Puquén Bio-Park is located in the shoreline from the north side of Los Molles in Valparaiso Region until Pichidangui in Coquimbo Region.
The park represents a unique scenic beauty thanks to its endemic flora and great biodiversity. Here, visitors can admire the flora represented by steppe shrub and by abundant flowers that paint the landscape with a wide palette of colours. At the park we can also observe multiple geological formations that comprise the place.
Among the main attractions, we will find a blowhole called Puquén, which in Molle language means “whale blow”. It consists of a sea cave produced by water erosion that when the tide is high the water passes landwards through a vertical shaft resulting in blasts of water and wind reaching amazing heights.
Close to Puquén, we can admire the Lobera: an island where a huge colony of South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) live. This is a perfect place to watch their activities and listen to their loud shouts. There is also another island where we can see a population of Peruvians boobies (Sula variegata) during their reproductive period (from November to February).
If the ocean conditions allow us, we can stop to enjoy a refreshing swim in a natural pool. This pool is a body of stagnant water about 4m (13ft) deep fed by the direct presence of big waves that gradually fill it.
We can also find a paleontological interest zone near the shore line, where we will see a giant rock with fossil records of plants from the Triassic period.
- Activity: Hike
- Tour length: Full day
- Difficulty: Easy
- Season: All year round
- Total distance*: 8km (5mi)
- Max elevation: 40m (131ft)
* Whole circuit back to start point
- 07:30: Hotel pick up
- 09:30: Los Molles, hike begins
- 10:00: Blowhole and Sea lion Island
- 12:30: Natural pool and optional bath
- 14:15: Lunch time
- 15:45: Car ride back
- 17:45: Back in your hotel
- Guide ENG / ESP
- Box lunch: one sandwich and a large salad; cereal bar; chocolate or cookies; tea and coffee; two fruits and water.
- Tel. and internet signal
- First aid kit
- Park entrance fee
- Accident insurance
- Personal clothing
- Pre-hydration and good breakfast
- Hiking shoes
- Long sleeves shirt if possible
- Hut and sunglasses
- Warm and windproof jacket
- Swimsuit and towel in summer
(...) on a stunning day, with the wild coast, the beauty and sea lions and birds. It was a total escape of breathtaking wonder! So pristine and natural.David M / Sidney, Australia
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Pictures taken on November 16, 2014.