Places you can't miss

Bridge of Souls

Muelle de las almas Cucao
The Muelle de las Almas, is located to the west of the Isla Grande Chiloé, in the south of Chile. It is a magical place where, according to the legend, the laments and pleas of the souls in pain waiting for the Tempilkahue rafter to take them to the Eternal rest are heard.

This beautiful place on the cliff belongs to the commune of Chonchi and is the only town on the west coast of the Big Island of Chiloé, in southern Chile. Officially founded in 1767, it was known as Villa San Carlos de Chonchi, and is perched on the slope of a hill, where there are three terraces, giving it the nickname "city of three floors".
Its population is around 450 inhabitants and it keeps with tradition its legends and stories that today attract hikers from all over the world in search of a magical place.
Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and one that holds all the magic of the original culture. To reach the pier, visitors must border the Chiloé National Park and follow a trail that takes a little over an hour to cross thick forests. The trail has become a must for those who come to explore the island of Chiloé. It is a tour of high scenic beauty through the fields and the coast, crowned by a work of art that alludes to local mythology.
According to tradition, when a person dies his spirit must go to this sector and call the Tempilkawe, the Rafters, a mythical character who comes in his foam raft and takes the soul of the deceased, collecting his pay in precious stones, the same ones found on Rahue beach, naturally polished by erosion.
But, legend has it that if a person comes to listen to the souls of Cucao, he should not try to communicate with them and never call them because if he does, after a year death will seek him out and kill him.

Church of San Francisco (Castro)

The San Francisco Church, located on one side of the Plaza de Armas in Castro, Chile, is the main Catholic temple in the capital of the Province of Chiloé. It has an area of 1404 m2, a width of 25 m, a length of 52 m and an altitude of 16 m to the sky of the central vault. It also has a dome over the presbytery of 32 m and the height of its towers is 42 m. It is also known as the "Iglesia Apóstol Santiago" and erroneously, as the "Cathedral", which is actually located in Ancud, the head of the homonymous diocese, but this temple is the head of one of the twenty-four parishes that make up this diocese.1 It is under the invocation of St. Francis of Assisi, hence its name.2

This temple was declared a National Historical Monument in 1979 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 30 November 2000.

The construction in 2010 of the Mall Paseo Chiloé generated a negative impact on the church, affecting its "exceptional universal value". In a report in 2014, UNESCO stated that if the shopping centre did not decrease in height and mass, by June 2015 the church would be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Fort St. Anthony

From the year 1767when Chiloé becomes directly dependent on the Viceroyalty of PeruIn order to protect the coast from the threat of pirates and other foreign powers, construction of a series of fortifications began. It is in this context that the Fort of San CarlosThis is the nucleus of the future city of Ancud, and the maritime batteries of Poquillihue, El Muelle (or El Carmen), Campo Santo and Tecque. This last battery would be commissioned by Manuel de Zorrilla and built at Punta de Tecque between 1770 y 1780with a capacity for four guns. This is the immediate antecedent of the current San Antonio Battery