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‘Watching the penguins go by in Chile’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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I have been fascinated by the penguins since long. In 2009 when I visited Chile, I had the occasion to visit one of the penguin colonies. I was in the town called Puerto Natales (Please see the map above).

494px-Magellanic_Penguin_at_Otway_Sound,_Chile_(5521248918) internet copyright freeI contacterd a local tour company. They sent an SUV sort of vehicle to pick me up from the hostal where I was staying. The vehicle had 5 other tourists, besides a guide and the driver.  We set out for the  Magellan Penguins’ Colony at Seno Otway, 65 kilometers away from the city of Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia.

There are about 6.000 penguins’ species (Sphenicus magellanicus) between September and March. They hatch and raise at this place and by the end of March the babies are grown enough to start the winter migration with their parents. DSC09077 580 40I was told that the Magellanic penguins mate with the same partner year after year. The male reclaims his burrow from the previous year and waits to reconnect with his female partner. The females are able to recognize their mates through their call alone.

DSC09066 580 25One is able to admire the grace of the Magellan penguins within their natural habitat, A limited area has been earmarked with paths.  The tourists are allowed to move through the signaled trails to enjoy the view of these birds in or outside their nests, or from the small observation towers (Mirador Torre) located some meters away from the beach. We were advised not to make any sound or noise while visiting. The idea is not to distract the penguins.  Yes, it was a wonderful sight to see the penguins playing around.

One has to buy an entrance tickets to enter this penguin colony. It is open to vistors from October 15th to March 15th.  Magellanic_penguin wiki 350 19DSC09067 580 25

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 That is me near an Observation Tower.

DSC09109 580 19Beautiful sunset at the site.

We spent about an hour and a half there and it started becoming dark signalling that it was time for the tourists to leave.DSC09099 580 25A board at the site explaining the reproductive cycle of Magallanes penguins.

Another drive of about an hour and we were back in Puerto Natales. The total duration of the trip was 3 hrs 30 min approx.

(The unmarked photos are from Wikipedia)

Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘Valparaiso, Chile: Where Street Art Rules’ by Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott

Valparaiso_6Photo source: Contemporary Market

‘…   …  Street art in Valparaiso is taken seriously and is supported by both local businesses and local government. Perhaps this is why the quality and quantity of urban murals and quality artistry across Valparaiso is so high. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones impacted by what we’d seen. It is common to see pedestrians stopped in their tracks to admire a work of street art…   …’.

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‘Visiting Punta Arenas, Chile, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

punta arenas 580 80Let us locate Punta Arenas on the map of the world.267px-Chile_location_map.svg punta arenasAnd then on the map of Chile

DSC09055 580 95A welcome board to the city.

Punta Arenas is located in the southern most part of Chile. It is a commune and the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. The city was officially renamed Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to Punta Arena
The city has a population of 122,850. Universidad de Magallanes is also located here. I had the chance to visit this town for a day. Let me share some photos with my readers.DSC09015 480 50Hostal Oro Fueguino, Punta Arenas, Chile. Website: http://www.orofueguino.cl/english/

DSC09061 480 85On entering the Hostal (a hostel, called hostal in Spanish, is generally cheaper than a hotel and usually has fewer amenities) where I was to stay, my eyes immediately caught the Indian made decoration frill curtain.  I took this photo in the mirror- selfie of sorts…DSC09062 580 66Radhe Shyam

Cathedral of Punta ArenasCathedral of Punta Arenas was just about a quarter of a km from the Hostal. (Photo source: website of the Hostal)

DSC09038 450 90While taking a walk in the city, I came across these smart police officers. I told them that I was from India and they readily agreed to pose for me.DSC09039 450 95They insisted that I hold the leash of their dog while one of them took my photo. I am not a dog lover but it was a very friendly gesture on the part of the Police Officers and I couldn’t have said ‘No, thank you!DSC09058 420 40I took this photo of a dustbin for two reasons- one it was a very ornately graceful dustbin and secondly to remind myself of how impeccably clean this city was. As an Indian , I felt ashamed in my heart at how dirty our cities and towns are.DSC09060 420 20Another good looking public facility- the bus stand.

DSC09059 480 50Bright and colourful Tourism Information kiosk.

DSC09057 580 40A cloth shop.DSC09056 420 40 Ah…I caught this man ‘red handed’ as he was giving the final coat of red paint to this kiosk

DSC09049 420 50A poster in Spanish, presumably explaining about the process of governmkent’s consultation with the original native Chileans.

DSC09064 480 20This was an unusual decoration that I found in the lounge of the Hostal- sliced and dried oranges and lemons

(To be continued…)

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.


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