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Population: 1,668

Elevation: 53 feet (16 meters)

Telephone code: 65

The salmon producing town of Quemchi has a dilapidated plaza (under renovation), and a smallish church that is little more than a chapel, salmon-producing Quemchi lacks some of the charms that bring visitors to some of Chiloé’s other towns and cities. Still, Quemchi is a pleasant enough place to take a stroll along the beach. While not overly pretty, the beach offers a certain gripping solitude and silence, punctured only by gulls, and the random passing motorboat. Views of the nearby islands are captivating.If a stay on Quemchi’s tranquil coast strikes your fancy, try Hospedaje La Costanera, an economical option for groups (Av. Diego Bahamonde 141, Tel: 56-65-691230). Rates for a three-person cabin start at $30, and include a private bathroom. Slightly cheaper options are available off the coastline, including at Avenida Pedro Montt 431 (no name or phone number—check for the Hospedaje Familiar sign outside), which charges $8 per person. For a quick bite, head to the small, unnamed fast food joint at Centenario 211. Or try cozy and friendly Restaurant El Chejo (Diego Bahamonde 251, Tel: 56-65-691490). The restaurant serves a good range of seafood ($4 – 7) and has outdoor seating with coastal views. Minibuses make the hour-long trip ($2) from Castro every 60 to 90 minutes weekdays, and less frequently on weekends. There’s an ATM next to the town library.


Other places nearby Quemchi: Quellón, Ancud, Tenaún, Castro, Dalcahue and Chonchi.

By Kevin Funk
Originally from the U.S., and now living in wondrously unique Valparaíso, Chile, I've traveled extensively in Latin...
21 Aug 2009

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