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.
• Cross the Strait of Magellan
• See the town of Porvenir
• Stay in the historial Estancia Caleta Josefina
• Visit the only King penguin colony outside the Sub-Antarctic islands
• Observe one of the world’s most-loved penguin species
• Natural rookery without infrastructure
*Please note that stores are not always open in Porvenir during the low season (September and March).
*King Penguin Park closed on Mondays
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.
At the Estancia you will have time to settle and enjoy a tasty dinner.
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 (maximum approach distance will be given by the guide and must be respected at all times during your visit).
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.
Estancia Caleta Josefina is a pioneer experience in accommodations and the traditions of Patagonia. Rooms welcome guests with their simple Patagonia decor and warmth, and their authentic history of this unique and beautiful place. A new adventure in Tierra del Fuego and an experience you will be sure to remember for a lifetime.
PRICES FOR SEASON 2018/2019: (Valid until March 2019)
2 passengers: USD$ 1.095
3-5 passengers: USD$ 995
6-8 Passengers: USD$ 895