Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Ancud

Museo Regional de Ancud

The excellent Museo Regional Aurelio Bórquez Canobra, casually referred to as Museo Chilote, offers fantastic displays tracking the history of the island, including a full-sized replica of the Ancud, which sailed th…
Top Choice Church in Castro

Iglesia San Francisco de Castro

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 Unesco gems and finished in 1912 to replace an earlier churc…
Top Choice Chilean in Quemchi

El Chejo

A family-run treasure. El Chejo is no gourmet restaurant, it offers honest food prepared with love by a family that fawns over its patrons. There's no menu – you get what's good that day.
Top Choice Chilean in Chiloé

La Cocinería Dalcahue

Tucked behind the crafts market, this is the place to go for a true taste of local color. It's a collection of kitchenette stalls run by grandmotherly types dishing up curanto and cazuela, pounding out milcao (potat…
Top Choice Museum in Ancud

Centro de Visitantes Inmaculada Concepción

Don't even think about visiting Chiloé's Unesco 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 models of al…
Top Choice Church in Achao

Iglesia Santa María de Loreto

Achao's 18th-century Jesuit church, Iglesia Santa María de Loreto, on the south side of the Plaza de Armas, is Chiloé's oldest (1740) and also a Unesco World Heritage site. Crowned by a 25m tower, it has alerce shin…
Top Choice Chilean in Castro


You can't eat this well in this cool kind of atmosphere for this price anywhere. How it can be done without bleeding money is an extraordinary question, but this art-fueled lunch hot spot offers five exceptional hom…
Top Choice Contemporary Chilean in Castro


This wonderfully whimsical spot is the place in Castro proper for foodies. Creative takes calling on the wares of local farmers produce outstanding dishes that present painstaking choices: crab phyllo dough wraps do…
Top Choice Cafe in Castro

Palafito Patagonia

This wonderful cafe-gallery takes coffee very seriously – Intelligentsia is served, one of North America's best – and is a pristine spot for a caffeine jolt, light bites and postcard views from its naturally lit lou…
Top Choice Chilean in Parque Nacional Chiloé

El Arrayán

A lovely couple runs what is easily Cucao's best restaurant, a welcoming spot where everything from the pisco sours to sophisticated versions of Chilean staples are made from scratch in-house. Octopus, shrimp, fresh…