This last weekend I had my first excursion with others from my program down to the Island of Chiloé. It was about a 5 hour bus south and then a quick crossing in a ferry to get to the island. I've been busy getting settled into classes and everything in Valdivia that I haven't had time to post up pictures of the trip. I still don't have time, so here are just the panoramic shots I took. I'll make up a bit of a map and post more about Chiloé in the next few days.
This is the view from Caulin on the northern part of the island. We had a big seafood lunch here on the first day.
Chiloé is known for its wooden churches all over the island. 16 of them are UNESCO world heritage sites. This church wasn't one, but it was still impressive.
On the second day we went to the National Park of Chiloé. Pretty much the only rain we had on this trip was during our park day. It was a wet hike.
We also walked to the coast
Chiloé has a special variety of rhubarb which grows allover in the park.
This is the view from Castro looking at a harbor and the houses along the waterline build up on stilts.
More from Castro looking across the bay.
The small fishing and market town of Dalcahue.