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Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve

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Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve Chile

Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve ChileThis reserve, with an extension of 859.3 hectares (1,890 acres), is formed by three islands: Damas and Choros in the northern part of the region, and the Cha├▒aral de Aceituno island, in the southern part.

There is a large variety of fauna on these islands, but perhaps their most well-known inhabitants are the Humboldt penguins, endemic to the current which gives them their name, and who nest on these islands. There is also an important colony of sea lions, chungungos, Magellanic penguins, llacas and bottle-nosed dolphins. The latter can be seen frequently around the Cha├▒aral island. In the summer season it is possible to see some more occasional visitors around the islands: marine turtles, dolphins, whales, albatrosses and cormorants.

Damas island is the only place that has camping and picnicking facilities and to get there you have to contract the services of fishermen in the vicinity of Punta de Choros cove.

Plan your visit

Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve Basic Information

 

Location
Atacama and Coquimbo regions, Los Choros is 120 km (75 mi) northeast of La Serena. Location

 

How to get there
Santiago-La Serena: by air or land. La Serena-Los Choros: by land. 75 km (47 MI) to the north of La Serena, on the Pan-American, there is a turn which brings you to the village of Los Choros (45 km). To get to Isla Damas you have to contract a boat from the fishermen in the bay. See Transportation

 

When to go
Year round

 

Opening Hours

From 8:30 to 17:30

 

Other nearby attractions
La Serena, Elqui Valley.

 

Activities
Photography, wildlife observation, diving.

 

Climate
The climate is temperate with abundant morning fog which disappears by midday, and in the summer gives way to an intense sun. The annual rainfall is 30mm (1.1 in) and the average annual temperature is 18┬░C (64┬░F).

 

Services
Rangers, environmental information, trails.

Prices
Adults: CLP 1,600 (in USD).
Children: CLP 600 (in USD).

 

Services

Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve Infrastructure and Services

 

Administration Post
There is a chief manager at Isla Cha├▒aral and an administrator at Punta de Choros, where you can also find two administrative offices.

Phone number: (56) 09 5443052.

Email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Entrance tickets

You can buy tickets to sail to Isla Damas from 9:00 to 13:30 and from 14:15 to 16:00. During the high season ticket sales are subject to the maximum amount of people allowed in the island.

 

Campsites

Isla Damas: camping is not allowed at any time of the year. Visits must be made only during the day. There are no picnic areas.

Punta de Choros: there are cabins and campsites offering accommodation services. There are no fresh water sources.

Attractions

Attractions in Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve

 

What to do

  • Fishing and diving: due to the closeness to the sea you can practice both sports, as long as you have the necessary permits and licenses.
  • Trekking: there is a trail in Damas Island
  • Wildlife observation: some of the species you can see here include the Humboldt Penguin and the Common Bottlenose Dolphin

 

Trails

In Damas Island you can go through a 1,8 km trail (1,1mi) which can be covered in 1,5 hours.

 

 

Recommendations

Help us protect the reserve's natural resources and make your trip more pleasant following these recommendations:

  • Wear light clothes, sunscreen lotion and a hat.
  • Bring binoculars for fauna observation
  • Only walk through authorized paths
  • Do not feed the wild fauna
  • Make fire only in unauthorized places
  • In case of doubts or emergencies contact a park ranger

 

 

Nature

Ping├╝ino de Humboldt National Reserve Natural Heritage

 

Flora and Fauna

There is a varied ecosystem that boasts unique characteristics, especially for its high levels of endemism. There are 59 differente species of vascular plants, such as yellow a├▒a├▒ucas, Alstromeria philippi, Eulichnia acida var, and Procumbens amongst others.

 

There are also 68 vertebrate species, amongst which you can find the Marine Otter, South American Sea Lion, Common Bottlenose Dolphin, and the seasonal presence of whales and sperm whales.

 

There is a wide variety of birds, the main ones being the Humboldt Penguin, the Peruvian Diving Petrel, Red-legged Cormorant, and the Guanay Cormorant, all of which are protected species.

 

Geomorphology and Hydrography

There are no water streams near the area. The soil is mostly sand.

 

 

 

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