Sunday, April 23, 2017

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile} {Practical Mondays # 55}


A week before we embarked on this road trip (2 families, 6 of us) I bought  a book about Pingüinos de Humbolt to read it to my 5 year old. My over confidence about reading a children’s book in Spanish was quickly shattered when I realised I was never going to finish it! 

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}


Although the book is still unfinished, we *did* take the fabulous trip. In case you’re here because a nice search engine showed you the way, I am obliged to give you my recommendations. First of all, all links point to ‘tours’ for almost anything in Chile, which is extremely ridiculous. We are grown ups with a car and all (Went through all the tests to get our Chilean Licences too!) and need not be chauffered for a ridiculous amount of money. If you're a tourist, please hire a car! Cuz the best parts were in the trip itself! 

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}


We halted as soon as we spotted cool foxes (Zoro Chillas): Imagine our excitement of being surrounded by 10-15 foxes just strolling about on the road side and rolling down little desert sand dunes in the middle of nowhere! We spotted Guanocos too, or as we like to call them: Llama look alikes, after spotting Llamas on our way from Santiago!



Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}


Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Punta Choros is the point on the Chilean coast where you can find a boat to take you to the islands of Isla Choros and Isla Damas - i.e. the Reserva Nacional Pingüino de Humbolt. But the last 70 odd kms of road leading upto it, is a gravel road. Drivable though, we cruised though at 60 kmph wondering what the speed limit signs for 80 kmph were all about!


Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}


We hired a whole boat for 90,000 chilean pesos that leisurely took us to the island. A warm sunny day in April, was the perfect weather to scream hola! to the cute little penguins, giant sea lions, pelicans, sea gulls and some pretty orange beaked birds that we forgot the name of! Some lucky people spot bottlenose dolfins and humpback whales too.


Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}




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34 comments:

  1. Amazing! Just amazing!
    Thank you for including us in your journey!

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  2. Thanks for hosting and what beautiful pictures from what looks like an amazing trip you had. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. These pictures are amazing! Thanks for letting us peek into your trip.

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  4. Hope your last week of April is fantastic!

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  5. What an incredible experience! The foxes look so casual and totally not concerned by your presence, how cool to be surrounded by them!

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  6. Lovely to see the penguins in their natural habitat. The drive through the desert looks pretty awesome too! #MondayEscapes

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  7. Awesome pics and sounds like a fab trip👍 thanks

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  8. I can't believe how many animals you spotted! Great pictures :D #MondayEscapes

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  9. So fun to see your pictures and read about your trip!

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  10. Oh I love this post such amazing pics, this is something I would so love to do it is so perfect and unspoilt. Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

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  11. WOW! Those are awesome photo's feels like I am there.. That must of been an unforgettable experience! #coolmumclub

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  12. This place looks incredible! Stunning photos...thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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  13. What an adventure! I'm sure the kids loved seeing the animals. Always a bonus to any vacation. Glad you had such a wonderful trip!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. we were ALL excited to see the animals! not just the kids , haha. hugs to you too Jann :)

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  14. What an amazing and unforgettable experience. Love the photos x Thanks for linking #bigpinklink x

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  15. What an awesome trip to take with the little ones. Not somewhere I've thought of holidaying before, but why not, it looks and sounds great! Great post, thanks for sharing this with us on #MarvMondays. Emily

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  16. This looks like such an adventure Swapna. Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

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  17. This looks incredible I have always wanted to do this road trip! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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  18. Wow! What an incredible adventure!

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