Tourists in Chile historically did not want to visit the island of Chiloé (place of seagulls). It rains there 10 months of the year.
Darwin was here for 6 months in 1834. Hated the rain. But did name the Darwin’s fox.
But when the sun shines, it’s beautiful. A bit like Vancouver Island. Both are temperate rain forests.
In many bleak climates people use bright colours. After a few winters they fade and chip. Everything is made of wood.
I’d been interested in Chiloe only because it’s so weird. I hopped on a bus (south) on a whim, actually. And was really happy I did. It’s a very cool and unusual place. And I got good weather.
Castro is the largest city. Fishing — especially salmon farming — is an important industry.
Palafito hostel in Castro opened 2008 putting this city on the backpacker radar for the first time. Comparatively expensive at CAD $34 for a dorm bed, it’s well worth it.
An excellent breakfast, for example.
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A proposed multi-million dollar bridge which would increase tourism is still opposed by many on the island. They value their unique heritage and culture.
A new airport was inaugurated in November 2012, 15 km north of provincial capital Castro …