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VISITING THE KING PENGUINS IN TIERRA DEL FUEGO (2 DAYS)

Visit the King Penguin Colony in Tierra del Fuego

Overview

Tierra del Fuego’s King penguin colony is the only one outside the Sub-Antarctic islands – making it a far easier option for photographers and nature lovers to visit. These quirky little fellows are remarkably relaxed around humans and provide endless entertainment as they sway, waddle and preen their way around the rookery.

Trip highlights

• Cross the Strait of Magellan
• See the Town of Porvenir
• Visit the Only King Penguin Colony Outside the Sub-Antarctic Islands
• Observe One of the World’s Most-Loved Penguin Species!

*Please note that stores are not always open in Porvenir during the low season (September and March).

*King Penguin Reserve is Closed on Mondays

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Trip length

2 DAYS

Trip Level

1
EASY

From USD

$USD $ 995 per person

Start / End

Punta Arenas

Spaces:

2-8

Season

SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH

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Itinerary

Day 1

Morning ferry crossing the Strait of Magellan, Tour of Porvenir & Surroundings

  • 2.5 hours by ferry
  • Night in Barlovento Hotel (L – D)

We will start our journey with a private transfer from your hotel to the ferry docks located at the northern side of Punta Arenas.

At approximately 9 am, we will begin our 2.5-hour crossing through the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan; these world-famous seaways are very rich in terms of history of exploration.

Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Bougainville, Fitz Roy and Darwin, among several other sailors and explorers, surveyed this region, most of the times, in really harsh and dangerous conditions.

You will see an interesting array of seabirds, including Black-browed Albatrosses, Southern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmars, King Cormorants, Dolphin Gulls and South American Terns.

It is very likely to see interesting marine mammals such as pods of Peale’s Dolphin and inquisitive South American Sea Lions.

As soon as we land you will realize that the vegetation of this part of Tierra del Fuego is dominated by flat wind-swept steppes, with tussock grasses and low shrubs, and interspersed by rolling hills.

We will stop at the town of Porvenir, visiting the local museum to learn more about the culture and we will have lunch in the city.

We will be driving for approximately two hours along the shores of Bahia Inútil (Useless Bay), where we expect to see a great array of wildlife including Guanaco, Southern Grey Fox, the ubiquitous Upland Goose, Chilean Flamingo and a great diversity of waterfowl.

At sea we may see albatrosses, petrels, gulls and skuas patrolling the turbulent waters of the bay. Once our scenic drive has finished, we’ll drive back to our hotel for the evening for a good nights rest following dinner.

Day 2

Morning Visit to King Penguins & Ferry Back to Punta Arenas

  • 10 minutes by ferry
  • 4 hours by private transfer (B-L)

This morning we will drive a few minutes to the King Penguin Park. This is a private nature reserve, which aims to preserve the small numbers of the ‘Kings’ that visit the area and even remain year-round here, taking advantage of the excellent feeding conditions of the surrounding seas.

We will have ample opportunities to observe and photograph the penguins from a reasonable distance keeping a fair distance admiring the penguins from behind the infrastructure, careful not to disturb them or their environment.

After a while, the penguins tend to forget about the visitors (or they might simply not care about our presence) and usually come closer on their own – sometimes as close as 20 meters, sometimes a bit closer, but again: we’ll let them decide! This respectful, close proximity between visitor and penguin gives amateur and professional wildlife photographers a fantastic chance to practice their craft.

We will drive through Tierra del Fuego all the way to “Punta Delgada” the thinnest part of the Magellan Strait, and we will cross it by a 10 minutes navigation in a Ferry, then we will drive back to Punta Arenas on a different route, passing thought all estancias and classic Patagonian Landscape.

INCLUDED

  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • Navigation from Punta Arenas to Porvenir in Tierra del Fuego
  • Entrance fee to King penguin colony
  • One night Barlovento Hotel (Double room)
  • Professional Guide/driver (English-Spanish languages)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities for Guide/Driver
  • Personal expenses

Trip length

2 DAYS

Trip Level

1
EASY

From USD

$USD $ 995 per person

Start / End

Punta Arenas

Spaces:

2-8

Season

SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH

Lodgings

Dates & Prices

Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience. Some programs however, are shared as regular services and there may be a higher number of participating guests during some parts of per group.

PRICES FOR SEASON 2023/2024: (Valid until March 2024)

2 Guests Total in Group: USD $1.895 per person
3 Guests Total in Group:USD $1.495 per person
4-5 Guests Total in Group:USD $1.395 per person
6 Guests Total in Group: USD $1.295 per person
7 Guests Total in Group: USD $1.195 per person
8 Guests Total in Group: USD $995 per person

DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!
*King Penguin Reserve is Closed on Mondays

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Reviews

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  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
2023-03-02
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
2023-02-15
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
2023-01-15
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

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