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Chiloe Island

Chiloé Island (SpanishIsla de Chiloé), also known as Greater Island of Chiloé (Isla Grande de Chiloé), is the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. The island is located in southern Chile, in the Los Lagos Region.

CLIMATE

Chiloé runs from 41º47′S to 43º26′S, and has a humid, cool temperate climate. The western side of the island is rainy and wild, home to the Valdivian temperate rain forests, one of the world’s few temperate rain forestsChiloé National Park (Parque Nacional de Chiloé) is located on the island’s western shore and Tantauco Park (Parque Tantauco) a private natural reserve created and owned by Chileanbusiness magnate and President of ChileSebastián Piñera, is located on the island’s southern shore and both include parts of the coastal range. The eastern shore, in the rain shadow of the interior mountains, is warmer and drier.

Access

In late 2012, LAN Airlines became the first airline to offer flights to Chiloé Island, inaugurating a regular service between Puerto Montt and the airport of Mocopulli, Dalcahue.Previously the only means of access to Chiloé island was via a ferry service across the Chacao Channel.

A project to build a bridge from Chiloé Island to the mainland of Chile was initially proposed in 1972 and was eventually launched under the government of Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) who launched the project as part of works to celebrate the Bicentennial of Chile. In 2006, however, the Chacao Channel bridge project was cancelled by the Ministry of Public Works after concerns about its total cost, which was estimated to be higher than the initial budget for the project. In May 2012, President Sebastián Piñera again revived the project, announcing an international bidding process would be opened to present the best solution for the construction of the bridge, with a US$740 million investment limit.

Top things to do in Chiloé Island

Chiloé National ParkPark and garden and hikingChurch of San Francisco, CastroArchitectureIslotes de Puñihuil Natural MonumentPenguin, blue whale and ecotourismTantauco ParkPark and garden, charles darwin and hiking

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