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Introducing Ancud

Ancud was once a rather wealthy place with gracious buildings, palafitos and a railway line. But the earthquake of 1960 decimated the town and now the sprawling city is built primarily of boxy concrete structures and is not particularly attractive, save the spectacular waterfront, which glistens throughout the better part of each summer day.

Ancud's coup is in its natural surroundings, and for those who want a taste of Chiloé but don't have time to dig as deep as Castro, its spectacular nearby coastline, excellent seafood, cozy hostels and proximity to Monumento Natural Islotes de Puñihuil make it an easy-to-digest base for exploring over a day or two.