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At Punta Tombo you can literally walk among the penguins, watching them build nests, feed their chicks, and closely observe courtship and territorial battles.

Punta Tombo is home to the world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguin. From September to March, over half a million penguins gather together to breed, and by December the colony is full to the brim with raucous chicks. In the icy waters offshore are sealions, whales, dolphins and orcas.

The reserve is dedicated to the protection of the timeless, vast and arid landscapes of the Patagonian Plateau; and is also home to Patagonian hares, foxes and martinetas and to a huge variety of sea birds along the coast. These include: southern seagull, kelp gull, flightless steamer duck, royal and black-necked cormorants, Antarctic pigeon and giant petrel.

Punta Tombo is located a couple of hours' drive from the cities of Trelew and Puerto Madryn on mainly gravel road, and with very few accommodation options is often visited as a full-day excursion.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black oystercatcher, kelp gull, king cormorant, magellanic penguin, skua
  • Where: Chubut Province, Argentina
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Estancia Bahia Bustamante

Despite its isolation – or maybe because of it – Estancia Bahia Bustamente is a very special accommodation that attracts only those who are interested in the area’s wildlife. Six comfortable houses overlook the ocean, each with two double bedrooms, bathroom, living room and a terrace overlooking the bay.