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Isla Magdalena

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Punta Arenas, Chile
+56 61 271 0219
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Penguins everywhere !!

You get to spend about an hour walking the defined path through the colony. Quite an experience to... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2018
georgek391
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Glencoe IL
Penguins everywhere!

We enjoyed our trip to Magdalena Island to see the penguins. We had been on another 'tour' prior... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2018
TanyaRAustralia
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Sydney, Australia
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“ferry boat” (4 reviews)
“takes hours” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Punta Arenas, Chile
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+56 61 271 0219
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"magellanic penguins"
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"ferry boat"
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"takes hours"
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"landing craft"
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"sized boat"
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"unique experience"
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

You get to spend about an hour walking the defined path through the colony. Quite an experience to see these critters busy preening ans waddling around.

2  Thank georgek391
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

We enjoyed our trip to Magdalena Island to see the penguins. We had been on another 'tour' prior to this one where we were promised Penguins but we only saw a few at a distance and three up close. Here there are penguins everywhere and...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

As a cruise ship excursion, there wasn't the option of a speedboat mentioned by other reviewers, but only a lumbering 2-hour trip by ferry (or what felt like a repurposed military landing craft). Nevertheless, it gets you there and there is ample seating. It is...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

We took the fast speedboat to the island and really pleased we did as it meant there were very few tourists and we were able to stay longer. We were very lucky that the water was smooth and the sun shining. Seeing these penguins and...More

1  Thank gaynic
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Show up at the harbor at 9, buy a ticket and wait for the boat to leave. 2 1/2 hour trip each way but a thrill of a lifetime

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Was privileged to visit the island before the arrival of excursion boats. Nice quiet and windy as always...

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We visited the island in mid-March. At this time of year, some companies stop sailing, others sail only in the afternoon. There are fewer visitors - only 10 on our boat with capacity for 60. It is the end of the penguin season - the...More

Thank kathmandu91
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

I visited here on an Australis cruise as the final stop between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas and it was certainly worth it. There is a well marked loop trail up to the lighthouse and back to the landing beach providing ample opportunity to see some...More

Thank Brian R
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

We had a wonderful sunny, but very windy and cold day on the Island. I was very glad I had a hood on my jacket as well as gloves. The trip over by boat was rough, but we were glad we could get in. It...More

Thank snoopy647
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

We enjoyed visiting this area very much. It was our fist adventure seeing penguins and was thrilling There were a couple of paths to follow, primarily to protect the burrows. The penguins explored freely and were equally curious of us. It is a two hour...More

Thank Patricia F
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Paul E
March 15, 2018|
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Response from RCHR2017 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. At the time I was there, the chicks were fairly mature and many had lost much of their fuzz already. I suspect they will have moved on. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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KDN66
January 11, 2018|
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Response from Helio O | Reviewed this property |
Hello, My tours were booked through Austral Patagonia Tours. The price per person is 70,000 pesos, approximately US $ 110 and R $ 350,00. The tours depend a lot on the weather, as they are approximately 30 minutes by... More
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