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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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Early April - Plenty of Penguins

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went there with a couple of other people from the hostel who have rented a car. The 2 hour drive is worthwile because you will see on the side of the (not so nice to drive) gravel road loads of guanacos and birds. The penguin colony itself is huge and penguins cross right in front of you. If you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We, a party of four, booked a tour to Punta Tombo with Cultura Cercena. We met our guide/driver Martin outside the pier. The 200-km journey took two hours. Punta Tombo is claimed to have the largest colony of Magellanic penguins, perhaps half a million of them, in Argentina. However, the penguins scatter over a very large area, and hence it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a unique place in the world to see the baby pinguins .so special to watch the Magelan Pinguins without any fear at all from us. They look at you and you feel very special to be accepted. Area is well organized and protected. Good service all around.

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