Castro is a rather pleasant place to wander around by foot for half a day exploring, particularly on a sunny day. On Chiloe Island, it is Chile’s third oldest city, dating from 1576, and home to 40,000 people.
It was also my first sighting of the Palafitos, wooden buildings on stilts, that Castro is famous for. There were a few by the boat ramp and two other main areas to the east and south-west, all evocative and practical, with the stilts fully on display at low tide. There used to be many more, but most were destroyed in an earthquake in 1960.
Iglesia San Francisco is another striking yellow church (also found one in Puerto Montt), an example of a number of wooden churches on the island, the rest accessible by tour / taxi or model in the Castro visitor centre.
My final stop for the morning was a lookout over the city, with the view below toward the east showing the area in the distance where Palafitos can be found, and in the foreground the extensive Cementerio Parroquial, which was worth an explore. Note on the left edge the sizeable circus tent erected right outside the cemetery!