If there is one place in Chiloé you could call cosmopolitan, it's Castro, where all the idiosyncrasies and attractions of Chiloé are nicely packaged in the Big City. At times loud and boisterous like some working-class towns in Chile, the capital of the archipelago somehow retains its local Chilote character side by side with a dash of modern development, comfortable tourism infrastructure and a touch of trendiness. In recent years, Castro's culinary scene has evolved from fast-food to foodie-frenzy and the city now boasts enough excellent restaurants to be considered a bonafide culinary destination.
Just 85km south of Ancud, the city sits on a bluff above its sheltered estuary lined with distinctive palafito houses. Located in the dead center of the island, it's the main transportation hub and a perfect base for exploring attractions further afield.