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“Not Up Close & Personal”

Seno Otoway Penguin Colony
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Visited in February, 2013 during a world cruise on the MS Amsterdam. It was cold, windy and requires lots of walking. Takes less than an hour to drive over a barren landscape from Punta Arenas. Unable to get close to the penguins. Far more enjoyable and interactive is the King Penguins experience in the Faulklands at Volunteer Point

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

with the Andes and a fjord for a backdrop. Saw plenty of magallanes penguines the day I went. Very much worth the 45 minute trip outside of Punta Arenas.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We took this tour through Princess Cruise Line. It was February 22, and already most of the penguins had left the colony. This is one of the smallest colonies and apparently the penguins adhere to a pretty tight schedule. The grassy area around the one mile boardwalk was totally empty of penguins. We were able to see some down on the beach (approx. 40) just sitting by the waters edge. Some were swimming. Definitely check out the penguin migration situation before heading out to Otway Sound. We should have been fine, but apparently they started to leave early this year. The preserve is set up very nicely. Earlier in the season, the boardwalk area would have been a very good viewing area. We saw lots of abandoned burrows. This reserve is not good for anyone who cannot easily walk 2 miles roundtrip. Pushing a wheelchair on the uneven boardwalk would be very difficult.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Lets be upfront, there are larger colonies of penguins at other places (not in Punta Arenas however), but if you want to see a fairly good number of them in their natural habitat this trip is worth the effort. Its about an hour outside of town in a very rural environment. There really isn't much there except the beach and the penguins, but that's the point isn't it? Do be aware that they are seasonal and after mid February they start leaving and the numbers get smaller. Want to see the babies? Need to go in January. All that said, They are very cute - and noisy! They bray like a donkey!

There is a nice wooden walkway built up over the habitat so you can walk through without destroying any of the habitat and some of the burrows are very close to the walkway. You can also get fairly close to the beach on a platform to watch them play in the water. You cannot get onto the beach itself - which is probably a good thing, based upon the behavior of some of the humans that were there. We saw a couple hundred penguins and it was enjoyable.

Full disclosure: Remember the weather here! The wind blows most of the time and even in January it can be very chilly. Wear a good coat with a built in hood. Umbrellas would be rather worthless due to the winds. There is a small snack bar that serves hot drinks and light food. The trip can made in a solid half day from town round trip and the morning is the best time to go before they head out to look for food. Finally, while the walkway is very flat I would not consider it very handicap accessible. If you can't walk at least 1/2 to 1 mile you shouldn't go.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

If you go in March, know that it is the end of the season and you won't see too many penguins. We went anyway and were rewarded with the penguins. The preserve is set up very nicely. a walk of about 1 mile to the beach. It is a 6-8 hour day but well worth it.

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