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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chachalaca1616
Seal Beach28 contributions
Mar 2019
Visited parque pinguino rey as part of a larger road trip from Punta Arenas to the end of the road at Caleta Maria and lago Kami. I rented a medium size SUV truck in Punta Arenas and drove south. The views from Porvenir to parque pinguino rey can be magical as they were in the fall of 2017 with magnificent clear weather with amazing fall foliage. It was an added bonus to be able to view the small albeit interesting King Penguins colony in Useless bay i.e. Bahía Inútil. It is an enormous bay with interesting and curious prospects as the road lies a scant distance from the bay. My only quibble is that the viewing platform is at a distance from the colony, so I recommend a telephoto lens. This measure is of course to avoid disturbing the colony. I highly recommend it. It would be a cherry on the cake if one visits the colony as part of a road trip to the extreme south. Which is sublime country. I had amazing view from Rossfin towards the Darwin range in Southern Tierra del Fuego.

Caveat actually visited March 2017
Written January 13, 2020
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Indranu H
Bangkok, Thailand523 contributions
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 December 17, 2023
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Fifi
Belfast, UK12 contributions
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 May 25, 2022
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KoshAK
Limassol City, Cyprus21 contributions
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 January 24, 2020
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King penguin
2 contributions
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 February 23, 2020
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VamosChicos
Cheltenham, UK639 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
The main reason we stayed in Punta Arenas was to visit the king penguins. I wish I'd paid more attention to other TA reviews.

We booked the trip through an amateur company called Turismo Paisaje Austral (not listed on TA & TA won't list them for some reason I don't understand). DONT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS US! This company is nothing to do with tourism. The whole day lasted 13 hours - 12 hours of which was travelling, to spend less than an hour viewing the king penguins, from across a small stream, so you didn't get to go that close, which I can understand the reason for, but we were able to get much closer to the 2 king penguins at the penguin island at Estancia Harberton, near Ushuaia, and they didn't seem to mind! & there was no tour guide during the 12 hour journey either Spanish or English speaking! We did have scanty explanations along the way from a nice American girl, who worked for the company, but who explained that she was not our guide because it was her day off.

The price for the day was 48,000 Chilean pesos for the travel plus 12,000 Chilean pesos entrance fee to the 'parque'. We were not impressed by the parque, which is a couple of portacabins, some information leaflets only in Spanish & a couple of toilets.

The lady guide told us s little about the penguins, but was unable to provide satisfactory answers to any detailed questions. She tried to have us believe that this not colony of king penguins, which numbers between 70 & 100 is the largest in the world. That is nonsense! There are huge colonies on the subantartic Islands. I'm no expert, but a quick read of Wiki tells you this & my job isn't as a guide in a so called Parque. "Why do the penguins come here?" We asked. The answer was a simple "we don't a know".

On the way back, we stopped at an oil town called Cerro Sombrero. Just about everything was closed, but we stayed long enough to ensure that we missed a ferry back from Punta Delgado and had to wait an hour & a half for the next one, due to high winds. Nightmare day. Think lomg& hard before you book this trip - probably better to go there with your own transport, if at all
Written December 26, 2014
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Anton Art
Moscow, Russia4 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
You will spend several hours getting there and 10 000clp per person.
We stayed like 5 minutes, because this was it. A bunch of penguins far from you. Nobody to tell you anything about them,
Written March 8, 2014
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Wandering_photograph
8 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We traveled as a couple on our way back from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas. As we were self-driving during this trip, we planned to head back to
We started around 6 AM from Puerto Natales and got to Punta Delagada (About 3.5 hours) around 10 AM. Caught the ferry across to Tierra Del Fuego (takes about 20 minutes). Stopped for lunch at Cerro Sombrerro. Continued another 1.5 hours to Pinguino del Rey. The adventure of getting to the Park itself is quite amazing and it's dramatic desolate landscape is not to be missed.
The Park location isn't that hard to spot as there's not alot to confuse it for.
You can book tickets prior to your arrival on the website.
It's 12.000 CLP per person. Its a good idea to do this in advance as there are limited spaces. The park closes at 5 PM. But check their schedule before making the trip.
You get to view these amazing birds from a distance of 100 metres (so keep that in mind before you make the journey)
In my opinion it's well worth the trip to see these birds and understand the significance as the only colony on mainland South America. We spent about 45 minutes at the park.
We then continued to Porvenir (2 hour drive) on a gravel road to Porvenir where we spent the night. It's a great way to see Chilean Tierra del Fuego if you have the time. and take the ferry back to Punta Arenas the next day. (Alternatively if you are heading to Argentinian TDF, the turn off is very close to the Parque Pinguino del Rey as well)

All in all, it'about how much time you have and how much you want to see the penguins ! :) (I've heard doing it as a tour from Punta Arenas is expensive and very tiring with alot of driving involved in one day).
Written April 25, 2018
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Jonas B
4 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
The 12.000 you pay to get in might be worth the money. But the 48.000 you spend on the day tour to get there is absolutely wasting your money. No value what so ever. Wouldn't recommend it to anybody
Written October 22, 2016
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Hubert S
Paris, France193 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
I passed through on my way to central Tierra de Fuego. It's also a worthwhile destination when on your way to San Sebastian in Argentina and beyond, or as a doable trip from Porvenir, but I wouldn't recommend it as a full day trip from Puntas Arenas, unless you have a very keen interest in these animals. Otherwise there's just not enough to it.
However, it turned out to be an interesting stop on my onward travels. My first time seeing penguins in the wild doing Pinguin things! There also was a big sea lions sleeping in the grass. I added a photo of it. Not sure he was there by coincidence, maybe he was lured there to enhance the attraction! I stayed there for a good 45 minutes to study this breeding colony in their natural habitat. There is a guide and signs with lots of explanation. The penguins are well shielded for a reason. On my photos the penguins look kind of close, but thats because I used a big zoo lens. Complaining about the distance between the penguins and viewpoints is pointless, as this is a protection measure.
Written April 17, 2018
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