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Characteristics of the Visit

This colony of king penguins is the only one in South America, and the number of specimens varies by season and the reproductive status of the species. Its observation is remote, which is established by current Chilean legislation (D.S. No. 38 of 2011 of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism.)

  1. Information about the King Penguin.
  2. Information about the Parque Pingüino Rey and its surroundings.
  3. Information about the flora and the fauna.
  4. Food area and bathroom Access.
  5. Estimated 2 hrs Visit, depending on weather conditions and internal organization of each tourism agency.

If it has reached the maximum load of daily visitors, they have priority access to visitors Confirmed reservation


Schedules

Parque Pingüino Rey

  • CLOSED on Mondays and public holidays.
  • Closed June and July for maintenance.
  • Closed December 25th and January 1th.
  • Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 to 18 hr. (*)(**)

					

Office

  • Monday to Sunday, from 10 to 19 hr.
  • Last group’s entry is at 17:30 hrs.
  • * Dear visitor, we do not provide services outside the established schedule, as we carry out research and maintenance activities. Please do not insist.
  • ** Under the regulations established by ONEMI, the park can remain closed because of extreme weather conditions. More information on this link.

Prices

General Public

$12.000

CLP

Resident of Chilean Tierra del Fuego (*)

$3.000

CLP

Children under 10 (**)

Free Entrance

  • (*) Only presenting identification and valid Resident Card, otherwise you must pay general admission.
  • (**) Only presenting identification or valid passport, and accompanied by an adult and / or family member, who must pay the entrance fee.

Payment Options

En boletería ubicada en el acceso al Parque, se aceptan las siguientes formas de pago:

Cash

Only Chilean Pesos (CLP).

Checks

Only from Banks operating in Chile.

Debit/Credit Cards

We operate through TransBank, but due the weak mobile signal and adverse weather conditions in the area, we insist in taking into account bringing cash or check to pay the entrance fee.

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The money from the admission tickets finances the full development of conservation and research of both the king penguins and the entire Park area and its surrounding.

Advices for your trip

We want to help you organise your trip to Tierra del Fuego, that's why we wrote these tips for you.

  • I. Planning

    Plan your trip with time. We recommend visiting our Park at least 48 hours prior to your return flight.

  • II. Weather

    Check the weather forecast before travelling. The unpredictable weather from Patagonia could mean that the ferry trip gets suspended and you miss your flight or don’t get to visit our Park.

  • III. Booking

    Remember to book your visit up to 24 hours in advance. If not, the Park may be closed because of the maximum visitors load.

  • IV. Transport

    Be sure that the car you’re travelling in is in good conditions, fuelled, well equipped and winter-ready.

  • V. Fuel

    In Tierra del Fuego there aren’t many places to refuel, so before leaving Porvenir or Cerro Sombrero you must fuel your car.

  • VI. Drive safely

    The road from Porvenir to Parque Pingüino Rey is a gravel road. We recommend to be cautious and to move at a moderate speed, both in summer and winter.

  • VII. Daylight

    During the winter time, in Patagonia the daylight lasts less. Keep in mind that at 4pm is already dark outside.

How to get there?

Select a city of origin.

Santiago
Puerto Natales
Río Gallegos (Arg)
Ushuaia (Arg)
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Step 1: To Punta Arenas

Time: 4 hours.

– Take a plane from Santiago de Chile (SCL) to Punta Arenas (PUQ).

– To get to the Parque Pingüino Rey, from Punta Arenas, you have 2 options: Through Porvenir or Cerro Sombrero.

 Step 2: To Porvenir

Time: 2,5 hours.

– You can rent a car and take a ferry boat from Punta Arenas to Porvenir. You must make a reservation and check the timetables in advance, more information on this link.

– You can buy a Full Day Package to Tierra del Fuego in Punta Arenas. To find the tourist agency that’s more suitable for you visit this link.


Step 2: To Cerro Sombrero

Time: 3 hours.

– From Punta Arenas, take Route 9 towards Puerto Natales. Then, you must take the right lane towards Route 255 to Monte Aymond. Finally, you must turn right towards Punta Delgada/Primera Angostura, Route 257.

– Take the ferry boat from Punta Delgada to Bahía Azul (Tierra del Fuego.) Estimated 20-40 minutes trip,  more information on this link.

– Keep going on Route 257, to Cerro Sombrero.

 Step 3: To Parque Pingüino Rey

Time: 1,5 hours.

– From Porvenir, take the Route Y-71 y drive for 100 km. Towards Onaissin. Then, you must take Route Y-85 to the right, towards Cameron and drive for 14,5 km.

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Step 1: To Punta Arenas

Time: 3 hours.

– You can rent a car in Puerto Natales and take Route 9 towards Punta Arenas.

– You can take a bus from Puerto Natales. To find the most suitable service for you visit this link.

Step 2: To Porvenir

Time: 2,5 hours.

– You can rent a car and take a ferry boat from Punta Arenas to Porvenir. You must make a reservation and check the timetables in advance, more information on this link.

– You can buy a Full Day Package to Tierra del Fuego in Punta Arenas. To find the tourist agency that’s more suitable for you visit this link.

Step 3: To Parque Pingüino Rey

Time: 1,5 hours.

– From Porvenir, take the Route Y-71 y drive for 100 km. Towards Onaissin. Then, you must take Route Y-85 to the right, towards Cameron and drive for 14,5 km.

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Step 1: To Parque Pingüino Rey

Time: Car: 3 hours. / Ferry boat: 20 to 40 minutes.

– You must cross the border Monte Aymond (CHI) / Integración Austral (ARG) and follow Route 255. Then, turn left on Route 257 towards Punta Delgada/Primera Angostura.

– Take the ferry boat that goes from Punta Delgada to Bahía Azul (Tierra del Fuego). Estimated 20-40 min trip, more information on this link.

– Then keep on going on Route 257 towards Cerro Sombrero.

– From Cerro Sombrero, keep on going on Route Y-79 and drive for 80 km towards Onaissin. Go straight to Cameron; take Route Y-85 and drive for 14,5 km.

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Step 1: To Parque Pingüino Rey

Time: 6 hours.

– You can rent a car in Ushuaia and drive to the San Sebastián Border (4 hours.)

– After crossing the border, keep on going on Route Y-79 towards Onaissin, and then turn left on Route Y-85 towards Cameron and drive for 14,5 km.

Parque Pingüino Rey does not establish any kind of link and/or preference towards any hostelry and tourism agency from the region

What to bring?

To have a pleasant visit, we recommend the following items for you to bring to the magical Tierra del Fuego.

Bring comfortable clothes and keep in mind that is really cold:

Use a first and second layer. It’s very important that you keep yourself warm in the most southern end of the continent. Fight the wind with a good windbreaker.

Use a hat and gloves. Cover your ears:

In Tierra del Fuego, wind varies between 80km/hour and 120 km/hour, so you might get very cold. We recommend you to use a hat that covers your ears, a scarf to keep your neck area warm, and gloves.

Use proper shoes, since the ground is uneven:

We recommend you to travel carrying a pair of trekking/waterproof shoes.

Bring water and food:

You should take food and water with you, since the distances are long, and there aren’t many places to get supplies.

We recommend you to bring binoculars:

Tierra del Fuego is known for having a great variety of flora and fauna, so binoculars will allow you to observe in a better way the wonderful scenery of this land.

Wear sunglasses and sunscreen:

Believe it or not, the sun strikes very hard in this area, and as a precautionary measure, it’s recommended to always wear sunglasses and sunscreen.

Where to stay?

You can visit the Parque Pingüino Rey in one day. However, there are some that want to enjoy the magical island of Tierra del Fuego for a little longer. You can stay in Punta Arenas, Porvenir, Cerro Sombrero and in southern Tierra del Fuego. To find the most suitable place for you visit this link.


Parque Pingüino Rey does not establish any kind of link and/or preference towards any hostelry and tourism agency from the region.

Visiting and protecting go hand in hand; together we can take care of this wonderful place.

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