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Cruises visiting Isla Magdalena & all Isla Magdalena cruises for  2019

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Uninhabited Magdalena Island lies in the Strait of Magellan, a navigable sea route in southern Chile separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego archipelago to the south. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, more sheltered than the often stormy Drake Passage around Cape Horn. This small island (less than 2 km by 1 km) lies 35 km to the NE of the major Chilean port for the region, Punta Arenas. The island was seen by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 during his (posthumous?) voyage of circumnavigation, the first Europeans to navigate the Strait.

Isla Magdalena is part of Los Pingüinos Natural Monument (the Penguins Natural Monument), together with tiny Marta Island that lies 7.5 km to the north. Magdalena Island is the breeding location for several species of seabirds, most notably the Magellanic penguin, named after Ferdinand Magellan who spotted the birds in 1520. The penguin colony on the island has been monitored since 1998 and was estimated to hold 60,000 breeding pairs. These penguins are about the size of a large cat standing erect, and with two black bands across their chests. The islands are a popular tourist destination.

Visitors (limited to October through March) can be shuttled ashore and follow walking tracks roped off from penguin territory. The birds’ underground nest burrows are scattered across the stony shores. The only vegetation is short grass. To protect the penguins’ food stock a no-fishing zone extends 30 km around Magdalena. Other important Magdalena fauna include the imperial shag, sea lions, south American fur seals, and two species of seagull: the dolphin gull and the common gull. There is a small museum on the island.

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