A tour for the entire family. Close to Punta Arenas, visit Parque Ñandú and hear the story of Jorge and Estrella, who have devoted themselves to raising these birds in their natural habitat.
A Magellan in his mid forties, Jorge, has lived at the estancia ever since he can remember. He was absent from this shelter in order to complete his university studies, which enabled him to become a vet. After graduating, he went back to life in the countryside to devote himself to cattle raising. His vocation made him worry about all local animals, but he would feel a special attraction towards the ñandú (rhea).“Maybe because this bird is the symbol of the region and because I was interested in learning about the diseases that affect mostly these animals” he explained enthusiastically.
The “Otway” estancia, best-known as Parque Ñandú, is located 57 km from the City of Punta Arenas. Here lives Jorge Laurido together with Estrella, forever his companion, and they both showed me how it was possible to make their little big dream come true.
In 1997, they presented a project before the Corfo (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción - Production Promotion Corporation) in order to practice the artificial breeding of rhea. “At present, we have more than 100 specimens” he asserts proudly, aware that only 20% of them could have survived without his intervention. The passion and effort this family has dedicated to achieve these results have made their facilities became known by the dwellers of Punta Arenas as “Parque Ñandú”.
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Level of Difficulty: low
Duration: 2 hours
Timetables: from Mondays to Sundays and on holidays from 9am to 7pm.
Recommendations: Do not miss the chance of tasting the homemade chocolate prepared by Estrella, a real elixir for the palate.
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