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“Go to see the penguins.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pan de Azucar National Park

Pan de Azucar National Park
Chanaral, Chile
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Chanaral
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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“Go to see the penguins.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

If you haven't seen penguins, go! The fishing boats (5000 pesos each) out to the islands go at random times, but sit and have a drink, and you might get on one. Minimum 10 people.

We stayed in a cabana, 50m from the seashore. Could hear the waves all night and there was a lovely patio to sit out on. The birdlife all along the beach was superb.

campingpandeazucar@hotmail.com or granatacama@gmail.com to book a cabana. We spent weeks trying to find these!

The cabanas were basically equipped (no kitchen knife in the one we had and only one wine glass) but were beautiful with the bedroom overlooking the Pacific and a lovely ensuite bathroom. Electricity is from a single solar panel and you can't plug anything extra in. Bring matches, a penknife (with a tin and bottle opener) and a torch. The bed linen was very luxurious. Don't expect hot water all the time or a state of the art shower - you are in the middle of nowhere!

If you are bus/taxiing in, bring all your food with you and don't expect to buy anything in the Park. The restaurants in the fishing village are good and very reasonable but if you want breakfast and to do your own thing, bring it with you!

A car would have been useful, but as we were only there for 3 nights, we could do all the local walks.

We were handed a tsunami leaflet on arrival and this was somewhat unnerving.

Chanaral is heavily polluted and we are glad we didn't stop there for long.

Visited January 2012
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“See Humboldt Penguins”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2006

Chañaral is a small town. There is nothing special in the town itself, though it has supermarkets, internet cafes, bars and a Carabeneros post. There are several hostals. And it is easy to get to since it is on the Panamerica, with separate TurBus and Pullman Bus terminals served by many buses.

The main reason for staying there is to visit the Pan de Azucar national park. If you do not have your own car then you will need to take a transfer to the Park - $2,000 per person with a minimum of $6,000 per vehicle.

In the Park there is a straightforward steadily uphill walk along a dirt road/ path up to a mirador on a hill top - about two hours there and back. At the top there are tame-ish small foxes (zorros) looking for food. On the way up are guanacos. Good views at the top.

You can also hire a boat: $40,000 divided by the number of passengers. This gives you a one/ one-and-a-half hour trip round an island withgood views of penguins, sea lions and, if you are lucky, a sea otter.

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