Chilean Patagonia is home to the second largest species of penguin in the world - the King Penguin. A stunning trip across the Straights of Magellan with amazing views of the Patagonian landscape offers the chance to see the area's other famous animals. Guanaco, Peale’s dolphins and the South American Sea Lion. The goal in this visit to Parque Pinguino Rey is to see these majestic King Penguin in a protected conservation area, a place their colony has been returning to for many years.
Take the morning ferry journey fork approximately two hours across the Straits of Magellan to the island of Tierra del Fuego. Have the chance to see marine mammals such as the Peale’s Dolphin and South American Sea Lion or keep on eye on the sky for Albatross, Dolphin Gulls, South American Terns.
When you arrive the town of Porvenir meet your local guide for a briefing and some refreshments in a cozy local hosteria before heading out to see the King Penguin colony. On the approximately two hour drive along the coast of Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay) look for sightings of Guanaco, the Southern Grey Fox and even Flamingos, until we reach the Parque Pinguino Rey. This private reserve serves to protect the rare species of the King Penguin, which archaeological discoveries of penguin bones in the area prove that this colony has been coming here for over 6,000 years! This small group trip will observe the penguins from an appropriate distance as it is critical that the penguins’ natural habitat is maintained.
After lunch, return to Punta Arenas by a shorter, 20 minute ferry ride.
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Due to the ferry crossings this tour is weather dependent.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.