Parque Pinguino Rey, Magallanes Region

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You might want your tuxedo to fit in at Parque Pinguino Rey, home to a population of majestic King Penguins. This second-biggest penguin species travels from the subAntarctic conditions in search of food, and archeological finds have shown that the penguins have been frequenting the island for hundreds of years, dating back to the time of the Selknam indigenous people. Visitors are able to view the penguins from a roped-off observation deck, where you'll find signage about the development of the penguins which will help you appreciate the age of the penguins you will see. Many tour groups in the bigger, nearby cities coordinate day trips that connect tourists with this site. Put Parque Pinguino Rey into our Tierra del Fuego journey tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It is moving to see the penguins making their life there and enjoy your company. It is to admire and respect, not to go to touch them or remove the selfie with the Penguin. There is enough information, in addition to being a natural place to appreciate all kinds of birds due to the openness of the sector. You will enjoy it if you go with respect to the nature, otherwise, opt for a zoo. Grateful for the orientation of the Guide, souvenirs to good price, good place to eat but I would add a machine coffee or something for robustecerer service. I would also add some penguins of cardboard so people take his picture and will be happy.
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  • It is a remote place and that makes look many seascapes beautiful along the way, sublime nature with guanacos to the fingertips and animal in the Strait. Park is well maintained, although it does Miss where to take a snack, especially something hot because there is generally freezing wind. The Penguins are protected by a barrier, but one sees them closely, they are majestic and huge. The Guide entry gives a little introductory chat which is very well received. The very well maintained sanitary services and give a gift to say goodbye to. The path is not fully paved but is uneven, be careful since seen tourists cycling and motorcycles that run through Tierra del Fuego
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  • We were lucky to book with the Tourist operator Selknam, because even though the tour is tiring for the amount of km that you walk, make us see the town of Porvenir, with its interesting Museum; There we stopped at a restaurant to eat. The Guide, Juan, was a person well prepared, so we got a bunch of historical information, ethnographic, Zoological, geographical, etc. The Penguins are very protected, and then you can't get close, but see perfectly the colony with their funny chicks, similar to a pile of fur with paws. We also saw guanacos, foxes, ducks, gnandù (ostriches) and various birds. Also of interest is the double crossing the Strait in two different places, the last at the narrowest part, where Magellan 9 days to make 6 struggled km. We did see the old installation of the colonist Menendez and shipwrecks that this terratenente he used for his business.
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  • Amazing opportunity to see King Penguins in natural habitat. We hired a taxi from Punta Arenas for 150k Chilean pesos return, we also had to pay 14k each way of the ferry, there were 3 of us so split 3 ways it worked out a similar price to the full day tour which leaves at 7am, you stop at places/museums we were not interested in and doesn't get back until 9:30pm. It was still 4hrs drive each way but so worth it! I never thought I'd get the chance to see King Penguins outside of Antarctica. This is a very new colony (8 years old I believe) that's growing each year and producing chicks, but understandably very protected, so yes you are quite far away but I can't believe how some people are complaining about that! However it is the first time in over 2 years of travelling that I wished I had a decent camera with a good zoom and not just be phone. I improvised by taking a few shots down the lens of one of the telescopes they have there (free to use).
  • Very emotional to see this beautiful big penguins in their natural habitat, hopefully undisturbed by many tourists who can luckily stay at an appropriate distance from them (30-50 meters). Bring your zoom, or binoculars to get the details.. Enjoy the rest. Nice gift shop and very friendly park ranger.
  • Pretty cool that you can see king penguins. But they are actually still pretty far away, it’s cold and windy, and it takes so long to get here. There aren’t many different places to view them from, the facilities aren’t very good either. Only come if you are really desperate to see them!
  • The penguins were cool to see but you have to stand pretty far away. The location is very difficult to get to.
  • Lovely place to see the penguins but you're really far away from them and there wasn't much action.
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