The day begins at the Tres Puentes ferry terminal where you board the ship for the two-hour trip to Porvenir on the main island of Tierra del Fuego. You will be crossing the legendary Straits of Magellan, a channel 583 km long thet connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
In Porvenir you will visit the Fernando Cordero Rusque Museum with its exhibits covering the local fauna, the first movie theater on the island, the 19th-century gold rush, and the material about the early indigenous inhabitants, the Selknams.
After lunch you will continue along the edge of Useless Bay, then enter a section of seemingly endless open pampa. Along the way you may see several species of birds as well as guanacos, a South American camelid that is related to the llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas. After traveling 114 km you will reach the King Penguin Park. The king penguins, which are second largest after the emperor penguins, have a permanent colony here. Of all penguins these are considered the best divers and they can reach considerble depth, where schoals of squids are found. During the summer season it may be possible to see the penguin chicks.
You will then leave the park and head for La Primera Angostura ("the First Narrows") where it is only 5 km across the Straits of Magellan. Here you will take a ferry for about 20 minutes to return to the mainland and then continue another 200 km for the return journey to Punta Arenas.
Itinerary: September-April: 7:30 AM Pick-up hotel. 8:00 AM 'Tres Puentes' ferry terminal Navegation to Tierra del Fuego. 12:00 PM Arrival at Porvenir visit the city museum and plaza. 1:30 PM Lunch. 2:30 PM Transfer to King Penguin Park. 5:30 PM Return to Punta Arenas Stops at Cerro Sombrero and Estancia San Gregorio. 9:00 PM Arrival at Punta Arenas.