Island in the stream (Bee Gees)

Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
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Trip End Feb 06, 2011


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Flag of Chile  , Isla Chiloe,
Sunday, October 24, 2010

After 2 buses and a ferry we reached Chilian's second biggest Island Chiloe. We stayed in the capital Castro a town famous for it's higgledy-piggledy bright coloured houses on wooden stilts which hug the waterfronts and mud flats. The island has a totally different feel to anywhere else we've stayed in Chile, steeped in tradition many inhabitants live quite a simple life and global franchises and mass tourism is yet to really reach it's shores (Hallelujah).

Chiloe is well known for it's wealth of mystical folk-law and legends featuring ghost ships, trolls, witches and goblins. Amusingly one of the legends is of a beautiful mermaid luring men out to sea whilst another is of a troll capturing and impregnating women in the forest. These myths used in conjunction must serve as a good excuse for fiendish fishermen.

Our hostel was an absolute delight: bright, modern and spotless with fresh fruit, home made bread and scrambled eggs for breakfast. We spent most of our time wandering around, chatting to locals and shopping in markets. Ian ate an enormous bowl of undisclosed fish (and lived to tell the tale).  In the evening we sat in our hostel and watched the tide lap at the stilted houses. We met a really nice family who fed us Pisco sours and made us laugh until late. 

In a way we felt a little guilty about doing very little, but sometimes you need to stop and just watch the world go by, and what better place to take a pause than a sleepy fishing village on a little island in the Pacific.

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