What to see in Isla Grande De Chiloé

Isla Grande De Chiloé Attractions

This mystical island is still a reasonably undiscovered gem for travellers in Chile but there is still lots to experience. The island has remained remote and isolated for centuries and as a result it has retained a unique and intriguing culture with a rich folklore that delights visitors. Although you may not find as many traditional tourist attractions here as you would in other regions, you will be charmed by the landscape and culture of Isla Grande.

Castro, the capital, is quaint and colourful and just wandering the streets and taking in the unique architecture and culture is invigorating. There are several sightseeing attractions in Castro including some great craft markets, the San Francisco Church, the regional museum and the MAM Gallery. As with many Chilean cities, the Plaza de Armas (central square) is a good starting point.

One of the most special attractions of Isla Grande de Chiloe is the collection of 17th-century wooden churches strewn about the island. The 16 churches which remain perfectly preserved have been jointly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there are about 150 of them in total and they are a treasure for travellers in the region. The architecture of these buildings is unique and their various settings are astounding and often quite spooky.

Isla Grande is also the base for excursions out into the archipelago and it can be used to access a number of beautiful wilderness areas. Primary among these is the nearby Parque Nacional Chiloe, which boasts stunning natural landscapes and a number of well-maintained hiking trails.


Castro is the main town (technically a city) on Chiloé Island. It is actually the third oldest city in Chile,…

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Parque Nacional Chiloé

Following in the footsteps of Darwin after 150 years, the visitor will find an isolated but wildly beautiful assortment…

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Wooden Churches of Chiloe

The Spanish, who arrived in the 16th century, and Jesuit missionaries that came to Isla Grande de Chiloe in the 17th…

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