Our "Way Down South" Adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile
We couldn´t possibly journey all the way to the southern edge of Chile (a mere stone´s throw from Antartica) without seeking out a real penguin experience! ¡No problema! The penguin colony of Seno Otway is a mere 65 kilometers from Punta Arenas and easily accessible by car.
We decided to go with the advice of our hostess at our B&B (Terrasur), and hired a driver to take us there and back. Organized tours cost around $90 per person which seemed a bit steep, so we decided to go with the self-guided option. We ended up paying $85 for the 4 of us (all inclusive) - 1/4 of the cost of the full tour, and much better for our budget!
The 90-minute bumpy ride over dirt roads brought us to the colony at 5:30pm which is the time that most penguins have finished fishing for the day and are returning to their nests. We set off on a well marked trail with the hopes of seeing some penguins!
It was WINDY!!
Perfect Timing for a Penguin Parade!
Early November is the time when all 8,000 pairs of penguins are caring for their eggs. We learned that there are no swinging singles in the penguin colony (couples only) and that the males and females take turns - one sitting in the nest with the egg (fasting) and the other eating as much fish as he/she can.
Heading to the nest (burrow)
Burrow in the background
Chilling on the Beach
It was super cool to watch penguins in their natural habitat. We are grateful for this unique opportunity and will certainly remember the experereice as one of the highlights of our time in southern Chile.