But Pablo had been so adamant that we had to go to Chiloé that we were happy to make the detour!
We visited the churches in Castro, Dalcahue, Achao and Nércon (see them below).
The church in Castro was Ines’ favourite, bright yellow and purple!! It just brightened up anybody’s life just by looking at it!
The one in Chicao was also very beautiful, all painted in blue on the inside. It had the sea as a motive, lots of toy boats hanging on the walls – apparently they were offers of sailors to the church in order to ask for protection.
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting them!
The Cocinerias was an interesting concept, a wooden pavilion is divided in multiple kitchens and each cooks in the spot and offers different food! We had Cazuela de Vacuno (which was also similar to the Portuguese stew, it is a meat casserol) and Filled Salmon. Drool at the pictures below!
We spent hours just walking the streets and enjoying the creativity around!
While in Achao, we got also a ride in the car of a retired welcoming fellow. We kept complaining how Chiloé was too quite, but also said he wouldn't live anywhere else!
Chiloé was a very unique and special place. We could feel the deep connection between its people and the sea and that reflects on its own culture and identity. The smell of sea and salt and the sense of the fresh breeze will stay with us for a long time.