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What to see in Isla Grande De Chiloe

Isla Grande De Chiloe Attractions

This mystical island remains a reasonably undiscovered gem for travellers in Chile and there is still lots to discover. The island has remained remote and isolated for centuries and, as a result, has retained a unique and intriguing culture with a rich folklore that delights visitors. Although travellers may not find as many traditional tourist attractions here as they might in other regions, they will certainly 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, 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. These churches remain perfectly preserved and have been jointly declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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 can be used as a pathway to a number of beautiful wilderness areas. The undisputed jewel 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 and the third oldest city in Chile, founded in 1567. It's famous for its colourful rows of palafitos (stilted…

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Parque Nacional Chiloé

Following in the footsteps of 19th-century English naturalist Charles Darwin, visitors will find an isolated but wildly beautiful landscape of rolling hills, native forests and…

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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 century, built hundreds of wooden churches in the archipelago…

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