Castro and its churches

Visit Castro and its surroundings, one of the most interesting cities in Chiloe Island. Visit, among others, the Vilipulli church, Chonchi town and a handicraft market.

Included in your cruise
  • Visit the Vilipulli Church, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the 16 Churches of Chiloé
  • See the "palafitos" which Castro is famous for
  • See Chonchi, the "three-story town"
  • Visit the interesting Museum of Traditions
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Suitable for most.

  • Duration

    3 hours 30 mins

  • Min. passengers

    10

  • Booking code

    INCL-WCA2

  • Notices

    Layered clothing, a windbreaker, rain jacket and good walking shoes are recommended. Weather in Chiloe is unpredictable; guests should be prepared for possible showers during the day.

Visit the city of Castro and its surroundings, one of the most interesting places on Chiloe Island. We leave the pier for a drive to Gamboa Bridge, located over the Gamboa River. Here you can appreciate the island’s typical "palafitos", which are wooden houses built on stilts above the water.

Next up, we drive to the church of Vilipulli – a national monument built in the 1700s and visited by Charles Darwin in 1853. Afterwards, we continue towards Chonchi, the “three-story-town”, with houses arranged in steps on the hillside.

Walk along the colourful wooden houses to visit the small, but interesting Museum of Traditions before driving back to Castro.

Back in the main town we visit San Francisco Church. The church was built in 1906 and we recommend a stroll around the main Plaza. Your final stop will be at the interesting and colourful handicraft market in Castro. After a short stop here, we continue with the drive back to the harbour. It is possible for the guests to stay longer and walk back to the pier on their own, as the market is located only a few meters from the harbour area. 

Practical information

  • Booking code: A-WCA1
  • Included: 1 bottle of mineral water
  • Remarks/requirements: Layered clothing, a windbreaker, rain jacket and good walking shoes are recommended. Weather in Chiloe is unpredictable; guests should be prepared for possible showers during the day.
  • Walking information: Walking in historic sites