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Magdalena Penguin Island

Travel Type: Nature
Duration: 1 Day

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Isla Santa Marta and Isla Magdalena are reached by a 4.5-hr trip by inflatable zodiac through the chilly waters of the Magellan Strait. The islands are home to an enormous colony of Magellan penguins, and there are also many other animals to see, including cormorants and petrels. The excursion starts at Laredo Bay, 25 kilometres to the north of Punta Arenas. You will set out across the waters of the strait, arriving first at Santa Marta Island, where an important colony of sea lions is located, along with cormorant nesting grounds. After a tour of Santa Marta, the excursion continues on to Magdalena Island, which, along with Santa Marta, has been part of the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument protection area since 1982. Each year, from October to March, over sixty thousand pairs of Magellan penguins converge on Santa Magdalena, taking advantage of the summer weather to nest and fledge their young. On your tour, you’ll visit an environmental interpretation centre which, besides an amazing view, provides information on the Magellan Strait and its ecological richness. Following a circumnavigation of Magdalena Island in the zodiac, you will return back to your starting point in Laredo Bay.
Life wests are provided
This excursion is subject to weathe rconditions.

Minimum 8 Passengers


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