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Magellanic Fauna

   
 Estimated reading time: 1 min. Texts Karina Jozami   Photos Solo Expediciones
Navigation around Magdalena and Santa Marta Islands

Navigating to the Magdalena and Santa Marta Islands show visitors important colonies of penguins and sea lions.

Very close to Punta Arenas, visitors may learn about and watch a wide range of sea species dwelling the channels of the Strait of Magellan. Over 120,000 Magellanic penguins, along with cormorants, sea lions and Antartic terns, among other species, may be appreciated during an amusing sailing tour around Magdalena and Santa Marta Islands.

The voyage starts at Laredo Bay, 25 kilometers to the North of the city. From a small pier, Zodiac boats accommodating from 19 to 22 passengers set sail across the waters of the strait with Isabel Island on the quarter, until Marta Island is reached. An important colony of sea lions lies in this place, where visitors can also watch the cormorants nestling on the rocks.
Navigation around Magdalena and Santa Marta Islands
After touring around the island, the journey continues up to Magdalena Island, where members of the excursion disembark to visit one of the largest Magellanic penguins. Along with Santa Marta, Madgalena has been part of the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument protection area since 1982. These seabirds nest in the same spot every year and over 60 thousand couples take possession of the island from October to March.

Visitors may complete the visit by reaching “The Lighthouse”, an environmental interpretation center where information about the history of the strait and the ecological richness of the islands is provided. Likewise, it features a beautiful sight.
Navigation around Magdalena and Santa Marta Islands
The boat finally returns to Laredo Bay, after having sailed for about three hours around the amazing southern geography.
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How to get here
there is a shuttle service to the boarding point.
 
Timetables
two daily outings, at 7.15am and at 5.15pm, approximately.
 
Recommendations
the excursion is subject to weather conditions. Carry warm waterproof clothes, hiking or rubber boots and gloves.
 
Contact
Solo Expediciones
José Nogueira 1255 (6200000) Punta Arenas - XII Región - Chile
Tel/Fax: +56 61 224-3354  
e-mail
 
 
Rates and fees must be requested from each operator.
Interpatagonia does not provide this kind of information.
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Characteristics
Level of Difficulty
low.
Duration
3.15
Tour Kind
wildlife mapping.
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