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Chiloe Island Penguin Colony

Punihuil, Isla Chiloe, Chile
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Ranked #6 of 22 attractions in Isla Chiloe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Interesting, Tripadvisor lists 7 outdoor things to do in Chiloe, 3 of which are for the same place, just with different names. No mater the name, the Punihuil penguins are a treat not to be missed. As others have described, this site is nicely organized and when you arrive at the beach you are directed to the company (prices vary... More

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85 reviews 85 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We arrived and were escorted to the far end of the beach - it was strange to drive past all the other services but it turned out that the company with the next departure has a staff person at the entrance to maximise the number of people in each departure. There are 6 companies offering tours and the number of... More

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Amelia Island, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

More often than not, we have traveled "by the seat of our pants," making decisions about where to go, what to see, on the fly. But for our first trip to Chile, we instead worked with Enchanting South America to not only make recommendations on the places that would best match our interests, but also to ensure that every last... More

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Lethbridge, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our tour to the penguin colony with ChiloeAustral Tours (tucked away upstairs in the Feria Artisan Building in Ancud). We had no prior booking and our trip was basically planned to suit our interests and timing - made more enjoyable by our guide - Luis - a very professional young man - who was... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Though there was a lot left to be desired on the travel to the beach at Punihuil (a "river" crossing in our ultra-sub-super-compact rental), the day itself was one I will remember for the rest of my life. Despite a warning against the trip from a waiter in Ancud (he said it was too early to see any pens), we... More

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Northbrook, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Ruben was an outstanding, knowledgable, and experienced guide for Chiloe Island, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt area. He met us at the airport and guided us on a wonderful 3 day adventure and took us back to the airport. He could not have been more helpful and we really appreciated the depth of his knowledge about the area, volcanoes, penquins,... More

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Majuro, Marshall Islands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We went from Castro to Ancud and then from Ancud it was a Minibus to a junction in the middle of nowhere on the Western Coast of Chiloe. Once we got of we had to walk another 2 km which we enjoyed very much, also because we where lucky with the weather. You arrive the beach and the Penguin Colonies... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The penguin colony on Chiloe Island is a great way to see these amazing creatures. We took an afternoon tour from Ancud which drove us down to the colony. Here we boarded a small boat and were taken on a 40 minute tour to see the Humbolt and Magellan penguins in their habitat. We were also able to see an... More

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Melbourne, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

This was a fun thing to do and worth the drive in along the rough road which is currently being repaired. The fishermen have it all worked out to get you out to the islands without getting wet feet (you can't land on the islands as they are protected). Not an expensive trip - 6000pesos I think -and you are... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012 via mobile

Bought a tour in Castro at 'turismo Corcovado'. Included à stop in Ancud city, a typical 'curanto' dish in Qetalmahue and the Penguin visit. Ancud: not much to see Qetalmahue curanto restaurant: a must see and eat! You can see the preparation of this typical Chilote dish and eat huge portion of it. A hole is dug and filled with... More

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