Magical and mystical Chiloé
When visiting Chiloé, travellers will be taken by its extraordinary and deeply rooted folklore and traditions. Tales of brujos, voladoras and other magical creatures are prevalent and give this island an air of mysticism that is adverse to its cheerful appearance. The colourful churches that attract visitors to the island are a must-visit when you come here. 16 of them are classed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Centro de Visitantes de las Inglesias de Chiloé is an old convent turned museum that gives insightful background on these churches.
Chiloé is also known for its incredible culinary offerings. The most popular of these is Curanto, a meat and seafood dish prepared in a large pit and lined with hot stones called curanto thus where it gets its name from. The pit is then covered with large rhubarb leaves, leaving the meat, seafood and vegetables to steam cook. Curanto is served with Milcao, a dish made of mashed and grated potatoes cooked in lard. All of this topped with a cool and refreshing glass of pisco. An authentic experience that must be tried at least once.