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Chiloé Island and Fjords

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The southern end of Región de Los Lagos is the entrance to Chile's southernmost areathe Far South, which covers the Chiloé Island and the Palena Province, city of astonishing natural beauty. These are lands filled with myths and traditions but also featuring fantastic settings for adventure travels.

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    Description

    Isla Grande de Chiloé is second largest island in Chile, after Tierra del Fuego. Located 90 km Southwest of Puerto Mont, it is a place of enourmous natural and cultural wealth. While its coastlines present abundant native fauna, the interior serves as shelter to native forests. Being a development pole for the Huilliche culture, Chiloé has a long standing tradition of myths and legends. Its folklore legends blend with christian tradition therefore creating mythological characters such as El Trauco and La Pincoya.

    The island's isolation, weather and racial mixtures have given Chiloé Island settlers a special character that attracts many people from the main continent. Its architecture, consisting mainly of wooden buildings and houses, is one of the island's most characteristic features. Maybe what best defines this amiable people is their system of beliefs based on a mixture between local mythology and catholicism.

     

    The churches in Chiloé have gained great fame and recognition. Most of them were built around the XVIIth and XVIII century by Jesuits and then Franciscans in the XIXth century. These wooden churches represent the fusion of the architectural vision from both Europeans and natives. Apart from that, they also portray the perfect harmony between nature and architecture, and the presence of spiritial values of the islander communities.

    One of the continental area lies one of the biggest human efforts to rule these lands: the Carretera Austral (Southern Road). This highway begins in Puerto Montt and over its first few kilometers draws the attenion of travelers with the national parks of Alerce Andino and Hornopirén.

     

    Further South, there is the Pumalín Park, an initiative to preserve and protect our wildlife, and finally, going through Chaitén, you can choose whether to take a comforting hot bath at Del Amarillo Thermal Springs or continue through the road to Lake Yelcho, an excellent fishing location.

     

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