Ancud to Quellón

Today was rainy, wet, and cool but we still saw a lot of Chiloé. This morning we visited the San Miguel de Agüi Fort. It was originally built in 1779 and was the last outpost of the Spanish in the Americas until it became a part of Chili in 1826.

The fort is directly across the harbor from where we stayed last night but because of the fog and rain we couldn’t see across the harbor.

Next we went out to the Corona lighthouse.

For lunch we stopped overlooking the shore and ate our leftover fish from last night. The seagulls were picking up shells and flying up to drop them over and over until the shell opened so the gulls could eat what was inside.

In the afternoon we drove 100 miles south to Quellón where we are tonight. Quellón is the southern terminus of the Pam American Highway and is close to the southern end of Chiloé Island.

Puerto Montt to Ancud, Isla Grande de Chiloé – Saturday, 2 November

We arrived in Puerto Montt first thing in the morning on the ferry Evangelista. We had to wait for the lower deck of trucks to be unloaded but eventually we got off the ferry and picked up our rental car. We headed for Chiloé Island. Getting to the island requires taking a 30 minute car ferry. We plan to stay on Chiloé and explore for four nights.

On Chiloé our first stop was Ostras (oysters) Caulin (highly recommended by Fodor’s). The oysters come from the coast in front of the restaurant.

Our hotel is in Ancud, a town on the north end of the island. We took it easy for the rest of the afternoon and ate dinner near the center of town at a fabulous place called Club Social Baquedano. We had locally made beer with our seafood. Duke had squid and I had fish with four different sauces. It was a total surprise when mine arrived and it had 15 fish fillets. We couldn’t finish them all but oh my were they good! The platter wouldn’t fit on the table so they brought a stool to set it on.

The atmosphere was great too. The wood stove in the picture below warmed us and there were children playing with toys in a play area in the back. The building originally was the Ancud social club.