Otway Sound and Penguin Reserve
About over 40 miles from Punta Arenas out to the North is Otway Sound. Otway Sound is a special place in that it is home to one of the biggest penguin colonies in South America. It is here where you can, from November to apx. March, that you'll be able to witness hundreds of Magellanic Penguins in their natural habitat. It's a very distant place so the isolation is perfect for these tuxedo birds. A joy to watch!
'Museum of Life'
The Fitz Roy Estancia is awash with collections of....well look at the photos.....but includes staem-driven farm machines, radios, washing machines, telephones, children's bikes, flattening irons, the list goes on and on!
Enjoy the snaps!
see my other entry 'an estancia/ranch with a difference' for further information and photos about the place.
the penguin sanctuary at otway sound (or seno otway) is located about 65km north from punta arenas. there are numerous agencies that are able to take you there, although of course, you could always hire a car and do this yourself, although the road leading to the park is very rough and rocky! most of the tours take you there for about 3 hours, which is an ample enough time to view these penguins.
being here is such a treat, and a unique experience. sticking to the gravel paths, you follow the path around, and will invariably see penguins burrowing, or huddling together, sometimes so close to the path you could almost touch them. (i was temped to steal one and put it in my pack, but thought it best not too!). there are also lookout towers... little wooden platforms you can climb to get a birdseye view above the penguin fields. at the end of the path there is a covered wooden 'shack', where you are hidden from the penguin's view on the beach. here you get to see them swim in and out, and you get to see them make their journey inland into their bushy burrowing area.
the park is very well laid out, and as always, has basic rules to follow, such as no littering, sticking to the paths etc. it was one of the highlights of my southern tour, and we must all continue to respect the park so that our future generations also get this unique opportunity (i so plan to take my kids back here one day so they can see the waddling penguin show just as i did!)
Museum Sara Braun
Museum Sara Braun is one of the highlights of a vacation in Punta Arenas. You will see a lot of the luxury rooms with great furniture, gobelins, chandeliers and rare works of art that were taken from all over the world to the end of the world.
The entrance of the museum is through the garden and up the few steps to the terrace. There it could be that the door is locked, but you simply have to wait a bit or knock on the door, because the single man at the museum-ticketbox will not let in more than a few people at a time.
The Graveyard, Menendez Grave
One of the largest shrines to be seen on the graveyard of Punta Arenas is the resting place of the Menendez family, who built themselves a small cathedral. Menendez was one of the most important families in the colonization and development of industries along the Chilean stretch of the Magellan Straits.