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Isla Magdalena

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Punta Arenas, Chile
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Quick, but Worth It!

We took the ferry in from Punta Arenas - they move you pretty quickly around the walking path on... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Julie R
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Penguins #2 - Isla Magdalena

Penguins are a family favorite, so whenever there is a chance to see them... off we go. Just... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Canberra, Australia
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“boat ride” (5 reviews)
“great trip” (4 reviews)
“sea lions” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Punta Arenas, Chile
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

We took the ferry in from Punta Arenas - they move you pretty quickly around the walking path on the island, but I absolutely LOVE that this place is untouched. The island is still owned by the penguins. Don't expect much from the trip there...More

3  Thank Julie R
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Penguins are a family favorite, so whenever there is a chance to see them... off we go. Just remember the trip out to Isla Magdalena on one of those typical (read "normal/wet") days, dress accordingly and the boat ride out can be a bit bumpy....More

Thank JonesesofCanberra
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Our group drove from town to get on a ship to get to an island. There, we walked for about one hour in a set path (ropes on each side) to see penguins. We were told that there were 60,000 birds there. It was most...More

Thank fuzzyfred
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Despite good service from the Tour, we were not informed there're less than a few penguins left on the Island. Don't think the Tour should still be operating knowing the tourists would not be able to see what we expected to see. The packed lunch...More

1  Thank Lraep
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Great trip to the Island to see thousand of Penguins. A must place to visit. the journey to the island is about 40 minutes by ferry from Punta Arenas.

Thank Gede_Dana
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We understand that there can be thousands of penguins on Magdalena, but when we got there on the last tour of this year the population had diminished to about 100. Nevertheless, if you don't get to see penguins frequently, seeing them in an natural habitat...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

My visit was in late March and the travel agency didn't tell us that the majority of the penguins were long gone. We expected to see thousands instead there were only a few hundred. However a few of them were curious and and made their...More

Thank chillwills
Reviewed 30 March 2017

the boat goes once a day, and for us it was late afternoon. The boat journey is easy, nothing Special. You can buy a drink and Snack on the boat. Once on the Island, you walk a path with a guide at the front and...More

1  Thank travelgrumpy
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I do not recommend this trip. We arrived at the company office at 6:00 AM as requested. People arrived until 8:00 when we finally departed on our bus to a location 45 minutes out of town, where we entered our small catamaran to travel the...More

2  Thank 73journey
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Took a day trip here and really enjoyed it. There are thousands of birds and penguins here. You can get a few feet from the Magellanic penguins and their chicks. Mixed in with the penguins are gulls, cormorants, skuas and terns. We even saw a...More

1  Thank Craig-World-Travelle
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Pablo R
6 June 2017|
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Response from Steve F | Reviewed this property |
The colony is only based here between September and March. In January, it is at its largest, while in early February you’ll see the spectacle of now fully-grown, very fluffy chicks waiting for their adult feathers to appear... More