We leave the City of Puerto Madryn heading south, Punta Tombo Animal Reserve: the greatest continental reserve of Magellan penguins.
The penguins arrive annually at this area to nest, breed, and have their young and to moult before undertaking their return trip towards the northeastern coast of South America returning the following year.
The peninsula area shoreline is mostly rocky. It is 3, 5 km in length and 600 meters wide. The beach area of Punta Tombo declines smoothly and gives the penguins an easy place to come ashore.
The entire landscape of the area is perfectly suited for the penguins to build their nests and raise their young. Walking on the defined footpaths, we may be surprised to observe the feverish activity that dominates the colony.
Depending on the season it is possible to observe male penguins excavating their caves, fighting for the territory, moving to or from the sea, looking for their nests or searching for their young.
We will hear the continuous vocalizations which dominate the air. The adult penguins are warning other penguins to stay away or to attract their mates. The penguins coexist with other marine birds that have chosen this site to nest like the kelp gull or southern gull, skuas, two species of cormorants -Royal and Rock, steamer ducks, Antarctic doves, and several giant species of sea birds including petrels.
As we drive in the area we may see guanacos, armadillos, maras (Patagonian hare), lesser rhea and foxes.
Next, we retrace our route and return to the city of Puerto Madryn.
Penguins season: 15 September to 15 March every year.
Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. Simply select your hotel from the list under the availability section and our driver will be on his way!
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