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Islotes de Punihuil

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Address: Islotes de Punihuil, Isla Chiloe, Chile

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Penguins, penguins and more penguins

The drive here was already a blast! Magnificent views of the coast as well as a river crossing and sand driving (though only for a few meters) created great expectations for the... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

The drive here was already a blast! Magnificent views of the coast as well as a river crossing and sand driving (though only for a few meters) created great expectations for the boat trip! We were escorted to the boat on a rolling cart. Weather and sea conditions weren't great on the day but the boat felt safe. Penguins were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

By far our favourite place in Chiloe! We came here by car and we're amazed by the fact we had to drive through a little water stream and then on the beach to get to the car park (no 4x4 needed!). We booked a Penguin Tour with the first company we say. There are 7 boat operators but all charge... More 

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

This excursion is great ! It is the only place in the world where you see the Humboldt and the Magellanic penguins coexisting and nesting side by side. You see many other fascinating birds. Also you experience the ingenuity of the local Chilote people (inhabitants of Chiloé Island in Chile). I have travel around the world but I never saw... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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723 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2015

This is very cool Humbolt and Magellan penguins are in residence from November through March--then they take off. They were molting when we were there, so they weren't too active, but the guide gave us a good tour. Getting on and off the boat was a kick-they load you onto a trolly on the sand and wheel you out to... More 

2 Thank cookpias
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Reviewed 26 February 2015 via mobile

We went with a tour from Ancud and of course it cost more. You can drive directly to the beach and take a boat for there. Cost -6500. With the tour 17000 pp. They all offer the same. It was great to see the penguins, the other birds, the sea otters etc. our guide was great and informative. We then... More 

2 Thank Patty C
Jaca, Spain
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Reviewed 19 November 2014

This one is one the must-see attractions of a beautiful island inhabited by warm, kind people. Quiet surroundings for relaxation and introspection. Nice cabins overlooking the rock formations, or else you can stay in lovely Ancud (I strongly recommend Cabañas Las Golondrinas, with its marvelous "Mascarón de Proa" restaurant.

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 13 October 2014

There is so much to see, up close to the birds- especially the penguins- in their habitat, and it is provided to visitors in a very professionally organized approach. You can take one of the small boats for a short tour out to see the Humboldt and Magellanic Penguin colonies and learn about the unique geological formation of the island... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

If you didn t come from the far south, having seen pinquins already, do make the little detour from Ancud to see the three little islands.. The road is all paved now! The trip only takes 30 min, but is worth it. We didn t have an english speaking guide, but there must be some that do speak english. Costs... More 

1 Thank liesenrut
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Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

After a long, rough car ride from Ancud, my friend and I signed up for a tour and boarded a cart which was pushed out into the water by two guys so that we could board our small boat to penguin island. Obviously, we were already having a good time! But after the short boat ride, it got even better... More 

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