Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins

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Tour operates from September to April.
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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
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
A ham and cheese sandwich, two Argentinian alfajores (cookies), one granola bar and a bottle of water are included.
We recommend dressing in layers and sensible walking / hiking shoes. We also suggest a windbreaker, cap or hat, and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, plank, gravel and hard packed dirt. There are approximately 20 steps on the trail.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 61 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsPenguins!February 10, 2018

Reviewer: Gregg
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.

4 StarsPunta Tombo penguinsFebruary 06, 2018

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 !!!

5 StarsAmazing Shore Excursion - Punta Tombo PenguinsFebruary 04, 2018

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.

5 StarsGreat experience - top notch operationJanuary 30, 2018

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.

5 StarsExcellent ChoiceJanuary 29, 2018

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.

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