One of the most visited sites on the Patagonian littoral where thousands of tourists arrive every year to see the Magellanic penguin continental colony.
Our destination: Punta Tombo. Dwelled by the famous Magellanic penguins from September to April, this is the site they choose to make their nests, mate, incubate their eggs and feed their offspring. All this natural process is a wonderful and tender show.
We left Puerto Madryn heading south along National Route 3. After having covered 70 kilometers, we took Provincial Route 1, which led us to Punta Tombo along a gravel road that travels a distance of 107 kilometers. Obviously, this kind of road forces drivers to be extremely careful, as it is very dangerous to speed up.
Reaching this location and watching these marvelous animals running from one side to another in search of their offspring and their nests is a thrilling experience. Animal nature is shown openly and that is a great thing.
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Recommendations: Do not stand on the penguins’ way, as they may try to peck at you. Do not put the lens of your photo camera in front of the penguins’ head; they will certainly peck at it and break it. Help preserve this experience in nature carrying the waste you produce back to the city. Try not to leave traits of your presence in this site. Do not disturb the fauna, and remember that these animals have chosen this habitat to comply with an important part of their lives cycle. Travel 70km along National Route 3 leaving from Puerto Madryn and then take Provincial Route 1. Travel 107 km along the rubble road until Punta Tombo is reached.
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