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Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins

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This tour operates from September to April.
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Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins

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).

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Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A ham and cheese sandwich, one Argentinian alfajor (cookies), one granola bar, and a bottle of water are included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend dressing in layers and sensible walking or hiking shoes. Guests should bring a windbreaker, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, wooden, gravel, and hard packed dirt surfaces. There are approximately 20 steps on the trail.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 115 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExclusive Punta Tombo PenguinsMarch 11, 2020

Reviewer: Joni Plourd
We did this wonderful last year and returned again! It is a great day spent with Mirta as our tour guide, who knew everything about the region and the penguins! Anne was an excellent driver. Saw lots of penguins molting and loved the up-close and great time with penguins and guanacos. There were only 6 of us on the tour, to boot! Will return!

5 StarsPenguin PerfectMarch 10, 2020

Reviewer: Bert M Hofstatter
Clean, dependable 20 person van. Perfect size when traveling with a group of varied mobility. Potty stop coming and going. Knowledgeable guide. Plenty of time with penguins. Returned 1 hour before the cruise ship bus. Very reasonable price

4 StarsNice excursion well worth it.March 09, 2020

Reviewer: Victor Dume
It was a long bus ride from the port but well worth it. they were penguins all over the place and walking right next to us. Plus it was a lot cheaper through Shore Excursions Group than the cruise ship.

5 StarsPenguins are entertainingMarch 07, 2020

Reviewer: Linda Stromberg
Good tour. Long drive from port but our tour directors kept us entertained.

5 StarsPunta Tombo ReviewMarch 03, 2020

Reviewer: JIM MUNSON
The second of a 4 part tour was the “Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins” in Puerto Madryn. This was a fabulous excursion that took us to see a colony of about 500,000 Magellanic penguins. It is a fairly long drive to get there but certainly well worth it. There is a long boardwalk that meanders through much of the penguins breeding grounds. You get to see them up close and in their true natural habitat. We had one English speaking guide, Nicholas (Niko) and one Spanish guide, Frederick together with our driver Raymond. During the drive, our guides regaled us with information about the penguins, the areas that we drove through and the country / culture in general. Listening to the guides made the trip enjoyable and the time pass quickly. After seeing the penguins we were given a light lunch which was appreciated and timely. This excursion was one of the main highlights of our entire cruise! Special thanks go to this team for an incredible tour.

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