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Address: Ruta Provincial 1 (A 100 Km. Aprox. De Las Ciudades de Rawson y Trelew), Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Punta Tombo Penguin Colony and Union Beach from Puerto Madryn

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Thousands of Penguins

Our cruise ship spent a day in Puerto Madryn, Argentina and we had a two hour drive, each way, to get to the penguin reserve at Punta Tombo. It was well worth the drive... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our cruise ship spent a day in Puerto Madryn, Argentina and we had a two hour drive, each way, to get to the penguin reserve at Punta Tombo. It was well worth the drive. Magellanic penguins were everywhere, resting beside their burrows, waddling about, playing in the water. preening their feathers, etc. We also saw a couple of rheas and... More 

Thank FloridaMexlover
Leicester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was looking forward to visiting the penguin colony as part of a birdwatching tour with 13 other people in November. Unbeknown to any of us or our guides the administrators of the reserve had introduced a new rule that meant that groups of more than a few had to pre-book and pay extra for a guide. We did not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absoulty take boat tour after penguins, wait you many surprise at sea, sea lions, different dolphins and if you are lucky, orca

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had so many choices of places to see penguins, but we chose Punta Tombo. We spoke to people who had taken this trip and read the reviews and found that many places to see penguins were far, walking over rough ground, you viewed them from a distance and many times there were only a few or none to see.... More 

Thank stevesol6718
Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You MUST see this place its a must see while your in south america! I visited with my family and highly recommend.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A unique chance to be among -literally- hundreds of thousands of penguins in their natural habitat. With nests stretching as far as the eye can see, you will be so close to the little guys in black tie that you'll actually need to give them their due priority at crosswalks. Very well organized and maintained, a top notch nature experience.... More 

Thank GusNewYork
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 841 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was easily the best of the activities on offer from Puerto Madryn. I mean - who doesn't pee their pants at the excitement of having thousands of penguins running around your feet? I visit with my partner in December 2015 and here is the advice I would offer others. GETTING HERE, COST, TOUR VS INDEPENDENT The colony is located... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A 2.5 hour drive south of Puerto Madryn during which you see that this side of Argentina is a large desert. Keep your eyes open for the other animals you see along the way. The Magellanic Penguins are spread across many square kilometers. They nest under bush or in burrows. Much quieter and better smelling than other penguin colonies. A... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are travelling around South America as a late twenties/early thirties couple and we visited Peninsula Valdes with Fugu tours which was arranged by our hostel (Tosca Hostel) in Puerto Madryn. We were picked up at 8am and drove for roughly one hour to Playa Union as we decided to do the additional dolphin watching add-on. This was really worth... More 

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unbelievable the number of penguins, thousands. Acres of penguins, parents with young ones, they are not at all disturbed by your presence crossing over and under the boardwalk as they walk toward the ocean. There are numerous viewing platforms from which you can observe the frolicking in the ocean. Most are just standing still under low shrubs and next to... More 

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