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Punta Tombo

Route 1 187 Km South from Puerto Madryn, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I went on a day excursion from Puerto Madryn to Punta Tombo and what a treat! This was March and the Magellanic penguins had begun to moult, getting ready to leave in April but there were still plenty to keep us fascinated. There were also guanaco, mara, piche, lesser rhea, crested tinamou, buzzard eagle (not sure). The interpretation centre is... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

i think that i have been there 5 times already, and never get tired! the pinguins are so cute that you just wat to grab one and take it home! besides, the site has a nice restaurant and pretty good museum.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Driving from Puerto Madryn to Punta Tombo takes like 2.5hs (last 20km are unpaved road). The trip there is 100% pure Patagonian dessert. Punta Tombo National Park has brand new and clean facilities. You arrive to the main place, were you have a small information center and you pay for the entrance fee to see the penguins. Then you have... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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201 reviews 201 reviews
115 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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44 helpful votes 44 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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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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