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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.

Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas

3. Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat from Punta Arenas

Your 4-hour excursion begins with a transfer to the pier from the tour operator's office. After check-in, you’ll board the boat for a trip to an unforgettable place. Located 32 km northeast of Punta Arenas, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, Magdalena Island is home to the greatest colony of penguins in the continental region. The island has been a protected area since 1982, the year it was renamed Los Pinguinos Natural Monument. More than 60,000 penguin couples arrive during the summer to reproduce, as do other kinds of birds, such as cormorants and Andean seagulls. You’ll reach the island in around 40 minutes, passing through the Strait of Magellan. Once you’re on land you’ll have about an hour to explore and take photos. Visit the lighthouse, an environmental interpretation center, where you’ll find information about the history of the strait and the ecological richness of the islands.

King Penguin & Tierra del Fuego Tour

4. King Penguin & Tierra del Fuego Tour

The day begins by picking up tourists at their respective accommodation places in Punta Arenas between 07:00 and 07:45, to go to the Tres Puentes terminal to take the ferry that crosses the Strait of Magellan in 2 hours of navigation, to the Island of Tierra del Fuego, arriving around 11:30 at Bahia Chilota, where we disembark. And from there, in a trip of 5 kilometers approximately 20 minutes, you reach one of the southernmost cities in Patagonia, the city of Porvenir to see its Plaza de Armas, Plaza de los Selknams, explore its waterfront and later its small but interesting museum, as well as the city viewpoint. Then you will stop for lunch and rest at a local and affordable restaurant where you can pay with cash or card. Subsequently, the trip begins to the King Penguin Park, 114 km from the city. This journey takes around 1 hour and a half and much of it is around Bahía Inútil. The Park is a unique sighting place where following the trail we can observe a group of about 40 specimens of this species. After 1 hour in the place we will continue our trip observing the center of the Estancia Josefina, one of the most important on the island. We will also visit the Cerro Sombrero oil town. Finally we will cross the Strait of Magellan again, this time through its narrowest part (First Angostura, only 20 minutes of navigation). Depending on the travel date, times and hours of light we can stop at the abandoned Estancia San Gregorio, one of the first and most historic in the region and then return to Punta Arenas around 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. It is important to note that the times are estimated, they may vary depending on weather conditions and ferry schedules for navigation.

Punta Arenas: Dolphin & Wildlife Watching

5. Punta Arenas: Dolphin & Wildlife Watching

We will begin our activity with the pickup of the guests at their hotels at 08:00 a.m. From there we will begin an adventure towards Agua Fresca Bay. During the tour our guide will give us indications of the equipment to navigate. Punta Arenas is known to be a popular destination for dolphin watching. Dolphins are very intelligent and playful animals, and it is common to see them swimming near boats and playing in the waves. Once we arrive at the “Agua Fresca” bay, we will take a ferry to enjoy a guided navigation in search of the impressive southern dolphins. During the activity, which we will carry out a few meters from the coast, we will have the chance to see southern dolphins, either at a considerable distance, or closer, since they approach the boat due to sound and movement, so we will always they let themselves be seen We will see them jump, turn around, play, in their wild environment. Dolphins are very social animals and interact with each other in groups called “pod”. In Punta Arenas, it is common to see several flocks of dolphins swimming together and playing in the water. Dolphin watching is an ideal activity for the whole family, and it is a unique opportunity to see these animals up close and learn more about them. If you are visiting Punta Arenas, do not miss the opportunity to see these incredible animals in their natural habitat. Dolphin watching is an unforgettable experience that you will not regret. After a few hours of navigation, we go through some bays to enjoy bird watching. We will end the excursion with a celebratory snack outdoors or under a dining tent depending on the weather conditions. We will undertake the return to Punta Arenas at 11:30 am.

Torres del Paine: W Trek Express

6. Torres del Paine: W Trek Express

What Our Program Includes Three (3) nights stay in Puerto Natales near Garden Domes in Tiny Houses accomodation (fits 3 Beds in a Tiny) 1 night t Paine Grande Camping accomodation Three (3) days hiking at Torres del Paine National Park Base of the Tower Trek or a light trekking equivalent (group tour). A trekking guide for the first day of the trek to the base of the towers French Valley Hike, with private transfer, Boat Ticket from Pudeto to Paine Grande Grey Glacier Hike, with Catamaran boat ticket from Paine Grande to Pudeto and then a Bus Ticket going back to Puerto Natales Trek briefing with welcome dinner and drinks Pizza night, on your last night with us at Garden Domes Breakfast (american), boxed lunch, and dinner. Starting with dinner on day 1 and ends with breakfast on day 5. Chiletour private van transfer into the park for day 1 and 2. Trekking poles for the first day of trekking and free luggage storage at Garden Domes in Puerto Natales Day 1: Arrival Day Fly into either Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate (arrival at Calafate should be at least a day earlier). Bus Transfer to Puerto Natales. Welcome dinner & drinks followed by a W Trek briefing. Stay at Tiny House. Day 2: Private transfer to Torres del Paine National Park. Trek to Base Torres (18km, 7-8 hours trekking) with our tour guide and small group. After the hike you will be driving back to Puerto Natales and stay at the Tiny House Cabin. Day 3: French Valley Hike. After an early morning breakfast our driver will bring you to Pudeto where you will connect to the boat at Pudeto so you can begin your hike to the scenic valley. You will be staying at Paine Grande for the night. Day 4: Grey Glacier day hike. After the hike, you will again take the ferry to connect to your bus at Pudeto. This night you will stay again at our Tiny House in Puerto Natales. There will be dinner afterwards at our restaurant in town. Day 5: Departure Day.

Whales, Penguins & Glaciers Navigation From Punta Arenas

7. Whales, Penguins & Glaciers Navigation From Punta Arenas

Navigate the famous sea route of the Strait of Magellan and watch a beautiful sunrise over Tierra del Fuego and Fuerte Bulnes, the site of the first settlement of Punta Arenas. Cross Cape Froward at the end point of the American continent and admire the beautiful landscapes at the bottom of the world. See the stunning glaciers of the Darwin mountain range, and look for humpback whales and other wildlife as you enter Francisco Coloane Marine Park. Encounter Magellanic penguins, sea elephants, sea lions, and austral dolphins in their natural habitat, and look to the sky to spot cormorants and the majestic albatross. Marvel at the great diversity of flora and fauna, and then refuel with lunch. Cruise back to Punta Arenas and get incomparable views before drop-off.

Punta Arenas: Chile eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

8. Punta Arenas: Chile eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. lf you have a connected trip in South America, just simply select the 18 South America countries option, which covers:Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French West Indies, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay. If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:Entel/Movistar

Punto Arenas: Cape Froward Guided Sail and Trekking Day Trip

9. 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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What people are saying about Punta Arenas

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 112 reviews

This was an awesome excursion. This was a very unique penguin tour because we were literally walking with penguins on the same path. The path for visitors has a rope to keep us from disturbing their natural habitat, but the penguins were just feet away, and kept crossing the path through the tourists. I wasn’t sure about booking the date because of weather, but this goes rain or shine and didn’t impact the experience whatsoever. And all of the guides were incredible. Not only did they make sure we got on and off the boat safely, they kept coming to refill our coffees and hot chocolate and bring us snacks, gave tons of information about the different species we saw, and they made it a fun time for all of us. I didn’t get their names but thank you so much making it such a fun day!

Communication before and during the trip was great. Departure on time. super nice and informative guides on board the boat. Tea and coffee and biscuits to strengthen you. 1 hour on the island was a bit short, you could still observe so many birds and penguins. super nice day 👍👍👍

More sights than expected, pinguins, sealions and a beautiful cormorant colony.. And if you don't kayak an adventurous trip into a glacier bay.....

If you want to get close to penguins in the wild, then this is exactly the right tour. Other birds are also very close and are not shy.

Whale watching is guaranteed, so to speak. A unique experience.