King Penguin Viewing Excursion

Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia
Trip Length: 1 Day
Group Size: 1-10
Difficulty
From: 190 USD
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Voyage to the tip of South America to spend a day in the presence of the majestic King Penguin.

Go on your own personal march of the penguins! This excursion takes you to visit the King Penguin Park in Tierra del Fuego, home to the second-largest species of penguin on Earth. These majestic penguins are known for their tall and slender build, which gives them a regal bearing not usually observed in other penguins.

Pinguino Rey - Porvenir (3)

 

Highlights

Highlights

  • Enjoy an amazing viewing of King Penguin colony.

  • Visit Porvenir City, Cerro Sombrero Historical Monument and Gregorio Bay.

  • Go on a ferry ride across the Magellan Strait.

Itinerary

Full Day King Penguin Viewing

Porvenir, Chile

The trip begins with a ferry sailing through the Magellan Strait  to Chilota Bay in Tierra del Fuego. Upon our arrival, we will begin our journey to Porvenir, where we can visit places like Plaza Selk'nam, Plaza de Armas, the Municipal Museum, Mirador Hain and Laguna Santa María.

We will continue heading towards the King Penguin Nature Reserve, located 120 kilometers from Porvenir. On the way it will be possible to see the coast of Bahía Inútil, where we can observe guanacos, sheep and birds such as the caiquén and the flamingo. King penguins are truly spectacular individuals, with their typical white, black and orange-hued markings on the head, bill and chest. This species is between 85 and 95 cm tall and weighs around 15 kg. It is a once in a lifetime experience!

Once we say goodbye to our penguin friends, we will head towards the town of Cerro Sombrero (100 km) where you will have the opportunity to see its emblematic architecture and the monument to the Oil Worker along with other attractions. After this we will return to the mainland through Primera Angostura.

This experience ends with a visit to Gregorio Bay, where the remains of the Vapor Amadeo and the Ambassador Boat are located. In front of them you can see the Estancia San Gregorio, the first cattle ranch in Chilean Patagonia. From here, we will start the return to the city of Punta Arenas.

Included

Included

  • Park entrance.
  • Box lunch/Lunch.
  • Ferry crossing.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Van transportation.

Not included

  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Museum entrance (if visited).

Facts

Departures

Available every day on request from Thursday  to Sunday*

* The park is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and national holidays.

**Please note that this excursion does not operate on January 1st or December 25th.

***Access to the Museum in Porvenir is subject to travelling conditions and times.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts in the early morning at your hotel in Punta Arenas and ends in Punta Arenas. The approximate departure is at 8 AM and return to your hotel at 8 PM.*

*Regular departures with ferry crossings are available every Saturday and Sunday. In addition, departures on Thursday and Friday are available every two weeks.

**On days the ferry service is not available, additional transfer costs will apply.

***Exact pick-up and drop-off times will be confirmed before the excursion.

Physical demands

This trip is suitable for travelers of all fitness levels as it is not physically demanding.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the winds that circle the Antarctic landmass, making the weather hard to predict. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning; even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

What you need to bring

Once you book this trip we will send you a pre-trip information booklet with detailed information about your trip with us.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

Destinations | Chile

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