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Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas

Price USD$142.00


Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas
Experience your own ?March of the Penguins? on Magdalena Island during a morning tour by boat from Punta Arenas. After cruising across the Strait of Magellan, land on this protected nature reserve and marvel at the thousands of Magellanic penguins milling about on the pebbly terrain that serves as their breeding grounds. Follow your guide along a cordoned-off path leading up to a lighthouse, where you\'ll learn about the island?s ecosystem. Weather permitting, cruise by Isla Marta to observe sea lions and elephant seals.

Dress warmly and get ready to join this tour which will start with a personalized pickup from your Punta Arenas hotel to the meeting point, and then travel with the rest of the group to the pier.

Climb aboard a large powerboat and head north for about 40 minutes on the Strait of Magellan. If you?re lucky, you may glimpse panda dolphins leaping out of the choppy grey waters.

Arrive at the small and rocky Magdalena Island, also called Los Pinguinos Natural Monument, a protected nature reserve and park since 1982, and a breeding site for Magellanic penguins. Even before the boat docks, you?ll see thousands of penguins crowding the shores and hear their squawking. During the summer, approximately 120,000 penguins occupy the island.

Disembark and spend about an hour here with your guide, keeping to the designated trail roped off for visitors. These curious birds, about 2 feet (61 cm) tall, will cross your path and may approach you, but you\'ll be instructed not to touch or feed them.

On either side of the trail, see hundreds of burrows in the ground, about a foot (30 cm) in diameter, each populated by a pair of penguins. Watch penguins pop in and out of the holes, where eggs are laid, and others excavate new burrows by flinging aside heaps of dirt with their webbed feet. Your guide may point out cormorants and Andean seagulls on the island as well.

Reach the highest point on the island and enter a lighthouse, which houses exhibits explaining the penguins? habitat and breeding cycles, the history of the strait and the rich ecosystems of nearby islands.

Then warm up with coffee and snack on biscuits (provided) before leaving the island. On your way back, if the weather permits, your captain may pass by Isla Marta, where you can snap shots of sea lions and elephant seals lounging on the rocky outcrop.

After a marvelous morning with penguins, your tour will end in Punta Arenas at the main square Plaza Muñoz Gamero.

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Experience your own ?March of the Penguins? on Magdalena Island during a morning tour by boat from Punta Arenas. After cruising across the Strait of Magellan, land on this protected nature reserve and marvel at the thousands of Magellanic penguins milling about on the pebbly terrain that serves as their breeding grounds. Follow your guide along a cordoned-off path leading up to a lighthouse, where you\'ll learn about the island?s ecosystem. Weather permitting, cruise by Isla Marta to observe sea lions and elephant seals.