Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins
Sale Price: $149.00
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: Peter S Cheung
The drive from the port to the conservation area was quite long. The walk after arriving was long too, but seeing all those cute penguins made it all worth it.
Reviewer: oswaldo morales
Great experience. Tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable
We had a wonderful time. This tour is much cheaper compare to shore excursion with our cruise ship.
It is a long drive from Puerto Madryn to see the penguins, but once there it is well worth the trip. The penguins are so close you could reach out and touch them (but don't). The tour offered us plenty of opportunities to use the restroom. The boxed lunch is a ham sandwich and being vegetarian this was the only draw back, but not enough to ruin our experience. A much better price than the cruise ship for the same experience!
Although a long ways to get to site, the land features were interesting and a piece of Patagonia I wanted to see. The time at the rookery was adequate.