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PUÑIHUIL PENGUIN COLONY

PUÑIHUIL PENGUIN COLONY

The three small islands are located right in front of the Puñihuil beach, a small remote beach surrounded by a beautiful landscape on the Pacific coast. In 1999 the islands were declared a Natural Monument in order to protect the biodiversity of this particular ecosystem. What makes it so special is the existence of two penguin species - the Humboldt Penguin and the Magellan Penguin - whose habitats overlap in Chiloé. It is important to know that the Humboldt Penguin is in danger of extinction. In addition, numerous birds may be observed around the islands and it is the best place in Chile to see sea otters that swim on their backs when they eat.

The boats leave from the Puñihuil beach and travel around the islands where you can observe the penguins, birds and marine otters. 

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