Isla Martillo

Isla Martillo, Ushuaia: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Isla Martillo Reviews: 4.5/5

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Poncik
Germany628 contributions
Best experience
Jan 2020
My dream came true in this amazing island.
I would have spent an entire day admiring the penguins in their natural habitat.

If you are lucky, biologists will be among you and you can gain so much knowledge about penguins in so little time.
Magellano, gentoo and king penguins seem to be the native species that come to Martillo every year for the reproduction.
So many emotions seeing them in real life..
Written August 4, 2020
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Dan and Beck
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
Ushuaia penguin tour & Beagle Channel tour
Jan 2020
You cannot visit Ushuaia without a tour to Martillo Island (Isla Martillo) for the Ushuaia Penguin tour. Many places in town organise the Ushuaia penguin tour. But we can highly recommend Piratour Travel as a reputable and fantastic company. They have bilingual guides and top notch facilities. Although $165USD (plus $40ARS/ $0.65USD port fees) isn’t cheap, the boat tour was incredible.

Included is a visit of sea lions, the Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, a basic but interesting wildlife museum and of course, the main attraction – Isla Martillo. This is where you get to walk with penguins! Seeing Gentoo and Magellanic penguins is assured but we were even lucky enough to see a solo King Penguin. It was actually lost and shouldn't have been there. So we were actually stoked it got lost.
Written May 25, 2020
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Yan Wang
McLean, VA29 contributions
Amazing PiraTour: walking with the penguins!
Mar 2020
My husband and I went to Ushuaia as part of our 20 day tour to the Patagonia. The last stop was the famous Southernmost city of Ushuaia. We went to the tourism office and they recommended Piratour which is the only company authorized to have "walking with the penguins" on this Island "Isla Martillo". We got on the bus at 7:30am and first took an hour drive, and then we were divided into two groups. The tour guide led us to a small boat. We were driven to this small island where thousands of penguins are. We saw many penguins in couples digging holds to incubate their eggs. They are so cute, esp when they walk around. But we did not see the King Penguins, unfortunately this year, the King penguins left the island early ... But we took excellent photos. We also love the museum of Marine mammals that were discovered around the islands of Ushuaia, established by an American scientist, learned a lot about the differences between different species. On our way back, we saw many sea lions on another island. Overall, an amazing tour, total worth it! Highly recommend it to anyone coming to Ushuaia, Argentina!
Written March 18, 2020
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robertvalerie
Geneva, Switzerland204 contributions
fantastic not to be missed go with piratour so that you can walk with penguins
Feb 2020
this was fabulous, an highlight of our 2 weeks trip in Patagonia
go with piratour, show up in the morning or put yourself in waiting list
this is worth it
Written February 20, 2020
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Jenna
462 contributions
Great penguin tour!
Feb 2020 • Solo
The tour was exclusively operated by Piratour. The guide speaks good english, and they were very strict with getting near the penguins. I felt like they take their jobs seriously, and at the same time still let us enjoy our time with the penguins.

I also appreciated the visit to the museum, and a short stop to these unique trees that face the right!
Written February 18, 2020
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ShifraToronto
toronto4,492 contributions
Amazing Experience, but Wet, Windy and Freezing
Jan 2020
See my description of the catamaran ride to Estancia Haberton under my review for the Beagle Channel (Canal Beagle on TripAdvisor).
That review describes what you will see along the way and has tips for how to make the long trip to the estancia by boat more comfortable.
The squishy ride on the catamaran was well worth it in order to access the tender ride to the island for the experience of actually walking quite near to the penguins and getting up close great shots. From the deck of the catamaran, the penguins had been merely little dots on the beach.
Thought he penguins are spread all over the island, you have to stay on the path and keep some distance, when the penguins waddle across the path near you.
The day we went, in mid January, it was raining off and on, sometimes quite hard.
The waves were choppy as the boat from the estancia haberton made its way to the island.
It was very, very, very windy on the island.
It was also a bit slippery on the paths and boardwalk, from the rain.
The penguins live here and dig their burrows wherever they feel like doing so. Some holes are very, very close to the path you will be walking on.
Wear good hiking shoes with lug soles and watch where you step!
Bring a waterproof camera.
I was wearing a poncho I had brought from Maid of the Mist tours in Niagara Falls, on top of all of my winter layers.
The guide tied the ends in knots because she said the flapping of the plastic might bother the penguins.
I can understand that.
The whipping of the poncho was a nuisance to me, even tied down.
I also tethered my cameras to lanyards around my neck and tucked them into my clothing, in their cases, when not in use.
The sun did peek through the clouds for just enough time to snap a few fine pictures of the penguins and chicks in their burrows.
Not an experience one can replicate back home.
Written February 11, 2020
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Maria M
Baltimore, MD121 contributions
Baby Penguins!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Keep your fingers for good weather and make sure your reservation is solid for your trip to the rookery since they only allow 20 people on at a time and 80 people per day. Once the above is checked this trip will not disappoint and your time with the penguins will feel magical and fleeting.
Written February 3, 2020
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SBandHG
Chicago, IL89 contributions
Piratour
Jan 2020
AMAZING! worth every penny!
Definitely made me want to go to Antarctica in the future.

Who doesn't love penguins?!?!
Written January 27, 2020
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wolneyunes
grenoble61 contributions
nice but long
Jan 2020
nice trip, though quite long, 6 hours
You can take your own food and drink, but there´s a bar on the boat
Written January 23, 2020
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Mrsgringa
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala13 contributions
Loved Seeing Penguins up Close
Dec 2019
The Isla Martillo tour was my favorite tour in the Ushuaia, Argentina, area, booked through Piratour. It started with a 1 1/2-hour narrated bus ride to Harberton Ranch, where we had a tour of the Acatushun Museum. The museum and related lab focus on marine mammals and birds, and we saw lots of skeletons on display and heard about the lab work. Then we took a short boat ride to Martillo Island, where we were able to walk close to and get great photos of the penguins. We saw three types of penguins -- Gentoo, Magellanic and one lone King penguin. (This was as many types of penguins as we saw later on our cruise to Antarctica.) After seeing the penguins, we made a short stop at the tea room at Harberton Ranch before heading back to Ushuaia on the bus. The tour was a full six hours, and the bus ride wasn't that interesting. But the penguins made it all worthwhile. Be aware that many tours in Ushuaia advertise penguins, but just pass by Martillo Island rather than landing there. Know what you are signing up for.
Written January 17, 2020
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