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Isla Damas

#2 of 59 things to do in La Serena Features Animals
La Serena, Chile
+56 51 221 8970
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Isla Damas and Punta Choros from La Serena
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La Serena, Chile
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Reviewed October 10, 2016

If you have seen penguins in the wild before, you will be extremely disappointed. There are Humbolt penguins that live year round this island, but not in large quantities. Other than a few interesting species of birds, some sea lions, you basically waste an entire...More

1  Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed September 23, 2016

We went in august with a tour company Ecoturismo from La Serena and it was great! Our guide really made sure that we could get as close as possible to everything. We saw dolphins up close next to our boat, penguins, baby penguins, sea lions,...More

1  Thank indigomalta
Reviewed September 6, 2016

Isla Damas (Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve) is located some 100km from La Serena, you got here mainly on organized tour with ecotourism companies. First I've nothing but praise for our guide (I forgot the name, sorry). He was an ex-teacher, fluent in english, spanish...More

2  Thank Eric K
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

make sure you don't go with a tour company if you want to go cheap! get the public bus there, then you can pay for the boat. its the same boat that the tour companies take you on for a fraction of the price. The...More

3  Thank Amber O
Reviewed August 11, 2016

We went on an organized tour with Ecoturismo from La Serena to Punta Choros, with a boat tour of Isla Choros including a landing on Isla Damas, the only island in the reserve that is allowed to be accessed. The tour was absolutely brilliant. Our...More

2  Thank marasharp
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

I booked a tour with one of the tour companies and they took us to the island on a boat. We got to see a group of dolphins, but sadly it wasn't penguin season.

Thank David M
Reviewed July 5, 2016

Very nice bay lost on the Chilean cost at the beginning of the Atacama desert. You'll discover the local Fauna in its natural habitat: Birds, penguins, seals, dolphins and if you are lucky even wales! Make sure you go at the right season though (not...More

Thank Pierremagique
Reviewed May 15, 2016

The boat rides and the experience are good. The overall tours are also enjoyable, but if you expect to go and see a lot of penguins, you will be disappointed. Understand that you may see a few penguins, dolphins, and other sea life and birds,...More

Thank JA Experiences N
Reviewed May 6, 2016

Wonderful area of marine reserve with masses of species to observe including sea otters, dolphins, penguins, sea lions and fantastic sea birds.

Thank susie b
Reviewed March 30, 2016

My wife and I went on a bilingual tour with Jorge from Eco Turismo and very much enjoyed ourselves. The tour guide did a fantastic job of making us into a cohesive group despite the language divide. The tour was entertaining, we got to see...More

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Pedro Elio C
February 14, 2017|
Response from Cristian G | 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
February 14, 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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Ximena M
February 6, 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