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Waiting to board car ferry on the mainland
Smiles knowing we don’t have to catch buses for 3 days.
Short 30 minute crossing the Chacao channel to Chiloe.
Traditional Chiloe dish called Curanto prepared like a hangi.
The chef came over to give us instructions on an order to eat this in…you mean there’s an order. Such laughs with Ben and Austin.
Famous Kuranto restaurant, Ancud famous certainly lives up to it’s 30 year reputation.
Scenery heading to Castro. Michelle’s standard comment throughout the trip “doesn’t this remind you of….”
A typical Chiloe shingled house.
Fishing boats in Castro, Chiloe
A fishing boat flies the Chile flag
Traditional Palafito stilt houses in Castro. The silts are supported at the back of the house.
More palafito houses, Castro.
Renovated palafito house. Interesting architecture for these tiny spaces.
Some of the newer Palafitos (Stilt houses) in Castro
Newly built boutique hotel palafito style.
Renovated palafito houses using old style exteriors.
At least the washing will dry in the seabreeze.
Fisherman hard at work
Castro fishing harbour.
Noah lives here.
Castro’s Catholic cathedral, Iglesia San Franscisco.
The Iglesia San Francisco in Castro
Interior of Iglesia San Franscisco, Castro. Extraordinary craftsmanship as everything is made of timber including the vault.
Inside Iglasia San Francisco
A butcher shop in Castro. Nothing like getting up close and personal with your dinner.
Completo (Hot dog) shops are everywhere in Chile. This one seems to have an interesting brand.
A little grocery shop
One of the main streets in Castro
Morning light during low tide, Castro.
Contrast between heritage and the newly built controversial shopping centre on the hill.
Heritage hotel, Castro.
Boats in Castro. Presumably they are expecting the tide to come in.
Some of the remaining Palafitos in Castro
A Palafito with feline resident
Palafito that doesn’t look too sturdy. No wonder most of these collapsed in the last earthquake.
View of the Palafitos in Castro at low tide.
More Palafitos with the family boat parked out the front.
Waterfront property twice every day
This is one of only two remaining sections of Palafito houses in Castro
A moo with a view
The Iglesia de Chonchi. One of the many Jesuit churches on the mainland
Am assuming ACDC band is known here too.
Jesuit church at Chonchi.
Inside the church. You can even see heaven!
The plans of a typical Jesuit church.
Iglesia de Chonchi
Shingled roof of an old Chiloen house.
Making woolly jumpers and scarves
Country side viewing.
Stopped for a nice cuppa coffee and some Kuchen on the way to Cucao
The lake on the way to Cucao
View of Lago Huillinco near the west coast.
“Open” – nothing like a morning tea break.
One for the weird and wonderful design book on bridges.
Old Jesuit church at Cucao out in the middle of the wild west coast.
Views of Lago Huillinco
The boardwalk on one of the walks in the Parque Nacional Chiloe
Fauna in the coastal trek of Parque National
Another boardwalk in the National Park
The wetlands around Lago Huillinco
Our very modern hostel!
Has my name on this one. Sat here for the afternoon reading and listening to peace & quiet.
Ignore the nail polish, but sometimes we just have to take these shots.
The wrap around deck at the hostel.
Interior of Palafito hostel, Cucao
Michelle’s arty shot…no comment!
The rugged coastline on the west coast of Chiloe, near Cucao
Coastal view looking south of Cucao. Strange being on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
Another moo with a view. Lucky cows on this island.
Our rental car only just made it on the dirt roads.
Spectators take their car sports seriously
The elite Pit team works on the car
And Herbie is in the lead.
And the winner is … the guy who fixes these things!
No sponsorship gets you a 2nd row placing.
This is what happens when you drive to close to the sandy edge
Not a happy chappy.
Nothing like a kick start.
Running after the ambulance
The crowd are pretty much just sitting on the edge of the track
Let the dirt rip.
I felt very safe behind this safety fence
Such a petrol head!
Chiloe’s grande oysters.
Locals from the archipelago come to the mainland to sell their handicrafts.
Chiloe’s locally made jerseys.
Handmade mats at Dalcahue craft fair.
Now this is an oyster!
Michelle loved the grande oyster, served with lemon juice and Onion
Dalcahue local shops.
Local handicrafts at Dalcahue craft fair.
Jugo Naturales stands are commom everywhere. Natural fruit juice.
The freshest oysters.
View from Dalcahue
There are boats everywhere. Some of them are even in the water.
No steaks here.
Nuestra Senora de Los Doles church, Dalcahue.
Local minimarket hopefully no holes in the alcos.
The bleeding Christ is found in all the Jesuit churches on the island. Get that man a band-aid!
Nuestra Senora de Los Doles church founded in 1849 by the Jesuits. This one is a UNESCO site.
Ben confidently handles left hand side driving.
Time to go back to the mainland.
Another ferry. There seem to be several competing companies running ferries here.
Catching some rays on the ferry
Driving back through Puerto Montt, the volcano is ever-present.
Back we go