Duration: 2 days 1 night
Includes: Private transportation and Guide services, ferry tickets, King Penguin Colony fee, Hostel night in Porvenir, and meals (B,L,D).
Doesn't include: Travel insurance, tipping, and anything else purely personal nature.
Dates: All year round (Departure from Punta Arenas) — Bookable Now!
Tierra del Fuego
Strait of Magellan
King Penguin Colony
Austral Negrito — Lesser Rhea — Flying and Flightless Steamer Duck — Magellanic Horned Owl — Patagonian Yellow-finch — Coscoroba and Black-necked Swans — King Penguin — Magellanic Plover
There are two species of penguin with reproductive colonies in Patagonia, one of them belong to the family of the bigger penguins on the world, Aptenodytes where we can find Emperor and King Penguin. This species has their main reproductive colonies in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, but there is a small beach of rocks in the bottom of a massive bay in Tierra del Fuego, that provides food and good shelter for a incipient group of King Penguin, that has been settled and give for the first time newborns the 2015-16 season, this is a unique moment to come and spot this creatures that are getting bigger and bigger as colony every year.
In this tour, we will visit the most accessible colony of this penguin on earth, a group around 100 adults, and 10 chicks this season, not comparable with the 10.000 individuals that you see in South Georgia, nevertheless the same beauty and deleite for your eyes, even if you're not a birder.
Starting from Punta Arenas, we take the ferry to cross the Strait of Magellan heading to the mythical Island of Tierra del Fuego (The Land of Fire), a place full of nature and epic histories. We go out on the upper deck to look for, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Magellanic Penguin, Magellanic Diving-petrel, and more…
Once arrived in the island, we drive for 120 km, to the colony where we will stop in different landscapes scanning the Fueguian steppes and looking for Upland Goose, Ashy-headed Goose, Black-faced Ibis, Austral Canastero, Short-billed Miner and Chilean Flamingo among others.
We spend the night in the small and quiet village of Porvenir.
In the morning, we head to the salty lagoons near the city, where a unique family can be found!
After we look for them in the salty lakes, we keep driving towards the northern boundaries of Tierra del Fuego, to cross one more time the Strait of Magellan in it narrowest area, where normally we found Comersons`s Dolphin.
During the rest of the day we drive back to Punta Arenas in the windswept steppe of eastern Patagonia.