Chalet Chapital Hotel
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... glacier which is now an island in the lake! It is melting that much and faster every year It was a three hour round trip. They served us whiskey sours made with ice from the glacier We then drove back a 3 hour drive to Punta Arenas. Long day and itsjust getting dark at 11and ...
... move it had been to volunteer to take the taxi! An orientation walk around the port and city with statue of Magellan and colonies of cormorants having taken over the ancient piers for perching. We had to buy provisions for our ten hour bus journey tomorrow! So supermarket and electrical store visited where I bought a second adaptor for Chile having lost mine somewhere previous. We walked up to view the city and harbour having first visited a great little souvenir shop. ...
... but in the main they are all dead. Next we headed out to a local museum called Nao Victoria which is a locals obsession with wooden ships. He has replicated the HMS Beagle (Darwin’s ship), the Nao Victoria (Magallane’s ship – he was the first white person to discover this area), James Caird (One of Shackleton’s boats) & Ancud (Boat ...
... to moorland, to Parque Pengüino Rey in Bahia Inutil. After paying our CLP12.000 entrance fee we were escorted down to the viewing point. There were about 80 penguins in the colony and if they weren't changing feathers, they were actively courting to find a mate for the breeding season. We spent 1.5 hours there before starting our return journey. We had to go back a different route because the ferry we took earlier only did a single sailing per day. We ...
... to the king penguins – it is
apparently not yet a colony, a designation earned by 3 breeding seasons, each
of 4 years in this case and only one has happened so far – the small group are
very recent arrivals!
They are safely tucked in in a bend on the other side of a
river but still we are kept well away by a rope, with a Park Ranger as fallback,
so hard to tell how big and how colourful they are ...