Chile: Isla Magdalena – Magellanic Penguin Colony

Isla Magdalena is one of the easternmost islands in the Strait of the Magellan and is a preserve protecting over 120 thousand Magellanic Penguins that live here – one of the largest penguin colonies in the world. The boat comes here only 2-3 times a week and stays only about an hour. The island is small and you can walk around the whole thing in an hour, which feels like very little time to spend with the playful penguins. There is the Magdalena Lighthouse in the center of the island on the highest point. Penguins are everywhere, you have to be careful not to step on them. The are very inquisitive and approach you easily.