Magdalena Island Penguin Colony

This is one of the most important colonies in Chile; it is home to around 200,000 Magellanic penguins. The island is located 35 km from the city of Punta Arenas, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. It is a must-see during your stay in the area, given that there is an excursion that takes you along mythical Strait by boat, includes a visit to the lighthouse museum there and of course includes sightings of this wonderful colony along with Albatrosses, Petrels and Cormorants. 

Isla Magdalena offers an impressive setting, as it has practically no vegetation and its inhabitants, the Magellanic penguins, wander around and circulate through a large amount of the island. As is the case in the Seno Otway Colony, they build their nests in small caves under the ground.

Access to the Island is only by sea, in either a small, slower boat or by speedboat, which is generally the more common way of reaching the Island, turning your trip into a real adventure.

From the island and in the distance it is possible to see the mythical “Isla Grande” of Tierra Del Fuego, the name of which comes from when the first mariners saw fire on the island, which in fact was nothing more than the fireplaces used by the native inhabitants, The Selknam. Nowadays, in the Chilean part of Tierra Del Fuego, there is a small town of 5,000 habitants called Porvenir, the people living there mostly related to livestock, with numerous livestock farms dispersed across the island that mainly produce sheep. On the other hand, the Argentinean side is home to the cities of Rio Grande, Ushuaia and of course, unavoidably, livestock farms.