Magdalena Island / Los Pingüinos Natural Monument

Magdalena Island is a small island in the Strait of Magellan in Chile. It was declared a national monument – Los Pingüinos Natural Monument. The island is home to the largest penguin colonies of south Chile, with an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs of the Magellanic penguin.

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The islands are completely uninhabited by humans (except for the park rangers) and every summer, thousands of tourists travel to the monument to see the penguins.

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Our guided tour included a one hour walk along the walkway. If any penguins wander onto the walkway, we all have to stop and let them go. Penguins get the right of way!

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We saw so many penguins up close, it was insane!

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We learned that a penguin pair will have two eggs every season. If you see two chicks with a parent, it means a 100% success rate!

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We managed to go during lunch time for the penguins, so a lot of them were along the shore.

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Visiting the Island was an experience of a lifetime! If you find yourself at the end of the world, make sure you book a ferry to see them!

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