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. Arrange your visit to Chiloe Island Penguin Colony and discover more family-friendly attractions in Castro using our Castro vacation planner.
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  • We were staying in Puerto Varas but had a hire car so decided to do this trip to Chiloe Island as it was recommended by our tour company and in the Rough Guide. You have to get the car ferry across to...  more »
  • See 3 different types of penguins in your temporary habitat (December to March) is unforgettable. Do it on board powerful speedboat in waters of the Pacific, that of peaceful has nothing, is exciting. Access from the beach up to the boat and vice versa is very picturesque through human-powered vehicle, as someone has already mentioned. The pinguineira justifies a visit to Chiloé Island, however, the other aspects of the visit (in crossings ferry boat, villages, people's market, craft fairs popular) do not present the same brilliance. Anyway, the approximately 45 minutes of beauty and excitement of visiting the Penguins are worth.
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  • Arriving on the island, exit right. Interesting tourism structure, always with great probability of sighting of penguins and other species. When I was, we saw whales. Despite the intense movement, the beach is deserted, with transparent waters and very cold. The chilote (native of the island) is a figure. I will be back many times.
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Where to stay in Castro

As a major tourist hub, Castro boasts a variety of economical lodgings, mostly located along the two main thoroughfares and their side streets. A range of hotels offer rooms suitable for most budgets, while hostels ensure plenty of beds for visitors interested in spending most of their vacation outdoors, island hopping across the Chiloe Archipelago. Architecture buffs can also explore the waterfront houses on stilts, many of which rent rooms with bay views.
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