Castro: discovering our heritage
The beating heart of Chiloé lies in the traditional stilt houses, grand churches and authentic craft markets of Castro. This city, a 16th century former stronghold of Chilean governance, was used as an entry point to capture the island as an extension of the mainland. The history and cultural influences surrounding Castro make for an adventure of discovery. It begins with a visit to the colourful Mercado Yumbel. This vibrant market is awash with local produce, freshly caught fish and rustically woven wares, a place for islanders as well as visitors.
From Yumbel, head to the iconic stilt houses in an area protected by the curve of the coastline, a great photo opportunity. The streets from the bay lead to the central church of San Francisco, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The visit ends with time in the shipyards and carpentry school, an important part of the city’s economy and cultural heritage.