Tours

Marta & Magdalena Islands

Magellanic Penguins and Sea Lions – Half Day Tour – “Small Boat” Option
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Departure: daily at 7:00 AM
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

The penguin colony on Magdalena Island is the only penguin colony of Magellanic Penguins near Punta Arenas.

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument is located about 20 miles Northeast of Punta Arenas, right in the middle of the world-known Strait of Magellan and protects the islands Marta & Magdalena.

Magdalena Island is home to some 120,000 Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus), being the larges penguin colony in Chilean Patagonia. Marta Island protects about 1,000 South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens).

Where as the sea lions live there year-round, the penguins are migrating birds that come to Patagonia every year from mid September to mid April.

*This tour is the one with the “small boat“. The “small boat” goes to the the penguin colony at Isla Magdalena as well as to the sea lions at Isla Marta. If you “only” wish to see Magellanic Penguins, take a look at the tour with the “big boat“/ with the ferry, which will “only” take you to Isla Magdalena, but is also a bit less pricey.

7:00 a.m.: departure and a short shuttle transfer from the center of Punta Arenas 15 miles North to Laredo Bay. From here you go aboard a small boat for about 40 passengers. Takes around 40min to Isla Magdalena, where you have about 1 hour (the limit set by the park rangers) to walk amongst thousands of penguins. The path leads on a slight slope up to Magdalena Island Lighthouse. Back on board of the boat, you continue another 15min North to Marta Island to observe the sea lions. You won’t go on land here, but cruise back and forth on the coast a few times to observe these marine mammals.  Usually some of the sea lions come very close to the boat to check it out, as they are quite curious. It’s always the question who’s observing whom?! An hour boat ride later, you’re back on the Patagonian mainland and hop on the shuttle transfer to the center of Punta Arenas, where you arrive roughly around noon.

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from down town Punta Arenas to the pier and back
  • Entrance fee to Los Pingüinos Natural Monument
  • English speaking tour guide on board (not during the transfer from town to the pier and back)

Additional Costs

  • Optional tips to your tour guide, the boatmen and/ or your driver
  • Food not included. Bring your own snacks.

Regular Departures

This half-day tour to the islands Marta & Magdalena departs every day in High Season (from October to mid-April or when the penguins decide to migrate). Get in touch with us to assure.

Price for Regular Departures

CLP 63.000 / USD 90 per person

Important

Please keep in mind that this excursion depends on the weather conditions. This basically means, if it is too windy, the tour can be cancelled – safety first!

Although the focus of this half-day tour is on observing Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) and South American Sea Lions (Otaria flavescens), other animals that you may see on this tour include:

  • Cormorant (Phalacrocorax magallanicus)

  • Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis)

  • Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)

  • Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), also called Dominican Gull; very common

… and if you are somewhat lucky:

  • Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia), also called Black Dolphin, only found off the coast of Chile

  • Commerson’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)

Magdalena Island

Magellanic Penguins – Half Day Tour – “BIG Boat” Option
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Departure: November - March
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

The penguin colony on Magdalena Island is one of the two penguin colonies near Punta Arenas.

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument is located about 20 miles Northeast of Punta Arenas, right in the middle of the world-known Strait of Magellan and protects the islands Marta & Magdalena.

Magdalena Island is home to some 120,000 Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus), being the larges penguin colony in Chilean Patagonia. Marta Island protects about 1,000 South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens).

Where as the sea lions live there year-round, the penguins are migrating birds that come to Patagonia every year from mid September to mid April.

This tour is the one with the “big boat“. The “big boat” -or ferry- holds up to 200 passengers. Wth this tour you will visit “onlythe penguin island, Isla Magdalena (but not the sea lions). To visit both islands, take the “small boat“.

2:00 pm : check-in directly at the port “Tres Puentes”. The port in this case is not much more than a ramp that goes into the water and the passenger terminal. Once you get to the port, it’s super obvious where to go – you will see.

4:00 p.m.: departure time and off you go sailing the legendary Strait of Magellan by ferry boat. There is indoor seating, but, of course, you can go on deck to catch a bit of the Patagonian breeze. It’s about 2 hours to Isla Magdalena. On the island, you will have about 1 hour (the limit set by the park rangers) to walk amongst thousands of penguins. The path leads on a slight slope up to Magdalena Island Lighthouse. The return journey, back to Punta Arenas, takes another 2 hours, more or less. Hence, you will arrive at the port about 7:00 pm.

Tour Includes

  • Entrance fee to Los Pingüinos Natural Monument
  • English speaking tour guide on board

Additional Costs

  • Transfer to the port and back. The port is about 4km (2.5 miles) from our Bed & Breakfast. A taxi costs CLP 4,000 (about USD 6.-).
  • Optional tips to your tour guide

Regular Departures

This half-day tour to Isla Magdalena departs daily from November through March (or until the Penguins decide to leave the island)

Price for Regular Departures

  • CLP 50,000 per person
  • CLP 25,000 per person for children from 5 – 14 years of age
  • Children under 5: free of charge

Important

Please keep in mind that this excursion depends on the weather conditions. This basically means, if it is too windy, the boat will not leave – safety first!

Although the focus of this half-day tour is on observing Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus), other animals that you may see on this tour include:

  • Cormorant (Phalacrocorax magallanicus)

  • Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis)

  • Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)

  • Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), also called Dominican Gull; very common

… and if you are somewhat lucky:

  • Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia), also called Black Dolphin, only found off the coast of Chile

  • Commerson’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)

King Penguin Colony at Tierra del Fuego

  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Departure: Tuesday to Sunday at 7:00 AM, year-round
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

This is truely quite a sensation!

There is a new colony of King Penguins establishing at Tierra del Fuego – and, guess what, we are happy to take you there!

King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) are usually only found on subantarctic island, such as remote and difficult to access South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Observing them in Tierra del Fuego, therefore, is a very unique oportunity!

For quite a while now, we have been hearing rumours and in some occasions believed-to-be-true stories amongst some of the local elders that a long time ago there once was a king penguin colony at Tierra del Fuego. Today, a group of about 100 king penguins is reestablishing right at the same spot. For the first time one of their last season’s chicks has made it through the winter. We believe that this is a very good sign for a recovering ecosystem.

Let us go out to observe, spread the word and protect these magnificent seabirds in their natural habitat!

On top of this, the King Penguins live there year-round.

With this tour you will directly contribute to the protection of the King Penguins at Tierra del Fuego.

Every day (except Mondays) at around 7.30 a.m., all participants are picked up from Hospedaje Magallanes in Punta Arenas. Be prepared for a loooong road trip – distances and therefore traveling time in Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego are huge. You have been warned! The drive through the Patagonian Pampa takes you at first about 2 hours Northeast of Punta Arenas to Primera Angostura, the first narrowing of the Strait of Magellan, if you would sail into the Strait from the Atlantic. On the way, stop at San Gregorio. Once a flourishing estancia, today it appear to be a ghost town. Later, cross the Strait of Magellan by ferry from the South American mainland to the island of Tierra del Fuego. From here, the only way is South. The landscape in the northern part of Tierra del Fuego is similar to that on the mainland, dominated by the vast, windswept Patagonian steppe. Roughly another 2,5 hours drive later, we reach the King Penguin Colony. Spend about one hour at the penguin colony. Join your guide to approach the penguins on foot. We will keep a fair distance, not to disturb them – penguins first! After a while, the penguins tend to forget about us visitors (or they might simply not care about our presence) and usually come closer on their own – sometimes as close as 20 meters, sometimes a bit closer, but again: we’ll let them decide! After a great experience and high quality observation, we return to Punta Arenas to arrive at about 09:30 p.m. – sometimes even later!

Important:

Experience tells us that some travelers underestimate the huge distances in Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego. For this reason it is very important that you understand what it takes to visit the King Penguins at Bahía Inútil in Tierra del Fuego.

 

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from/ to your hotel or our down town office

  • Ferry tickets across the Strait of Magellan
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional Costs

  • Lunch (please bring your own)
  • Entrance fee to the King Penguin Park: CLP 12,000 (about USD 18.- pp*)

    This fee will help to build basic infrastructure including fences to protect the penguins from natural predators like Patagonian Foxes (which were introduced to Tierra del Fuego and are therefore not native to the island), potentially from stray dogs, but also from potential human misbehavior. This entrance fee will therefore allow for a long lasting establishment of this king penguin colony – and this is what it’s all about!

  • Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver

Regular Departures

Our full-day tour to the King Penguin Colony at Tierra del Fuego departs every day (except Mondays) and outside this time frame on demand.

Important

Although, this tour is mainly a road trip, we have to cross the Strait of Magellan twice. The ferry sails almost always. Nevertheless, delays may occur due to weather conditions that may result in a very late arrival back in Punta Arenas. 

Price

CLP 60,000 per person (about USD 90 – p/p*)

+ Entrance fee to the King Penguin Park: CLP 12,000 (about USD 18.- p/p*)

* 2018 exchange rate

Of course, the main goal of this full-day tour is to observe King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), but there’s much more to see…

Other species you may observe during this trip include

  • Guanaco (Lama guanicoe); the wild ancestor of the domesticated llama; fairly common in the Patagonian steppe and on Tierra del Fuego
  • Ñandu (Pterocnemia pennata); a large flightless bird similar to the ostrich, also called Darwin’s Rhea or Lesser Rhea; fairly common in the Patagonian steppe, but does not inhabit Tierra del Fuego
  • South American Gray Fox (Lycalopex griseus); a species of the “false” foxes, which is actually closer related to wild dogs than to foxes, also called Patagonian Fox

  • Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus); a bird of prey often seen perched on trees and fence poles; very common

… and if you’re somewhat lucky:

  • Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia), also called Black Dolphin, only found off the coast of Chile

  • Commerson’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)

… which may be observed during the ferry crossing from the Patagonian mainland to Tierra del Fuego.

Kayak Tour on the Strait of Magellan to San Isidro Lighthouse

  • Duration: full day
  • Departure: daily at 7:00 AM, year-round
  • Activity level: Level 3, moderate, possible for beginners as long as you are in good health and good physical condition

Patagonia… For most people, Patagonia stands for show-capped mountains, calving glaciers and seemingly endless, windswept Pampa

… fair enough, but there is more to it! Patagonia is also a pristine, maritime ecosystem.

Wouldn’t a perfect full-day tour let you get to know a little bit of both?

Ladies and Gentlemen, let us invite you to an unforgettable adventure, here, at the End of the World!

Explore Southern Patagonia with this Sea Kayak Tour on the world-known Strait of Magellan!

This full-day sea kayak tour runs every day on requestyear-round, therefore, also during the Patagonian winter.

This sea kayak tour is possible for beginners.

Note:

Although, the snow-capped mountain in the back of the image above is the remarkable Monte Sarmiento, you won’t really see glaciers on this tour (there are better places for that), but experience an outstanding insight of maritime Patagonia along the shore of evergreen, almost jungle-like terrestrial Patagonia that is covered by temperate rain forest.

This full-day tour begins at 7:00 a.m. with pick up at our hospedaje. After a little more than an hour and a half drive South, changing into the kayaking clothes and a brief introduction on how to use the kayaking equipment and kayaking itself, you are ready to take off to explore the coast line of Southern Patagonia from the sea. You will be kayaking on the legendary Strait of Magellan and if you are lucky, a school of dolphins joins you during the sea kayaking (but, be aware that there is no guarantee for this, of course!). Continue towards San Isidro Lighthouse. We stop for lunch at a nearby bay, probably in company of some ducks and other sea birds. After visiting the lighthouse, paddle to Bahía Aguila, the Eagle’s Bay, where at the beginning of the last century a whaling station was located. In the afternoon, return the same way back to Punta Arenas. The total kayaking time is about six hours. After a long day and tons a new experiences, return to the hostel just after 8:00 p.m.

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from/ to Hospedaje Magallanes

  • Complete kayak equipment: double kayaks, paddles, spraydecks, wetsuits, kayaking booties, kayaking gloves, kayaking jackets, life vests, bilge pump
  • Lunch
  • English speaking kayak guide

Additional Costs

  • Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver

Departures & Prices

Regular Departures

The full-day kayak tour on the Strait of Magellan to San Isidro Lighthouse departs every day on request (year-round).

Important

Please keep in mind that this excursion depends on the weather conditions. This basically means, if it’s too windy, we might have to change the itinerary or we won’t go at all – safety first!

Price

CLP 230.000 per person (about USD 390.- pp*)

Single/Solo Traveler

Single/ solo travelers may book this kayak tour for 1.5 times the rate stated above (add CLP 70.000; about USD 109.-).

Kayak Tour on the Strait of Magellan

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: daily, 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM year-round
  • Activity level: Level 2, easy to moderate, more active tours, but still possible for everyone of any age in general good health

Overview

Get to know Punta Arenas from a different point of view.

Since Punta Arenas is located right at the world-known Strait of Magellan, what would be more reasonable than getting it to know the surroundings of the city from the sea?

How about a Kayak Tour on the Strait of Magellan?

Our half-day kayak tour runs twice a dayyear-round, therefore, also during the Patagonian winter.

This kayak tour is possible for beginners.

Detailed Itinerary

This 4-hour tour runs twice a day: in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Will pick up all participants from Hospedaje Magallanes. After a 20-minute transfer out of town and changing into the kayaking clothes and a brief introduction on how to use the kayaking equipment and kayaking itself, you are ready to take off. Directly in front of the city center you will be kayaking on the Strait of Magellan. Pass old docks that today are home to cormorants and other sea birds, continue towards the port and later to old ship wrecks that a long time ago were put ashore by a big storm. If the weather is on your side, go for a quick detour to a small sea lion colony, where these interesting marine mammals are dazing in the sun on a buoy. The total kayaking time is about two hours. Return to our hotel just after 1:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.

What’s Included?

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from/ to your hotel or our down town office

  • Complete kayak equipment: double kayaks, paddles, spraydecks, wetsuits, kayaking booties, kayaking gloves, kayaking jackets, life vests, bilge pump
  • English speaking kayak guide

Additional Costs

  • Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver

Departures & Prices

Regular Departures

Our half-day kayak tour on the Strait of Magellan departs daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (year-round).

Important

Please keep in mind that this excursion depends on the weather conditions. This basically means, if it’s too windy, we won’t go – safety first!

Price

CLP 65.000 per person

Horseback Riding Patagonia Style

Magellanic Penguins and Sea Lions – Half Day Tour – “Small Boat” Option
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: daily, 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, year-round
  • Activity level: Level 2, easy to moderate, more active tours, but still possible for everyone of any age in general good health

Enjoy the surroundings of Punta Arenas with this Horseback Riding Tour – Patagonia Style.

This tour is being guided by true gauchos, the Patagonian cowboys, as so to say. This way, you will not only experience a taste of adventure while riding through the diverse Patagonian landscape, but also an authentic inside view about the life of the people in Patagonia.

Our half-day horseback riding tour runs twice a dayyear-round, therefore, also during the Patagonian winter.

This horseback riding tour is possible for beginners.

This 4-hour tour runs twice a day: in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Will pick up all participants from their hotels or simply meet at the down town office. After a short shuttle transfer, arrive about 25km (15 miles) South of Punta Arenas, at Agua Fresca. Meet your guide at Hostería Agua Fresca, a small, family-run lodge. This tour is being guided by born-and-bred Patagonian Gauchos that live here, in Agua Fresca. Ride along the famous Strait of Magellan, through wetlands that are inhabited by numerous birds and through high grown lenga forests. It won’t be boring, for sure! After about two hours on horseback, return to Hostería Agua Fresca for a typical, home-made snack. Return to your hotel in Punta Arenas at about 1:00/ 5:00 p.m.

 

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from/ to your hotel or our down town office

  • Spanish speaking guide

The gauchos speak very little English, it would be too much to say that this tour is being led by an English speaking guide. Please keep this in mind and be prepared to possibly communicate with your hands and feet… 😉

Additional Costs

  • Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver

Regular Departures

Our half-day horseback riding tour departs daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (year-round).

Price

CLP 45.000 per person

Fort Bulnes & Port Famine

Historic tour – Half Day
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: daily at 10:00 AM, year-round
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

Join a historic tour to Fort Bulnes & Port Famine.

In 1584, the Spanish navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa founded the first settlement in Southern Patagonia to proclaim the region in the name of the Spanish crown. Gamboa’s colony “Ciudad de Rey Don Felipe” (King Philip City) turned out to be a disaster and did not last for long. About 300 people died of starvation, diseases or were killed in conflicts with the natives. The place soon became know as Puerto del Hambre (Port Famine).

In 1843, the Chilean government sent out an expedition to build the first Chilean settlement in Patagonia, Fort Bulnes, very close to Gamboa’s original settlement. The reason was quite similar, hence to emphasize the Chilean authority over these Southern lands, and, even more important, over the Strait of Magellan that was the only reasonable seaway between the Atlantic and the Pacific ocean until the Panama Canal was opened in 1914.

Today, the rebuild wooded fort and a hand full of cannons overlook the Strait of Magellan from a beautiful peninsula.

Every day at 10 a.m., pick up from Hospedaje Magallanes. Travel time South is about one hour. For most of the time, the road follows the coastline of the Strait of Magellan. Visit Port Famine & Fort Bulnes. Return to Punta Arenas at about 2 p.m.

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from/ to your hotel or our down town office
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional Costs

  • Entrance fee (CLP 14,000 per person)
  • Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver

Regular Departures

Our half-day tour to Fort Bulnes departs every day from September 01st through May 31st at 10:00 a.m. 

Price for Regular Departures

CLP 15,000 per person

+ Park entrance fee (CLP 16,000 per person)

Pali Aike National Park

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Departure: daily at 8:30 AM, from September to April
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

This full-day tour to Pali Aike National Park takes you through the immense Patagonian Pampa to a landscape that is dominated by the Pali-Aike Volcanic Field. The last volcanic eruptions in and around Pali Aike National Park happend about 12,000 years ago. This area has also been home to a Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherer people, the forefathers of the Aonikenk, and is one of the earliest proven human settlements in The Americas. We visit: Pali Aike Cave, El Escorial del Diablo (an extinct volcanic crater) and Laguna Ana, which is known for its abundant wildlife, such as guanacos, ñandus (Lesser Rhea), grey foxes and flamencos that live in its surroundings.

All tour members willl be picked up from their hotels at about 8:30 a.m. Off we go! We leave Punta Arenas and head out of town towards the North. For most of the day, the landscape is dominated by the seemingly endless, windswept Patagonian Pampa. On the way, stop at San Gregorio. Once a flourishing estancia, today it appear to be a ghost town. Right down on the coast of the Strait of Magellan, check out the wrecks of two ships that we put ashore by a storm. Later, we reach Pali Aike National Park. Join your guide on a gentle walk over an old lava field to look into the mouth of an extinct volcanic crater, El Escorial del Diablo. Visit the Pali Aike Cave and later Laguna Ana. Return to Punta Arenas at about 7:30 p.m.

Tour Includes

  • Transfers from/ to your hotel or our down town office
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional Costs

  • Entrance fee to Pali Aike National Park (CLP 3,000 per person)
  • snacks/lunch (please buy some up front)
  • Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver

This full-day tour to Pali Aike National Park departs daily from September through April, but we need a minimum of 4 tour members to realize this tour.

Price

CLP 45,000 per person

+ Entrance fee to Pali Aike National Park (CLP 3,000 per person)

Humpback Whale Watching in the Strait of Magellan Trip

Observe Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on Carlos III Island in Francisco Coloane Marine Park, Strait of Magellan – 3 days, 2 nights
  • Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights
  • Departures: December to March
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

A few years ago, a group of Chilean biologists discovered an until then unexplored feeding ground of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the southernmost tip of South America. Every Patagonian summer, these astonishing marine mammals return to an area around Carlos III Island, which is located right in the legendary Strait of Magellan.

Their passion for science and their love for nature has led to the creation of Chile’s first marine protected area, Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

Turismo Aonikenk has been one of the main supporters of this project from its beginning in 2004, because we believe in conservation through science and tourism.

Day 1: Sail the Strait of Magellan – Whale Watching – Carlos III Island

This whale watching adventure begins at 8:00 a.m. at your hotel in Punta Arenas. The shuttle will pick you up and take you to the embark point, where you will sail the famous Strait of Magellan on board the vessel “Tanu”. On the way, pass Cape Froward, the southernmost point on the mainland of South America. After about eight hours of sailing, arrive to Carlos III Island, where the scientific eco-camp is situated in the heart of Francisco Coloane Marin Park. Here you will stay for the next two nights. Later, explore the pristine ecosystem of the surroundings of the camp and join your guide and one of the scientists on a short walk to the wildlife observatory. Weather permitting, set out for a short excursion to observe whales and seabirds. In the evening, enjoy a lecture about the camps installations, Francisco Coloane Marine Park and its marine wildlife as well as the scientific work done down here at the End of the World.
[L, D]

Day 2: Whale Watching – Whale Sound – Santa Ines Glacier

In the morning, plenty of time to observe humpback whales, sea lions and an array of seabirds including Magellanic penguins, Chilean Skua, Black-browed albatross amongst others. After lunch at the camp at Isla Carlos III, sail through Whale Sound, a scenic Fuegian fjord to the amazing Santa Ines Glacier – what a site!
[B, L, D]

Day 3: Whale Watching – Carlos III Island – Punta Arenas

Enjoy some more time to observe the whales and the seabirds of this area. Return to the camp at Carlos III Island for lunch. In the afternoon, begin the return journey to Punta Arenas, where you will arrive at about 8:00 p.m.
[B, L]

Included Meals

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Note
All departure times of navigations depend on weather conditions. Changes in the program may occur without prior notice.

Tour Includes

  • Transfers according to the program
  • Bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English speaking)
  • 2 nights accommodation at the eco-camp at Carlos III Island in 2-person dome tents with wood-burning stoves; shared bathroom; sleeping bags, sheets, blankets and towels are provided
  • All meals specified in the program (see itinerary: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Thermal overall/ jumpsuit for your protection from the Patagonian weather

Additional Costs

  • Transportation/ airfare to/ from Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
  • Additinal alcoholic and/ or non-alcoholic beverages
  • Optional tips to your guide and/ or other people working for you (e.g. the boatmen etc.)

Departures

Departures calendar

Price

USD 1,800.- per person

Single Accommodation

Single occupancy is available for 1.5 times the rate stated above (add USD 750.- per person). This surcharge only applies if you explicitly wish and book single accommodation. Single/ solo travellers may share a room/ tent without surcharge.

Humpback Whale Watching in the Strait of Magellan (Full Day)

full day trip to the first Marine Park of Chile “Francisco Coloane” in search of the majestic humpback whales
  • Duration: Full day, 12-14 hours
  • Departure: December to March
  • Activity level: Level 1, easy, possible for everyone of any age in general good health

the first Marine Park of Chile “Francisco Coloane” in search of the majestic humpback whales. A close encounter with wild nature, a day of adventure that you will never forget.

A few years ago, a group of Chilean biologists discovered an until then unexplored feeding ground of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the southernmost tip of South America. Every Patagonian summer, these astonishing marine mammals return to an area around Carlos III Island, which is located right in the legendary Strait of Magellan.

Their passion for science and their love for nature has led to the creation of Chile’s first marine protected area, Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

Turismo Aonikenk/ Hospedaje Magallanes has been one of the main supporters of this project from its beginning in 2004, because we believe in conservation through science and tourism.

04:00 am

Check in at the office in down town.

04:30 am

Boarding. We start the navigation through Magellan strait observing the amazing sunrise by Tierra del Fuego, Fuerte Bulnes, first settlement of Punta Arenas. [B]

06:30 am

Crossing Froward Cape, last point of the American continental territory. We will admire beautiful landscapes, exuberant flora and big hanging glaciers from Darwin range.

09:00 am – 12:00 pm

Navigation across the Marine Park “Francisco Coloane” observing humpback whales, Magellan penguins, sea elephants, sea lions, toninas, austral dolphins, cormorants, albatros and a great diversity of sea birds. [BL] 

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Return to Punta Arenas. 

Included Meals

B = breakfast, BL = box lunch

Note
All departure times of navigations depend on weather conditions. Changes in the program may occur without prior notice.

Tour Includes

  • Transfers according to the program
  • Bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English speaking)
  • All meals specified in the program (see itinerary: B = breakfast, BL = box lunch)

Additional Costs

  • Optional tips to your guide and/ or other people working for you (e.g. the boatmen etc.)

Departures

Departures calendar

Price

CLP 245.000 – per person

Although the focus of this half-day tour is on observing Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) and South American Sea Lions (Otaria flavescens), other animals that you may see on this tour include:

  • Cormorant (Phalacrocorax magallanicus)

  • Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis)

  • Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)

  • Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), also called Dominican Gull; very common

… and if you are somewhat lucky:

  • Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia), also called Black Dolphin, only found off the coast of Chile

  • Commerson’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)

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