No dramas on Isla DamasChañaral, Chile
There is only one way to get to the tiny rocky outcrop of Isla Damas, one of three making up Pingüino de Humboldt National Park: hitching a lift with a fisherman from Punta de Choros. There is nothing on this 60-hectare island bar an unmanned lighthouse, a campsite with a couple of toilets and two beaches (La Poza and Las Tijeras) with white sand and azure water, that will make you think you’re kicking it in the Caribbean.
Except the water here is significantly colder, thanks to the current from Antarctica. It meets warmer water flowing down from Peru, making this a playground for marine wildlife, including sea otters, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and the Humboldt penguin, the park's namesake.
- Surrounded by wildlife including sea otters, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and Humboldt penguins
- If you are travelling in the warmer season (Oct – April) you may even see a humpback whale
- The isolation – there’s really nothing here but natural beauty
- Two wonderfull pristine beaches were you can swim
- Sampling delicious local fish
- Being pretty close to Antarctica the water can be chilly…bring your wetsuit