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Chiloé Island Chonchi  Chile

Chiloé Island

The name of a province, an archipelago and an enormous island that is larger than Delaware, Chiloé in Chile’s Lake District is famous for its folktales and mythology. Many of these revolve around gods associated with the sea and storms. Those deities would eventually be displaced by the arrival of Christianity, and some 16 wood-shingled churches on the island are reminders of the activity of missionaries, most notably Jesuits, on the island. These churches are now, collectively, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chiloé National Park includes a temperate rain forest, while blue whales, Peale's dolphins and sea lions share the waters around the island with Magellanic and Humboldt penguins.