Reviewer: Sandy Mason
We had a great shore excursion to see the Punta Tombo Penguins. Finding our tour guide was very easy, the tour guide spoke very good English, the group size was small. Visiting the penguin colony to see the Magelenic Penguins is a must see if your cruise ship stops in Puerto Madryn.
Reviewer: Mindy Harris
On this trip, you can walk among the Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat. We all agreed this was a highlight for our trip. Penguins were all over, & not afraid of people so they walked with us from time to time. We saw them feeding their young, grooming each other, congregating in shade to stay cool, swimming, & we were allowed to get pretty close to them. The only thing I would change is - our cruise ship was late getting to port, so our departure was delayed by an hour. The tour guide said this was typical of Holland America in this port. The captain delayed departure time by 90 minutes to make up for late arrival but our guide wasn't informed, since this tour isn't affiliated with Holland America. So, they cut our time with penguins by over half. We all thought the tour guide should have called about the departure time, particularly when we saw the Holland America tours arriving at the penguin park at the same time as we were being rushed to head back to port.
Reviewer: Colleen Neymeyer
Guides holding signs met us as we disembarked from our ship, led us to a waiting van & we left shortly after for the Punta Tombo reserve. Our guide shared information about the area en route and our driver did a terrific job navigating some challenging traffic safely and carefully. Once at the Reserve, we were directed to the viewing area & given the choice to stay with our guide or head off on our own. There were lots of penguins -- in their burrows, swimming in the sea, and young ones just getting their feathers. It was a great experience. Big buses from the cruise ship came to the same location, but the cost was considerably higher. Our guide & driver were aware of the need for us to return to our ship on time and there was no problem with that. Box lunches were provided on our return trip -- they even had a gluten-free meal for my husband (previously requested) that worked out very well. All in all, it was a great experience and we would do this again.
Reviewer: Anh Nguyen-Huu
We were picked up very much on time. The tour guide was very pleasant and we could see everything that we came to see. She even treated us with lots of beautiful and sweet cherries. The extra help of her assistant made our trip much better as he could speak fluently English.
Reviewer: Ji my xing
Although it's far, the trip was well organized and on time. There are thousands of penguins and it's really worth it!
The tour was great, the logistics were as promised, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our 82 year old mother. Penguins crossed right in front of us, they were everywhere. We were extremely pleased with this tour!
Reviewer: WILLIAM YOUNGER
Long bus trip but well worth the trip. Always prefer to explore with shore excursions group.
Reviewer: Charles Prior
enjoyed the tour. the guide was informative about the penguins and their habitat. would have liked to have more time, only allowed for 1 1/2 hours Negative - the sound system in the van was not working properly and the guide would not face the back.
Excellent tour. Guide and driver were great. Well worth doing.
Nice tour, too long of a drive.
Reviewer: Suzanne Ostle
I wanted to see penguins, I saw penguins. Lots of them. I loved it! It was hot that day and it is a two hour ride by bus but who cares, we saw penguins, and also Rheas and guanacos. There are a lot of people there so be prepared for crowds.
Reviewer: Pierre Boucher
Of all th excursions taken on our 21 days cruise, this excursion was the highlight. Picked up at the gangway by a tremendous guide, we boarded a well equipped AC Bus for a 2 1/4 hour drive through Patagonian scenery. The long drive accompanied by information was worth it. Punta Tumbo is Penguin Rookery is a must see. A good hour walk on flat terrain of gravel, dirt and wooden walkway requires good walking shoes. Strong winds, sunny day and low temperatures demanded layered clothing, hat and sunscreen. Mercedes our great guide accompanied those who wished to be. Tens of thousands of Magellan Penguins made this visit a pure joy; remember that Penguins have priority of way! The walk is through thousands of Penguins, a tremendous experience. We were also happy to see numerous Llamas on sit and on way to and from Punta Tombo. Our bus driver in addition stopped twice to allow passengers to see and take picture of Ostriches, a bonus as we did not know that Argentina has two toes Ostriches!
Reviewer: Hugh Trumbull
Nice small group. Good, fun guides, good English. Well done. Caution: Clear accurate description of time and meeting place is critical!!
Reviewer: Lynn Atkins
This venue is over the top. I was expecting to see Penquins, but the amount of them (over 5000+) all in one place was over whelming. The quide was wonderful full of information & explanations. She had numerous visual aid as well that were passed around. Since we were a tour of 12, we had plenty of time with the Penquins to see everything at the site, including time to get a snack & drink & also to shop.
Reviewer: Rosa Valencia de Estrada
This was the excursion that made our cruise be worth the expense.
Reviewer: Lynn Atkins
The tour was fabulous. My husband & I were in a group of only 10 people. the ship excursion had many buses with over 40 people ea. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She had many ,many pictures of hand around to the group. Being in a small group & in a small tour van rather than a huge bus, the driver (separate from the guide) was able to make great time on the drive to the venue & return to the ship giving us extra time at the port city to shop & explore. I would recommend this tour to my clients.
We had beautiful weather, which is never guaranteed. We were not on a huge bus, but a smaller "bus"--which we much prefer. Tombo has a great visitors center and it is a wonderful walk out to see the penguins. We really enjoyed this trip.
Reviewer: Cindy Guendert
If you have always wanted to see penguins in their natural habitat, this is the excursion for you! Yes, it's over two hours to get there from the port, but most of the roads are great, so it's not a bad ride. We had about two hours at Punta Tombo, and I loved every minute of it. Yes, there are tons of other people there, but there is so much space and so many penguins that it's not much of an issue - the only places that were really crowded were the viewing decks overlooking the two swimming areas. Easy walking, mostly flat, either crushed stone path or boardwalk depending on where you are.
Reviewer: Rick Carlton
Long bus ride to and from. Almost 3 hours each way but the 2 hours with the penguins was worth it. The chick's were 2 months old in January and because of the food abundance this yeas almost all nests had 2. The best place in Patagonia to see Magellan penguins.
Reviewer: Barbara Lee
As we traveled to the rookery, our guide gave us an overview of the region, it was both interesting and informative. When we arrived at the rookery it was truly amazing! Not at all what I expected. You may have seen penguins in a zoo, but seeing them in their natural habitat is totally awesome! The fact that they travel a great distance to the water to gather food for their young and know exactly which nest is theirs out of thousands! It is truly amazing, a tour not to be missed!
Reviewer: kent francis
This was an amazing trip and with the long 2.5 hour ride each way to see them, we were happy we were in a small van ahead of the large busses from the ship. We saw the penguins and it was worth the trip being there virtually alone to see them in their environment. Great trip!
Reviewer: Warren Westall
It was a small tour of four people and we arrived at Punta Tombo well ahead of the swarms of tour buses and we really had some quality time at the park.
Reviewer: Jua nalaloca
We missed our original tour-had the wrong time in mind; Representative at the pier arranged to put us on this tour, which we very much appreciated.
Reviewer: Panama Jim
That cruise was my 95th and I have to say this was one of my favorites stops. The weather was great, service was great, everything went smoothly. I'm booking my 96th and 97th cruise and using this company for my excursions. Highly recommend.
nice to see over 1/2 million penguins. Buttttt, the bus ride was VERY long....2.5 hours ....each way
I use excursions that teach me something about life.
Different than anything I have done or seen before.
Seeing Magellanic penguins in their habitat was a unique experince.
We went near the middle of March. Lots of the Penguins had left already. It was a long drive with not much to see.
Reviewer: S. K.
The trip was great. Everyone seemed to enjoy it . We were glad that we were able to beat the crowds .
It's about 2 and 1/4 hour drive each way (a short portion over dirt roads) and you get approximately 1 hour to walk a trail through the rookery. There are several 'overlook' sites, and the trail goes right through their habitat. You can't help but see Penguins
Reviewer: Maryland Bob
Nothing special but worth seeing.
There are 3 of us in a private car, the drive/guide was very nice and gave us a detail tour in the museum. And help us take pictures and allow us to take as much time as we wanted to go through the 2.5 mile reserve. We enjoyed the well organized of the Tombo reserve.
This was way cheaper than the same excursion on the cruise ship. It was a smaller van so we got there an hour before the hoards of crowds. Much better experience and they ensure you get back on time.
This tour provides an opportunity to see and walk among thousands of Megallanic penguins. Lots of fun watching them swim and waddle around in their natural habitat.
Product cost was reasonable compared to ship tour price.
Great opportunity to see lots of penguins in their natural habitat.
A long rough road to the Penguins.
One of our best tour days ever, better than imagined.
Loved the wifi on the bus
It was a long trip from the cruise terminal, but well worth it. Saw so many penguins as well as other animals and birds. The guide escorted us thru the penguin sanctuary and pointed out nuances about the area and the penguins.
This is a once in a lifetime experience that is quite expensive, but well worth it.
Reviewer: Punto Tumbo
We loved our excursion to see the Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo. The babies were born in late November and we were seeing them at about 6 weeks of age. They looked like fuzzy basketballs with feet -- so adorable! It was sunny, windy and cool, and the penguin parents were doing their best to keep up with the feeding demands of their little ones. There are over 200 thousand nesting pairs here, and I think we saw most of them. Just amazing to see them swimming, diving, walking, feeding little ones, etc. An amazing and rewarding adventure!
Walking around in a nature preserve with thousands of penguins in their natural habitat was incredible, especially since the weather was nice and the coastal location allowed us to photograph the penguins on both land and water.
Reviewer: ann levesque
very fun experience
After a 2+ hour drive, we arrived in Punta Tombo, which is very nice and well preserved. There were so many Magellanic penguins there (we saw tens of thousands, but they said that there were more than half a million!) and we were able to watch them quite close (sometimes less than a few feet). Although it is pricey, we thought that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The excursion we took had about 15 people as opposed to the ship having 35 or more per bus. We we able to get to the location quicker, spend more time and be back at the ship faster thanthe ship's tour
I loved that it was such a small group and a small bus. It was a long ride but worth it. We were there at least 45 minutes before the ships buses which was nice to avoid the big crowds. Don't miss this trip!
We were told how close we could get to penguins, but did not really believe it until we got there. A spectacular experience. Thousands in any direction.
The tour provided opportunity to see penguins close-up and to see how they nest and raise their young. Our tour was in early March and the penguins were just beginning to migrate back up north to Brazil.
Keep up the good work. Enjoy touring with your company
This is a once in a life time experience. We were surprised at how close you actually get to the penguins. We have one picture where we were about 5 feet from a penguin. The site is very well laid out. Since the site takes a while to reach, and the land getting there is flat and full of scrub brush, bringing along a book to read and something to munch on would be helpful.
We really enjoyed our tour to see the penguins. It was a once in a lifetime experience. It was great to see how the penguins live in their natural habitat instead of in a zoo or sea life park. We would definitely recommend your tour because we were allowed a good amount of time to see the whole area without being rushed.
Reviewer: LINN THE ADVENTURER
A wonderful day which will we will remember for a long time. It was lovely to be able to walk as far as we wanted. As I'm disabled I could watch the penguins as I wait around halfway, while the others completed the extended walk.
This is another great tour by Shore Excursions Group. Visiting the Penguin Colony, learning their habits, watching them: what fun! We also learned about other local animals, such as the Guanaco. A worthwhile tour.
Reviewer: travelling woman
Loved viewing this attraction in a smaller group. We had the preserve all to ourselves until the cruise ship buses arrived with their 30 to 40 passengers per bus. Saw penguins, guanacos, mara, and a rhea in their natural environment without a lot of people to scare them.
Reviewer: Ron Delaney