Chiloe Island’s rugged Pacific Coast is without a doubt the magical place for trekking. However there are relatively few trails due to the dense rainforest that covers much of the west coast and the lack of access. Yet the trails that exist are absolutely breathtaking, with dense forest walks and sweeping views over massive beaches, sea cliffs and the broken coastline. Occasionally we can even see whale spouts off the coast (the Pacific just off the island has the largest population of blue whales in the southern hemisphere). The unique flora, bird life and the opportunity to spot a native pudu deer (smallest species in the works- knee high) or native fox add to the experience. The treks that Austral Adventures are primarily for small groups (3 or more) and require a good level of fitness for the longer ones (4-6 hours) due to the ups and downs and sometimes muddy trails and windy beaches. These are for specific itineraries that we create and must be consulted about as we don’t have regular departures. Our one day trip offers easier coastal walking options for all abilities.

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Full Day Pacific Coast Adventures with Penguin Colony Boat Trip

The stunning Pacific coast of the island is home to the only place in the world where Humbolt and Magallanic penguins nest side by side - the Punihuil Natural Monument.

Price: Contact us for pricing. Possible group rates available.

Included: private transport, bilingual guide, picnic lunch, penguin colony boat trip

Not included: tips

The Day's Itinerary

09:00 - 17:00 Departure from Ancud- This tour begins at 9:00 AM at our office in Ancud or your hotel.  Short historical-natural history talk before heading into the rolling countryside of the island.  You and your bilingual guide will decide what interests you most about the day's possibilities, which can include a mixture of birding in the Quilo wetlands, beach hikes, a more strenuous hike in the heights of Duatao and more.

Of course, we will visit the Natural Monument of the Punihuil penguin colony and visit the small islands in the bay by boat.  On and around the islands many species of birds nest: Magallanic and Humbolt penguins, Blackish oystercatchers, Kelp geese, Flightless steamer ducks and four species of cormorants.  This varied day's adventure will offer you a keen understanding of why Chiloe Island is so cherished by biologists and naturalists- its richness in flora and fauna is apparent everywhere.

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