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Penguins of Magdalena Island

Join us on this extraordinary adventure to discover the overwhelming breeding colony of Magellanic Penguins at Magdalena Island, in the Magellan Straits. This tour is suitable for nature enthusiasts as well as wildlife photographers of all levels of skills. During this nature and photography adventure, you will have the private guidance of one of our naturalist guides as well as private transfers to the embarkation sites; however, this is not a private trip, we will share the boat with other guests and groups.

Half day tour (5 hours) by boat and private naturalist guide. Departures from Punta Arenas (Chile) from October until April. 

 

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Magdalena Island, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Magdalena Island, Magellan Straits, Chile


This trip presents you with excellent opportunities to watch these penguins and other patagonian seabirds like Chilean Skua, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Dolphin Gull, Imperial Cormorant and other wildlife in their natural habitat and learn more about their natural history and breeding strategies, and when you do it through the expertise and knowledge of a professional birding or naturalist guide who interprets and explains to you about everything that you find along the way, you can make the most out of your excursion. 

Book this trip,  reserve space now!We will sail out from Punta Arenas bound for Magdalena Island, in the waters of the mythical Straits of Magellan, in Patagonia. This protected area holds a huge Magellanic Penguin colony of more than 150,000 individuals. Besides the penguins, several other species of seabirds such as Imperial & Rock Cormorants, Dolphin and Kelp Gulls, Chilean Skua and South American Tern nest here. 

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Magdalena Island, Magellan Straits, Chile

 

This trip is available on a daily basis from the October 15th until April 15th. Trip duration: 06.45am – 11.45am. 

 

The trip starts with a private transfer at 6.45am from your hotel to the dock of Laredo, located 20 km north of Punta Arenas. Your private naturalist guide will be with you during the entire duration of the trip and will take care of all the logistical aspects to get you on board the boats of ‘Solo Expediciones’.

 

The vessels we use to get to Magdalena Island © Solo Expediciones

The vessels we use to get to Magdalena Island © Solo Expediciones

 

The vessel will leave the dock at 7.30am. The boat will be carrying individual passengers and other groups, but your private naturalist guide will provide interpretation on the wildlife and history highlights of the trip. At approximately 8.30am, we will be reaching Magdalena Island and its imposing cliffs, teeming with wildlife. We will have one hour to explore the trail towards the center of the island, which ends at the conspicuous lighthouse which is now the ranger station.

 

Magellanic Penguin chick, Spheniscus magellanicus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Penguin chick, Magdalena Island © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

The vessel will leave the dock at 7.30am. The boat will be carrying individual passengers and other groups, but your private naturalist guide will provide interpretation on the wildlife and history highlights of the trip. At approximately 8.30am, we will be reaching Magdalena Island and its imposing cliffs, teeming with wildlife. We will have one hour to explore the trail towards the center of the island, which ends at the conspicuous lighthouse which is now the ranger station.

 

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Penguins landing at Magdalena Island © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

We will be overwhelmed by the large numbers of Magellanic Penguins inhabiting every available spot of the island’s surface and by their raucous braying calls. Some of the penguins will be busy while landing, coming ashore from their feeding trips, taking a bath or preening and resting peacefully at the shoreline while others will be waking with its characteristic gait towards their burrows to incubate the eggs or attend their chicks. Several other seabird species breed in the island including Imperial and Rock Cormorants, Dolphin and Kelp Gulls, Chilean Skua and South American Tern. South American Sea Lions occasionally patrol the coast looking opportunities to catch a distracted penguin.

 

Isla Magdalena, Straits of Magellan, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The historic lighthouse at Magdalena Island © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

We will be leaving Magdalena Island at 9.30 in direction to the surrounding Marta islet where there are significant numbers of South American Sea Lions. After enjoying of one of the greatest nature spectacles in Patagonia, we will set back to Laredo docks.

 

RATES

Dates & Rates

 

 

Day Tour: This trip is available on a daily basis from October 15th until April 15th • Trip duration: 06.45am – 11.45am. 


Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Punta Arenas, Chile.


Duration: Approximately 5 hours | Pick-up time at the hotel / Punta Arenas port at 6.45am.

 

Penguins of Magdalena Island
Trip Code PUQ02
No. of guests 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person (USD) $232 $188 $184 $167 $156

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above prices are per person in US Dollars. All payments are in US Dollars.

The trip price includes: Private transportation and guide services during the tour, boat trip tickets and mineral water. VAT of the tour is also included.

The trip price excludes: Tipping, travel insurance, ˆa la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, and anything else of a purely personal nature. 

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery 

 

Check our our photo gallery with images from our recent nature trips to Magdalena Island in the Magellan Straits, Chile.

 

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Magdalena Island, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Magdalena Island, Magellan Straits, Chile

 

INFORMATION

Important Information

 

Recommendations

 

Since the boats are uncovered, passengers are recommended to wear the following garments and accessories:

 

- Warm clothes or thermal and waterproof wear

- Gloves

- Cap with earflaps

- Comfortable trekking shoes or boots 

- Personal backpack with bags inside for keeping items dry

- Sunglasses with UV protection

- A supply of sun cream of suitable factor for their skin

 

Regulations and Procedures (by Solo Expediciones)


1. On money charges and refunds

a) Land transportation: If navigation in the port of embarkation is suspended, as a result of adverse weather conditions, having already made the terrestrial move, this cost will be retained without return option.

b) Boat transportation: Two regular navigations are considered– To both Magdalena island and Marta island– Only to Magdalena island.

c) Entry fees: In case of not disembarking at Magdalena Island, the price paid for this service will be totally refunded.

 

2. Responsibilities

 a) Personal accidents: By law, the company has an insurance policy for each passenger in case of accident. The company’s responsibility is limited to the insurance coverage amount.

b) Damage or loss of equipment: The company Canales Patagonicos has not responsibility for damage or loss of equipment, money or any other sort, during the time the excursion lasts.

c) Children: Only parents or adults traveling with children will be responsible for them.

 

BOOK NOW

Tour Registration 

 

To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 100 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 30 days prior to tour departure. 

 
Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us. 
 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

– If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 50 is refundable.

– If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

– If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.