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Walking with penguins

(This post is dedicated to our nephew, Johnny)

Just takin' a stroll

Just takin' a stroll

We still have several posts to catch up on for our hiking through El Chalten and Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine (and now since we’re grounded in Bariloche for at least a week with working internet, they will be coming soon), but we wanted to get a post up from our trip to Punta Tombo the other day to see the one of the largest penguin colonies in the world (with about half a million penguins). There won’t be much more writing (I swear!), mostly just videos and pictures.

These little guys were loud creatures as well. Hard to tell from many of the videos because of the crazy wind, but this next video is a good indication of what we heard in the few hours we were there.

We were also able to get up very close to many of them without complaint from most (there was one that looked a little suspicious of me, but he calmed down).

Megan with penguins

Megan with penguins

Killer Penguin

Killer Penguin

Standoff

Standoff

Sign in the park giving right of way to the penguins, which was necessary at times

Sign in the park giving right of way to the penguins, which was necessary at times

We did get to see several of them walking around (which was a hilarious sight)

But there were also tons of lazy ones just chilling and laying around doing absolutely nothing. And one of them reminded us of our dog, Wilson, when he lays in his chair at home and flops his big head on the arm of the chair, so we aptly named him “Wilson Penguin”.

Sleepy penguins

Sleepy penguins

Just chillin'

Just chillin'

Close-up

Close-up

Fat, lazy penguin

Fat, lazy penguin

Wilson Penguin

Wilson Penguin

The further we got into the park, the more dense it became with penguins. It was pretty remarkable. They were just everywhere.

Popular penguin hang-out

Popular penguin hang-out

Lots o' penguins

Lots o' penguins

lots-of-penguins

Good wide shot

Good wide shot

One of the highlights of the trip to Punta Tombo was definitely watching the penguins swim. There was a nice overlook to the ocean, where there were hundreds, if not thousands of penguins chilling on the beach, with some taking a dip. February is also the first time that the babies decide to take their first swim. Pretty cool.

Penguins swimming

Penguins swimming

Penguins swimming 2

Penguins swimming 2

swimming

It was a great day that was a ton of fun and nice and relaxing after our frantic last few weeks hiking.

As I mentioned at the beginning, we arrived yesterday in Bariloche, where we’ll be for at least a week. It’s really gorgeous (which is a them here in Patagonia), and we are going to take advantage of our really laid back hostel (that has a bar with some really good local beers, stouts, too, woohoo!!) and get some much needed r&r. But we also have several other things on the agenda, such as horseback riding, biking, and of course, more hiking. We will also get everything up to date with the blog, with much more detailed posts about our hiking adventures, new friends we have met, and tons of pictures. So stay tuned….

~Adam

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