Because the ferry runs only once a week from Chiloé to Chaitén on mainland Chile, we spent almost an entire week on this island, which is known for its wooden churches. What we enjoyed most during our stay though were our overnight places which were always directly at the sea.
We first arrived in Ancud and then did a tour around Lacuy Peninsula, visiting the lighthouse at Punta Corona and the Fuerte Ahui.
Our next stop was at Bahía Pumillahue and nearby Puñihuil, which hosts a penguin colony.
Villages, churches and the weather
We then drove through a number of villages further south, of which Tenaún sports a colorful wooden church.
The small village of Quinched ended up being our next overnight spot.
After a short stop in Chonchi we took a another detour to the western side. Here the island is directly exposed to the harsh Pacific Ocean. We called off our short hike to the sea when we encountered big areas of mud and it started raining.
Castro is Chiloé's capital and famous for its Palafitos, colorful stilt houses.