Visit a Chilean penguin colony
Mingle with everyone’s favourite bird at the Isla Magdalena rookery on the Strait of Magellan.
Down in the southernmost reaches of South America where the landmass starts to quickly disintegrate into a tangle of islands, the Strait of Magellan weaves right from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Departing from Punta Arenas on a 2-hour boat journey, you’ll begin tracing the same route as the great explorers who made this place synonymous with seafaring adventure.
Lying adrift in the Strait of Magellan, the Isla Magdalena is a breeding ground for several species of seabird, most notably the loveable penguin. You can walk among a chattering crowd of these comical birds, whose activities vary by the seasons – visit in September or October and you’ll see the monogamous pairs reunite after a long summer at sea, while January brings baby penguins making their first attempts at swimming.
For those short of time, a visit to the Seno Otway penguin colony on the way to Torres del Paine would be a quicker alternative.
Islands and fjords of southern Patagonia
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