The dang penguins are SO cute and yes this tour is expensive when you 1st look at the Pira website, but when you see these cuties up close and personal, it is so worth it. I booked the tour online with Pira and since they don't have a secure online payment thing I decided not to give out my credit card info. They were ok with that and asked me to pay when we get to Ushuaia the day before our tour. Since it was Christmas Day, they decided to close early, but they did call my hotel to say that it is ok and we can pay the day of tour at the pier, nice! They have an office on the main street (San Martin) and a tourist office where the tour meets by the pier. We took the 8am tour and yes the bus ride is a bit long, but wasn't a big deal. We stopped a couple of times to get some pictures of landscape and get some fresh air because that bumpy ride can make you nauseous. There's a bathroom right before you go on the boat to go to the penguin island. USE IT because there's no bathroom on the island. The boat ride is short but you do spend about a bit over an hour on the island, so dress warm, it can get chilly and rainy. It was such a treat to see the penguins in their natural environment. They're not afraid and we walked fairly close to them (no touching of course) and most of them Magellanic, with some Gentoo mixed in there, and a couple of King penguins. An hour on the island went by all too quickly. Afterwards we went to the Whale Museum (it was ok) and got a little tour of the place. Then same long bus ride back to Ushuaia (I think most of the people were asleep on the bus on the way back). All in all a great tour and bring your cameras!
We got back to town around 2:30pm or so and went to Moustacchio (on San Martin) for a late lunch. They have the most delicious lamb dish and they give you a lot so we didn't have to eat dinner that night :D
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