From the Lake District it is a short ferry ride to the archipelago of Chiloé, composed of 30 islands with their brightly coloured wooden houses, many churches and rich mythology. Ferries, either from here or from the mainland, form the first link of the southern highway or Carretera Austral.
Our preferred accommodation
Hosteria AncudLodge/Hosteria - AncudA wooden-beamed hotel, on a small hill overlooking the Spanish fort of San Antonio with great views over the bay. The town is a short walk away and there are lovely view over the Bay of Ancud from the dining room.
Palafito 1326City hotel - CastroA charming wooden palafito (stilt) hotel with a lovely terrace overlooking the bay in Castro.
Palafito HostelInn/Posada - CastroA simple, though charming, wooden hostel in a converted palafito (stilt house) overlooking the bay on the edge of Castro. Well designed, the hostel receives plenty of natural light and is warm and welcoming. At the heart of the building is a homely open kitchen and breakfast area which opens out onto a small deck over the water.
Tierra ChiloéLodge/Hosteria - 18km from CastroAn exclusive and small design hotel on the banks of the Rilán peninsula, 18km from Castro. Situated on a hill in 10 hectares, it has been designed to blend in with the natural landscape and is surrounded by gentle hills, native trees and the Pullao wetland, where many endemic birds and marine species can be found.
Only allows children 10 years and older.