provide a more relaxing alternative to sea kayak trips, allowing visitors to cruise in style along the island's northern and eastern coast, visiting Spanish forts, fishing villages, and other attractions.

Observation of flora and fauna
Wildlife lovers will be drawn to Chiloe's wild Pacific coast, where Chilo? National Park protects miles upon miles of beaches and temperate rainforest, including habitat for a wide variety of birds, foxes and pygmy deer, among other species.

How do you get to Chiloe ?
I personally know about the following ways:
1. Take a boat from Puerto Mont
2. Take a boat from Chaiten
3. Take a boat from Puerto Chacabuco

AS you can see the only way to get to an island is by boat ja ja....

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Chiloé Island is a great place for travelling. its a great Island for the vacations enjoyable.This is the second largest island in Chile and the fifth largest in South America after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. It is separated from the Chilean mainland by the Chacao Strait to the north, and by the Gulf of Ancud (Golfo de Ancud) and the Gulf of Corcovado (Golfo Corcovado) to the east; the Pacific ocean lies to the west, and the Chonos Archipelago lies to the south, across the Boca del Guafo. The island is 190 km (118 mi) from north to south, and averages 55–65 km wide. This is a wonderful places for the refreshment.Thanks alot for suggesting a good places for visitng.

 

 


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