Chanaral Island (officially Isla Chanaral) is located approx 100 km (60 ml) north of La Serena Chile - port city and capital of Coquimbo Region. The island is located approx 6 km (4 ml) off-shore from northern Central Chilean coast (mainland South America). It covers a total area of approx 7 km2 (2,5 ml2).
- Together with the islands Choros and Damas, the three isles form the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. The park is administered by Chilean Forestry Corporation (CONAF).
- Chanaral has the world's biggest colony of Humboldt penguins living there. All the three islands have Humboldt penguin populations, but also are habitat for other rare and endangered species, like the Peruvian diving petrel and the South American marine otter.
- Humboldt Penguin National Reserve enjoys a strong and steady increase in tourism. This mainly because of the presence of bottlenose dolphins in the area.
- Isla Chanaral is the reserve's largest island and accessible by permit only. The island's landscaoe features two plateau levels, the main of which is 50-70 m above sea level. It is divided into western and eastern part by the second plateau (over 100 m above sea level). Vegetation is dominated by cacti and shrubs. The high plateau looks pretty barren, with just a few cactus aggregations.
Port Chanaral Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Chanaral Island, Chile. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|20 March, 2021|