Magellan Strait Penguin Adventure

Patagonia
Trip Length: 1 Day
Group Size: 1-16
Difficulty
From: 118 USD
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Waddle your way to the end of the world for a dream encounter with penguins, sea lions and more!

Get an up close look at penguins in their natural habitat. This wonderful extension crosses the Magellan Strait to visit Magdalena Island, a massive penguin colony where you can encounter playful sea lions and other marine life while taking in the stunning views of the world’s end.

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Take an exciting Zodiac boat ride on the legendary Magellan Strait.
  • Spot unique marine fauna and flora, like penguins, sea lions, whales and dolphins.
  • Admire the sea lion colony on Marta Island and the penguin colony on Magdalena Island.

Itinerary

Half-Day Magellan Strait Penguin Adventure

Punta Arenas, Chile

Early in the morning, we’ll depart from our hotel in Punta Arenas and make a brief stop at the main office to meet our new travel companions.

Then we'll board the Zodiac, where we will listen to the captain explain safety procedures, the weather, and the day’s itinerary. We will start our oceanic adventure by heading north towards Magdalena Island where we’ll start to spot different types of marine life such as austral dolphins and whales. Here we’ll also have a great view of the islands of Tierra del Fuego, such as Contramaestre and Isabel. After arriving at Isla Magdalena, we will witness more than 150,000 penguins as we wander around and observe the penguins in their natural habitat.

After spending a bit of time on the island, it's time to board the Zodiac again and continue our journey to Marta Island. The ecological environment of this island is so fragile that we won’t disembark here but we will get close enough to see a beautiful colony of sea lions and other species. We’ll circle the island to admire the marine fauna, then head south back to Punta Arenas. Once we arrive at Laredo Dock, we'll be driven back to our hotel in Punta Arenas.

Included

Included

  • All ground transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • One expert English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Zodiac boat ride
  • Snacks on board
  • Magdalena Island Natural Sanctuary fee

Important Notes

  • The excursion might be canceled due to weather conditions and safety considerations.
  • The excursion does not operate on January 1st and on December 25th.

Not included

  • Transfer from/to Punta Arenas Airport or other points out of the city
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory for this trip)
  • Personal items

Facts

Departures

Regular departures are available every day from November to March.

Starting / finishing point

This trip starts and ends at your hotel in Punta Arenas.

Physical demands

This trip suits those not prone to seasickness and are able to walk gently over flat terrain (Magdalena Island). It is not physically demanding.

Group size guiding staff

Group size is normally 30-65 clients.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in vans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the winds that circle the Antarctic landmass, making the weather hard to predict. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning; even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

What you need to bring

  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Parka
  • Pants
  • Gloves
  • Inner insulating layer (fleece or wool recommended)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

Destinations | Chile

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