churches, churches, churches, and palafitos

Castro Travel Blog

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cathedral of Castro- It used to be orange and purple, not it's beige :(.
Castro is famous for being in the center of the church region of Chiloé and also for the houses on stilts over the water (palafitos). I was immediately disappointed when I arrived to find that the cathedral that is orange and purple in all the photos is now a boring beige color. After taking my traditional 2 hour wander about town I found a "hostal" and fell asleep as my overnight bus from Concepcion hadn't been one of my most memorable overnight trips. One piece of advice about hostals in small towns in Chile, is that they tend to mean what we'd think of as inns. I have yet to find an actual dormitory type hostal in the south of Chile outside of Pucon. Therefore, if you're looking for really cheap you can't count always count on the word hostal.
Palafitos


When I woke up the next morning I immediately set-off to see churches. I ended up taking the local micros to go to Achao, Dalacahue, and Chonchi to see some churches that are considered "patrimonio de la humanidad". The churches are all pretty cool because they are big for such small towns. It's actually interesting that they were all built because the old missionaries wanted to make the eastern side of Chiloé into a garden of churches. I wanted to see more churches, but it would have taken forever using the micros to get to all 16 churches that are national monuments. I would definitely recommend signing up for a tour if you want to see them all. If nothing else using micros it cost me 5000 pesos to see the 3 I went to, so any tour is probably worth the money just saved on micro tickets. I would have taken a tour if any were offered, but it seems as if Chiloé tourism is completely shut-down until true high season (end of December-ish). If you're planning on coming here make sure to come during high season unless you're renting a car and can drive wherever you want on your own.

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cathedral of Castro- It used to be…
cathedral of Castro- It used to b…
Palafitos
Palafitos
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Can you find the homeless guy?
Church in Dalcahue
Church in Dalcahue
The ferry between Dalcahue and Anc…
The ferry between Dalcahue and An…
another church between Ancud and t…
another church between Ancud and …
extreme palafitos
extreme palafitos
what Chiloé looks like
what Chiloé looks like
Palafitos up close
Palafitos up close
Chonchi
Chonchi
Achao
Achao
Castro Hostels review
This hostal was almost exactly like the one I stayed in when I was in Valdivia. It wasn't really a hostal in that I got my own room with a private bat… read entire review
Castro
photo by: polvandenwirre