palafitos

Isolation = awesome architecture

absolutely no idea until arrival in Chiloe that the unique style of architecture and materials extends beyond the palafitos to chalets to UNESCO listed churches

Palafitos - Ruta 5, Castro (yep right on Chile's longest route & the main road)

Palafitos - Ruta 5, Castro (yep right on Chile's longest route & the main road)

leans heavily on crazy melding of 16th C. Spanish Catholicism, Chiloean mythology (perfect balance of evil murderous gods with a few good ones, heavy on the evil side) and German of 18th C. 

nearly exclusively wood / wood shingles / wood pegs with some minor concessions to nails, rivets and galvanised iron

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Loreto, Achao mid fumigation

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Loreto, Achao mid fumigation

boat building reminiscent, set to keep out the perpetual cold and damp  

buttressed ceilings, glowing amber or unadorned

outsides either bare to lay out craftsmanship or strong central colours with popping highlights

chalet life, Chonchi  

chalet life, Chonchi  

stunning

very partial to bonsai esque street trees - Achao, Isla Quinchao

very partial to bonsai esque street trees - Achao, Isla Quinchao