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Top Choice Museum in Ancud

Centro de Visitantes Inmaculada Concepción

Don't even think about visiting Chiloé's Unesco-listed churches without first stopping in at this excellent museum housed in the former Convento Inmaculada Concepción de Ancud (1875). It's home to wooden scale model…
Top Choice Museum in Ancud

Museo Regional de Ancud Aurelio Bórquez Canobra

This worthwhile museum, casually referred to as Museo Chiloé, offers interesting displays tracking the history of the island, including a full-sized replica of the Ancud, which sailed the treacherous fjords of the S…
Cafe in Ancud

Café Amaranthine

Well-regarded Peruvian chef Sandra Echegaray opened this drop-dead adorable cafe, Chiloé's first organic and vegetarian option, in 2017. Rustic-chic touches like colorful wrought-iron chairs and mismatched retro cou…
Pub Food in Ancud

Retro's Pub

Having reopened in a grittier space near Plaza de Armas in 2016, Ancud's most timeless bar is divey in all the right ways. The menu is chock-full of Tex-Mex, burritos the size of Kansas (fork required), killer burge…
Bar in Ancud

Club Social Baquedano

Ancud's classiest bar is housed in a restored shingled Chilote house that once hosted a social club of the same name in the 1960s and '70s. There's craft beer on tap – Cuello Negro and Kross – and Victorian-like sof…
Clothing in Ancud

Kelgwo

In a nod to Chiloé's age-old weaving traditions, this boutique housed in a crumbling home in Arena Gruesa sells modern, naturally dyed high-quality woven coats, dresses, scarfs, shawls, tops, wall hangings and frame…
Chilean in Ancud

Restaurant Quetalmahue

They still prepare curanto the traditional way, called curanto al hoyo, in a few places around Chiloé, including this pilgrimage-worthy staple in Quetalmahue, a small fishing village 12km from Ancud. Outside of the …
Cafe in Ancud

Café Blanco

A very welcome addition to the Ancud dining scene, this cozy Castro transplant occupies a colorful and rambling old Chilote home and is a requisite stop for sandwiches, salads, and sweet-tooth-satiating cakes and pi…
Chilean in Ancud

Kuranton

This year-round classic has an extensive menu of underwhelming seafood, but it's really all about the curanto, Chiloé's gastronomic bombshell. This hearty stew of mussels, clams, chicken, pork and three types of pot…
Fortress in Ancud

Fuerte San Antonio

During the wars of independence, Fuerte San Antonio was Spain's last Chilean outpost. At the northwest corner of town, late-colonial cannon emplacements look down on the harbor from the early-19th-century remains of…