If there is one town that sums up all the idiosyncrasies and attractions of Chiloé, it is beautiful Castro. This bustling town somehow retains its local Chilote character side by side with a dash of modern development and comfortable tourism infrastructure. Just 90km south of Ancud, it is the capital of the province, a transportation hub and deservedly the most popular destination in Chiloé.
Part of Castro's appeal is that it is very easy to navigate and sights are all accessible on foot. Perhaps the greatest single attraction is simply walking down the streets and around the central plaza, soaking up all of Castro's curious energy. The town sits on a bluff above its sheltered estuary lined with distinctive palafitos houses. If you only have time to visit one town in Chiloé, come to Castro.