South of Puerto Montt, the island of Chiloé, which covers more than 3,400 square miles, offers scenery from another world that is lost, hostile and charming all at the same time. On the east of the island, a wild plain is exposed to the vicious winds of the Pacific, and to the west, forests dominate the landscape.
Chiloé and the surrounding islands have become increasingly popular with tourists for outdoor sports such as hiking and kayaking. As these islands were fairly isolated from mainland Chile for a long time, they have managed to maintain many of their traditions and customs such as the unique dialect of Spanish - Chilote - that is spoken here. The low-lying fog that is often present on the islands, combined with the rich folklore of Chiloé gives the islands an eerie feel at times.