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Patagonian penguin watching + elephant seals

Surround yourself with penguins and elephant seals in Puerto Madryn

1 day
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$55
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Patagonian penguin watching + elephant seals tour information

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Starts

Pick up at your accommodation in Puerto Madryn between 7:15 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Ends

To your accommodation in Puerto Madryn between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Included

  • Transfer to and from your accommodation
  • Professional local guide
  • Penguin watching in Punta Tombo
  • Visit to Isla Escondida
  • Sighting of elephant seals
  • Transfer from Punta Tombo to Isla Escondida

Not included

  • Lunch
  • Ticket to the Punta Tombo Magellanic Penguin Reserve
The price of the ticket is AR$ 550 for people over 12 years old (9 US$ approximately). Children under 12 years old have a 50% discount over the adult rate. For people with disabilities who bring the certificate, the entrance is free. Payment is made in cash directly there and can be paid in dollars, euros or Argentine pesos.

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The Punta Tombo natural reserve is open from mid-September to mid-April, that is, during the penguin season. Tours are only held during this time because the rest of the year the nature reserve remains closed.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.
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With this full day guided tour you will get to know the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. The transport will take you to Punta Tombo, a natural reserve that you can cross in an hour and a half walk among more than half a million penguins that live there. You will fall in love with them by watching their games and courtships in their natural habitat, as they are less than a meter away. But not only that, you will also see other species such as maras (one of the largest rodents in the world), guanacos (a type of llama) or rheas (birds exclusive to South America, similar to ostriches).

After that, the transport will take you to visit Isla Escondida in Chubut, a beach where local fishermen and elephant seals live together. The villagers will make you feel like a local and you'll discover fun experiences with these giant mammals that are their neighbours.

Do you want to know more? This is what your experience will be like:

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Puerto Madryn - Punta Tombo - Isla Escondida - Puerto Madryn

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Pick up in Puerto Madryn The tour starts with the pick up of the passengers. You will be picked up between 7:15 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Once the group is gathered, we will leave for the Magellanic penguin Natural Reserve at Punta Tombo, to the south of Puerto Madryn.
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Punta Tombo Natural Reserve After 180 kilometers and an impressive journey contemplating the beauty of nature, you will arrive at the Punta Tombo Natural Reserve. Your guide will help you buy the ticket right there to see the largest colony of Patagonian penguins in the world .
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Magellanic Penguin Nature Reserve

Once you're inside the reserve, it's showtime! You will witness the daily adventures of these adorable and unpredictable creatures. Did you know that they are monogamous and choose a mate for life? You will be able to witness their competitions for location or food, courtship or the characteristic change in plumage.

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You'll enjoy during 90 minutes a path that crosses the natural reserve. You'll make your way among the local hosts by walking with them. At the end, you will find a viewpoint from which you can see the penguins entering and leaving the sea.

Around 12:00 p.m., you will have lunch. You can take your food with you or if you prefer, you can taste typical local food in a restaurant. Remember that you can only pay in cash but they accept euros, Argentine pesos or american dollars.

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Hidden Island

Once the visit to the penguin colony at Punta Tombo is over, we will start the road to Escondida Island (Isla Escondida). There, the local fishermen share the beach with the Elephant Seals. You'll be surprised by how integrated these mammals are in the daily life of the inhabitants of the area.

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The elephant seals

In Isla Escondida you will experience a complete connection with nature for approximately 40 minutes. You'll be able to walk on a beach where your only company will be the elephant seals. These mammals are as cute as they are giant, and they are the largest of the seal family!

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The guide who will go with you will give you directions to communicate with them. You'll be nourished by their experience and love for these animals. Elephant seal pups are pure tenderness, you don't want to stop watching them while they play!

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Return

After your visit to Isla Escondida, the transport will take you back to Puerto Madryn. You will arrive at your accommodation between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with a new experience to tell, a stronger bond with nature and a memory for life.

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What to bring to Patagonian penguin watching + elephant seals

The temperature in this area can fluctuate a lot. When you are on the coast, many times the sea breeze rises and it can be cold even in summer (from December to March). On the other hand, keep in mind that you will be walking on unpaved trails. This is what we recommend you to take:
  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Light and warm clothing
  • Warm hat between September and November
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water bottle

Patagonian penguin watching + elephant seals tour reviews with Howlanders

4.6
Overall rating
Transportation
3.5
Quality-price ratio
5.0
Advice
5.0
Guide
5.0
Tobias · 15 de enero de 2020
The bus ride is a bit long, but it was certainly worth it to see the penguins and the elephant seals live. It was exciting to have them so close. A visit recommended if you are passing by Puerto Madryn.

Questions & Answers

When can I go on the tour?

The penguin season may vary each year, but it is always from mid-September to mid-April.

Punta Tombo opens its doors during this time to welcome the penguins coming home. While the nature reserve is open, we have daily departures including weekends and holidays so from September to April you can take the tour whenever you want.


What physical condition do I need to be in to take this tour?
The Punta Tombo penguin colony tour is simple and has a low level of difficulty. It is a path where you walk until the end and then turn around and you decide how far you want to go. Don't worry about the penguins because you will start seeing them from the moment you start the walk, they are everywhere!

If I use a wheelchair, can I visit Punta Tombo?
No problem! The reserve has a short trail of 650 meters of wooden walkways for passengers with wheelchairs or any kind of walking difficulty. You will need to be accompanied by another person during the tour and give notice in advance so that we can take into account the type of vehicle to be used.

How many meters long is the course?
The main trail, taking into account the round trip, is approximately 3000 meters. You can walk as far as you want and you will start seeing penguins as you start the tour. It also has some benches so that you can rest and continue the visit calmly. There is also a short trail of wooden walkways of 650 meters.

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