Punta Arenas and Magdalena Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 07 Mar 2022

Punta Arenas and Magdalena Island, 3/7/2022, National Geographic Endurance

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endurance
  • Patagonia

National Geographic Endurance started the day in Punta Arenas. The morning found everyone exploring the area around Fort Bulnes. This fort was built in 1843 to secure Chile’s claim on the region and was rebuilt in the same location in 1943 as a historical monument. In the afternoon, we all boarded local skiffs and crossed over to Isla Magdalena. This island is the breeding ground for thousands of Magellanic penguins. Several hundred were still ashore, molting their feathers before setting out to sea for the winter months of feeding.

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