ChiloéJanuary 5 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C
After heading north for new year's eve, we flew back south to explore the island of Chiloé. This island is known for being quite culturally different from the rest of Chile and also a windswept, shrouded in fog kind of place. However, bright blue skies greeted us when we arrived in Ancud, our base town.
This was our first chance to see penguins, so we joined a tour that took us to a few of the penguin inhabited islands. My favourite moment was seeing one gracefully fly out of the water onto the rocks, only to then bumble their way over some seaweed, falling backwards a few times, to join the others further up the cliff.
The southern tip of the island was where our ferry departed, so we spent the next day travelling south and stopping off at a few places. Chiloe is also known for its wooden churches and houses built of stilts, hanging out over the water. The churches especially are fascinating and you can tell they have been built by seafaring people, who are more familiar with building ships.
In the capital of the island, Castro, I lost my next item of clothing; my watch. I had a bad habit of taking it off to put sun cream on and had already nearly lost it in Sao Paulo. However, this time it was gone before I realised I'd left it behind. It was a Casio I'd bought from Argos, so you can just imagine how expensive a loss that was.
Our ferry wasn't leaving until 11pm and as we had plenty of time, we spent a few hours in a restaurant on the seafront looking out over increasingly moody skies, with both excitement and trepidation as we were about to truly venture off the gringo trail.Read more