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Isla Los Pinguinos Cachagua

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Avenida Del Mar, Zapallar, Chile
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Still a few penguins in mid April

Today, April 11, we saw about 2 dozen Humboldt penguins on the Southwest end of the island. Even... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
ElizabethGOutdoors
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Austin, Texas
Really fun sighting but need binoculars

We walked from Zapallar which was an amazing and interesting walk along the coast. Through... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
castlegreenph
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Pasadena, California
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“an hour” (3 reviews)
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Avenida Del Mar, Zapallar, Chile
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Today, April 11, we saw about 2 dozen Humboldt penguins on the Southwest end of the island. Even though it was Sunday, there were no tour boats recruiting passengers on the beach, so we assumed they were all gone. But with binoculars from the Cachagua...More

1  Thank ElizabethGOutdoors
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

We walked from Zapallar which was an amazing and interesting walk along the coast. Through Zapallar one can along the beach and then to Cachagua by road. The penguins live on a small rock island with cacti, cormorants, lots of pelicans, a couple of buzzards...More

2  Thank castlegreenph
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We started out at Cachagua Beach viewing the island from the walk starting at the north-eastern end. However you really need binoculars to get a good look at the penguins. So we set out to find a boat ride to the island. For this we...More

2  Thank Vikki K
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We saw this island from the coast and spotted 5 penguins sunning themselves on the large rocks. Really neat to see

Thank Stelly3665
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

You have to pick your season a little bit if you want to see a lot of penguins but they are always there. Within viewing distance from shore, even better with binoculars, can see easily from the pathways built along the beach

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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Bring binoculars or a telephoto lens, but you really can see penguins, pelicans, and other sea birds from this very lovely beach. The parking lot at the beach says you have to pay, but we were there for an hour and no one showed up...More

Thank daniel_from_denver
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

You can see the penguins from Cachagua however we decided to book a tour through a company and take an old fishing boat out to the island. The tour was charming and gave you an understanding and respect for the fisherman who are out on...More

Thank brittrn
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

It was a pleasant surprise to see penguins this far up north in Chile! This unique island reserve is full of Humboldt penguins, pelicans, and cactus-like plants. I joined a tour company who hired local fishers to take me on a boat tour to visit...More

4  Thank LouC151
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Reviewed 9 January 2015

Isla Los Pinguinos, as well as Zapallar as a whole, are a nice sight. However, I enjoyed more the drive on the coast rather than Zapallar itself. I was expecting fantastic vacation houses, nice little restaurants on the coast, and nice beaches, but we hardly...More

2  Thank LucaAdvis0r
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Reviewed 7 January 2015

The Island was full of birds, not much to see, may be worth if you a bird watcher, rocky island full of bird poo.

Thank Caracas01-2012
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MelLandsPate
12 April 2016|
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Response from hatchchilepepper | Reviewed this property |
We have never taken a tour boat and do not know any tour companies but there is another entry from another member of Trip Advisor that indicates they did rent boats.
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Steven S
4 April 2016|
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Response from hatchchilepepper | Reviewed this property |
You can arrange diving from a boat at the beach. Maybe the Hotel Isla de Seca would know of somewhere to arrange a boat tour.
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