Parque Nacional Chiloé


The 430-sq-km Parque Nacional Chiloé, 30km west of Chonchi and 54km west of Castro, is well-known for its abundance of Chilote wildlife (including 110 different types of bird as well as foxes). Even the reclusive pudú, the world’s smallest deer, can be sometimes seen milling about the shadowy forests of the contorted tepú tree, which grows here in plentiful numbers.

For those ken to overnight within the park, especially along its eastern perimeter, Huilliche indigenous communities generally handle management of campsites and homestay lodgings.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Chiloé attractions

2. Feria Alcalde José Sandoval Gomez

16.29 MILES

Castro's well-conceived fresh market, new in 2017, is located a bit off the beaten path but is worth a trip for its colorful architecture and wide range…

3. Puente Gamboa Mirador

16.44 MILES

The east side of the bridge into town offers the best viewpoint for Palofitos Gamboa.

4. Iglesia San Francisco de Castro

16.78 MILES

Italian Eduardo Provasoli chose a marriage of neo-Gothic and classical architecture in his design for the elaborate Iglesia San Francisco, one of Chiloé's…

5. Museo Regional de Castro

16.83 MILES

This museum, half a block south from Plaza de Armas, houses a well-organized collection of Huilliche relics, musical instruments, traditional farm…

6. Muelle de las Almas

20.32 MILES

Shrouded in folklore and Huilliche mythology, Chiloé's 'Dock of Souls' was built in 2007 by architect Marcelo Orellana. The curved boardwalk spans 17m…

7. Crafts Fair

22.42 MILES

You'll find the island's most authentic arts and crafts here, dominated by sweaters, socks, and hats woven from oveja (wool) and dyed with natural…

8. Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores

22.49 MILES

Founded in 1849, this church is another one of the island's 16 protected by Unesco. A complete restoration was finished in 2015, which gave everything a…