Reviewer: Sharon Borradaile
Good excursion. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Kelly Clayton
Yes, this is a long drive, but it was a comfortable vehicle and our guide used the time to give us interesting information. When we arrived at Punta Tombo, she gave us the best advice, to walk all the way to the end without wasting much time along the way. Because we had limited time, this was incredibly valuable advise. The only criticism I have is stopping for a bathroom break after 30 minutes of driving, then again before the penguin colony. With such limited time, would rather have more time with the penguins.
Reviewer: Eben Fetters
11 passengers in a small comfortable minibus. Great guide who gave a great education on the bus and during the walking tour to see penguin in their nests, penguin walking on their trails, penguins by the hundreds on the beach, etc. 2.5 hour drive each way to get there. 40 minute walk from bus in and then out on boardwalk or pebble covered fairly level walking path with penguins all along the walk. Prepacked lunch when return to bus after seeing the penguins. An excellent feature was getting there about 1 hour ahead of the big buses from the ships shore excursions.
Reviewer: Patricia Strobel
We had a great day out seeing the penguins. Bus driver and guide were excellent and answered all our questions. They were friendly and looked after us. Loved seeing the penguins.
It was great to see the penguins up close and in-person.
Reviewer: Peter S Cheung
The drive from the port to the conservation area was quite long. The walk after arriving was long too, but seeing all those cute penguins made it all worth it.
Reviewer: oswaldo morales
Great experience. Tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable
We had a wonderful time. This tour is much cheaper compare to shore excursion with our cruise ship.
It is a long drive from Puerto Madryn to see the penguins, but once there it is well worth the trip. The penguins are so close you could reach out and touch them (but don't). The tour offered us plenty of opportunities to use the restroom. The boxed lunch is a ham sandwich and being vegetarian this was the only draw back, but not enough to ruin our experience. A much better price than the cruise ship for the same experience!
Although a long ways to get to site, the land features were interesting and a piece of Patagonia I wanted to see. The time at the rookery was adequate.
Reviewer: Lowell Hagele
If you are planning a Punta Tombo Penguin excursion this is the way to go. Easy to find them on the dock. We were in a small group of 14 in a small vehicle. Advantage? We beat the large busses with their crowds and basically had the penguins to ourselves. In addition, the tour guide was excelllent. The time we spent on site was also the same more expensive tours. Nice sack lunch provided.
Reviewer: E. Pybus
This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see thousands of Magellantic penguins up close in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed a comfortable 2 1/2 hr. drive in an air-conditioned van with an excellent guide. An "okay" box lunch was provided but take extra water. The tour doesn't leave much time to explore the town but I think the penguins are the big attraction here.
Reviewer: Harriet Lancaster
This was a wonderful excursion. It was a couple of hours to get to Punta Tombo and the penguins but our guide gave us lots of information on the way. The scenery at the penguin reserve was lovely and we walked across boardwalks which allowed us to be very, very close. Loved it.
Reviewer: Rose Petersen
We wanted to see penguins! and penguins we did see! There was no difficulty finding our excursion bus. Our guide, Laura, was excellent The drive IS long, but our guide told us a lot of history . We had an hour and a half at the site, which was enough. We enjoyed our own time walking along the boardwalk and observing the Magellanic Penguins. Many in burrows or standing by a hole in the dusty desert ground, many walking to or from the water. The scenery is desert with the blue water was gorgeous. At the beach it was crowded with penguins, in all stages. It was very hot and it is surprising they can breed there. We also saw the Lesser Emu in a couple of places, and several of the llama-like animals called Guanacos. And many birds like the Chumungo Caracara. When we were finished and met at the van we were given a box lunch, which was adequate to good and we were happy as we didn't know it was included. We would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: martha hollis
Walking in the rookery with the curious birds was thrilling. Guanos were also standing guard. What an amazing adventure!
Reviewer: Glenn Macala
Long drive from Puerto Madryn, but in air conditioned van with tour guide and interpreter, both very good. Enough time at Punta Tombo to see everything. Long drive back to Puerto Madryn, given a simple box lunch which was fine. Worth the drive, lots of penguins closeup, a few guanacos and a few rheas at a distance.
Reviewer: Lois Schlutter
Opportunity to walk amongst the penguins as the preen and parent, bringing food back from the ocean to their nests right at your feet. Penguins have the right of way here. The long drive on the Pan American Highway, and short amount of gravel is worth it.
Reviewer: Frank Bonoff
Great tour of Mellengenic Penguins nesting colony. Long ride to and from it, but worth it. These penguins dig nests in the ground and come back to the same hole every year. Over 300,000 holes and they always find theirs.
2hr drive to/from; mostly on paved highway; last 20km on gravel rd. However, destination is worth it. Penguins, guanacos and birds were amazing. Visitors walk at own pace on a boardwalk/path a few feet away from the penguins. 75-90 min time limit to return to the bus. Suggestion: walk to the end first (path ends at shoreline; see penguins swimming, diving, feeding, wading in/out, etc.) then linger on walk back. Most people linger at first sightings and end-up rushed to finish the trail and return to bus. Have charged batteries and plenty of MBs on camera/phone, you will take a lot of pictures/movies. Rest of excursion is as described: smaller group size relative to ship's identical tour; guide provided commentary on landscape and penguins on the drive; box lunch was modest but edible; and brief rest area stops to/from for bathrooms, stretch, etc. The price is a bargain compared to the ship's excursion desk. Enjoy!
Reviewer: Geri Drexler
Wow, this was a fabulous tour. Shore Excursions group is so reliable, provides wonderful guides and organizes small private tours wherever you want to go off your cruise ship. I would use them first before looking at any other way to organize a tour. They are always on time, send emails to verify, check on timing of arrival and drop off at the pier, and they also send you reminders. You can book this company with confidence.
Reviewer: Lesley Carr
This tour gave us an opportunity to walk among the penguins. We were surprised to discover that these penguins "burrowed" in to the ground to nest. It was thrilling to have them walk right up to our feet. One of them found my shoes fascinating and began pecking at them. If you only do one tour; this is it.
Reviewer: Rick Roome
Tour was excellent and the guide probably was ok but she had laryngitis. Could only see the signs she had prepared. Tour should have substituted someone who could talk.
We purchased this tour for a day trip during our cruise. It was priced much better than the same tour from the cruise line. We had a small personal group as opposed to the 50 people cruise bus. The escorts were knowledgeable & spoke very good English. We were able to spend much more time at the preserve that the large bus tour which was so great for this once in lifetime experieince
Reviewer: Janet Abraham
Good tour, good price
Reviewer: R captor
Organized, on time, and enough time at sites. excellent friendly, informative English speaking guide. van and driver excellent
Reviewer: P. Strobel
Nice to see all the penguins. The tour guide was very informative. Picnic lunch was included.
This isn't really much of a tour. It is a three-hour ride from the port to the penguins, but when you get to see the penguins, it is stunning. Our family loved it! Use an excursion or don't, but get out there if you haven't been to a penguin colony before.
Reviewer: JM Vukelich
Great day out. Our guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The penguins were amazing!
Reviewer: Gaetane Normandin
This was a really great tour. I appreciated seeing the penguins in their natural element and was also happy to know they share their space with the guanacos.
A lot of penguins to see. Beautiful area.
Reviewer: Iris Herrin
This was my favorite excursion from a three week cruise. There were maybe 12 of us instead of the big cruise ship groups. Guide was wonderful. High energy. Provided lots of direction and information. She even returned my forgotten raincoat to the ship where I recovered it days later. Oh yeah, the penguins were surprising and fabulous.
Interesting place to visit. A lot of penguins to see.
Reviewer: Ed Welbourn
Great time, enjoy the time with the penguins, terrific photo opportunities.
What a great small group experience. Rather than pay double the price and 4x the amount of people we opted to try this agency and what a great experience we had with a smaller group (18)with personalized service of our guide. It felt like we had more time to explore our destination with a smaller group. Great advantage of this smaller size group is NOT having to wait for 80 people on a cruise excursion bus to use a bathroom. Plan to use again on my next cruise!!
Reviewer: Jeff and Lynda
It was a long bus ride but worth it to see the penguins. We were there with ALL the other tour buses so it was crowded but there were more penguins than people!
Penguins were starting to leave the area but there were still many to be seen in early March. The tour drive was long but worthwhile all the same and we beat the main ship tours by quite a bit so we had a better experience all round
Reviewer: Julia Tai
We were so glad we joined this tour and saw a lot of Magellanic penguins. It was well worth the money and we got a lot of precious pictures.
Reviewer: Bill Gibson
The 2+ hour van ride took less time than advertised. The tour guide was great. The penguins were everywhere and seemed happy to see us. (Maybe indifferent is the word I'm looking for.). The walk to see the penguins was easy. All in all, a great day.
This is penguin-lover's heaven! The path through the penguin colony gets you up close and personal.
Reviewer: SHEILA L PERSAUD
Had a wonderfu time on our excursion with a great guide. Was able to see penguins up really close and take great pictures. Very informative.
Reviewer: Barry Berndsen
Great excursion with a chance to be with Penguins up close. Excellent value as cruise company offered the same for a lot more $$$. Tour guide provided great information during long bus ride.
Reviewer: Jay Moller
Almost didn't see most of them because of a spectacular lightening storm closed the walkway. But they reopened. Walk to the end. Lots of people. Lots of cute penguins. Enjoyed a trip to see Gentoo penguins on a deserted beach in the Falkland Islands more.
Reviewer: Weimin Gong
We had a group of 16 people taking this tour to see the largest Penguin colony in South America continent. It took more than 2 hours to get there but it really worth it. The guide was experienced and nice, and a simple sandwich meal was also included. The tour last about 7 hours, not as indicated on the web as a 5 1/2 hour one.
We did the small group tour and it was great. The tour group met us right where they said they would be. And we able to get out to the rookery ahead of the much larger cruise ship excursions. Wish the guide was more helpful at the path to the penguins , however it was fine. I would have liked a few more minutes to shop for souvenirs (it took longer walking to the end of the trail then we realized) and they dropped off us right at the pier to get back on the ship.
Reviewer: Joni Plourd
The best tour we did on our South America trip. Loved the penguins! The guide was good too. Long ride to the penguin colony, so wish we could have stayed longer. Only stayed about 60 minutes.
Reviewer: Steve Steinhauer
If you wanted to go up close and personal with thousands of penguins this is the trip to take. You are on a path right through the rookery with the birds crossing right in front of you. You are supposed to remain 2 feet away, but sometimes that's hard to do. The gift shop at the rest stop on the way had the best selection of items, not just tourist junk and at great prices. This was exactly the same trip as offered by the ship at a lower price. Our bus and theirs were the same, and were at the site at the same time as them.
A great tour. The bus was new and comfortable; tour guide and driver pleasant, knowledgeable and the guide spoke english very well. Lots of penguins! We literally had to watch our step to avoid them. Ample time to watch and photograph. A nice way to spend the day and money well spent.
Reviewer: Joanne Green
Absolutely fabulous tour !!! I would recommend it to anyone !!! Our tour guide was very informative, the driver was great. It seems like you are going to the middle of nowhere, but well worth the trip. We saw thousands of penguins, it truly was a sight. The highlight of our trip !!!
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: 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