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Punta Tombo

Route 1 187 Km South from Puerto Madryn, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It's a really great experience to just walk amongst the penguins. We went in November so the babies were hatching. This meant that the parents were nesting so you don't actually see as much around, Nevertheless, it was still great. If you are short on time, my advice would be to get to the end (by the water), where you... More

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New Hampshire
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96 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We visited Punta Tombo for a day trip from Puerto Mandryn. This place was absolutely amazing. I've always loved watching penguins in a museum but seeing them roaming wild was an experience I will never forget. You stay on trails and the penguins have the right of way since they will constantly be cutting in front of you. The Magellanic... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We visited Punta Tombo National Reserve while on a cruise. It is quite a drive from Puerto Madryn to the National Reserve but the 4-5 hour roundtrip drive is worth it. There is a small fee to enter the reserve but since we were part of the tour I do not know what it is. Even though we were there... More

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Calgary, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Punta tombo is definitely one of the best places we have visited in Patagonia. The site offers an excellent interpretative center as well as 3 km of trail that interweaves itself among 1 million penguins. The penguins are incredibly endearing to watch and the entire site is incredible. My husband and I rented a car and spent the whole day... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Punta Tombo is 50 km closer to Trelew than to P Madryn and should be considered a main attraction for visits to Trelew. It is quite an expansive site and offers great viewing of Magellanic Penguins. We hired a car from Trelew for the day and managed to fit this and Gaiman in the same day out. It was a... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Punta Tombo is a wonderful place to watch penguins and feel them really close. But the real attraction was to find Isla Escondida (the Hidden Island) where you can really walk among elephant seals! From Punta Tombo, instead of going back to Trelew by the main road, just continue through the unpaved road to Rawson (the sign says "Rawson por... More

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Sweden, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Nice, well organised, clean place where you can walk very close to the penguins. We even saw "guanacos", "cuises" and "chimangos". Deserves a visit!

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San Francisco, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to Argentina. From what we read, it is also the best place to see the penguins. Plan to spend at least 3 hours there, just taking pictures of the thousands of penguins you will see. There is a trail (mostly a wooden boardwalk) that goes throughout the park and eventually close to the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My review may be biased because the weather was terrible the day we went. It literally started hailing and down pouring 5 minutes after we arrived, thank goodness for a restaurant to kill some time. Anyways, Punto Tombo is a huge place. Because of the weather, it wasn't too busy, but we were told that normally there are tons more... More

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Michigan
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We had a marvelous day with the penguins at Punta Tombo. Forestero Tours sent a guide and a driver to pick eight of us up just outside the cruise terminal. While the ride is about an hour to get to the rookery, the unfamiliar terrain and explanation by the guide, kept us busy for most of that hour. We saw... More

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