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Chiloe Island and the Penguins of Puñihuil
Activities in Puerto Varas

Chiloe Island and the Penguins of Puñihuil

  • English and Spanish
  • 10 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Travel to the island of Chiloé and visit one of the most important penguin colonies in Chile. Discover the rich nature of what is also known as Greater Island of Chiloé and discover the ancient city of Ancud.

Chiloe Island and the Penguins of Puñihuil

After collecting you from your hotel in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, we will head to the village of Pargua. There, we will take a ferry across to the small village of Chacao on the island of Chiloé, one of the most picturesque parts of Chile.

While we cross the Chacao canal and admire the landscape, we will see sea lions, pelicans and other marine birds which are typical of this region of Chile.

After arriving on Chiloé island, we will head to Ancud, the 2nd largest city on the island. Here, we will visit the Regional Museum and the well-preserved fort of San Antonio, to learn about the Chiloé's colonial history.

After observing the battery of cannons on the fort, we will head to the municipal market, where you will find local handicrafts and foods sourced from both the inland countryside and the sea. You have an hour of your own free time to try some of the delicious local gastronomy at the various food stalls around the market (not included).

Having regained your strength, we will then travel to Puñihuil, a group of rocky islets off the coast of Chiloé. Puñihuil is a protected area where Humbolt and Patagonian penguins gather to breed and raise their chicks. This penguin colony also attracts other species, such as the red-legged cormorant and the kelp gull. 

The trip ends back at your hotel in Puerto Varas.

Hotel pick up

The trip includes collection from hotels in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. When you make the reservation, please specify the name of your hotel and which city it is located in.


Adults Children between 3 and 7 years old Children under 3 years old
US$ 75
US$ 38
  • Adults

    US$ 75
  • Children between 3 and 7 years old

    US$ 38
  • Children under 3 years old


* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.

More Information


10 hours.


This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.


Hotel pick up and drop off at the hotel.

English speaking guide.

Ferry transport.

Not included


Entrance fees (9000 Chilean pesos, $13, €12 approx.).

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (Puerto Varas local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 75
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts


Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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