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Punta Tombo National Reserve

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Address: Ruta Provincial 1 | approx 100 km from the cities of Rawson & Trelew, Dique Florentino Ameghino, Argentina
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Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Punta Tombo Penguin Colony
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Punta Tombo Penguin Colony and Union Beach from Puerto Madryn with optional...
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Long drive from Piramides but so worth it!

Our base was Puerto Piramides but after hearing from fellow travelers how amazing Punta Tombo was, we decided to see it our last day in the area. We drove from Piramides and spent... read more

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Orange County, CA
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Orange County, CA
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our base was Puerto Piramides but after hearing from fellow travelers how amazing Punta Tombo was, we decided to see it our last day in the area. We drove from Piramides and spent 1.5 hours there before heading to the airport back in Puerto Madryn. It was a long drive but we're glad we did it. It was a truly... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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397 reviews
210 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Punta Tombo, in Argentine Patagonia is absolutely amazing, To begin with the land and sea are breath taking. Then there are the Magellan Penguins, everywhere. Thousands of penguins all over the place. Walking on the barren land, in their burrows, adult and young ones. Than you walk to the sea and watch them swimming. They appear to have no fear... More 

Thank nancy s
Vancouver, Washington
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158 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This park more than met my expectations for penguin watching. The Magellanic Penguins were wonderful. Everywhere you look - there they are. From babies to adults. We did not know they nest in the ground under small shrubs, so once you train you eyes, you can spot them everywhere. This park is easily accessible for all fitness levels as you... More 

Thank Judith V
Houston, Texas
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44 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

If you want to see Magellanic penguins, Punta Tomba is the place to go. There are thousands of penguins and they are everywhere - in their burrows in the brush, on the paths, under the wooden bridges, on the seashore, and in the water. The penguins seem not to mind all the people, but it would be nice if the... More 

Thank L77346
Salt Lake City, Utah
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This place is absolutely amazing, a natural preserve for penguins. So happy we survived the long bus ride out to see this wonderful place. The amount of penguins is mind blowing, they are every where; waddling, chirping, swimming, mating, eating, pooping and sleeping. I just wish people would respect the signs and give them space.

Thank lurcherm
Thompsontown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We had never seen wild penguins before, and here, we saw several thousand. This met all expectations. We went on an organized ships tour, but if I had it to do over, I would not. Others on our ship did a very similar tour with local operators for a fraction of the cost. ($50ish instead of over $200, to the... More 

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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Went there at the end of January 2017. We took a ship's organized tour. It is approximately 3 hours ride each way. There are 2 bathroom stops on the way. Our droup was lucky to get a little bus as there were not many people in our group. The transportation had an air con and the tour guide Marcela was... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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912 reviews
222 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 653 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Its a long boring drive here from Puerto Madryn but worth it to see the huge colony of penguins.They are so well protected that they are totally unafraid of humans and toddle among the tourists. A great experience .

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This colony is huge and there are literally penguins everywhere you look! The landscape is beautiful too with guanacos and other birds. It is fascinating watching the penguins and their chicks both on land and at sea - great walking tracks and platforms for viewing. The Visitor Centre is also super. Even though we had seen a smaller colony on... More 

1 Thank Jill M
North Richland Hills, Texas
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We booked this tour from our cruise ship. The highway was smooth and the park road was good. Rest stops are along the way and at the park. The wooden boardwalk made the almost one mile hiking tour very easy. They prohibit you from getting off the boardwalk to explore because there are Magellan penguins everywhere. They live in shallow... More 

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