ChiloÃ©â€™s answer to Venice, the palafitos, are coastal houses perched on wooden stilts. They are an iconic part of the islandâ€™s architecture, and thereâ€™s no better place to see them than in Castro. For a nice vantage point, head down Esmeralda, towards the coast. Youâ€™ll come across a walkway heading out of town (parallel to Pedro A. Cerda) and an overlook point. Stay for a bit and you might see the huge changes in tides that occur over the span of just a few hours. Thereâ€™s also a set of palafitos on the way out of town to the north; when leaving town in that direction via bus, sit on the driverâ€™s side to catch a glimpse.
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