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Punta Arenas and Penguins!

A nice easy day. We slept in, made breakfast sandwiches (ham, cheese, tomatoes, avocado), tea and an apple. Got organized and started walking towards the port where we were catching a boat at 4 to go to penguin island! It was a long walk and we detoured into a shopping mall and got a bite. We ended up walking all the way to the museo nao Victoria, where one of Magellan's boats had been restored as well as The Beagle (in progress) and Shakelton's James Card and one other. We walked around pretty quickly bc we weren't sure how to get back to the ferry. But we got lucky and there was a taxi there and $4 and a lot less stress later we were at the port.
Next stop Isla de Magallanes aka Penguin island! One nesting island for Magellanic penguins! They are as cute as you can imagine, they waddle and fall down trying to climb up the beach. They look at humans in a curious way, they are not intimidated but don't want to get too close. The park had done a good job to keep humans under control. Humans can only visit every second day and only for an hour at a time.
Brian and I got super lucky and spotted a couple of chicks hiding under a parent's wing. They were itty bitty teeny tiny grey fluffs that would have blown away like a cotton ball if they ventured outside of their burrows. I pointed one out to a guide from our boat and she seemed in awe and surprised.
Back in Punta Arenas Brian found us another delightful dinner at La Luna - steak with red pepper sauce, green salad and more yummy bread with Pico de Gallo and aioli! Yum!




Posted by hillibilli 19:05

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