3 Aug 2011
Located just 100 meters from the coast across Cachagua, this zone has an area of 4.5 hectares.
In Cachagua Island you can find sclerophyllous (dry climates) and succulents (with thick stems, or leaves) vegetation. Thanks to its unique characteristics and unquestionable beauty, this place was declared a Nature Sanctuary and Natural Heritage of Humanity.
It's a great place to do birdwatching and learn about terrestrial and marine birds, with a population of about 22,000 adult Humboldt penguins (also called Humboldt Booby Bird or "Penguin of the North") and many others Magellan birds, which are only found in the southernmost region of Chile. The island also is home to gulls, pelicans, yecos, pilpilén, curlews, terns, hualas, pilotoy, herons and other species, and to a large population of dolphins, sea otters or chunchungos, the smallest in the world that only reach 90 cm.
Access is restricted for research only on request from CONAF. Although you can not land on it, it is possible to approach by boat from Zapallar to take pictures of birds and the landscape.