Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins
Sale Price: $135.00
A half-million Magellanic penguins are waiting for you in Punta Tombo, South America's largest penguin colony.
This tour begins with a two-hour drive to the Punta Tombo peninsula in the Argentinean province of Chubut. There you will find hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins. The two-mile long, 1,969-feet-wide peninsula is covered with sand, clay and gravel.
Between September and April, a large number of Magellanic penguins come to this site to incubate their eggs, and prepare their offspring for migration - the largest such colony in South America. Couples stand in front of their nests, protecting the eggs from birds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food.
Other wildlife encountered in the area includes sea birds (mainly seagulls, chimangos and cormorants), rheas and guanacos.
As you walk along the trail inhabited by penguins on both sides, you will be able to observe the different phases of these birds' lives. Because of the proximity of the path to the nests, visitors may enjoy and learn from the penguin behavior. The path has benches for visitors to be able to rest and enjoy the view in this isolated place, far from towns and free of human interventions in the landscape.
After this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the tour returns to Puerto Madryn and your ship.
Please note: The length of your stay at the penguin reserve will be determined by the tour guide according to the ship's sailing time and following the circulation policies imposed by the reserve administration (usually no more than 90-100 minutes per group).
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.