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Natural Reserve Magellan Penguin Colony "OTWAY SOUND""

Visit and know the wonderful world
of the Magellan Penguin,

only 34 miles from Punta Arenas.using Punta Prat route.

information from your travel agency or directly from us,

email: informaciones@turisotway.cl
phone: +56-61-2614650 - +56-61-2614651

News

    Project

    w ith this project in operation, within a three year period, environment, research and management conditions will be created to effectively preserve the penguin colony of 2.500 couples, with an approximate total of 10.000 individuals, that every year come from September to March to Otway Sound. Special relevance is given in this project to the restoration of the present condition of walk paths that had been operating for about 10 years.

    The facilities to be built have been designed and located so as not to affect the penguin colony, during their construction or operation, and they will enable us to offer the visitor a quality product, safety and confort while protecting the environment.




    Our Objectives
    • Quality Service to Visitors
    • Recreating the human spirit at the sight of one of the most amazing and perfect phenomena of nature.

    • Ecology and Conservation
    • Granting the Magellan Penguin and the local biotic community the environmental conditions to ensure the population welfare and normal development.

    • Studies and Promotion
    • Contributing to the knowledge, conservation and promotion of flora and fauna species by means of implementing Technical Programs:

      • Vigilance
      • Population study and monitoring
      • Fauna jeepers training
      • Restoration of deteriorated environment
      • Promotion and information

    NATURAL PENGUINS RESERVE

    PANORAMIC

    PANORAMIC

    NESTS

    NESTS

    COAST

    COAST

    POND

    POND

    HUMID STEPPE

    HUMID STEPPE

    It is the first station, common to both paths (short and long) and it is located in the higher part of the walk, on a natural slope, 12 meters above sea level. You can see the whole penguin colony to the West and Southwest, and the prairie and pond to the East.

    It is particularly interesting to observe the colony as a whole, the penguins going to the sea and back, the location and distribution of their nests (burrows), the routes they follow in their walks to the beach, which make you think of the patterns determining the colony size, shape, etc.
    There will be two stations of this type in the higher part of both paths. There will be no stations in the middle part of the long walk as a way of avoiding strong tourist concentrations at that point. These stations will enable tourists to have a close view of the opening in many burrows, getting a better idea of penguin structure. color, shape, behavior (feather grooming, new borns feeding, mating, braying, etc.),
    It is a station located on the coast, only on the long path. You can see the beach and the sea of Otway Sound, different species of beach birds and eventually some marine mammals like small dolphins (tuninas) and sea lions.
    It is located on the Northwest end of both paths. You will be able to observe various birds associated to the pond and its bank. Specially “caiquen” (upland goose), canquen, queltehue, bandurria, flamingo, swan, etc.
    The observation station is located 30 meters from the pond border and consists in an elevated platform, 1 m high, 2 m wide, and 10 m long, with railings towards the pond.
    This station is common to both paths. It is located on the Northwest end of the walk. It will enable you to get a panoramic view of a humid prairie environment, with presence of bushy and herbaceous species forming a characteristic landscape. Regarding fauna, you will probably observe foxes, ñandú (lesser rhea) and a large number of wild geese.

    Magellanic penguin


    The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil where they are occasionally seen as far north as Rio de Janeiro. It is the most numerous of the Spheniscus penguins. Its nearest relatives are the African, the Humboldt and the Galápagos penguins. The Magellanic penguin was named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who spotted the birds in 1520.

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    Rates & schedules

    SEASON 2015-2016

    from: Opening date and time to be confirmed



    Ticket: $7.500(CLP)
    CHILDRENS UNDER 12 YEARS OLD FREE...

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