Isla Damas is known as a mini, less-visited version of the Galapagos. Sounds too good be true? It’s not. This piece of Chilean paradise features a ruggedly beautiful coastline and an abundance of wildlife, including penguins, dolphins, sea lions, Peruvian boobies, and countless others. The sand is fine, the cacti and boulders are jaw-dropping, and the water is a blue reminiscent of the Caribbean. This is a beach setting that no avid, sand-and-sea-loving adventurer should miss.
Isla Damas is located two hours north of La Serena. Visitors can rent a car and carefully follow the signs to Punta de Choros, take the bus from the corner of Francisco de Aguirre and Matta Street, or book a tour with one of the area’s many tourist agencies. La Florida Airport is located in La Serena and offers multiple services per day to and from Santiago, Calama, Antofagasta, and Iquique.