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Welcome to Castro


Castro is the main town on Chiloé Island, famous for its colourful rows of palafitos (stilted houses) lining the estuaries, excellent seafood and traditional handicrafts. With an eclectic blend of Chilote culture and modern development, Castro is a popular summer destination for Chilean and Argentinean tourists and has a laid back holiday feel to it. One of the town's most interesting features is the San Francisco Church, painted in dazzling pastel colours. The town itself is full of interesting sights however, including craft markets, the regional museum, and the MAM Gallery. There are a range of restaurants and shops, and a few bars and clubs to keep the fun going at night. The town also provides access to the nearby islands of the Chiloé archipelago and the Parque Nacional Chiloé.

Information & Facts

The official language is Spanish.

The local currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP), which is divided into 100 centavos. Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and to a lesser extent, American Express, are accepted in most large shops and hotels. Travellers cheques, particularly in US Dollars, are welcome in major towns, where there are banks and cambiosoffering currency exchange services. ATMs are widely available.

Mainland is GMT -4 (GMT -3 from October to March). Easter Island is GMT -6 (GMT -5 from October to March).
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