|Nov 4, 2008 - Parque Pan de Azucar (Sweet Bread Park)|
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|More penguins|| ||More penguins|| ||Lazy afternoon for sea lions|| |
|We´ve spent a full day in this beautiful park. The reason for stopping was to see penguins. We had heard this park had lots. Well, the first day (Sat. 11/1) we spent about 1/2 the day driving through the park. No penguins, but we did see some spectacular views of the sea from very high cliffs. We also saw a fox. He was eating something inside a cactus. He was fantastic, but no penguins. We returned to our hotel, mentioned the fact that there were no penguins sited. The gal at the hotel said, did you go to the island? Well, why didn´t you say that yesterday.|
So Sunday morning (11/2) we head back to the park. Now, in route, we talked about one of the few times in our lives we had ever picked up a hitch hiker (except in Paraguay). It was about 35 years ago in the state of Maine. This young man helped us immensely, where to go, where to eat, how to prepare fresh lobster, lots of good information. We were talking about the large number of hitch hikers in this country. There are young ladies, families, men, so apparently hitch hiking is relatively safe here. So, who do we see as we get close to the park - yes, a young man hitch hiking. We pick him up and find out he is going to the small town where the boats that go to the island are launched. When we get to the town, we ask him about a boat to go to the island. He must have been an angel put on the road to help us - yes, he had a boat and took us for a nice, long visit to the island. Did we see penguins? Yes, probably thousands, plus otters and sea lions. These penguins are call Humboldts. They are small than we had seen in southern Argentina, but really cute. What a great day. Enjoy the photos.