Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins

special offer banner Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins Tour from Puerto Madryn
Price: $184.00   Sale Price: $159.00   Save: $25.00
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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  |  117 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great Excursion
March 29, 2020
We enjoyed this excursion. The bus was small and we left quickly and beat everyone to the site. The site only had a few visitors when we arrived. By the time we were leaving, the area was swamped with tourists. Our tour leader and driver did a great job.
Reviewer: DEBRA DENT
5 Stars
good, but long drive
March 23, 2020
Laura is very knowledgeable, however, due to her heavy accent, we had hard time understanding her. The tour said it required 20 steps on the trail, in fact, we walked more than one hour. Glad that we made it, got many pictures of the Magellanic penguins. Thank you.
Reviewer: Bea and Kit Ng
3 Stars
Exclusive Punta Tombo Penguins
March 11, 2020
We did this wonderful last year and returned again! It is a great day spent with Mirta as our tour guide, who knew everything about the region and the penguins! Anne was an excellent driver. Saw lots of penguins molting and loved the up-close and great time with penguins and guanacos. There were only 6 of us on the tour, to boot! Will return!
Reviewer: Joni Plourd
5 Stars
Penguin Perfect
March 10, 2020
Clean, dependable 20 person van. Perfect size when traveling with a group of varied mobility. Potty stop coming and going. Knowledgeable guide. Plenty of time with penguins. Returned 1 hour before the cruise ship bus. Very reasonable price
Reviewer: Bert M Hofstatter
5 Stars
Nice excursion well worth it.
March 09, 2020
It was a long bus ride from the port but well worth it. they were penguins all over the place and walking right next to us. Plus it was a lot cheaper through Shore Excursions Group than the cruise ship.
Reviewer: Victor Dume
4 Stars
Penguins are entertaining
March 07, 2020
Good tour. Long drive from port but our tour directors kept us entertained.
Reviewer: Linda Stromberg
5 Stars