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Quellon

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Quellón is a small town at the southern end of Chiloé Island. It is a fishing and transportation hub for the area and not a particularly interesting tourist destination. Although you might want to experience the thrill of standing at the southern extreme of Chile's longest road, the ruta 5, which is marked with a plaque and mounument just outside of town at Punta de Lapas.

Get in

By car

Quellon is the southern most town on Chiloé island and about 50 km from Chile. The Ruta 5 is the only road going here.

By ferry

The ferry to Chaiten on the mainland is expensive but sometimes the only way to travel the carretera austral without the detour into Argentina. In winter sundays only, in summer more frequent. Fare is Ch$ 12000 pp, Ch$ 65000 for a car (not including passerngers, driver is Ch$ 6500).

By bus

Numerous buses to Casto every day.

Get around

Taxis are Ch$ 900 (as of 2/06) regardless of destination in town. At night the price is higher

See

The plaque marking the end of the chilean Panamerican Highway (ruta 5) is just outside of town at Punta de Lapas (also a relatively good beach for this far south). Take any bus on Ladrilleros that says Punta Lapas - 20 minutes and Ch$ 250.

Do

Every day during the summer an authentic curanto takes place at the Turismo Millaguen near the end of the Panamerican Highway (Km 3, email millaguenquellon@surnet.cl). Take any westbound bus on the main street that has "Punta de Lapas" as a destination - Millaguen is on the north side of the road down a steep driveway.

The curanto is at 1:30 (the excitement starts about 12:30 when the fire gets going - watching the construction of the curanto is as much fun as eating it). Seafood, chicken, sausage, pork, and fava beans are buried in a pit and cooked for half an hour. Lunch with wine costs abour Ch$ 4,500 (2/06).

Buy

Eat

  • Hotel Tierra del Fuego, Pedro Montt 445, has a very nice restaurant that serves excellent fish dinners. Right on the waterfront.
  • Be sure to stop at Kaffee Rose Cafe, Ladrilleros 135, next to the Coloso Supermercado. Good pastries, chocolates and the usual Nescafe are available.

Drink

Sleep

Good camping spots on the beach south of town at Quellon Viejo. Beware of the tide.

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