Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Best of Puerto Madryn: Punta Tombo Reserve
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7 Hours
Puerto Madryn is the stepping-off point for at least two of Argentina's most exciting Natural Parks -- the Valdes Peninsula and Punta Tombo.
Punta Tombo Nature Reserve, which you will visit today, is world renowned as perhaps the finest spot from which to view Magellan penguins, and indeed is home to the world's largest colony of that species. It is located 111 miles from the city of Puerto Madryn and will afford you the truly unusual experience of observing the Magellan penguin at close range in its natural habitat. It is estimated that more than a million penguins come here each year, and from November onwards it is possible to also see baby penguins leaving their nests.
As you quietly stroll along the footpath through the colony, the lovable and endearing penguins will not be afraid of you. They are used to having visitors, and the visitors' code of conduct, explained by your guide, ensures that disturbance to the birds is minimal. You will learn about how the Magellan penguins mate for life -- the female lays two eggs each year, which the male and female then brood and raise together.
A box lunch is included. Travel time to Punta Tombo is approximately 2½ hours each way. The road is unpaved and dusty in places. Due to Puerto Madryn's remote location, the standard of transportation used may be more basic than that in some other ports. Restrooms are available only at the rookery entrance and at the gas station during the ride. This tour is available only on select sailings due to time in port. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf.