Magdalena Island: easy walk over mostly flat paths of dirt. Approx. 1.5 miles, or 1 hour. Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island. Disembark approximately 11:30 a.m. The ride to Puerto Natales is approximately 3 hours; from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine is approximately 2 hours.
On board the ship.
Weather permitting, disembark at Magdalena Island located in the Strait of Magellan. A walk to the local lighthouse will take us past the island's large colony of Magellanic penguins. Magdalena Island was first declared a forest reserve in 1967, before being reclassified as a national park in 1983. The park is home to unique vegetation including fuinques, arrayáns, tiacas, female mañios, tineos, quilas, tepas, voquis, and coicopihues. Although resident Magellanic penguins tend to steal the show with their comical appearance and noisy antics, visitors should not overlook the island's other interesting inhabitants. Mammals found in the park include marine and river otters, guiñas, pudús, sealions, and fur seals. Bird lovers will not be disappointed-- Magdalena also has a rich avian population which includes petrels, cormorants, ducks, gulls, sandpipers, tyrant flycatchers, thrushes, and plovers. Return to the ship and set sail for Punta Arenas. Punta Arenas was originally set up directly on the sea, but later moved inland to a more hospitable spot along the Las Minas River. Once established, Punta Arenas grew as a port town and as a penal colony. Today, the city is vibrant and modern and serves as a gateway to both Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia--two regions notoriously rich in natural wonders. Disembark and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park via Puerto Natales.
Boxed lunch en route. Offerings vary, but typically this will include 1 deli sandwich, plus a granola bar, a piece of fruit, and a drink.
Along the way, admire Patagonia's breathtaking vistas, framed by snow-peaked mountains and rolling plains dotted with guanacos. En route, we'll stop for a short break to have a coffee or a snack and stretch our legs. Upon arrival at the lodge in Torres del Paine National Park we'll check-in and have some time at leisure.
At the lodge dining room, enjoy a buffet meal featuring Patagonian and Chilean regional cuisine.