We had a wonderful morning walk around the city where we were staying, Ancud. The Fuerte de San Antonio was just down the street from our hotel. (Link: Wiki for Ancud.)
From the Fuerte de San Antonio, we walked down to the docks. We passed many pretty houses and gardens in Ancud. I especially like the roof on this one....
Enjoying the colorful boats in the morning light on Chiloé Island.
Yep, they are fresh and mostly still moving around.

Much of the rich traditional local mythology has survived the advent of Christianity on the Island of Chiloé. The characters above were also seen at other places on the island, including our hotel. The first image above being El Trauco - Wikipedia indicates "It has a powerful magnetism that attracts young and middle-aged women" and is "sometimes invoked to explain sudden or unwanted pregnancies, especially in unmarried women". This is consistent with what Marcel told us. (Links: Wiki El Trauco English or, for more information, Spanish, see also Wiki La Pincoya)
OK, I like these myths and couldn't resist another. The invunche started out as an infant who was sold by his parents to a sorcerer who then 'transformed the child into a deformed hairy monster by breaking his legs and twisting them over his back.' (Link: Wiki for invunche) At the right is a shot of the downtown area of Ancud.
Our bus at a baños stop. We set out to visit the town of Castro this AM.

Images from around the main square in Castro.
Colorful houses near Castro.
The local market in Castro.
Cochayuyo - a dried seaweed. (Link: Wiki)

Scenes from our visit to a school.

Peter and Cathy help with dinner. Peter helping with a Curanto. The Curranto started with a pit and hot stones. Clams, mussels, sausage and potatoes are added on top of the stones. All of this is covered with ferns for an hour. While waiting for the main course, Marcella showed us how to make a dish that I can best describe as a deep-fried, extra large gnocchi. This of course is not fair to the South Americans who were doing neat things with taters long before the Italians. After frying the batter, it is eaten with local honey. Deeelish. (Link: Wiki for Curanto.)
Alison and Christine in front of our host's buildings.
Ever wonder "How does a hydraulic ram pump work?" (Link: Wiki. HowStuffWorks)

Learning to spin wool on Chiloé Island. Marcella and Marcel.

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