We had a look at our maps and brochures containing information about the place we would visit once we were on solid ground. Chiloé National Park is an interesting attraction with its humid -usually rainy- weather and the evergreen forest teeming with olivillos, coigües, myrtle trees and Patagonian cypresses. Fauna includes Darwin's foxes, pudúes and Magellanic woodpeckers, as well as sea lions and otters in the water environment.
As we landed at the port of Chacao, we took the main road on the island, which borders the gulf. Before reaching Ancud, we resolved to visit Caulín Bay, well-known for its oyster farms on the sea shore and its typical restaurants. There is a sanctuary for migratory birds at that very spot.
The peace and quietness of this first stretch on the island appeared again all throughout it. Each village told us its history related to churches scattered all through the archipelago. They still stand in spite of the fact that they were built by the Jesuits in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many of those villages contribute their beaches. Some of them are sandy, others are covered by pebbles.
The Chacao Channel and the ferryboats invite visitors to get deep into a big island that has a lot to discover and learn while its countless colorful fishing towns are seen.
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Useful DataHow to get there
Travel 60 kilometers along a paved road up to Pargua, the site where the ferryboats are boarded. Two companies offer the service regularly from 7 am to 11.30pm. They leave every 20 minutes and the crossing takes half an hour.Opening hours
The regular ferry service to cross to Chiloé starts at 7 am and leaves every 15 minutes until 11.30 pm.