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Over 120,000 Magellanic penguins flock to Isla Magdalena's Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos. Located about two and a half hours northeast of Punta Arenas by boat, Isla Magdalena features a well-marked trail that visitors can take to follow the path of the penguin colonies. These playful penguins entertain visitors as they call out to one another and strut their stuff along the shore.

While some travelers were dissatisfied with Magdalena's dirty sands and the pungent odor stemming from its fowl dwellers, most were delighted to observe the interactions of its quirky tuxedoed residents. One TripAdvisor exclaims, "Forget all the other penguin sites around [South] America. This is the place. If you cannot go to Antarctica, Isla Magdalena is the closest thing to it."

Organized daytrips to Isla Magdalena from Punta Arenas are relatively easy to come by. But you can only reach Isla Magdalena by boat from December through February; tours are not in operation during the rest of the year. Turismo Comapa offers tours by melinka ferry on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Expect to pay roughly 15,000 CLP (about $30 USD). For more information on schedules and prices, consult Turismo Comapa's official website.

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