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Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve
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A privately chartered vessel takes you to one of Chile’s largest penguin colonies. Located on Magdalena Island, the site was declared a natural monument in 1982. Board the boat for an approximately 1 ½ hour journey along the Strait of Magellan.
You’ll have about one hour on the island to observe the Magellan penguins in their natural habitat. A large colony of penguins nest and breed here, each year between October and March. They bury their eggs in sandy burrows and under shrubs; at this time of year most of the chicks will have hatched. They’re naturally curious and untamed - if approached too quickly they will scamper off. Following ample time to observe the birds, you’ll walk back to the ferry for your journey back to Punta Arenas. A boxed lunch is included.
Need to Know:
Note: Walking is on mostly flat, marked pathways. The ride may be rough depending upon sea and weather conditions. We recommend you bring a windbreaker and scarf and wear sturdy walking shoes. Please do not touch the penguins, as their bites can inflict serious wounds.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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