Southern Atacama – Fauna of the Land, the Ocean and the Air
Fullday (2 - 8 participants) Season: November - March
A day trip to the southern extreme of the Atacama Region – a place that surprises.
We leave early in direction to te “Pingüino de Humboldt” National Reserve crossing on our way the wide desert landscapes and Atacama’s coastal mountain range.
Arriving to the small fisherman-village Chañaral de Aceituno we start a 2 ½ hours boat-tour for the marine reserve and its impressive and fragile ecosystem which is direcytly related to the humboldt current.
The Chañaral Island and its surroundings are habitat of a great variety of resident and migratory species of marine fauna, such as dolphins, sea lions, sea otters and many different birds – among the latter the world’s biggest colony of humboldt penguins.
Further, during Summer season, it’s possible to observe diverse marine giants as for example the fin whale and the blue whale – the two largest animals son planet earth.
Back on the mainland we enjoy a lunch menu in a restaurant of the fisher-cove.
On our way back we take us the time for a brief stop in the small, picturesque oasis of Carrizalillo and with a bit of luck we’ll come across native terrestrial fauna such as foxes and guanacos.