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Chiloe Island Penguin Colony

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Address: Punihuil, Isla Chiloe, Chile

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Fantastic location, birds and penguins galore near Ancud

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Paul E

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 sunny and warm day as we had, doubly wonderful. Cheap (USD15) 40-odd min boat ride... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 didn't need a reservation; we just drove ourselves to this small beach town 20 minutes... More 

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Mountain View, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 on the beach. Check out the beautiful carved dining chairs with penguin backs!

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 seen penguins, you may be disappointed (unless you just want to see a different variety).... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 experiences and the Ancud area of Chiloe has been over market for what is available.... More 

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 trips the still have limited the amount of boats allowed out all day. The guide... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Very interesting even if you are not allowed to walk on the island. But careful, in February when Chileans and Argentinians are on vacation, the place collapse. We arrived at the beach at 1pm and the only available tours were at 6 pm...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

It appears our expectations had been managed well, as several people we have met on our travels had said they were disappointed with the number of penguins they saw. However we saw loads - hundreds! The whole thing is really well organised, from arriving on the beach to leaving. Really glad we went and well worth a visit. Apparently recommendable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

You can get here by driving (about 45min from Ancud, the route is very easy and with plenty of signs) or with a guided tour. If you drive, the road just ends on the beach, were you park, and will find a row of houses each of them offering the tour. Keep in mind you will NOT see the pinguins... More 

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