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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Chacao Nov 04, 2016
I think most people arriving on Chiloé by ferry will quickly head towards one of the main centres such as Ancud or Castro. But when Jorge suggested a short stop in the small village of Chacao we were glad to agree, and around its main square we found some picturesque wooden houses as well as an interesting church. While the latter isn’t one of the 16 UNESCO listed churches of the island, it is still well worth a visit – and indeed, so no doubt are many of the other 150+ eighteenth and nineteenth century wooden churches and chapels scattered across Chiloé. Dating originally from 1710, it is dedicated to San Antonio and has a simple cream-painted interior with wooden statues of saints. In the porch is a small display about the churches of Chiloé.

Chacao has a population of just 450 (2002 census) and is a sleepy place, but back in the mid seventeenth century, under the Spanish rule, it was the main military base on the island, with governor and troops based here – hard to imagine now.

As well as strolling round the square to take photos, it’s worth heading down to the waterfront to look out over the channel that separates Chiloé from the mainland. Apparently you can sometimes see dolphins (we didn’t) and there are lots of water birds to interest bird-watchers – we saw several of the black-necked swans that had first caught my eye on arriving here by ferry.
In Chacao
Typical house in Chacao
Church of San Antonio, Chacao
In the church of San Antonio, Chac…
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