We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Maria de Loreto Church

Plaza de Armas, Achao, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 22 attractions in Isla Chiloe
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: The plain brown exterior of the oldest church in Chiloe belies its interesting multicolored interior.
Write a Review

20 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    9
    9
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Santiago, Chile
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
99 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Although very ordinary looking from the outside, the interior is a pleasant surprise. Located on the Island of Quinchao, which can be reached by ferry from Dalcahue. Note: Although the hours of operation are posted in the church window, the day I visited, it was closed for most of the afternoon, only to re-open a few minutes before closing time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Top Contributor
249 reviews 249 reviews
43 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

The church was under construction for a major renovation, and almost completely obscured by tall fencing. However we could see the top half of the structure and most of the bell tower. What is interesting is that this and most other structures and houses are built of wood, whereas in Northern Chile, Peru and Ecuador all is stone, adobe or... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Top Contributor
772 reviews 772 reviews
581 attraction reviews
512 helpful votes 512 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is the oldest church in the region and is actually on the island of Quinchao which is a short 10 minute ferry ride from the main island. If you have a car it's a good place to aim for because it gets you onto another island and via the drive allows you to see many different things. (museums, lagoons,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Achao is a really tiny village, in a secondary island on Chiloe's Archipelago, the Church - the oldest of the wood Churches of the region - is a piece of art - an amazing job in wood architecture - worth for the visit - the rural views on the way are very beautiful as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Santa Maria de Loreto Church also viewed

 
Isla Chiloe, Los Lagos Region
Isla Chiloe, Los Lagos Region
 

Been to Santa Maria de Loreto Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Santa Maria de Loreto Church, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing