Day trip

Chiloe Island: Ancud, Caulin and Puñihuil Penguins Colony

Chiloe Island: Ancud, Caulin and Puñihuil Penguins Colony

From US$ 88 per person

Discover the only place in the world where two kinds of penguins cohabit on Chiloe Island. Admire the nesting-site of both Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. Learn about seaweed harvesting and local history at the Spanish fort, San Antonio, in Ancud.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is only available at the meeting points selected: the local partner's office at San José 128 in Puerto Varas, and hotels Cumbres, Enjoy, Solace, Casa Kalfu, Cabaña del Lago, Bellavista, Radisson, Park Inn, and Puelche. Pickup time may change according to your hotel location; the local partner will contact you the day before the activity to confirm your pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Marvel at the local wildlife and see perfect nature at work at the Puñihuil penguins colony
  • Explore the San Antonio Spanish fort in the city of Ancud and hear about the Spanish settlement
  • Visit local markets and learn about local activities, handcrafts, seaweed harvesting, and delicious gastronomy
Full description
Begin your tour in either Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and make your way south to Pargua to board a ferry to sail through the Chacao Channel to Chiloe Island. During the trip, see sea wolves, pelicans, and other sea birds endemic to the area. Upon arrival at Chacao pier, admire the houses built with Alerce wood, and the churches that are a National Heritage Site. Then, continue along a coastal route and visit Caulín beach, a place famous for its oysters and rich marine fauna. Later, go to Puñihuil beach, declared a National Heritage Site for its ecological relevance. Once on Puñihuil beach, hop on a boat to a small island where you'll find both Magellanic penguins and Humboldt penguins. This is the place where these two species make their nests, and they have coexisted together for generations. With your guide, learn about the way of life of these birds, the surroundings, and the abundance of food that makes these islands a wild paradise. Next, continue your trip to Ancud city, and see the San Antonio Fort, a historic place located in the highest part of the city. Built in the latter part of the 18th-century, it's one of the last Spanish fortifications in the country. Explore the local churches' heritage foundation, the main square, and the central market, where you can find many gastronomic and craft options from the island.
  • Shared transportation service
  • Pickup from selected meeting points in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt
  • Saling tour to see penguins
  • Trilingual Portuguese, Spanish, and English-speaking guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee to the museum
  • Churches donations
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

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A quasi local guide with reflected insight into the local situation of the population. Despite obviously good connections to the local organizers, there was no impression of the biting. Guide was very knowledgeable. Well-coordinated team of driver and guide (photo stops etc.). Generally recommended and worth the money.

February 26, 2020

December 25, 2019

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Product ID: 290330