Chiloé's Top Churches

Chiloé once boasted more than 150 gorgeous wooden iglesias (churches) and capillas (chapels), one of the region's main attractions; today, some 60 or so remain, 16 of which are Unesco World Heritage sites. Most were built in a similar fashion with a single tower in the front, slanted side roofs, arched entrances and attractive wooden shingles. Some boast amazing exteriors, but the truly triumphant moment comes when you step inside – the interiors are completely unorthodox if your comparison is European or North American cathedrals. We count Achao, Castro, Tenaún, Colo and Aldachildo among our favorites.

For tours to some of the island's less accessible churches, contact Chiloétnico in Castro.