PENGUINS AT PUNTA TOMBO
Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Packed lunch
A unique tour exploring Punta Tombo, a small natural paradise which radiates the authentic spirit of Argentinian Patagonia and is where we will find the biggest colony of Magellanic penguins. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these incredible birds in their natural habitat!
What we will see
- Punta Tombo: Magellanic penguin viewing
- Walking around thousands of nests
- Local fauna: seagulls, skuas, cormorants, terns and petrels
What we will do
- We will leave Puerto Madryn by coach and cross the Patagonian desert as we head south to Punta Tombo, approximately 180 km away. It is universally regarded as one of the best places to see Magellanic penguins: birds that are 70 cm tall with robust bodies, black feathers on their head and back and white on their fronts with two black stripes.
- From September to March, this huge colony is home to around two million penguins, which come to nest, mate, incubate their eggs and feed their young. The females arrive a month after the males, in around September, and in November the young are born and a month later they will take to the water for the first time.
- During the visit we will have the opportunity to walk amidst thousands of nests and be left in awe of this incredible spectacle of nature and the marine birds that have chosen this site to nest, such as grey seagulls, skuas, cormorants and various species of terns and enormous petrels.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion includes a minimum of 5 hours of travelling.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Not all the roads are tarmacked and the gravelled paths are uneven and dusty. It is not unusual for dust to get inside the vehicle through the ventilation system.
- We recommend wearing light clothing, a hat, comfortable walking or hiking shoes and bringing sun cream with you.
- It is not possible to take photos using the flash in the areas in which the animals live.