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The unique palafitos of Castro

They are one of the attractions of this coastal city urban....

The palafitos

They are wooden building on stilts in the water

The Palafitos of Castro

They are part of the classic images of the island....

The wooden houses and larch tiles

They are placed on a kind of spring with thick piles...

The Palafitos

Come to My Palafito , get to stay in a traditional stilt chilote true, just for you and your family. Alternative accommodation, sustainable, simple and cozy. I promise you a memorable stay and my best advice to learn the magical Chiloé. Fono: 00 56 65 634878

Ernesto Riquelme is an old residential street made up of stilt houses located right on the Gamboa River estuary in Castro, Chiloe.

Today, a number of private initiatives for tourism have recovered these shoreline houses, giving way to a vibrant neighbourhood full of life and local culture. We invite you to come visit and enjoy our services at the Barrio Palafitos de Gamboa.

Just a seven-minute walk from the main square of Castro – go southbound on Gamboa Street, then once you´ve crossed the Gamboa River Bridge, you can enter the neighbourhood by turning left on Ernesto Riquelme Street.

Lived experience

By Jaime Conde (España)

"I've lived in about two weeks palafito midwinter chilote. Tomorrow I return to my homeland rather distant, and I'm sure I'll remember with nostalgia.

The house is beautiful, simple and elegant, the old cast iron stove, salamander called here, gives a touch of class and works great.

The focus of attention is directed towards palafito windows facing the sea. The daily tidal oscillations are huge, and moves them whole fauna living around their cycles: gulls, Gulls or not, loud and unruly, excited hoping I can bring the estuary when the tide starts Gamboa down, the romantic black-necked swans that are close when the tide is mediated, rowing slowly, always in pairs linked for life, the brooding pelicans headed philosopher, usually solitary, drifting with the current pending big bite.

And when the tide is full and much seabed is exposed, shorebirds, absorbed in the extraction of sand fleas and other bichejos, with slightly curved beaks, the dogs of the stilt houses, exploring for some candy or unsuspected scampering behind gulls and even when tides are lopsided, in full moon or new, some burrowing shellfish chilotes their "gualatos" funds farther and deeper in search of shellfish.

Finally an explosion of life and movement, timed by the clock daily and lunar tides that never stops. At the back of the yard Gamboa, where fishing boats repaired and new helmets still built with all the beauty that a wooden boat has since joined the keel to the stem and the midship gun.

The stilts and its surroundings are a symbol of Chiloe and life in what is called the bordemar, ie the bank. During part of the day, next to high tide, the stilt is the closest thing to a boat ready to sail, and in the other, the low tide, a ship aground. But whenever a boat.

The origin of the stilt houses of Chiloé seems to be that to be a hug bordemar permanent land with the ocean, I could be anyone, so it was all so here began to settle poor families who had come the city with nothing. People therefore, of shore interface, neither here nor there. One area of poverty that inevitably is also freedom. That spirit transpire clean and simple as the walls of this beautiful house, which has so successfully staked Sofia and Miro.

Congratulations to both, and to at all! A hug, Jaime Conde (España)."

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