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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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Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Punta Tombo Megellanic Penguin Rookery

What a delightful excursion this was for us. We were on the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity which docked at Puerto Madryn, Argentina. We rode a bus through interesting, almost... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

What a delightful excursion this was for us. We were on the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity which docked at Puerto Madryn, Argentina. We rode a bus through interesting, almost desert-like terrain to reach Punta Tombo's penguin rookery. There were supposedly a million penguins there, and I think we saw at least a third of them chatting with each other, waddling... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I really do love penguins! The chances of me leaving a less than 5 star review about penguins were slim to begin with. However, Punta Tombo was so incredible, I wish there was a potential 6 star review. The only place in the world you can see penguins better is Antarctica! If you are in the area, don´t miss this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It is a marvelous place to see penguins in their nests, they seem to be sparsely agiles on land. In Spanish they are called "Pajaro Bobo" (fool bird)by the way they walk, but in the water they seem to be torpedos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We were unsure whether to go so late in the season - but we booked through a travel agent in Buenos Aires and they called to check there would still be penguins when we wanted to go. Apparently Punta Tombo is only open until the penguins leave and that date varies each year. We saw lots of lovely penguins!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

after being disappointed at the lack of wildlife at peninsula Valdez when I went (most animals had left and the tour and entry is very expensive), I was pleasantly surprised by punta tombo. The colony is huge, entry is reasonable (130 arg pesos I think) and you can go very close to the Penguins. There is a lot of walking... More 

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Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Visited on 6 March near the end of the season, but there were still lots of penguins present, finishing their molt before departing for warmer winter climes in Brazil. Allow yourself about 1.5 hours to just walk the many boardwalks and trails - more if you want to shop or spend lots of time seeing penguins. While parts of the... More 

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Verdalsören, Nord-Trondelag, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a great place to watch magellan penguins. But be aware of it might be changes from week to week how many you will be meeting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

When you arrive here there is a visitor centre but it looks so out of place on a windy plain! We got there a couple of days late as there werent the thousands and thousands of penguins there but there were still enough to make this a great experience. You can only see the penguins on the beach from a... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

A day trip to the Penguin colony followed by a visit to Trelew, Gaiman and the river valley. Did not have tea at Welsh tea hose (I am told they are superb) too much food! a Must in the area.

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Newport Beach, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We visited this penguin rookery the first week of March as an independent excursion while on a cruise Around the Horn The tour provider was Forastero Tours. We were a group of 16 at a rate of $105 pp. We were able to get off the ship immediately at about 8:00 am as requested by the tour operator, which resulted... More 

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Address: Ruta Provincial 1 (A 100 Km. Aprox. De Las Ciudades de Rawson y Trelew), Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Patagonia  >  Province of Chubut  >  Puerto Madryn

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