Sights

The 1960 earthquake destroyed the port, the railway, the town hall and some palafitos, but Castro rebounded and turned itself into an easily digestible destination that's navigable 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, but it's also Chiloé's best place to see palafitos. From the street, they resemble any other house in town, but the backsides jut over the water and, at high tide, serve as piers with boats tethered to the stilts. This truly singular architecture – technically illegal – can be seen along six areas in town. The postcard view from land is the Puente Gamboa Mirador just west of centro.