Monthly Archives: October 2012

Punta Arenas, Chile (Penguin Alert!)

Our last stop in Chile was heading back to Punta Arenas, where our flight landed around 10 days before. We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast called Tragaluz and spent some time checking out the city.

The big event of our time in Punta Arenas was visiting the Isla Magdalena National Park to view the penguin colony, where I believe they said 150,000 penguins live! You’ll see below that one of them was very interested in my shoe and nibbled on my shoelaces. It was really hard to obey the strict “do not touch” rule! Also, see the baby penguins below – their fur is soft and fuzzy when they’re born.

Bernardo O’Higgins National Park

After finishing our trek, we decided to stay another day in Puerto Natales. Wanting to see something else interesting, we took a boat into Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to see some glaciers. This was a pricey excursion, and we probably would have enjoyed something else more if we had done more planning from home. Instead, we went in a travel agency, asked what was available for the next day, and made the most of it!

We started out on a big boat in the sound which floated by the Balmaceda Glacier.

Then our boat docked at the entrance of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park so we could walk out to view the Serrano Glacier. The guide gave us some information on how the glacier has receded over time. When they started doing the tours, the glacier was out past the observation deck where we’re standing!

At this point, we started the second part of our day – the zodiac tour. We donned our fat suits to prepare for the chilly journey and rode the zodiac up through the areas that are too narrow for the boat. The goal is to get a beautiful view of the cuernos at Torres del Paine National Park. Unfortunately, it was a bad weather day, so we never had a clear view. We did have a nice lunch stop at an estancia with another zodiac full of Japanese tourists.