Since we were leaving the park for good and not in a particular hurry we were able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then wandered down to the river. Besides the obligatory goose family, southern Lapwings were walking about and talking. As they are ground nesters perhaps they were scouting out the area. These duck sized birds were still enough to photograph and get a pretty good result.
After checking out we retraced our steps and made our way to the Mylodon Cave Nature Reserve where years ago a small piece of the extinct mylodon, related to the sloth, was found. Perched on the railing of the gift shop was a wild eagle, a chimango caracara, who seemed tame. It didn’t care if people stood right next to it. A scavenger, all it cares about is what we humans might give them, either directly or indirectly. The main cave of conglomerate rock was carved by waves of an ancient lake. It was used as shelter by a large array of Pleistocene mammals, including this giant sloth. We also visited three other smaller caves which pre-Colombians used several thousand years ago. We hiked the flat trails connecting each of the caves giving us a good workout of a few kilometers, especially as we had to walk back to the parking area in the middle. The picnic lunch was then enjoyed by the enormous rock formation called Devil’s Chair.
We then drove on to Puerto Natales where we spent the night in an unusual contemporary hotel near the fiord. Each room was $484!! I sure hope that included our dinner!