After immersing ourselves for several years in wildlife work in southern Chile, in 2015, on the bridge of a ship in the Straits of Magellan, the ship captain told Charles Munn of an enormous roost of Andean Condors within only one hour of the city of Punta Arenas. The captain could not remember where it was….only that it was about an hour away by boat or road. After digging for weeks for more information, we discovered that the story was true: we have up to 108 condors roosting on a 600-meter-long stretch of a 1,300-meter-long cliff on the Palomares Hill, on the Olga Teresa Ranch. The owners of the ranch, the Concha Family, have protected that gigantic condor roost for nearly 90 years now, through the generations. As a result, now, within 45 minutes of the Punta Arenas airport, the happy condors roost nightly on the cliff and our guests now can photograph Andean Condors from above—-photographing literally hundreds and thousands of fly-bys beneath the horizon on a single day.—rejoicing at this so-called “hero shot”…Condors from above, and with sea channels and snow-capped backgrounds! Talk with us about details.
Magellanic Penguins and King Penguins, all within easy reach from Punta Arenas. Penguins are the true “honorary mammals” of the bird world…and we have figured out how to offer you visits to see tens of thousands of Magellanic Penguins and up to 100 King Penguins. The former require only a half day, but are found only from October through March, while the latter require either a full day or two days, and operate all year.