|Ancud, Chile has a population
of about 40,000 and is located on the Chiloe Archipelago, off Chile's southern
coast. It is on the northern point of the main island, Isla Grande. Ancud
grew rapidly at the start of the 20 th Century, when it was a center of
international trade, but the opening of the Panama Canal reduced Ancud
in International trade so it returned to its origin as a fishing port.
Generations of fisherman have gone to sea in the same small, brightly colored
boats that are still there today. Colorful houses add to the special flavor
The inhabitants of Ancud are known throughout Chile for their folklore traditions that are based on local legends. The Museo Regional Aurelio Bòrquez Canobra in Ancud includes a series of stone statues representing figures from local folklore. The museum also has a replica of the wooden boat the settlers used to colonize southern Chile in the mid-19th century.
For a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside, visitors climb to the top of Huaihuèn Hill. Also in Ancud are the ruins of Fort San Antonio, the last Spanish stronghold the Spanish surrendered to the newly independent Chile in early 1826. No visit to Ancud is complete without trying the region's seafood; some of the best is available at the town's main market. The Caulìn oyster beds also make an interesting side trip and a great place to stop for lunch.
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