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Parque Nacional Monte Leon

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We were trying to visit Monte Leon NP from Nov 27 to 29, 2017 but the park was closed. Reason given... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
New York City, New York
Monte Leon : where cougars hunt on penguins

Monte Leon National park is on the Ruta 3 from Rio Gallegos to Rio Chico. The park includes the... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
La Spezia, Italy
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Puerto Santa Cruz 9300, Argentina
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

We were trying to visit Monte Leon NP from Nov 27 to 29, 2017 but the park was closed. Reason given by the ranger was that the road was being repaired from the heavy rain in March. We were also told that it would open...More

1  Thank AHA2006
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Only able to visit park ranger office and interpretive exhibit - road down to coast to see penguins and sea lions damaged due to rains in early March. Not known when it will be repaired.

Thank Rorinho
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Monte Leon National park is on the Ruta 3 from Rio Gallegos to Rio Chico. The park includes the area from the road to the shoreline starting about 90 km North of Rio Gallegos and ending next to Comandante Luis Piedra Buena village. It is...More

4  Thank bluebay06
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This is well worth a detour, especially between Oct - Apr, when the penguins are ashore. The drive down to the penguin viewpoint, and beyond to the sea lion viewpoint is stunning. The steppe gives way to a dramatic and beautifully eroded sci-fi landscape. Drive...More

Thank NickEaston
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

A nice park to visit if you want to see penguins and it's not far from your route. You can quite easily take a detour from Ruta 40 too. You need to drive 200 km on gravel road, but then you can skip the section...More

Thank Sepisto
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We decided to take a slight <<8 hour>> detour on our way back to Puerto Natales from El Calafate to stop and see penguins at Monte Leon. The penguins did not disappoint. Make sure you fill up your car in Rio Gallegos as there are...More

2  Thank L D
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing place. Teaming with wildlife. Many breathtaking moments. We covered 10000km of Argentina, and this was right up there in top five sites. Remote but 20km access road was not that bad. Magellanic penguin colony was in full swing. This was highlight...More

2  Thank Harry N
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Kind of newly created National Park. Has only one gravel road you can get in by car, and for staying there is on camping with some few cabins near the see. It has beautiful landscape and with patients it´s possible to see wildlife mainly birds...More

Thank Emiinfo
Reviewed 7 April 2015

Wow. This is absolutely a must-visit place in Patagonia to experience flora and fauna. We happened this way by chance due to an airline strike, and still can't believe our luck. The penguin trail is incredible. It is a short walk out to the lookout....More

9  Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 13 March 2015

Park Monte Leon must be seen when travelling in the South of Patagonia. On your way spend a night and enjoy dinner at estancia Doraike next door. Both amazing !

1  Thank Olivier D
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