Punta de Choros

Travel to the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve in Chile

One of the most impressive tourist destinations in Region IV and in the entire country.

The Humboldt Penguin National Reserve is made up of three islands: Chañaral, Choros, and Damas. Here it is possible to see sea lions and elephant seals, chungungos, penguins, various birds, and if you are lucky, bottlenose dolphins.

Best Time to travel to Damas and Humboldt reserve. The weather is pleasant most of the year. The average in Summer (December to March) is 24 ° C, and the average in winter 17 ° (May to August).

The best time to watch whales is in the months of February and March.

Days to visit Damas and Humboldt reserve. This place is basically a small fishing cove, from which you can hire a tour to the Choros, Damas and Chañaral islands. It normally lasts around 3 hours, so it can be done for the day.

The airport in Damas and Humboldt reserve. There is no airport here, but there is an airport just outside La Serena. To get to Punta de Choros, you must take a taxi to the La Serena terminal, and from there you can take one of the Hector Moyano Galleguillos buses, which take you to Punta de Choros.

What to do or what to visit in Damas and Humboldt reserve?

  • Damas Island. One of the three islands that are part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, but the only one that can be landed. You have to pay extra for the entrance to the park. It is allowed to stay on the island for a maximum of 1 hour and you cannot swim here. There is a path that can be walked for 2 km.
  • Bird watching. One of the great attractions of this area is the possibility of spotting Penguins, ducks, and other birds. An invitation to be attentive and to enjoy these flying animals.
Punta de Choros
  • Indigenous settlements. One of the things that can be done in this place is to visit some indigenous settlements, to know more about the ethnic groups that inhabited this area in the past.
  • Practicing skuba diving on Damas Island. This place is perfect for skuba diving. From basic modalities, where you can see large numbers of fish and algae easily to more complex ones, such as visiting a shipwrecked boat or diving among rocks, obviously more difficult. There are 8 diving spots in the place.

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