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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.

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

2. 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.

Punto Arenas: Cape Froward Guided Sail and Trekking Day Trip

3. 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.

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4.1 / 5

based on 68 reviews

The tour starts at the office of the tour company. From there you will drive by Bus/Van for ca. 30-45 min. Then you get into a small boat. This only serves as a "taxi" to a bigger boat. With the bigger one you will get to the island. There you will have time to walk around and see many penguins. After that, you get back to the bigger boat and travel to an island with sea lions. If you want to take a good picture of them, you will need a good camera as they are quite far away. After that you will get to the smaller boat, then to the Bus/Van and then back. I get sick quite easily on a boat. However, I did not have to take a pill. The drive with the smaller boat is ca. 5 min and the bigger one is totally fine.

It was totally amazing !! The sunrise, the many whales, penguins, dolphins and other wildlife, the glacier and the entire trip at all. The guides were incredibly passionate biologists who could tell a lot. It was a magical day!

A bit of waiting at the beginning of the tour for the registration of the other participants, but the walk on the island (1 hour) is certainly worthwhile. Very kind and prepared staff.

Very nice experience in a mythical strait! These penguins are definitely worth seeing.

Good service, missing information about penguins' habits