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Chiloé is an important island for Magellanic and Humboldt penguins, and is also home to black-necked swan, greenbacked firecrown, Patagonian tyrant, ringed kingfisher, silvery grebe and Chilean flamingo.

In addition, Chiloé Island is a great place to see blue whales, where sightings between January and April are known to be particularly reliable.

Also an interesting island from a cultural point of view, Chiloé has changed little over the past few hundred years, with local traditions having been preserved. Located off the mainland near to the town of Puerto Montt, it also has some wonderful temperate rainforest. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black-necked swan, Darwin’s fox, Humboldt penguin, pudu, South American sealion
  • Where: Chiloé Province, Chile

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Mammals & Birds of Patagonia

Take a journey in search of Chile’s endemic and near endemic birds and mammals. From unspoiled Valdivian rainforest to the bleak steppes of Tierra del Fuego and towering snow-covered peaks of Torres del Paine, this tour explores the habitat of puma, kodkod, Darwin’s fox, Chilean dolphin and blue whale.

  • When to go: Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour