Exclusive Penguin and Seal Estancia
On this exclusive tour from Puerto Madryn, you will see Magellanic penguins and elephant seals closer than you ever thought possible. And if you DID think of it, now's the time to turn those thoughts into reality!
Departing the pier in a group of no more than 12 guests, you will drive southeast with your bilingual guide. You will travel for approximately one hour over gravel roads to reach a private estancia (ranch) where the first stop will be to see elephant seals. According to the group's physical abilities, the guide will choose the path to get as close as possible into the elephant seal colony.
To have the closest encounter with the animals as possible, sometimes you have to sit down, lay on the ground, or maybe drag yourself to get inside the colony without been noticed. But it's worth it, as you'll experience magical moments watching how they molt their fur, scratch themselves, fight for winning females, and generally interact with one another.
You'll then drive to the northern sector of the farm, where a new Magellanic penguin protected colony exists. We will drive as far as possible, until we have to walk, as there are nests along both sides of the road. Continue walking until you reach the private beach, where you will learn about the ecosystem of this Golfo Nuevo's special place. You will also be able to see a South American tern colony. Sometimes sea lions, cormorants, giant petrels and other animals can be spotted as well.
Finishing the safari activities, we will go to the estancia's main lodge, where the barbecue is waiting for you in the quincho area. There are washrooms and a relaxed atmosphere to rest a little. After your grilled lunch, you will drive back to the pier.
Weather, groups mobility, or other unforeseen circumstances may affect how much of the estancia can be visited.
Reviewer: Joan Schacht
Our small group was only 4 people. After a long ride we arrived at the Estancia for a nice BBQ lamb dinner. Only issue was it took so long and due to a late arrival by the ship the Penguin viewing was cut short. We saw numerous nesting pairs of Magellanic Penguins. There were only 4 seal elephants that only viewed from a high cliff.
Reviewer: Guy Davis
I was the only one who had signed up for this tour and I was impressed they still ran it. The penguin colony was half as far as the larger one the cruise ship excursion to, but was very nice. The driver pointed out horses, gauchos, and birds on the way to the Estancia. Once at the Estancia, the knowledgeable guide drove me in a restored old jeep to the edge of the nesting area. We then walked to the beach while passing penguins and nests an arm's length away. We took as much time as I wanted and then returned to the Estancia for a wonderful lunch with guests of the Estancia inn. A great time.
This excursion well exceeded our expectations. Our guide and our driver went well beyond what was expected in order to give us the most wonderful and closest encounter we could ever have hoped for. All the while they taught us about these amazing creatures,their habits and tried to instill a true respect for this unique species. It is well worth the cost to sit on a beach surrounded by hundreds of curious penguins who bore no fear of us and passed just feet from us. I'd love to do it again !!!
Reviewer: Aussie nomads
Fantastic organisation. All arrangements were first class
Reviewer: Christine Cruiser
The experience seeing the Penguins so close was truly amazing. Our guide was so friendly and knowledgable. The meal they provided at the end was Delicious. Such a good time.