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Chiloe Island Penguin Colony

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Punihuil, Isla Chiloe, Chile
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Really Nice Day out

We were staying in Puerto Varas but had a hire car so decided to do this trip to Chiloe Island as... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Martin C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Cool penguins; not totally worth the money for the tour (Chiloe.Viajes)

If I could do this over again, I would have enjoyed taking local buses or hitchhiking or renting a... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Punihuil, Isla Chiloe, Chile

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We were staying in Puerto Varas but had a hire car so decided to do this trip to Chiloe Island as it was recommended by our tour company and in the Rough Guide. You have to get the car ferry across to the island which...More

4  Thank Martin C
Reviewed 3 February 2017

If I could do this over again, I would have enjoyed taking local buses or hitchhiking or renting a car and doing it on my own. Because of time constraints, I went with a tour, called CHILOE VIAJES --offices in Ancud: Mercado Principal , and...More

1  Thank viajera4eva
Reviewed 11 December 2016

When you arrive here you can see the small boats that will take you out to the little islands in the bay. I wondered whether we would get wet accessing the boats. I needn't have had any concerns, they have a wonderful contraption. An elevated...More

1  Thank GillH007_12
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Visited 16 Nov as an alternate to Castro/Dalcahue tour. From the mainland ferry, run was west through Ancud abt 30-40 mins to the western location of Islets of Punihuil. Stunning countryside and river seascapes, think Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand. And on a stunning...More

2  Thank Paul E
Reviewed 2 December 2016

I've seen penguins in various places before, and this isn't the world's best penguin colony, but it's still a lot of fun. The boat operators seem to coordinate with each other and the service is well organized. We were there in late November, and you...More

2  Thank Dave's_reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Via the "Titanic III", we ventured out to see the penguin colony in Punihuil, Chiloe. The boat trip brings you up close to the birds and penquins who live on the rocks. Make time to eat lunch following the boat trip at the local restaurant...More

1  Thank AOB_MountainView
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Very short ride (1/2 hour or so) very close to shore to see three islands to see penguins – the Magellan and Humboldt. There were quite a few penguins to see so worth it, especially if you’ve never seen any before. However, if you have...More

Thank RBonTheLake
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Tourism hasn't been well developed near Ancud on Chiloe so any good attraction is overbooked and that is the case here. Some people who had reserved on our tour were left on shore due to overbooking. There are too many people looking for good tourist...More

3  Thank GenevaCreek
Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

We were really looking forward to seeing the penguins but the port authority had cancelled all the boats due to windy weather so could only look at nearest islet from beach with a telescope which was not ideal

1  Thank JanLawson_66
Reviewed 14 February 2016

quite the experience getting carted into the boat so that you don't get your feet wet... lol. The islands are well looked after and you can see that the people take care in the impact of the area, though there are quite a few days...More

1  Thank Lathan B
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