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Isla Los Pinguinos Cachagua

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Avenida Del Mar, Zapallar, Chile
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best way to see them is taking a boat trip from Zapallar. Very important to have binoculars. But from land and good birding equipment (Binoculars and a scope).

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just visited this beach today and we saw penguins. You need to have binoculars or a telephoto lens to see them up close, but they are visible. Once you get to the beach, walk to the far side, up some stone stairs and there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

We travelled out of our way to see the Humboldt penguins on Cachagua Island and we weren’t disappointed! Our guide Fernando (Chile Fun Tours) picked us up at the Santiago airport and drove us directly to Zapallar. The drive took about 2 hrs. A fisherman...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Linda Y
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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ElizabethGOutdoors
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

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank castlegreenph
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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Vikki K
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

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Stelly3665
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

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank hatchchilepepper
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

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank daniel_from_denver
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

Date of experience: May 2015
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12 April 2016|
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.
Steven S
4 April 2016|
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.