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Virginia44,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Castro is the main city on the big island of Chiloe, the fourth oldest city in Chile, founded in the mid 1500s by the Spanish. Castro is known for its wooden churches, waterfront, and its maritime heritage.
The wooden houses are located on a pier-like structure with thick poles. Today they are multi-colored. In earlier days, the colors were yellow, pea green, paprika, and orange. These homes allowed the fishermen to moor their boats next to their homes. In the past fisherman would ride in and out with the tide from the porch of the house. They are built with native woods such as cypress and luma, which is gathered from Chiloe’s Forest. Another feature is its two entrances, one facing the street and another facing the water. The stilt homes continue to provide a cozy home close to the shore and are safe. Today most of the homes are owned by locals but some have been converted to boutique hotels.
Written March 26, 2024
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,608 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Worth driving by and stopping for a few minutes. Future building is illegal so these will always remain unique. Most of the fishermen have left and real estate has become prohibitive.
Written March 13, 2023
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JanN216
Los Osos, CA987 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Most colorful buildings ever seen - beats Ketchikan, AK. Understand all the buildings once burned down and it had to all be rebuilt. What a job and well worth it!
Written March 13, 2020
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SophiaK
Athens, Greece1,191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Colorful stilt houses in Castro are very impressive. We stayed near the Gamboa Palafitos and I can say that during the morning hours when the sun is facing the houses there is a low tide and in the afternoon when the sun is behind the palafitos there is a high tide, providing many different photo options. Also impressive is the back street Ernesto Riquelme with an array of small colorful gardens and many photo ops of the multi colored wooden houses.
Written February 16, 2020
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albertsebastian
Melbourne, Australia245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
A short away on the side of the city, there a number of old houses and restaurants on stilts built on the water's edge. Best viewpoints are at the back, ie form opposite from the street so that you can see the view of the stilts. Worth the effort to walk.
Written November 7, 2019
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tarlaa
Irvine, CA155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
When you are in Castro you must stay in a palafito!, my favorite is palafito hostel. They are wonderful!,
Written April 5, 2019
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chewie999
South Australia, Australia299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Colourful stilt houses are a feature of Castro. I found 3 places to view them. They make a good photo and some are actually Hostels, Hotels and restaurants.
Written March 23, 2019
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stonestacker52
Flint Hills, Kansas298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We stayed two separate nights in one of the palafitos. We enjoyed being near the water to watch the shore birds and the atmosphere of the harbor.
We stayed in Palafito Waiwen. It is part hostel with small rooms as well.
Written March 15, 2019
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