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City and Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of the Commune of Castro in Los Lagos Region
Map of the Commune of Castro in Los Lagos Region
Location in Chile
Country Chile
Region Los Lagos
Province Chiloé
Founded as Santiago de Castro
Founded 12 February 1567
 • Total 427.5 km2 (165.1 sq mi)
Elevation 130 m (430 ft)
Population (2012 Census)
 • Total 41,667
 • Density 97.467/km2 (252.44/sq mi)
 • Urban 29,148
 • Rural 10,218
Demonym(s) Castreño / a
 • Men 19,325
 • Women 20,041
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 65
Website (Spanish)

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


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


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.

Palafitos de Castro
Colourful palafitos in Castro
Wooden chapel in Gamboa

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