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Puñihuil is located in Chile
Coordinates: 41°55′44″S 74°02′16″W / 41.928841°S 74.037812°W / -41.928841; -74.037812Coordinates: 41°55′44″S 74°02′16″W / 41.928841°S 74.037812°W / -41.928841; -74.037812
Country Chile
Region Los Lagos Region

Puñihuil is a cove with a small community on the northwestern coast of the Isla Grande de Chiloe, which lies near the coast of Northern Patagonia in Chile.

The Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument, three small islands, lie to the west and north of the cove. The monument is the only known shared breeding site for Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. It is also a breeding area for other species including the red-legged cormorant and kelp gull.[1] The Alfaguara project, a marine life conservation project operates from Puñihuil. The focus of the project is on preservation of endangered blue whales, for which the waters to the northwest are an important feeding area.[2]



  1. ^ Simeone, Alejandro; Roberto P. Schlatter (1998). "Threats to a Mixed-Species Colony of Spheniscus Penguins in Southern Chile". Colonial Waterbirds. 21 (3): 418–421. JSTOR 1521654. doi:10.2307/1521654. 
  2. ^ "Alfaguara project" (PDF). Rufford Small Grants Foundation. January 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-01.