- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
This excursion will take us out into the legendary Straits of Magellan to visit the amazing bird life on Magdalena Island. There are reportedly between 30,000 and 40,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins in this island.
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees to National Parks
Traveler pickup is offered
This trip gets underway at the Tres Puentes terminal just north of Punta Arenas, where we board a fery to Magdalena Island. This includes two hours of sailing on the wolr-famous Straits of Magellan, where we expect to encounter the magnificent black-browed albatross along with skuas, South American terns, cormorants, kelp gulls, and others in the skies around us. In the waters we should find the Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) and Commerson's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus commersonii). Magdalena Island is a protected area known as Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos of 97 hectares, which also includes the tiny Marta Island nearby.
After disembarking at Magdalena Island we will encounter not just a visual marvel but one involving a world of sounds and odors as well. The Magellanic penguins (up to about 40,000 pairs) build their nests on the island, and their number increase during the months of January and February after the chicks hatch. And this is in addition to the juveniles along the shore. Along the trail to the lighthouse there are hundreds of penguins burrows and we will have the opportunities to observe these flightless birds up close. The lighthouse is an attraction on its own since it is a national historical monument. It has its own small museum and a commnding view of the island and its surroundings. We will spend just about one hour on this island.
Tres Puentes Terminal
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.