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Isla Damas

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La Serena, Chile
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful reserve, but the isla damas itself was a little disappointing. Particularly if you are going there to walk with penguins, you definitely be let down as there are none on the island itself. You will see them from the boat on nearby island though....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 86ekaterinat
Reviewed 27 January 2019

The drive took us by what may be the beginning of the Atacama desert, at least it is desert you drive through, very interesting. We went with Eco Tours in a small van. It was comfortable. We were happy with the tour guide as well....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank suzanochka
Reviewed 19 January 2019 via mobile

The tour was about 2.5 hours on the boat. The first island was where the penguins, sea lions, birds, and sea otters were. It was really neat to see all on such a barren landscape island. No dolphins or whales as others had reported seeing...maybe...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 964philipm
Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

We did an early morning tour with willies tour because we stayed in Punta de Choros. The boat was comfi, the guide ok we saw dolfins and ofcourse the Humboldt pinguins and a lot of other animals. We were dropped at Isla Damas for an...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank marti j
Reviewed 10 January 2019

I WISH I HAD NOT GONE. I did not know any better beforehand. First of all, the images for Isla Damas are completely misleading, and deliberately so. The Humboldt penguins are on the Isla de Choros, and you are NOT allowed to go there. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CARebekah
Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

Did the tour to Islas Damas with Ecotourism. The tour itself we found quite average for the price. Nothing to do with the tour guides, who were great. Just the day was taken up a lot with travel and waiting around for the boat. Then...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Jeroen6000
Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

We took a tour with ecotourism, which we booked in la serena the day before. Picked up at 8am, about a two hour drive north. Saw lots of wild donkeys, guanacos off in the distance, and eco tours guide was great about telling us about...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Katherine L
Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

We showed up at a Monday and we were lucky to find a boat tour in off season. The location of these tours is near Caleta Punta de Choros (on maps.me). Price is CLP 10k, which is a good price. It takes about 2 hours....More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank zuppiat
Reviewed 1 October 2018

This place is magic. You can see a lot of animals. This place is a nature sanctuary, so please do not throw garbage. You should go in spring or summer, in that seasons the animals are happy and you can see a lot of them...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank pelaospeed
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Absolutely wonderful trip to this island with its eco system intact. No bathers or swimmers allowed. Magnificent boat tour to view the pinguins, sea lions and birds of prey. If you are lucky you can also see whales and dolphins.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Pedro Elio C
14 February 2017|
Response from CristianP812 | Reviewed this property |
Wow! Que delicado. Yo creo que si, ojo al bajarse y al subirse a la lancha porque el vaivén es harto. El mar es tranquilo. Con mucho cuidado, yo lo haría
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Pedro Elio C
14 February 2017|
Response from ABarlocci | Reviewed this property |
Mire, yo no lo haría. Usted verá que para subirse a los barcos, hay que tener cuidado, porque se tiene que superar el borde del mismo y no siempre es fácil, he visto adultos en dificultad. Me imagino que es peor con bebé en... More
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6 February 2015|
Response from maupaiva | Reviewed this property |
I understand it's opened the whole year but there are seasons you may see Wales, dolphins, etc Also, weather is very important... We went in March and it was cold. Luck of us we took some coats in the trunk. Another hint... More