I had to separate Daliah from the rest of the trip because I loved it so much, but we went to other places in Chiloe as well.
Chiloe is composed of a bunch of small towns spread out across the island and connected by buses.
At the port; The famous wooden church
After Tenaun, we met another girl in my program named Katie in Castro, the main shipping hub of the island. She’d been staying on the island for the entire week so she knew some fun places to go. We went to the Castro town fair where local artists sell their wares. Knitting and wool are very popular in Chiloe. The women there can make literally anything out of wool that they sheer and dye themselves. It was beautiful to walk though rows and rows of hanging wool ware – like a massive woolen maze.
Wool at the market
We ate dinner in a seafood Palafito (this is a house on stilts that is situated directly over the water) then stayed in a huge old house that overlooked the water. Chiloe is also famous for their honey, so (on recommendation from Katie) we drizzled honey over ice cream and watched the sunset. – Chiloe was the real vacation of this trip.
We got a chance to stay in a Palafito hostel the next night, which had an amazing view of the ocean right below our feet.
Our Palafito (the yellow one); The View; Me and the Palafito (when the water was out)
Most of our time spent in Castro we just relaxed. I got in a museum and a tour of the church (newly painted yellow because it is a national monument and they wanted it to stick out on the island) when I broke off from the group for a morning, which was well worth the price of admission.
Milking; Cows on Parade; the Cows and I
Our last stop was Ancud where Katie had arranged a tour of two Dairy farms. It was great to see the process and talk to the farmers, and you could not have gotten much more free range then the cows we got to see. However, it did make me very sad to see them and hear about their strenuous milking cycles. Maybe vegans are on to something.
We were able to walk up to the Fort of Ancud too, which is this ancient crumbling relic of the Dutch/ Spanish (when they overran it). From there we could see a beach a little ways down below us. When we ventured down, we discovered a few mossy caves that I’m sure the water covers in high tide. There were tide pools full of different kinds of urchins and shellfish – things I’ve only ever seen in an aquarium.
The Caves; the View; The Fort
Chiloe was a beautiful island with lots of sites to see. I won’t compare it to Patagonia, because there’s not enough common ground, but I will say that the most fun I had on the trip was when I wandered around solo in the city. Talking to people I ran into, asking questions, and seeing things I will probably never get the chance to see again.