Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins
Sale Price: $149.00
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).
Reviewer: Sharon Borradaile
Good excursion. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Kelly Clayton
Yes, this is a long drive, but it was a comfortable vehicle and our guide used the time to give us interesting information. When we arrived at Punta Tombo, she gave us the best advice, to walk all the way to the end without wasting much time along the way. Because we had limited time, this was incredibly valuable advise. The only criticism I have is stopping for a bathroom break after 30 minutes of driving, then again before the penguin colony. With such limited time, would rather have more time with the penguins.
Reviewer: Eben Fetters
11 passengers in a small comfortable minibus. Great guide who gave a great education on the bus and during the walking tour to see penguin in their nests, penguin walking on their trails, penguins by the hundreds on the beach, etc. 2.5 hour drive each way to get there. 40 minute walk from bus in and then out on boardwalk or pebble covered fairly level walking path with penguins all along the walk. Prepacked lunch when return to bus after seeing the penguins. An excellent feature was getting there about 1 hour ahead of the big buses from the ships shore excursions.
Reviewer: Patricia Strobel
We had a great day out seeing the penguins. Bus driver and guide were excellent and answered all our questions. They were friendly and looked after us. Loved seeing the penguins.
It was great to see the penguins up close and in-person.