Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Up the Atlantic coast and checking out the sea life

roadrunner infront of us for a good 200 meter at about 20kph
look closely you can see 15 penguins 

We are making our way up north to see the waterfalls of Iguazu, but first we had to re-enter Chile, and while there, we decide to check out Chile's most southern city of Punta Arenas. We had read somewhere online  of people buying foreign cars here because its a tax free zone, but no luck. We spent the night, checked out the town main square and market that served up cheap, great seafood. Next morning we left early to check out a penguin reserve about 1.5hr north of town don't even remember the name, its was kinda hard to find because they didn't have proper signs. Half of the way is gravel and about 10km's before the park there's a booth that charged us $3 EACH for parking??? When we arrived at the park we asked the office with the advice from the parking collector, "how many penguins are there?" 15 on the beach she replied. Ok, we wanted to see them up close at the cost of $30 for both. When we got to the beach sure enough 15 cute tuxedos,  but it was   way too far away to see them up close. We did manage to see 2 walk by the fence to get some pictures. 

gang of penguins, you scared yet
happy feet 3 coming soon
Next day we visited Punta Tombo, because Ji, wasn't satisfied with penguins we saw in Chile. Punta Tombo  penguin reserve is about 200km's south of Puerto Madryn and is one of the largest and most important Magellanic penguin colonies. It cost us only $8 each to enter, no parking fee and this place was full of these little cuties. It was early November so the females are nesting keeping their eggs warm and safe, so they weren't too active but the males were walking back and forth from the ocean to meet their mates. Plus here you can get up close, but they cautiously walk by you. It was a great experience and yet another reason for us why Argentina is better than Chile. Later that day we arrived in Madryn, hoping to get lucky and see some whales off the Peninsula Valdes. At the park entrance we were shocked to see the fee of $18 He told us to head to the beach just north of Madryn on the dirt road and you can see the whales off the coast. It was a nice feeling to have a local tell us about this place and help us save some money for once. We decide to cook dinner on the cliff side with a panoramic views of Puerto Madryn and the ocean always keeping an eye out for a whale. When we finished eating the sun was setting and still nothing in site. We headed down the coast alittle more and stopped when we saw another RV parked and searched again and then we saw it, a mother teaching her young to swim. Amazing day overall,  tomorrow we back on the long road for Iguazu.  

yes, its far but we were lucky enough to see these amazing creatures