Chiloé Archipelago

Location within Chile
A southern pudú, one of smallest deer in the world, amongst Chilean rhubarb on Isla San Pedro.
Darwin's fox (Lycalopex fulvipes) is endemic to the southern portion of the Chilean Coast Range.
Reconstruction of a dalca, a type of boat used by Chonos, Huilliches and Spaniards living in Chiloé
Nicolás Mascardi, shown here in the Cathedral of Bariloche, was among the Jesuits who used Chiloé as a starting point for exploration and missionary activity around Nahuel Huapi Lake
Territories controlled by Chile and the Viceroyalty of Perú after the Battle of Chacabuco of 1817. Chiloé and Valdivia were enclaves accessible only by sea.
This church near Chacao bears evidence of baroque and neoclassical elements introduced by clergy in colonial times.
Chiloé is a center of diversity of potatoes.
Fishing boats in Quellón. Corcovado Volcano in the background.

Group of islands lying off the coast of Chile, in the Los Lagos Region.

- Chiloé Archipelago

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Patagonia refers to a geographical region that encompasses the southern end of South America, governed by Argentina and Chile.

Río Negro Province, Argentina.
Ainsworth Bay and Marinelli Glacier, Chile.
View of Punta Arenas, Chile, in winter
Santa Cruz Province
Black-browed albatross, near Ushuaia
Map of the indigenous peoples of Southern Patagonia
Cueva de las Manos site in Santa Cruz, Argentina
Nao Victoria, the replica of the first ship to pass through the Strait of Magellan
An 1840s illustration of indigenous Patagonians from near the Straits of Magellan, from Voyage au pole sud et dans l'Océanie by French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville
Tehuelche warriors in Patagonia
Map of the advance of the Argentine frontier until the establishment of zanja de Alsina
Under General Roca, the Conquest of the Desert extended Argentine power into Patagonia
Tierra del Fuego sheep ranch, 1942: The region's primary activity then, it has been eclipsed by the decline in the global wool market as much as by petroleum and gas extraction.
Gauchos mustering sheep in Patagonia
Whale watching off the Valdes Peninsula
La Trochita on its Chubut Province route: Formerly the sole rapid transport means in the province, La Trochita is now a tourist attraction.

This process brought a decline of the indigenous populations, whose lives and habitats were disrupted, while at the same time thousands of Europeans, Argentines, Chilotes and mainland Chileans settled in Patagonia.

Gulf of Corcovado

Large body of water separating the Chiloé Island from the mainland of Chile.

Chiloé Island and Gulf of Corcovado to the east

Most of the islands of Chiloé Archipelago are located in the gulf.

Chilote mythology

Icon in the church of Dalcahue: Christ being surrounded by mythological creatures of Chiloé

The Chilote mythology or Chilota mythology is formed by the myths, legends and beliefs of the people who live in the Chiloé Archipelago, in the south of Chile.

Puerto Montt

Port city and commune in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region, 1,055 km to the south of the capital, Santiago.

The city of Puerto Montt in 1862.
Chinquihue Stadium.
View of Puerto Montt's sea-side downtown in foreground and Osorno volcano in the background.

Founded as late as 1853 during the German colonization of southern Chile, Puerto Montt soon outgrew older neighboring cities through its strategic position at the southern end of the Chilean Central Valley being a gateway city into the Chiloé Archipelago, the Llanquihue and Nahuel Huapi lakes and Western Patagonia.

Chiloé Province

One of the four provinces in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos (X).

Communes of Los Lagos Region. Provinces are shown in colours.

It consists of all of Chiloé Archipelago (including Chiloé Island) with the exception of the Desertores Islands.

Chono people

Reconstruction of a dalca, the boat used by the Chono people
Approximate extent of indigenous cultures in Chile at the time of the arrival of the Spanish. Picunche, Mapuche, Huilliche and Cunco are all part of the Mapuche macro-ethic group.

The Chono people, or Guaiteco were a nomadic indigenous people or group of peoples of the archipelagos of Chiloé, Guaitecas and Chonos.

Huilliche people

The Huilliche, Huiliche or Huilliche-Mapuche are the southern partiality of the Mapuche macroethnic group of Chile.

Catiguala, a cacique of the Huilliche in the 18th century
Map showing indigenous peoples of Chile; the Huilliche are shaded peach, near the middle of the country.

After Valdivia was refounded in 1645, the Spanish struggled to establish a land route to the vicinities of Chiloé Archipelago across independent Huilliche territory.

Chiloé Island

Ferry used between Chilean mainland and Chiloé Island.
Panoramic view of Castro.
4m-deep midden on the coast of Nercón, Fjord of Castro.
Reconstruction of a dalca in the museum of Dalcahue.
Abtao, Chiloé National Park
One of Chiloé's many wooden churches

Chiloé Island (Isla de Chiloé,, ) also known as Greater Island of Chiloé (Isla Grande de Chiloé), is the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the west coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean.


City in southern Chile located in the northernmost part of the island and province of Chiloé, in Los Lagos Region.

View of the battery of San Antonio.
Fuerte San Antonio
Avenida Salvador Allende
Avenida Salvador Allende
Plaza de Armas and Town Hall
Firebrigade Monument

It is the second largest city of Chiloé Archipelago after Castro.

Castro, Chile

City and commune on Chiloé Island in Chile.

Colourful palafitos in Castro
Wharf in Gamboa
Wooden chapel in Gamboa
Plazuela del Tren park
Nuestra Senora de Gracia in Nercón

This position provides Castro with a good access to the eastern islands of Chiloé Archipelago as well as to the open ocean through Cucao and Huillinco to the west.