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The archipelago of Chiloé can be found in southern Chile. It is made up of the Isla Grande de Chiloé together with countless smaller islands and minor islets. The archipelago has a surface area of 9,181 km². The archipelago of Chiloé was formed by the sinking of the Chilean coastal range, only the peaks of which rise up above the surface of the ocean. The main Island of Chiloé has a rectangular shape, with protuberances at the Lacuy peninsula, the Rilán peninsula and indents formed by the Bay of Cucao and the Dalcahue channel. The western coast is exposed to the Pacific Ocean and is steep and with no natural ports.

Where to eat in Chiloé

As an island, it is not surprising that the cuisine of Chiloé is based on fish and seafood as well as some meats.

Cocinerías Feria Municipal: you can have an empanada (turnover) and a seafood soup and soft drink for about 3,000 pesos. These canteens are located behind the municipal fruit and vegetable market of Ancud.

Cascada de Tocoihue: Family restaurant which serves empanadas and curantos, a typical local dish prepared with shellfish, potatoes, and meat, cooked over hot rocks. They also have some great pastries called “calzones rotos” meaning torn underwear. The restaurant is located between Dalcahue and Tocoihue, on a turnoff towards the waterfalls just before reaching the village of Tocoihue.

Cocinerías en Dalcahue: these canteens are on the walkway, next to the arts and crafts market, with a view of the ocean. The portions are generous and the prices are low. 

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