Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, Isla Chiloe

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A visit to Chile's largest island would not be complete without observing hundreds of penguins in their natural habitat at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony. The two species of penguin here, Magellanic and Humboldt, migrate to the island in spring for breeding. You'll need to access the colony by boat, as the penguins reside on an island that acts as a reserve. Numerous operators organize motorboat tours here--many including a traditional lunch and other packages. Put Chiloe Island Penguin Colony on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ancud trip planner .
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  • We took a ferry to Chiloe for $12 000 pesos one way. That price is for the vehicle and includes 4x4's etc. The drive to where the tours start of the penguin colony was stunning. We arrived on the beac...  more »
  • 45 minutes/1 hour speedboat tour around the Islands populated by penguins and sea lions. There is approximately 20 meters from the coasts around and you can see these cute animals. The groups are not particularly numerous (8/10 people) and the staff of the various agencies (you can't choose, starting with the first available) is friendly and personable. Nice experience
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  • See the penguins (in this case 2: Humboldt and Magellanic species) in their habitat is priceless, is a beautiful and exciting experience. Also you can see some sea lion. You can bargain a tour at an agency to Ancud, or take a bus and save a few euros.
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Primarily located along the western waterfront, upscale hotels offer rooms with extensive sea views. If you head farther back from the ocean, your chances of finding budget-friendly places increase, with simple but comfortable hostels found along many of the city's residential side streets. You can also consider campgrounds, ideal for those who really want to get to know the landscape of this scenic part of the world.
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