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Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins

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This 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
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 85 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExllecent Tour!February 07, 2019

Reviewer: Kathy
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

5 StarsWorth itFebruary 06, 2019

Reviewer: Janet Abraham
Good tour, good price

5 StarsPunts Tombo PenguinsFebruary 03, 2019

Reviewer: R captor
Organized, on time, and enough time at sites. excellent friendly, informative English speaking guide. van and driver excellent

5 StarsExcellent excursion January 28, 2019

Reviewer: P. Strobel
Nice to see all the penguins. The tour guide was very informative. Picnic lunch was included.

5 StarsThe Penguins are StunningJanuary 28, 2019

Reviewer: Aaron
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.

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