Cucao is an idyllic location in Chiloe Island, southern Chile. According to the local oral tradition, this is a place where fairies live, and if you ask a regular local person, you'll see that they actually believe this is true!
Cucao is the town that gives its name to Cucao National Park, a reserve that contains within its borders examples of Patagonian fauna and flora. This is the main attraction in the area and reason why most people decide to come this far. The setting around Cucao tends to be quite rustic and this is the kind of place one travels to to admire great landscapes, fish in the lake, take long walks into the wild and, ultimately, be at one with nature.
It is extremely easy to find accommodation including hostels in Cucao; although this is a small place, it is indeed quite touristic, receiving Chileans and travelers from abroad all year long, but mostly during the summer months (the winter in this part of the world is extremely harsh!). It is fairly easy to even find accommodation (even budget options) that offer a view over Lake Cucao. You shouldn't miss this view -- birds flying over the blue water lakes, fishermen going about their daily business, the odd duck here and there and, over all, a very tranquil and inspiring atmosphere.
From Cucao you can get to the centre of Chiloe Island, either by car or public bus. Make sure you know the timings well as buses run only a few times a day, particularly during winter months when the tourist scene is quieter. During the summer, there is even the possibility of hiring private shared taxis that can get you around for sightseeing too!
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