Castro

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Castro
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
CountryChile
RegionLos Lagos
ProvinceChiloé
Founded asSantiago de Castro
Founded12 February 1567
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeNelson Águila Serpa (DC)
Area
 • Total427.5 km2 (165.1 sq mi)
Elevation
130 m (430 ft)
Population
(2012 Census)[2]
 • Total41,667
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Urban
29,148
 • Rural
10,218
Demonym(s)Castreño / a
Sex
 • Men19,325
 • Women20,041
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
Area code(s)56 + 65
Websitewww.municastro.cl (Spanish)

Castro is a Chilean city with 39.366 inhabitants (2002 census).

History[change | change source]

Castro was discovered by the Spanish conqueror Martín Ruiz de Gamboa on 1567

Sights[change | change source]

Castro is well known for its palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses that are common on the Chiloé Island. Some of them are preserved in in the west of the town in a bay named Fiordo de Castro.

In Gamboa, there is also an interesting wooden chapel.

Colourful palafitos in Castro
Wooden chapel in Gamboa

References[change | change source]

  1. "Municipality of Castro" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.

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