King Penguins in Bahia Inutil, Tierra del Fuego. Excursion from Puerto Natales
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Tour to Natural Reserve of King Penguins from Punta Arenas

Discover the amazing King Penguins in the Island of Tierra del Fuego

Why choose this excursion?

  • Meet the amazing king penguins
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers in/out from your hotel in Punta Arenas

Tour to Natural Reserve of King Penguins from Punta Arenas

King Penguin Watching in Bahia Inutil, Tierra del Fuego

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The king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest of the 18 species of penguins in the world. It is a migratory bird that moves in search of food, from its breeding areas in sub-Antarctic islands to the Antarctic circumpolar waters.

Centuries ago, the king penguin shared its habitat with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the island of Tierra del Fuego, a connection revealed by the discovery of bone remains of this species in Selk’nam occupation areas.

Over the years, various visits of king penguins to Magallanes and Tierra del Fuego have been recorded. In 2010, breeding of this species was observed in Bahía Inútil, a phenomenon that has been repeated since then. Several seasons passed without success until 2015 when the first chick, already as a juvenile, went to sea. Currently, continuous monitoring allows checking the status of the colony and detecting the threats it faces, such as introduced predators, climate change, and humans entering the colony. As a reserve, our task is to protect this penguin settlement, which is, due to the challenges it faces and its cultural legacy, a unique place in the world.

To protect biodiversity and archaeological remains, our visits are guided and have a limited capacity of visitors per day, which allows us to reduce the impact on the environment. Therefore, remember to reserve in advance.


Embark on a captivating excursion from Puerto Natales to Bahía Inútil for an unforgettable encounter with king penguins in their natural habitat. Led by experienced guides, journey through the stunning landscapes of Chile’s southernmost region, where towering cliffs and pristine wilderness surround the bay. Witness the majestic king penguins gathering in large numbers on the shores of Bahía Inútil, offering a mesmerizing wildlife experience. Gain insights into the biology and conservation efforts of these iconic birds while immersing yourself in the breathtaking scenery of the reserve. This educational and awe-inspiring excursion highlights the importance of preserving Chile’s unique biodiversity and promises an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.
Type: Adventure, Navigation, Traditional
Duration: AM or PM
Cancellation Policy: 72 hs before your tour
Availability: From OCT 1 to MARCH 31
Starting Time: 7 am or 1 pm
Finishing Time: 11.30 am or 4.30 pm
Pick Up: Meeting Point
Drop Off: Meeting Point
Language: English, Spanish
Minimum Booking: 1

What is Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Ferry tickets included
  • Transfers in/out from your hotel in Punta Arenas
  • Tips
  • Meals
  • Entrance fee to Reserva Natural Pinguino Rey


There's no optionals available for this excursions. Let us know if you need anything on your booking.

Cancellation Policy


No, the tour only runs from OCT 1 to MARCH 31, during penguin season

The tour takes 5-6 hours depending the weather conditions.

No, meals are not included.

According to the “General Regulation for the Observation of Marine Mammals, Reptiles, and Hydrobiological Birds, and the Registry of Cetacean Sightings,” the minimum distance to observe penguins is 50 meters, in order to not interfere with their habitat and behavior.

The reserve’s habitat is their home, where they naturally and freely develop their life cycle. Their location depends on their reproductive status and the weather conditions, meaning that some days they may be closer and others farther away from our observation shelters.

Our trail is on natural terrain and has uneven sections. We constantly maintain it to prevent accidents. Additionally, we have an all-terrain wheelchair available to navigate the trail without any hindrance. If you need it, please contact us so that it is ready before your arrival.

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