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Chiloé: A break for the traveler in Chile

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I was in Mendoza Argentina) enjoying the great atmosphere with which this splendid city dresses during Harvest Festival. In the hostel where I was staying, located in the Las Heras street, I met a Chilean from Chiloé, and he spoke to me so well about his homeland, that I did not hesitate for a moment to stop by when I crossed the entire coast of Chile.

After crossing the Argentine Patagonia from north to south, stopping at Bariloche and in Calafate before arriving at Ushuaia, place popularly known as 'World's End' being the southernmost city on the planet, it was time to go back up; so that I crossed Chile from south to north, first crossing the Chilean patagonia bordering the Andes mountain range, then continue towards Bolivia costing the Pacific Ocean.

By road to Montt port, and a 'ferry' to cross the Chacao channel. That's how I got to Chiloé, an archipelago in southern Chile, which in addition to a large number of smaller islands, includes the Isla Grande de Chiloé.

I spent three days in Castro, capital city of the province of Chiloé since 1982 and third oldest city in Chile. A quiet and picturesque place, where you can enjoy long walks with wonderful views. Its churches deserve a special mention, built during the 18th and 19th centuries and that stand out for having endured despite being made of wood.

I also passed by Ancud, which was the capital of the provincial until 1982 and is the second most important city on the island. Walking along one of its beaches I stopped to talk with the local fishermen. They told me about a small islet that was not too far from the coast and where several families of 'apparently' were staying penguins. I managed to convince them to approach me there with one of their zodiacs to verify it. And indeed, after a few minutes heading offshore, we reached a small rock 'inhabited' by a lot of funny penguins who were dedicated to walk from one side to another with that curious walk and jump into the water in search of something to fill The gut. Really a fun experience the 'visit' to the penguins of Ancud.

Enjoy the delights of Pisco Sour, local drink par excellence, is another of the experiences of which I keep a magnificent memory as I pass through Chiloé (and Chile in general ...), although I will talk about it on another occasion ...

If you go through Chile, Chiloé It is without a doubt a good place to get lost and relax for a few days.

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