Chanco

View of a typical house in Chanco

View of a typical house in Chanco

(Water puddle)

Chanco has 4.012 inhabitants. Chanco is a village full of colonial houses declared Typical Zone in the year 2000. It is located over an old settlement of fishermen natives. The town is characterized by its slow rhythm , with carts pulled by oxen – similar to baskets – full of wheat, coal or firewood. Follow its old streets with corridors, to find the wheat warehouses as well as the square located in the middle of the village, in the place where the old church and its cemetery used to be located. Then – in Chanco – visit San Ambrosio Church (la Iglesia de San Ambrosio), Built in mud and straw, are painted in the inside and finish in altars made of metal and wood. The main altar keeps the image of Our Lady of Candelaria (Virgen de Candelaria), supposedly brought by the Spaniards. Its patron saint party is celebrated on February 2nd and masses are celebrated from March to September, from Monday to Saturday at 9:30 and 19. From October to February, from Monday to Saturday at 9 and 20. All the year round, Sundays at 10.

Another interesting place from Chanco is Guadalupe del Carmen Museum – at Errázuriz 235 – on which the prizes, clothes and other personal belongings from this famous Mexican popular singer (the first artist in receiving a golden disc) are exhibited. It is only opened in during summer from 10 to 18, for group visits in other periods contact Tourism Department from Monday to Friday during office hours.

The House of Culture is another attractive place, where art and handcraft exhibitions are organized as well as the City Hall Art Gallery. To finish, perform a 12 kms long (7.4 miles) round circuit to visit the reserve and the beach.

Federico Albert Natural Reserve in Chile.

Federico Albert Natural Reserve in Chile.

Take west by the Yerbas Buenas Street to reach 500 meters ahead to Federico Albert National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Federico Albert). Managed by Conaf, Federico Albert National Reserve has 145 hectares and an environmental information centre, a flora and fauna exhibition and photos and scale models which illustrate the process to stop the dunes’ advance – which reached Chanco and threatened to cover it. Federico Albert – hired as the director of the Natural History Museum in Santiago – introduced some dune control techniques and managed it. Trees shaped a very old forest full of eucalyptus, pines and cypresses. Management Office and visits can be attended or done from December to February from 9 to 20:30 and from March to November from 9 to 17. Camping site costs $7.500 daily and picnic $5.000, for up to six people. Entrance fee costs $1.500 for adults and $500 for children.

A road that surrounds the reserve by the south and heads to El Monolito Beach which is more than 20 kms (12.4 miles) long, in its centre there are wooden pathways which conform a curious coastal built over a dune and other beach services. Return by the same road up to Chanco’s downtown.

Chanco’s fame due to its cheeses, made of sheep, cow or both milks.

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