Punta Tombo, Dos Pozos

Wildlife lovers go wild for Punta Tombo, a nature reserve sheltering the largest colony of Magellan penguins outside of Antarctica. Penguins come to the area from September to April to nest and look after their young, which are born in November. The rocky strip juts into the Atlantic Ocean, extending for roughly 3 km (1.86 mi). Visitors are free to enter the area and get close to the penguins, but must not touch or bother the creatures in any way. Bird enthusiasts also enjoy sightings of cormorants, oystercatchers, and kelp gulls. Just a couple hours' drive from Puerto Madryn, the park makes a worthwhile day trip. Plan trip to Dos Pozos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • It's a full day excursion. It is located 188 km and 3 hours of road from Puerto Madryn, so if your plane arrives at the airport of Trewle, which is the general, and land no later than 9.30 h and you have the excursion contracted with an agency, you will expect two cars , one to take the luggage to the hotel of Puerto Madryn (where practically 90% of the tourists stay), and another to take you with the other clients to Punta Tombo, since this place is far from the airport rather less, 129 km (2 hours). If you go on your own you can rent a car at the airport, but be careful, remember that once you leave the Trelew area there are no more gas stations. When you start the road you will pass through the only wooded area of the province of Chubut, the Chubut River valley, because this river is the only natural source of freshwater in the province, then everything is the extraordinary landscape of the Patagonian steppe , plain, treeless, with low shrubs as sole vegetation and with lots of wild animals. You get to the interpretation Center, and you start a 3 km path to observe the Pingüinera on either side of the path. It is an impressive spectacle because here it has registered a population of more than 400,000 specimens of Magellanic penguins, the largest continental reserve of penguins. On the very side of the path (which you must never leave) are the penguins in their nests dug into the earth, since here they come to mate and to nest, you see them rising from the sea with their load of squid in the stomach to take it to their offspring (it is so much weight that every 10 or 15 steps you have to lie down to rest) whose nest can be near or several kilometers. They circulate freely, cross the path (they have pass preference), they are left to photograph on the same side, you see them romping on the seashore, you see large extensions of terrain with the holes of the nests to which the mothers loom. From 4 pm They are more active and already start to go to sea to hunt. It is a real, exciting and tender spectacle to see so many wild penguins making their ordinary life passing from tourists. The best months to go are from October to March, especially December; The other months have already migrated the Penguins. Don't miss it.
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  • The trip is worthwhile, the interpretive center is very good, complete and didactic. The design is futuristic and at the same time it integrates into the environment. The walkways are very well defined and especially allow to observe the penguins in their natural habitat very closely. The surroundings of the landscape are beautiful, the aridity of the cliffs, the blue of the water and the sky and the Patagonian wind that surrounds you along the way.
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