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Chiloe is an important island for Magellanic and humboldt penguins, black-necked swan, greenbacked firecrown, Patagonian tyrant, ringed kingfisher, silvery grebe and Chilean flamingo.

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

It is an interesting island from a cultural point of view; Chiloe 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. 

Key info

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