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Chile has the most penguin species

penguins in Chile

Chile is home to 9 of the world’s 18 known penguin species, from the Humboldt penguin to the king penguin in the south.

Several protected areas contribute to the conservation of penguins and also offer an attractive excursion destination. Here are some of the most important ones that can also be visited during a tour.

Humboldt penguinHumboldt Penguin National Reserve
It is located on the coast of Chile in the north of the Coquimbo region and extends over several islands, of which Isla Choros, Isla Damas and Isla Chañaral are the best known. This region is known for its rich marine diversity and its significant breeding colonies of Humboldt penguins.

Magdalena Island penguins
Los Pingüinos Natural Monument
35 kilometres north-east of Punta Arenas are the islands of Magdalena and Marta, which make up this natural monument. Known for its large colony of Magellanic penguins that breed and live here, this place is a popular tourist destination for those who want to experience the fascinating penguins in their natural habitat. READ MORE

Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument
This natural paradise consisting of three small islands near the coast is located around 28 kilometres southwest of Ancud (Chiloé) and is the only place in the world known to date where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins live side by side and breed together. READ MORE

King penguin Chile

Parque Pingüino Rey nature reserve
This protected area for king penguins is located in the Bahía Inútil, a bay in the Strait of Magellan in southern Chile on the west coast of Tierra del Fuego. It is the only colony in South America and a popular tourist destination. READ MORE

For more information on excursions including penguin watching, please contact your travelArt representative or email info@travelart.com.

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