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Castro, Chile Luxury Cruises

The curving natural harbour of Castro lies just off the coast of Chile on the picturesque island of Chiloe, marked by distinctive, brightly-coloured wooden houses that stand on tall stilts in the bay. This fishing town is surrounded by breathtaking views of the sea and the rolling hills beyond, and the urban area hides its fare share of treasures too.

Sightseeing in Castellon de la Plana

There are plenty of attractions in this charming destination, in particular some incredible all-wood architecture in the region's churches and cathedral. The island's national parkland is a sightseeing must, as is the area's important museum devoted to the nation's contemporary art:

Castro Cathedral

The striking, canary-yellow wooden cathedral on the Plaza de Castro is a landmark you can't miss during your time in the city. Built at the turn of the last century, the structure makes for an equally impressive sight on the inside – all the columns, arches, domes and architectural flourishes being made entirely of bare wood. The cathedral's unique construction sets it apart from others in the country, and has made it a national monument – but there are also many other churches in the region well worth  seeing.  A shore excursion may well include a tour of these churches, often made entirely of wood using traditional ship-building techniques.

Chileo National Park

The vast, untouched expanses of this beautiful parkland make it an incredible place to see Chile at its wildest. Take a guided excursion across grassland and through rich forest, full of spectacular local wildlife. The park resides in the Lakeland region of Chiloe Island, where vast grasslands, distant snow-tipped mountains and still lakes make the ideal place to get away from it all. Enjoy a gentle stroll along boardwalks, and magnificent views of the cliffs and coast beyond.

Castro Modern Art Museum

Pay a visit to this spacious wood-shingle museum in the heart of Castro's parkland for a look at the forerunners in Chile's contemporary visual expression. The museum as an entity was born out of necessity, when it became clear in the late eighties that there was nowhere for modern Chilean art to be housed. The building resides in a small, independently funded complex surrounded by green space; what better location to slow down and take in the visual ideas of modern Chilean artists?

Shopping in Castellon de la Plana

There's plenty to see and do around Castro and the surrounding area, but make sure you leave some time for a little shopping too. Clothing accounts for much of the souvenir trade in the city, with locally-made woollen gloves, jumpers and ponchos being particular favourites. Alternatively, you may be able to pick up traditional baskets and other crafts, or even a good bottle of the local spirit.

Eating Out in Castellon de la Plana

The city offers a fantastic choice of fine dining, from traditional Chilean eats featuring freshly caught salmon and abalone, to vegetarian options and even sushi, if you're looking for some more international fare. Expect first-class service and spectacular views of the wide surrounding bay and the hillsides beyond, often accompanied by local music.

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1 Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn
27 October 2020 - 14 nights

Santiago | Santiago | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Laguna San Rafael | Tortel, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Cape Horn | Puerto Williams | Ushuaia, Argentina | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | UK more

Fly Cruise £8069pp
2 ValparaĆ­so to Buenos Aires
27 October 2020 - 27 nights

Valparaiso, Chile | Valparaiso, Chile | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Cape Horn | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina | Buenos Aires | UK more

Fly Cruise £15789pp
3 The Americas & Antarcrtica
07 November 2020 - 43 nights

Miami | Puerto Limon | Manta | Manta | Machala, Ecuador | Callao (Lima), Peru | Callao (Lima), Peru | Islas Ballestas | Pisco (San Martin) | Punta Islay, Peru | Matarani, Peru | Arica | Iquique | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Azucar | San Antinio, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise £17559pp
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4 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
29 November 2020 - 21 nights

San Antinio, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise £11699pp
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5 Holiday Antarctica, Patagonia & South Georgia
20 December 2020 - 24 nights

Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina | Punta Arenas, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | San Antinio, Chile more

Fly Cruise £15519pp
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6 Grand South America
07 January 2021 - 69 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Cozumel Quintana Roo Mexico | Belize City | Roatan | Puerto Limon | San Blas Islands | Fuerte Amador | Fuerte Amador | Guayaquil | Guayaquil | Salaverry | Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Pisco (San Martin) | Arica | Coquimbo | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina | Ushuaia, Argentina | Stanley, Falkland Islands | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Itajai, Brazil | Ilhabela | Paraty, Brazil | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Salvador | Recife | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Bridgetown | Saint George | Castries | St. John’s, Antigua | Gustavia | San Juan | San Juan | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £33249pp
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7 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
13 January 2021 - 21 nights

San Antinio, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise £13699pp
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8 Lima to Buenos Aires
23 January 2021 - 22 nights

Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Pisco (San Martin) | Arica | Coquimbo | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Garibaldi Fjord & Glacier | Ushuaia, Argentina | Ushuaia, Argentina | Stanley, Falkland Islands | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise £8259pp
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9 Grand Southern Expedition
30 January 2021 - 52 nights

Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | South Shetland Islands | Tortel, Chile | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Niebla | Valparaiso, Chile | Robinson Crusoe Island | Alexander Selkirk Island, Chile | Easter Island, Chile | Easter Island, Chile | Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands | Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marguesas Island | Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands | Fakarava | Rangiroa | Moorea | Papeete, Tahiti | Bora Bora | Rarotonga | Aitutaki, Cook Islands, New Zealand | Palmerston | Apia | Apia | Somosomo, Taveuni | Lautoka more

Fly Cruise £31919pp
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10 Lima (Callao) to Punta Arenas
28 October 2021 - 17 nights

Lima, Peru | Paracas | Arica | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Acuzar | Coquimbo | Valparaiso, Chile | Niebla | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Tortel, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile more

Fly Cruise £8289pp
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11 Valparaiso to Ushuaia
29 October 2021 - 12 nights

Valparaiso, Chile | Niebla | Puerto Montt, Chile | Castro, Chile | Tortel, Chile | English Narrows Chilean Fjord | Albero De Agostini | Punta Arenas, Chile | Garibaldi Fjord & Glacier | Ushuaia, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £7089pp
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