BAHIA INUTIL

Would you like to go to a place where no one else has gone? 

Visit Bahía Inútil on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. It is home to the only King Penguin reserve in all of continental America. It is a unique place visited by very few, where a small colony of these penguins lives.

The penguins are kept in a private “estancia” that takes care of their conservation and study. Being able to see them from up close in their natural state is a fascinating experience.

These penguins arrived in the bay about eight years ago and it was not until 2013 that they nested and gave birth to their first young. Today their group has grown to about a hundred penguins.

To see them you will be given binoculars, and a wall of wooden planks with holes will separate you. The idea is to disturb them as little as possible, but still they are only about 10 or 15 meters apart.

Depending on the time of year you will find more or less animals, but either way it is unique. King Penguins are much bigger than the Magellanic penguins that you can find all over the Atlantic coast of Argentina. The King Penguin can be up to one meter tall, but the distinction of its yellow and orange colors in perfect contrast with the black and white is amazing. I think they're even prettier than the Emperor Penguin.
The young ones have a coat that looks like bear's fur. To touch it is amazing. That down they wear for the first few months of their lives is not waterproof.

HOW TO GET THERE

The one thing in common about most places that few people visit is that they are difficult to reach...

To reach Bahia Inutil, you have to take a ferry to cross the Strait of Magellan, either from Punta Arenas to Porvenir which takes about two hours and then by car on a dirt road about 110 kms. or, from Punta Delgada to Bahia Azul which takes only 20 minutes and then by car about 130 kms.

The visit is one way since you cannot sleep on the estancia. If you feel adventurous you can rent a car and drive yourself. Otherwise, you can take a tour in which they take you by bus leaving in the morning from Punta Arenas and returning almost at night.

SCHEDULES AND PRICES

The entrance fee for foreigners is about 18USD and for nationals 3,000CLP. It is convenient to bring cash, as the place is very far away and sometimes the point of sale does not work. I also suggest booking your visit as there is a maximum quota of daily visits. It is open for visitors Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm











Visit Bahía Inútil on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. It is home to the only King Penguin reserve in all of continental America. It is a unique place visited by very few, where a small colony of these penguins lives.

The penguins are kept in a private “estancia” that takes care of their conservation and study. Being able to see them from up close in their natural state is a fascinating experience.

These penguins arrived in the bay about eight years ago and it was not until 2013 that they nested and gave birth to their first young. Today their group has grown to about a hundred penguins.

To see them you will be given binoculars, and a wall of wooden planks with holes will separate you. The idea is to disturb them as little as possible, but still they are only about 10 or 15 meters apart.

Depending on the time of year you will find more or less animals, but either way it is unique. King Penguins are much bigger than the Magellanic penguins that you can find all over the Atlantic coast of Argentina. The King Penguin can be up to one meter tall, but the distinction of its yellow and orange colors in perfect contrast with the black and white is amazing. I think they're even prettier than the Emperor Penguin.
The young ones have a coat that looks like bear's fur. To touch it is amazing. That down they wear for the first few months of their lives is not waterproof.

HOW TO GET THERE

The one thing in common about most places that few people visit is that they are difficult to reach...

To reach Bahia Inutil, you have to take a ferry to cross the Strait of Magellan, either from Punta Arenas to Porvenir which takes about two hours and then by car on a dirt road about 110 kms. or, from Punta Delgada to Bahia Azul which takes only 20 minutes and then by car about 130 kms.

The visit is one way since you cannot sleep on the estancia. If you feel adventurous you can rent a car and drive yourself. Otherwise, you can take a tour in which they take you by bus leaving in the morning from Punta Arenas and returning almost at night.

SCHEDULES AND PRICES

The entrance fee for foreigners is about 18USD and for nationals 3,000CLP. It is convenient to bring cash, as the place is very far away and sometimes the point of sale does not work. I also suggest booking your visit as there is a maximum quota of daily visits. It is open for visitors Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm









 

Quieres llegar a donde nadie ha ido? 

 

Visita la Bahía Inútil en el lado chileno de la Tierra del Fuego.  Ahí existe una reserva de pingüinos rey, la única en América continental.

Un lugar único y visitado por muy pocos donde vive una pequeña colonia de estos pingüinos.

 

Los pingüinos se encuentran en una estancia privada que se ocupa de su conservación y estudio. Verlos cerca en su estado natural es algo fascinante.

 

Estos pingüinos llegaron hace unos ocho años a la bahía y no fue sino hasta el 2013 cuando anidaron y tuvieron sus primeras crías. Hoy en día habitan unos 100 de la especie.

 

Para verlos te darán unos binoculares, y te separará un muro de tablones de madera con huecos. La idea es disturbarlos lo menos posible, pero están a solo 10 o 15 metros de separación aproximadamente.

 

Dependiendo de la época del año encontrarás más o menos animales, pero de cualquier manera es algo único. Son mucho más grandes que el pingüino magallánico que puedes encontrar en toda la costa atlántica de argentina. El pingüino rey puede llegar a medir un metro de altura, pero la distinción de sus colores amarillo y anaranjado en contraste perfecto con el blanco y el negro es asombrosa. Creo que inclusive son más lindos que el pingüino emperador.

La crías tienen un pelaje que parece pelo de oso. Tocarla es increíble. Ese  plumón con que se abrigan los primeros meses de vida no es impermeable.

 

COMO LLEGAR

 

Para que sea un lugar poco visitado, tiene que ser algo difícil de llegar…

 

Tienes que tomar un ferry para cruzar el Estrecho de Magallanes, ya sea desde Punta Arenas hasta Porvenir que dura como dos horas y después en carro por carretera de tierra como 110 kms. o, desde Punta Delgada hasta Bahía Azul de solo 20 minutos  y luego en carro unos 130 kms.

 

La visita es ida / vuelta ya que no puedes dormir en la estancia. Si te sientes aventurero puedes alquilar un carro y manejar tu mismo. De lo contrario, puedes tomar un tour en el que te llevan en autobús saliendo en la mañana de Punta Arenas y regresando casi de noche.

 

HORARIOS Y PRECIOS

 

La entrada para extranjeros cuesta unos 18USD y para nacionales 3,000CLP. Es conveniente llevar el dinero en efectivo ya que el lugar es muy alejado y a veces no funciona el punto de venta. También sugiero reservar tu visita ya que hay un cupo máximo de visitas diarias.

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