On the Island Chiloe there are 16 churches built from timber that are UNESCO heritage sites. There are many other timber churches as well, but these sixteen churches as the most spectacular I assume. In the interpretation centre in Ancud there are scale models of some of the churches. The churches are mostly located around Castro and it’s an interesting display of how the Spanish Jesuits infiltrated the island from the Eastern side in the 1600s.
The Church in Castro is the largest of the churches and at the moment it is painted bright yellow.
As we arrived at the church in Chonchi (about 20mins. busride from Castro) it started to rain (big surprise), so we had time to take a quick picture of the church facade and then had to hide inside the church for a while. Around the church there are craft markets where I tasted Chonchi’s famous ‘Liqor de Oro’, a very sweet alcoholic drink that tasted like honey and bananas in my opinion.
On our last day in Chiloe, we decided that we had to make an effort to see one or two more of the churches, since it is such a big tourist attraction. So, we hopped on to a bus (which included a ferry ride) from Castro (via Delcahue) to the Quinchao Island to see the oldest church in Achao. (Whoever gave names to the towns on the island just made up combinations of Q, C, H and A. All the names are very similar and it gets very confusing to remember if you’ve been in Quellon or Queilen!) A note to tourists: most of the churches are closed on a Monday.
On the way back from Achao, we stopped in Dalcahue.
During the six days we spent on the Chiloe island, it rained a lot. As we left the island, the rain stopped and a beautiful rainbow appeared as we drove away in the bus.