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Otway Sound Penguin Rookery

Price: $69.00
This tour is available October-February.
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Tour Details
Tour Details

Thousands of Magellanic penguins are waiting for you in the Otway Sound Penguin Colony. They can't wait to see you!

Depart Punta Arenas for a drive 40 miles northwest into the Patagonian countryside over mostly unpaved roads, past huge sheep farms. En route, you may spot some of the local wildlife, in spite of their camouflage, as well as guanacos and rheas.

A one-mile hike across grassland interspersed with sandy areas leads to a specially developed enclosure at Otway Sound, where you are able to observe the delightful Magellanic penguins at close quarters.

Every year between October and March, these penguins favor the shelter of the sandy burrows and surrounding shrubs, returning year after year to lay eggs and raise their young. There will be plenty of time to observe these marvelous birds.

Wild geese and foxes may be seen on the return, as part of the rich fauna of the Chilean Patagonia. This tour is a real treat for nature lovers!

Please Note: This tour requires the payment of a 7500 Chilean pesos (approximately $16 US) per person National Park entrance fee. This fee can only be paid upon entering the park, and is subject to change by local authorities without notice.

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Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
None
Dress
As the weather in this area is windy with potential rain, we highly recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Comfortable, sensible walking shoes are also recommended. Sun glasses, hats and gloves are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must walk approximately 1 mile each way to reach the rookery. Path is over gravel, peat and several wooden walkways that are not wheelchair accessible. Restroom stops are limited. Ride to the rookery is over mostly unpaved road in a van or minicoach. Guests with neck, back or hip ailments should take this into consideration.
5 Stars5Based On 2 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsVery nice DayFebruary 28, 2013

Reviewer: Ros
Everything went very well

5 StarsA long distance to see something amazingFebruary 13, 2013

Reviewer: Stu payne
The tour was very well done. Our guide was on time and identified himself to us immediately. He was very knowledgable and answered all our questions. He spoke very good english.

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