This 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 Chañaral 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 Chañaral 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.

Pingüino 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 9:00 and 14:00 hours

Go back: 16:00

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 :

National adults      CLP $ 3,000

Foreign adult:        CLP $ 6000
National Children:  CLP $ 1500

Foreign children:    CLP $ 3000

Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve Infrastructure and Services

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

Phone number: (56) 09 5443052.

Email address:

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 in Pingüino 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.


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

Pingüino 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 añañucas, 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.




The climate oscillates between desertic and Mediterranean. The annual temperature is 13 ° C.

Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.

Do not throw garbage on the beaches, parks or streets. To take care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.


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Flora & Fauna in Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

This is only a small presentation of flora & fauna you can find in Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

Tours in Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

These are some of the programs that we have selected that include Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve in their destinations. You can see a complete list of Tours in Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve.

Hotels close to Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

This is a list with some of the hotels close to Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

  • Apart Hotel Neruda

    Santiago, at 44 mi from Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

    Apart Hotel Neruda

    Neruda Apart Hotel offers Furnished and fully equipped apartments located amid the entertaining Providencia neighbourhood.


    From:$ 110

  • Hotel Mar De Ensueño

    La Serena, at 44 mi from Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

    Hotel Mar De Ensueño

    Surrounded by a privileged ambience, Mar de Ensueño Hotel and Cabins is the ideal place to enjoy in a fun way the rest, internet free,…


    From:$ 110

  • Club La Serena

    La Serena, at 44 mi from Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve

    Club La Serena

    In front of the beach in Del Mar Avenue, 5 minutes from civic and commercial area of the city and 10 kilometres from the airport. It…


    From:$ 138


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