Parque Pinguino Rey
Parque Pinguino Rey
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Pingüino Rey Natural Reserve promotes conservation and protection of both the king penguin as the wealth of vegetation, other wildlife, and archaeological sites in Bahía Inútil, accepting a conservation project based on three pillars: Research, Education and Sustainable Tourism; concepts that construct guidelines to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Tierra del Fuego. We're looking forward to generate awareness among visitors and the community, about taking care of the environment and historical remains found therein, through education. This provides tools for observing wildlife with low disturbance impact. “Visiting and protecting go hand in hand; together we can take care of this wonderful place”
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Km 14, Route Y-85 Bahia Inutil, Porvenir 6300000 Chile
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nick w
London, UK1,299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took the ferry from Punta Arenas to Porvenir then drove over 100km on unpaved roads, overcame a puncture, then drove the 300km bav6to Punta Arenas (via another ferry) to spend an hour here. However, it was worth it. Where else will you find King Penguins as accessible as these?

A great set up with visitor numbers restrand kept well away from the Penguins themselves but close enough for a good view. You have an hour penguin watching before it's time to leave.

Wear warm clothes and bring a camera with a long lens if possible. There are toilets and a small shop on site. The onsite guides speak Spanish and English
Written 5 May 2024
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Indranu H
Bangkok, Thailand546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited this place with a private tour guide from punta arenas on a day trip
Tickets were booked online. They have restricted entry ( 15 persons) on hourly basis. Very professionally run and focus on conservation . Viewing area from 3 different zones, lovely to see this wonderful species. Colony is getting bigger. Highly recommend
Written 17 December 2023
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Fifi
Belfast, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We visited Parque Pingüino Rey as part of a self drive visit as we had a car, well signposted, very scenic drive.
Our tour was very informative and seeing the penguins in the wild was amazing. The viewing hide is at a distance but still very clear and we could hear the chicks and mums calling each other loudly. We brought binoculars but they also had free to use binocular stands in the hide.
About 40-50 penguins despite being "off-season" in May
Written 25 May 2022
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ITravelToEatGoodFood
Southern California62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
With properly set expectations, this is a fantastic experience.

We visited the Parque Pinguino Rey through an all day tour through Denomades while staying at in Punta Arenas. I believe this company outsources its tours, but Rodrigo was our guide and Juan was our driver. Both were amazing!

The park is very remote in Tierra del Fuego, so it is a long journey out of Punta Arenas. We were picked up at our hotel and were on the road by 7a. Most people slept, so watching the sun rise over the Straight of Magellan felt like an intimate experience.

At the time of my tour, the ferry from Punta Arenas to Porvenir was undergoing maintenance that made the schedule unworkable for the tour, so we crossed at Punta Delgado coming and going. While this made the trip a bit longer, there were some advantages. Spending so much time on the road, we saw TONS of wild life - guanacos, eagles, skunks, foxes, geese, hares, armadillos and nandu (ostrich like bird). We also saw sheep, llamas, cats and dogs. We stopped at an old estancia in San Gregorio where we saw two historic shipwrecks and were able to stop to have lunch in Cerro Sombrero.

We arrived at the park at 4pm and were able to walk out to the platform for viewing. I counted 52 penguins, including some chicks. While they are a bit far from the viewing platform, I was able to take great pictures and video with my phone's zoom. The permanent scopes at the platforms (free) provide an amazing view. While I felt I could have stayed longer, 45 minutes was enough as (1) They're not very active, (2) youngsters would get bored pretty quick and (3) the wind coming off the water is quite cold. I had to stand behind the wall several times to warm up.

I appreciate very much that the park is set up not to be obtrusive to the animals. This is the only colony outside of Antarctica and if you see documentaries on the area or these birds, you will see this exact beach! I feel privileged to have seen, heard and even smelled them! The park provided us a pin as we left as a souvenir.

From the park it was a straight shot back to Punta Arenas with only a stop to wait for the ferry. We were back at our hotel at 10:15p. While this tour was a lot of hours in a bus, I never felt bored. There was a lot to see and Rodrigo provided lots of information on the area and history.

Extra props to Rodrigo and Juan as on the return, they worked very hard to help some of the folks with issues they were having with plans for the next day. Additionally, they shared a key bit of info - the next day, time would change in Chile, but NOT for the region. The warning that our phones might reset definitely saved us a ton of heartburn! 12/10 for these guys!
Written 21 April 2022
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Luis N
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A real good and windy opportunity to see these creatures in nature without a controlled way without interaction
Written 29 June 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We booked a full day tour of Tierra del Fuego and the king penguins with Denomades travel agency. They were 40 minutes late in picking us up, but we were still in time for the ferry from Tres puentes to Tierra del Fuego. They guide was very knowledgeable, both about Chilean, Punta Arenas and Tierra del Fuego history. On the tour we stopped in Provenir, the main Chilean town on the island. There we visited the museum detailing the lives of the Selk'nam (as fas as possible, very little remains) with some objects and enlarged photographs. It also details the history of the town itself, which has a large Croatian immigrant population. We also visited plaza Selk'nam, a square with modern sculptures based on the photographs in the museum. Finally we had also lunch in this town.
After lunch we drove to the private park where the king penguins since a few years lay eggs. It is still a small colony, they estimate about 60 pairs. We certainly did not see 60 penguins, probably around 20 adults. The penguins are at a pretty large distance from the viewing platforms. There are telescopes through which you could once in a while see a little chick appear to get some food. But the telescopes needed cleaning and were not that good. So best to bring your own good zoomlens, powerful binoculars or bird telescope. In all we spent 1 hour in the park, which was enough. One the way back we still stopped at the Menendez sheep processing factory, which is slowly decaying into a ruin, but is still owned by the Menendez family. We took the ferry back to the mainland at punta delegada, but that depends on the wind and choppiness of the straight. A long, but fulfilling day, quite a few hours travelling in minivan and boat.
Written 6 March 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I love Parque Pinguino Rey! The mission of the park is first of all penguin protection, and then tourism. Even if you are far away from the penguins, you get to watch penguins live their daily penguin lives without you disturbing them. Even if this park is very much out of the way, it is well worth the detour. I would give this park a hundred stars if I could!
(16 years old)
Written 23 February 2020
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hummingbird51
Baton Rouge, LA766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We booked this full day trip through Turismo Laguna Azul in Punta Arenas and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our hotel pick up was on time, our guide was knowledgeable and informative and weather was gorgeous. We had a smooth ride on the ferry, delicious lunch in Portnevir and an informative talk upon arrival at the reserve.

This private park does a wonderful job of allowing you to view the King Penguins without interfering or bothering them. It is not a close up experience, so a good camera and zoom lens are recommended. There were about 25 penguins on our visit, including two juveniles who were very easy to spot. Many of the others were in various stages of molt. We were amazed at how large they are compared to other penguins.

Since King Penguins are not found in many places (here, Antarctica and perhaps the Falklands?) we were so glad we were able to find this tour. Our day on Tierra del Fuego was a once in a lifetime experience and is a must-see for any animal lover.
Written 13 February 2020
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FromMunich
Munich, Germany93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Most probably the best reason to visit the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego! It is an experience not to be missed to see those beautiful animals from so close by.
Written 26 January 2020
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KoshAK
Limassol City, Cyprus20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is worst to visit only if you are close to it. Going to Terra del Fuego only for visiting this place is bad idea. Short path surrounded with borders. Pinguins are far away from observation route. I was very disappointed with this activity.
Written 24 January 2020
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