Ancud, Chile

Ancud is a city in southern Chile located in the northernmost part of the island and province of Chiloe, in Los Lagos Region. It is located 1,109 km from Santiago and 90 km south of Puerto Montt. It is one of the most beautiful towns on the island, offering a wide range of facilities, a port and the usual small town attractions.

Attractions in Ancud include the Plaza San Carlos de Ancud, located in the center of city, the Regional Museum, the town market and the Costanera de Ancud promenade. The views from Mirador Cerrro Huaihuen, located 3km northeast of the Plaza de Ancud, takes in the city, the Chacao Channel, beaches, cliffs and the small bay of Carelmapu on the mainland. The panorama continues along the Maullin coast, to the small islands of Doña Sebastiana and Horcones and finally Ahui and Corona points, on both of which there are the ruins of forts and batteries.

Things to see and do

* Churches of Chiloe
* The Untouched Islet
* Ancud Regional Museum
* Views from Mirador Cerrro Huaihuen
* Penguin tour

Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Peso (CLP)
Language - Spanish
Population -42,000 approx
Land Area - 1,752 km²
Electricity - 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time - GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 56

Port Location - The port of Ancud is located close to the town centre.

Transport Links - The quickest way to reach Ancud is by flying to Puerto Montt. The non-stop flight takes about one hour 45 minutes and there are four flights daily. From Puerto Montt, you can travel on to Ancud by car or bus. The Pan-American Highway runs from Puerto Montt to Pargua (60 km), and from here you take the ferry across Chacao Channel to the island. The ferry takes about 25 minutes and for the second stretch from Chacao to Ancud, which is about 27 km, you continue on Ruta 5 Sur towards the west.

The journey from Santiago to Ancud by bus takes about 16 hours. There is a high level of service and comfort on the buses, which also have reclining seats.