Binnington's South American Adventure travel blog

Magdalena Island in the Strait of Magellan

Our catamaran

Penguin National Monument on Magdalena Island



Juvenile Kelp gull


Lighthouse at the top of the island

Kelp gulls


Magellanic penguin burrows




Nap time

Punta Arenas is located on a Peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan. It is the capital and largest city of Chile's southernmost region, with a population of around 125,000.

We did not get a chance to visit the city at all, as we boarded a catamaran to go to Magdalena Island. It is home to over 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Unfortunately at this time of the year, most of them had migrated to Antarctica for the summer, and there were a lot more gulls than penguins. It was a bit of a disappointment after visiting Volunteer Point in the Falklands.

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