Our second stop was the city of Castro on the Chilean island of Chiloe. Castro is Chile’s thirst oldest city, founded in 1567. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1837 but continued to grow and was up to over 1,000 residents by the early 1900’s. In 1912 the railway line reached Castro and the city’s population slowly grew. Again, in 1906 an earthquake and resulting tsunami all but destroyed the city again. Today the population exceeds 40,000.
Castro is famous for its wooden stilt houses, called palafitos. There are beautiful churches built of wood, several of which are on the UNESCO list.
View of the Zaandam
Our first church. Really pretty, inside and out.
The wood ceiling inside the church
View from upstairs
Here's a map of the islands of Chiloe
Inside a typical house in Castro - this is how they heat the living room, with coal
Kitchen wood stove
This is the smoke house and winter storage area for vegetables. That big pot is for storing and using fat, as they do not have "oil" from the markets.
The church - San Francisco
Inside the church
Some more views of the "big" church
They grow a lot of potatoes and a lot of garlic
Quiet streets in Castro
Relaxing at the end of the day with a bottle of wine I bought in Santiago on my wine tour to the Casablanca Valley
More salmon farms
View from my balcony
Landscape just outside of town, in Castro
This was the second church we visited - near the museum of the house
More stilt houses