Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins

special offer banner Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins Tour from Puerto Madryn
Price: $184.00   Sale Price: $179.00   Save: $5.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
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.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over paved, wooden, gravel, and hard packed dirt surfaces. There are approximately 20 steps on the trail.

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 Punta Tombo 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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4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  129 ReviewsReview This Tour
Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve
April 22, 2023
What a well managed and ecologically sound area this was. The penguins were beautiful even in their state of molting! Guides along the wooden trail made sure that the penguins came first - as it should be. I was honored to be able to take pictures along this vast area of shoreline. The number of penguins was astonishing and to see them in their natural nesting grounds and habitats was phenomenal. I highly recommend this tour excursion.
Reviewer: Heidi Huckabee
5 Stars
Great trip and lots of penguins
April 05, 2023
Favorite excursion on our recent cruise. Lots of penguins. Drove by a large replica at the site where the largest dinosaur fossil in the world was found. Be aware drive is long at 2+ hrs each way but worth it!
Reviewer: Larry F
5 Stars
A fantastic day!!
March 30, 2023
This the second time we've taken this tour (last time in 2020). The tour guide was fabulous and the tour this time was much better! She did a remarkable job explaining everything about the area, the penguin colony, and her sense of humor kept things light--making the 2 hour drive go quickly! This tour is highly recommended!!!!
Reviewer: Mr Mark G Friedmann
5 Stars
The penguins were fun to watch
March 24, 2023
We did this tour a couple of days after seeing penguins in Pt Stanley, Falkland Island. I booked this as insurance in case we couldn't land in Port Stanley. We were able to dock and travel to see penguins on Volunteer Point, which was the highlight of our cruise. I wish I had the time to cancel this tour because it was a letdown after Falkland Island. We saw a lot of penguins, but it was a very long walk from the busses to the Ocean viewing platform. Part of the path was a well-made wooden boardwalk; however, there were large sections of gravel path, which were impassible by a wheelchair.
Reviewer: Patti Pozella
3 Stars
Great experience
March 17, 2023
Interesting drive and great experience walking among the penguins. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Craig
5 Stars
worthwhile excursion
March 08, 2023
Nice excursion to see penguins. It meets my expectations.
Reviewer: Jimmy M
4 Stars