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Chiloé Island is in Chile.
The time to visit this island is definitely in the summer (southern hemisphere summer).
Chiloe is famous for myths and legends with roots in its native population but with some European influence. Even though the island was Christianized by Spanish conquerors (you can visit many of the Jesuit wooden churches all over the island) its inhabitants are also very superstitious. A singing, fair-haired beauty similar to the German Lorelei is called la pincoya. It is said that if she dances towards the coast the sea will bring a lot of fish. A ghost ship carrying the souls of wrecked sailors, similar to the Flying Dutchman, is called caleuche. And if someone tells you he or she was seduced in the forest, it might have been the fiura or the trauco, which is often blamed for venereal disease or an awkward pregnancy. A very pitiful figure is the invunche; as a baby his orifices, including his eyes, were closed and one leg was sewn to his back, so that he walks on three legs.
Speak Spanish! There may be a few people that know some English but try to respect the culture. Showing that you're trying means a lot and the people there will try to work with you!
Chiloe Island is located 1016 km. from Santiago and 90 km. southeast of Puerto Montt. To reach the island, you need to travel southeast from Puerto Montt towards Pargua, where you have to take the ferry across the Canal de Chacao. Ferries take buses and cars over on a regular basis, between 6:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The fastest way to get to Puerto Montt is by airplane, from P.Montt you continue to Chiloé. The non-stop flight between Santiago and Puerto Montt lasts approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and there are at least four flights per day.
It takes 14 hours to travel between Santiago and Ancud by bus. Ancud is northest large city in Chiloé. A good level of service and comfort can be found on buses which provide semi-bed and bed seats.
Santiago to Puerto Montt by car takes approximately 13 hours, taking Route 5 south to Puerto Montt, then head southeast toward Pargua. At Pargua, visitors board the ferry which crosses the Canal de Chacao to Chiloé. The ferry ride lasts around 25 minutes.
The bus system is pretty effective. In order to get around with ease knowing some Spanish would help a lot.
Seafood, seafood, and more seafood. Delicious and cheap! Curantos and Parrilladas are a must!
Yerba Mate, Pisco, Pisco Sour
Southern Chile fish have a red algae that is poisonous. So cook your fish!
One option to leave the island is via ferry southwards. Navimag and Navier Austral offer weekly connections to Chaiten and Chacabuco.