Dalcahue is a city of the island of Chiloé is can visit 3 wooden churches which were declared world heritage by Unesco, and browse their rocky shores that are characterized by their large number of mollusks and crustaceans.
Dalcahue serves as a ferry station for vessels heading to Quinchao island, connecting both islands by ferries that cross the Dalcahue channel. Its rocky shores are rich in crustaceans and mollusk abound, thus turning it into a interesting attraction for marine cuisine.
Location: Región de Los Lagos, 152 km from Puerto Montt, 74 kms from Ancud and 19 km from Castro, along the interior coastline reaching the Gulf of Ancud. It has 8 thousand inhabitants.
When to go: Year round.
Attractions: Sunday's fairs where craftmen and fishermen gather to offer their products. Traditional Churches.
This area of the country cuisine is known for good food, has a great variety of traditional food due to the influence of the mapuche, but also the spanish influence that arrived in the country.
Within typical dishes is the curanto, a soup made with meat, sausages seafood and potatoes, chapaleles, which are a mixture of potatoes and flour cooked in the broth of the curanto, milcao which is also made from potatoes. The potatoes is one of the most important foods in the area along with meat and seafood.
How to go
Travel from Santiago to Puerto Montt by air or land, in public transport or a private vehicle. Once in Puerto Montt head to the South East towards Pargua where you can take a ferry to cross Canal de Chacao and head to the island. Head through "Ruta 5" road to the west until you arrive to Ancud. From Ancud to Castro there are about 74 km. and from Castro to Dalcahue 19 km.
The weather on this place is oceanic and rainy, with a bit of Mediterranean influence, there’s abundant and constant rainfall, even in summer. The annual average temperature is 11° C.
We advise you to wear clothes that are suitable for rain, because the weather is constantly changes at any time of the year.
Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.
Do not litter on parks or streets. Taking care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.
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