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Things to do in Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile

Our most recommended things to do in Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile

Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

1. Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

After check-in at the meeting point, transfer to Laredo Bay port to board speedboats for a 45-minute trip to Magdalena Island. Once there, enjoy 1 hour with a guide to discover the habitat of the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, the second largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America that receives more than 120,000 penguins every year. Next, if the weather conditions are good, continue your journey to Marta Island, which hosts a colony of more than 1000 Patagonian sea lions, as well as copious bird life. Keep an eye out for cormorants, skuas, austral seagulls, Antarctic pigeons, and the occasional elephant seal. If you're lucky, see southern dolphins, piebald dolphins, and sei whales during your trip. The tour includes with return to Laredo Bay port and transfer back to the original meeting point.

Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

2. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Punta Arenas: Full-Day Whales, Penguins, and Glaciers Tour

3. Punta Arenas: Full-Day Whales, Penguins, and Glaciers Tour

Cape Froward, one of the most southern points on the planet, is home to many glaciers, humpback whales, Sei whales, Piebald dolphins, Commerson’s dolphins, and the Magellan Penguin. All of these creatures help form part of the natural wonder of the Austral region of the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. As you tour one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet, this full-day journey will help you grasp the sheer magnitude of nature at its fullest. Starting early in the morning, you will go by bus to your boarding place, located 50 kilometers south of Punta Arenas. It will be from this area that you will sail for about 10 hours. This is sure to be an incredible adventure in which you will witness a unique landscape surrounded by mountains, glaciers, Lenga, and Coihue forests. In addition, marine fauna will amaze you by its proximity and sheer abundance. You will encounter sea lions, petrels, cormorants, and austral dolphins, among others.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

4. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

06:00 to 06:30 Pick up at your accommodation for Torres del Paine National Park. We will access Torres del Paine National Park and head for Lagua Azul (Blue Lagoon) area to enjoy the views of the iconic Paine Towers, the local flora and fauna, as Lady Florence Dixie (one of the firsts visitors) did 140 years ago. Afterwards, our route leads us further to “Cascada Paine”, a beautiful waterfall, proof of the natural decline of the river Paine basin. Our hike “Portería - Portería” begins in the National Park access “Portería Laguna Amarga” and finishes in a different one called “Porteria Sarmiento”. Marvel at the Paine Massif and the radiant, blue glacial lakes in a 2 hours hike along the Patagonian steppe. This path is also characterized and attractive for the observation of local wildlife. After 1 hour hike approximately, we will reach a series of cave paintings which date from 10.000 years ago, these were made by the first population that arrived in Patagonia. Afterwards, our transfer will take us to the Nordensköld viewpoint to enjoy the view of the lake of the same name and the East face of the Paine Massif where our local guide will explain the geological characteristics of the Paine mountain range. We will continue our excursion and stop at “Pudeto” area to enjoy the rushing frothing waterfall “Salto Grande”. Immediately after, we will start a 2 hour hike (go and return) to “Mirador Cuernos” (Horns viewpoint), a place of overwhelming beauty and probably one of the most famous spots in Torres del Paine National Park. At Pehoe campsite we will have lunch. And after having some rest and time to enjoy the view of the lake and the “Cuernos del Paine” (Paine Horns). Approximate time of arrival in Puerto Natales: 19:00 hr.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

5. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

The firt stop will be made in the thousand-year-old Milodón cave. A enormous natural accident with an incalculable anthropological value where is believed that the Patagonia primitive man lived close to the Milodón , a extinct herbivorous animal. After a 30 minutes trek another stop in El Castillo hill, cafeteria service available. A whole preamble before arriving at Torres del Paine National Park along the area of Laguna Amarga ( bitter lagoon). An real spectacle in which species of Red foxes and Condors use to join the beautiful panoramic sight of the Paine´s massif. A short distance ahead the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé lakes can be observed in company with guanacos and rheas. The tour continues with a 10 minutes trek which will make possible for you to discover the marvelous Salto Grande ( grand jump) and you will face the imposing cuernos ( horns) and get the Gray Lake. In the afternoon the outing goes to the area of the glacier, there will a break for 1 ½ hr after the trek through the lengas ( native three) forest and on the Grey Glacier´s floes. The return trip ends when we arrive at Puerto Natales and leave the passenger at bus terminal or hotels.

Punto Arenas: Cape Froward Guided Sail and Trekking Day Trip

6. Punto Arenas: Cape Froward Guided Sail and Trekking Day Trip

Adventure from Punto Arenas to Cape Froward, South America’s southernmost point, on this guided sailing and trekking trip. Cruise through the Strait of Magellan flanked by steep mountains, come ashore at Cape Froward, and hike to the Cruz de los Mares to enjoy panoramic views and a picnic lunch. Start the tour in Punto Arenas, where your guide will transfer you to Punta Árbol to board the boat. Sail out into the Strait of Magellan and through a stunning landscape past the imposing peaks of Mount Tarn and Mount Sarmiento. Watch for albatrosses, dolphins, and the occasional whale on the way. Moor up at Cape Froward and begin the three-hour trek to the Cross of the Seas at the top of the hill. Take in a panoramic view of Tierra del Fuego and the Darwin range as you enjoy a well-earned lunch. Descend the hill to the boat to begin the return voyage. After docking at Punta Árbol, you will be transferred back to Punto Arenas.

Puerto Natales: La Ventana Cave and Birdlife Half Day Hike

7. Puerto Natales: La Ventana Cave and Birdlife Half Day Hike

Discover the natural beauty of lenga tree forests on a hike to La Ventana Cave. Your guide will show you great vantage points to see condors and other birds, as well as ancient cave paintings. Rest your legs at the end of the tour with hotel transport included. Meet your guide at your Puerto Natales for the drive to your hike start point where you begin your journey into the forest. Walking through the lenga trees, reach a panoramic viewpoint of Laguna Sofia. From this spot, admire the blue lake surrounded by towering snowy mountains. The rugged and windy landscape here is ideal for condors and other birdlife which call this area home. Continue through rock walls to see unique cave paintings of the Magallanes region. Continue your hike to La Ventana Cave, the window cave, and Cueva Escondida, to appreciate ancient stalactites and stalagmites, as well as archaeological sites. Traces of extinct fauna have been found in these caves. At Los Aleros Dos Herraduras, located in a centuries-old lenga tree forest, look out for several species of orchids and a wide variety of birds.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 99 reviews

This is a great day out in TDP!! Francesca was a great guide - switching seamlessly between English and Spanish. Both her and our driver (I can’t remember his name - a great singer!) were always on the look out for animals. We saw gunaco, loads of condors, flamingos and always stopping for photos. They love the park a lot and made sure we had the best experience. They gave us lots of information about the history, plants, animals and formation of the mountains. Definitely worth doing - even if you’ve done a lot of hiking as you’ll see different parts of the park.

This is a very good tour. The crew is very nice, and knowledgeable about the marine life. It is worthwhile. We saw many cute penguins up close. The only improvement is that we waited for more than an hour at check in during early morning time. Since we have paid, all we got is to check our names. The check in process needs improvement.

A seamless experience with a very efficient company & crew. The commentator is very informative in English as well as Spanish, the coastline is uniquely beautiful and the wildlife is abundant. Whales, sea lions, penguins and birds all around. Bring a handful of your own special snacks, enjoy the trip!

I spent an excellent day discovering some of the highlights of Torres del Paine. Our guide, Francesca was amazing, she is very knowledgeable, super kind and fun. I highly recommend this tour if you only have a day or limited days visiting Torres del Paine.

The guide went out of his way to answer our questions.