Punta Tombo
Punta Tombo
4.5
08:00 - 18:00
Monday
08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 18:00
Thursday
08:00 - 18:00
Friday
08:00 - 18:00
Saturday
08:00 - 18:00
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
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Zvi
United Kingdom19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful place to see adorable penguins. We were there for a few hours and both the parents and the kids really loved it. Highly recommended.
Written 17 February 2024
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Tim H
Cedar Rapids, IA105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A must see! Thousands of penguins in the wild. This is no zoo but a nature area where you walk among the Magellan penguins. For this very short period of time they are on shore hatching and raising their chicks. Simply amazing.
Written 22 January 2024
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Dave Unger
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
booked through our cruise line - a long drive - the tour was okay but when we wanted to buy souvenirs even though A LOT of the tourists spoke English there was a definite lack of understanding at the only gift shop - we wanted 3 t-shirts and tried to pay with a credit card - the clerk said the purchase did not go through because of a poor internet connection - so we paid in cash
of course because the purchase did not go through we did not get any type of receipt - but when we got home there was a charge on our credit card statement for the 3 items
we could not get in touch with the gift shop so went through the cruise line who did nothing but put up road blocks in our efforts to resolve the issue
if you take the tour use cash at the site - DO NOT use credit
Written 21 June 2023
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Helene S
Houston, TX1,781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Punta Tombo is a beautiful reserve in Argentina filled with a large colony of Magellanic penguins, the largest in Argentina. It was so nice to be able to walk along the boardwalks to see so many penguins walking, napping, sunning and swimming along the Atlantic coast.

Besides the hundreds of thousands of penguins, there is a wide variety of other wildlife and plants that can be found while exploring the reserve. Lots of other seabirds, likes gulls and shags (cormorants), rheas and guanacos. So lucky to be able to find a lot of guanacos crossing the road later in the day.

The Magellanic penguins are so cute! We saw them in Ushuaia, walked alongside them in the Falkland's at Bertha's Beach (along with lots of Gentoo penguins), but could not have imagined that there would be so many at Punta Tombo Reserve. It was like a continuous parade of penguins. The Magellanic penguins were named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who spotted the birds in 1520.

Love their little tuxedo pattern. The adults have black backs and white abdomens with two black bands between the head and the breast. The lower band looks like an inverted horseshoe. The younger penguins have a blotchy pattern on their feet, which fades until their feet usually become all black. They use their rigid wings to swim under water. They mate for life raising one or two chicks each mating season.

We took a small group tour from Shore Excursions and our guide was fabulous! Along the way, she explained the topography and the history of the Chubut Province. Loved the maps. We were also lucky to see a huge herd of sheep crossing the highway, blocking tour buses, led by gauchos. One little straggler had to be picked up and carried across the busy road.

Would highly recommend a visit to the Punta Tombo Reserve to see penguins, guanacos and more.
Written 30 April 2023
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Chloe S
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
The entry price was ARG $1300 per person.
The museum after buying the entrance ticker was incredible! Very interactive and visual, speaking English with little Spanish we really appreciated the translation of the museum!
Unfortunately we went at a time when 80% of the colony were out in the sea hunting, so we saw only a fraction of the colony!

The area was clean and kept really well!
The road leading down to the conservation area is bumpy and pebbly. Just be warned this is not tarmac so make sure your car is suitable.

We had a great time, there are more than just penguins guanacos, lizards, armadillos and lots of different birds!
Written 7 March 2022
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Gatorgolfer
Knoxville, TN1,843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Wow....I see 2 years since last review!

We went today off our cruise ship....sunny, windy, and a 2.5 hour drive each way, plus we spent about 75 minutes with the penguins and a hour for lunch.....a full day.

They say there are a million penguins here......I know there are a lot. You walk about 20 minutes down a boardwalk to the main observing point, and there are penguins almost all the way.....not in a big noisy group, but nesting here and there, and becoming more dense as you get closer to the beach, where you will see them at the waters edge and swimming.

Great place for photographers, and a wonderful place to see penguins when they are nesting and caring for chicks..
Written 2 January 2022
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Erin Henderson
Pyeongtaek, South Korea48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We decided last minute to make the trip from Buenos Aries when I saw images of these guys online. Although a bit of a hike to get down here, it was totally worth it! Spend a few hours just enjoying the beautiful weather and observing the penguins in their habitat. They aren’t afraid of people and will often walk right by you on the walking trails, so cute!
Written 8 December 2020
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LazyDays4Us
Noosa, Australia331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Worth the long trip out and 20km of dirt & gravel road. Total about 2.5 hours These little ones are ready to delight. Some great photos here. Enjoy
Written 11 March 2020
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GlynisRae
Sydney, Australia77 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Punta Tumbo and Peninsular Valdes Wild life, Puerto Mardyrn, ship Tour.
Well that’s one day l’ll never get back!
It does say 5.5 hours travelling .... and it was - with no aircon in the bus. When we got there, we saw about 10 Magallenic penguins. The elephant seals are so far away you needed very good binoculars to see the main group. We saw about 5 from 200-300 metres away!
The long drive over dirt road with a guide who was very hard to understand, was not worth the significant cost.
Stay in town, shop and drink/eat in the restaurants. We wish we had!
**Do the Volunteer Point Falklands Penguins - you see thousands all together (King (1,000’s), 100’s Magallenic & 100’s Gentoo) at The Falkland Islands. Patrick Watts Tour was great. Really great (also a long drive .... but worth it).
Written 17 February 2020
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Mktpro99
West Palm Beach, FL1,291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is a 2.5 hour drive from the cruise ships. Lots of,penguins, many walk right near you. It is about a mile walk to the end of the path and worth it. Many penguins sit by the ocean...great pictures. Need about two hours for the round trip walk and photos.
Written 13 February 2020
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