Crossing the Strait of Magellan, in the extreme south of Chile, is one of the milestones that every sailing lover dreams of doing at least once in their life. However, in that remote corner of the planet you can do more things, in addition to the navigation itself that takes you from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, or vice versa. There are other things to see in the Strait of Magellan , and here we are going to tell you about them.
Visit Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas is the great city on the Strait of Magellan. It is a city that is the largest south of parallel 46 and has already 150 years of history. A story that cannot be understood without the prosperity that its port gave it, an obligatory stop for many sailors who wanted to go from one ocean to another, long before there was a shortcut to the Panama Canal.
That is why Punta Arenas has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and, surprisingly, large buildings of a very European style are discovered in it.
Climb aboard the Nao Victoria
Perfect for imagining the epic that sailing through the Strait of Magellan must have entailed. Converted into a museum, the Nao Victoria is a replica of the ship in which Hernando de Magallanes was going to go around the world.
Now it is stranded, on the mainland north of Punta Arenas. But still it transmits the epic of what it was like to navigate five centuries ago, especially in this area of the planet.
Kayaking in Cabo de San Isidro
Few places in the world can give you the feeling of being an adventurer like the Strait of Magellan. And even more so if you like sports in nature. If that is your case, we invite you to reach the Brunswick peninsula.
In this place it is possible to kayak on the waters of Cape San Isidro, contemplating at the same time the surrounding subantarctic forests and the important lighthouse that guides navigation in this area.
Ascend to the Froward Cross
Another option for sports in nature is to do the hiking route that will take us to the very end of the American continent. A point that is indicated in Cape Froward, in whose highest enclave the great Cross of the Seas resists the storms.
This is a tough route, but the satisfaction of getting there is indescribable and, of course, unforgettable.
See penguins in the Strait of Magellan
There are several ideal places to see penguins along the Strait of Magellan. It is possible to do it in Seno Otawey, but also in the Natural Monument of Isla Magdalena, which is also very close to Isla Marta and its impressive colony of sea lions.
In these places you can mainly see Magellanic penguins. If you want to see king penguins, you have to go to the natural park that bears his name. How to get to all these places? Without problems, from Punta Arenas there is the possibility of hiring all kinds of excursions.
Spot the humpback whales
In a territory like the Strait of Magellan, Mother Nature is the absolute queen. The charm of this place lies in contemplating unique landscapes and feeling tiny in the face of such beauty and such strength.
Feelings that are multiplied if you are lucky enough to spot humpback whales in full migration. Something that is possible between the months of December and April in the waters of the Francisco Coloane Marine Park.
Various expeditions depart from this maritime zone, many of which are in themselves a great help for the maintenance of these giants of the seas. One beings as powerful as they are beautiful.
It is something that although it has been seen a thousand times on television or in the cinema, it continues to surprise. When you see the tail of one of these whales flapping the surface of the sea or hear its blowing, you are simply overwhelmed. It is the best memory that one can take from a trip through the Strait of Magellan.