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Isla Damas

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Address: La Serena, Chile
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Isla Damas and Punta Choros from La Serena
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Actual penguins!

If you've arrived in La Serena and haven't booked a tour of Islas Damas - don't worry, we didn't either. There is a bus stop next to the Japanese gardens by the side of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tommy B
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50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you've arrived in La Serena and haven't booked a tour of Islas Damas - don't worry, we didn't either. There is a bus stop next to the Japanese gardens by the side of the motorway (headed north). If you arrive at 8.45am then the bus will arrive shortly after. It costs approx. 5000 Chilean pesos (each way) and takes... More 

Thank Tommy B
Uppsala, Sweden
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove ourselves to punta de choros and on the way saw a guanaco! From there it's easy to buy a ticket for the boat. You'll also need to buy entry to the national park. The boat tour was beautiful, saw lots of penguins and sea birds and it's a spectacular landscape. The guides were nice and you could tell... More 

1 Thank Jemma W
Huntsville, Alabama
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We used Ecoturismolaserena as our tour guide. They pick you up where you are staying and drop you back off. We were picked up late because they go from place to place to pick people up and of course some are late. The guide spoke great English and answered all questions. They stopped the bus/van if there were animals (and... More 

Thank mgysgtusmc1
Santiago, Chile
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43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

It was my second visit to the reserve, and I once again saw dolphins, even some baby ones, lots of birds and penguins. We got to see and walk the whole isla damas, which was closed last time we were there. Nice trip, despite getting a flat tire for the unpaved road. You cannot swim on the island

Thank Cristian G
Madison, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We just left there. Awesome time!! Saw penguins, dolphins, sea lions, otters, and tons of birds. Had a nice boat guide but he only spoke Spanish, so lots of it went over our heads. Not sure if they do English tours. We just drove ourselves and went on our own (as opposed to an organized tour). Got there around noon... More 

Thank MaddyNie
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you love animals this is your day tour! It begins with a 90 minute car ride from La Serena. The ride is a little winding and bumpy throughout the Quebrada de Choros, though you can sight foxes, donkeys, guanacos, and horses. Once in Punta Choros you jump on a small boat with 6-10 others on a 15 minute boatride... More 

1 Thank Fernanda A
Royal Oak, Michigan
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103 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We booked a tour through our hotel. A bit pricey but so worth it! A van picked us up and several others along the way. It's a long drive to the boat dock but Hector, our driver, made it very entertaining. He stopped to show us desert foxes, guanacos, goats, and wild donkeys. Once to the dock, we got a... More 

Thank Pyow
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

Isla Damas is a place located in the region of Coquimbo in Chile, and is at 2 hours of La Serena, it is also part of the Humboldt Penguin National Park. To get to the island you have to sail in a boat from Punta de Choros, and there you can enjoy the beautiful beaches with white sands and clear... More 

2 Thank Paula Ignacia c... M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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104 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We came here excited to see the penguins, but were thrilled we also got to see many dolphins and sea lions. Fun even on a cold and overcast day. It is possible to visit without a tour if you take the bus. They say to be at the bus stop by 8:30am but our bus did not leave until 9am... More 

2 Thank kivory11
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This trip was something i havent done before in my life so it was exciting to me. People said if you did something similar before, you wouldnt find this amusing. Anyway, the tour bus came slightly later than they said they would but it was alright. The tour guide, Jorge, a thin man with curly hair, was very friendly and... More 

Thank Alvin K

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