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Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery

Price: $185.00
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Take a walk among Magellan penguin nests and see them in their natural habitat on this small group day trip to Punta Tombo with no more than 18 guests. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the largest penguin nesting ground in continental South America.

The penguin nesting grounds of Punta Tombo thrive from September to March, hosting nearly two million Magellan penguins. Beginning in November, visitors can actually see baby penguins first leaving their nests.

While in Punta Tombo, you can explore the nesting grounds and get up close to these amazing creatures. Punta Tombo is 100 miles south of Puerto Madryn, but the experience is worth the five hours of round trip travel. You won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime penguin experience.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Terminal. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A box lunch with a ham and cheese sandwich, a piece of pie, a granola bar, 2 Argentinean alfajores, and a bottle of water is included.
Recommended Dress
Comfortable lightweight seasonal clothing and sturdy non-slip walking shoes are recommended. Guests should bring sunscreen and a hat. A light sweater may be needed for the winter months in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles.
Participants must be able to get in and out of the vehicle. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour travels over some unpaved roads.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 6 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsPunta Tombo Penquin RookeryApril 07, 2019

Reviewer: Yoshie Matsushita
This excursion was as expected and very good. The guide did an excellent lecture abut the Magellan Penguins and what to expect at this time of the year.

5 StarsPunta Tombo Penguins & MoreFebruary 27, 2019

Reviewer: Kristen Price
We wish we could remember our tour guide's name since she made this experience fantastic. She was a retired school English teacher and she was so knowledgeable and made this day such a delightful experience. We not only enjoyed the whole experience walking among the Penguins, but she shared so much information about he Patagonia area, the incredible Welsh settlers, the climate etc. She prepared us well to enjoy and respect the penguins. We highly recommend this tour and especially our guide and driver!

5 StarsGreat TourJanuary 03, 2019

Reviewer: Ari Sonesh
Recommend. It takes about 2 hours to get to the Rookery. The tour used a convenient mini-bus, which arrived before the cruise organized tour large busses. The "lunch" is not much and was served on the bus while driving back to the ship, but still better than "no lunch".

4 StarsExcellent visitFebruary 23, 2018

Reviewer: Lisa Bogner
I did this tour 16 years ago with another company, and this one is far better, as well as Tombo is far better organized and run that back then. we hung around waiting for two people who never showed up. We pre-paid our tour, however no one else did, and that explains why there were no shows. I suggest a mandatory deposit being initiated to ensure people are serious. Thus we left late, but were able to get to the Rookery before all the huge buses, but only by about 20 minutes. Would have been nice to get there earlier. Our guide and driver were great. Lunch was ok, but as i was not even expecting a lunch i cannot complain. Van was clean and had a good driver. Would recommend over the big buses any time. Got there faster and did not have to wait around for slow pokes. We had a nice manageable size of 6 people, and that was perfect.

5 StarsVery goodJanuary 28, 2017

Reviewer: Terry Haugen
We beat the crowd out to the penguin reserve and actually had a fair amount of time there before the large tour buses from the ship arrived.

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