This trip gets underway at the Tres Puentes Pier of Punta Arenas, boarding for Magdalena Island. This includes 1.5 hour crossing of the world-famous Straits of Magellan where you can expect to encounter the magnificent black-browed albatross along with skuas, South American terns, cormorants, kelp gulls, and other birds in the skies around you. In the waters you should find Magellanic penguins and Commerson's dolphins. 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 on Magdalena Island you will encounter not just a visual marvel but one involving a world of sounds and odours 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. This is in addition to the juveniles along the shore.
Along the trail to the lighthouse there are hundreds of penguins burrows and you will have the opportunity 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 commanding view of the island and its surroundings. You will spend approx one hour on the island.
Meeting Point: Tres Puentes Pier. Daily departures at 08:00, 12:15 and 16:30 but be at the Pier one hour prior to departure. The full tour takes about 4 hours.
Note: Departures might be modified due to weather conditions. It is forbidden to use camera sticks or tripods on the island since they might affect penguins.