Fugu Tours

Punta Tombo

An Up-Close Encounter with Magellanic Penguins

Punta Tombo is a must-visit destination if you find yourself in Patagonia. It’s the largest colony of Magellanic penguins on the continental Patagonia, with over one and a half million of these birds arriving each year to breed.

Our tour begins every day at 07:30 AM, when we pick up all passengers from their respective accommodations. Once everyone is on board the minivan, we head to Punta Tombo, where you’ll have the opportunity to walk along visitor-friendly trails, where the penguins have the right of way.

Tour Options

Option one:

We start at the port of Rawson, where you’ll have the chance to board a boat to see the Toninas (the Patagonian dolphin). This boat ride lasts approximately one hour. Then, we head to Punta Tombo to enjoy the Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat for about two and a half hours. Finally, we head back to Puerto Madryn, arriving around 5:30 PM.

Option two:

In this option, we go directly to Punta Tombo to enjoy the penguins for about two and a half hours. Then, we head to Gaiman, where we’ll take a City Tour, and you’ll have the option to visit a tea house to taste the flavors of this traditional custom of the area’s early settlers.

Option three:

We visit a beach known as Isla Escondida, where you can see elephant seals up close. After about 40 minutes, we head to Punta Tombo to enjoy the penguins for about two and a half hours.

In all options, we guarantee that we do not cut time at Punta Tombo, and in all cases, we will spend two and a half hours at the site, as it is the main service.

Note: The penguins arrive at Punta Tombo in early September and stay until late March or early April, as they migrate for feeding. The best season to see them is after November, once the babies are born.

I recommend wearing comfortable clothing and footwear for walking, as there will be quite a bit of walking involved. It’s also advisable to bring a jacket or sweater, as it can get cold, especially during the spring and autumn months. Don’t forget your camera to capture the incredible wildlife and landscapes.
It’s important to remember that visitors must stay on designated trails and not get too close to the penguins. The penguins have the right of way on the trails.
In addition to the penguins, Punta Tombo is also home to a variety of other wildlife species, including guanacos, choiques (rheas), maras, and foxes. There’s also a wide variety of birds for bird-watching enthusiasts.

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