• Location: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Visit Punta Tombo, a penguin preservation area, on this private shore excursion from Puerto Madryn. When your ship pulls into port, walk among Magellanic penguins while learning about their habits, migration and breeding patterns from your informative guide. During this unique day trip, you'll get up close and enjoy the antics of these entertaining birds — an unforgettable experience. Port pickup and drop-off is included.


  • Puerto Madryn shore excursion to Punta Tombo
  • Take a private day trip to Punta Tombo, home to Patagonia’s most important Magellanic penguins colony
  • Walk among the penguins and witness their habits up close!
  • Learn about the penguins' migration and breeding patterns from your knowledgeable guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Punta Tombo Penguin Colony

Magellan Penguin

Meet your guide and driver when your cruise ship docks at Puerto Madryn. Ride approximately 3.5 hours south to Punta Tombo, Patagonia's most important colony of Magellanic penguins. 

Puerto Tombo, founded in 1979, is a wildlife preserve dedicated to the Magellan penguins. Upon arrival, follow your guide down the 2-mile (3-km) beach trail to the center of the penguin colony. The first penguins arrive in September and generally stay until April, but plan your trip for after November to view the penguins tending their chicks. 

Learn about the history and behavior of these fascinating creatures, who arrive one million strong at Puerto Tombo every year. Listen to your guide explain their migration to Puerto Tombo and its purpose: breeding with their partners, incubating their eggs and preparing offspring for the return migration. View the waddling black and white animals as they fight for territory, build nests and feed their babies.

Get up close with these animated, entertaining animals in their natural habitat on this full-day private guided tour, an experience you will not soon forget. After your memorable experience with Patagonian wildlife, return to your vehicle for the transfer back to Puerto Madryn.

Worry-Free Shore ExcursionWe will ensure your timely return to Puerto Madryn after this activity. In the rare event that your ship has departed, we will arrange transportation to your next port of call. If your ship is delayed in its arrival and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our conditions and terms for full details.

Customer Reviews

Michael C C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour guide Facundo was courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. On route, he pointed out the wild life and unique features of the landscape. Because we started out far earlier than those from the cruise excursions, we got there almost as the first group of visitors. We got plenty of time and space to see and photograph the penguins before the crowd poured in. We were amazed to observe how the penguins live, interact and play. It was a fantastic experience. It was a worth while trip.

Jane United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This tour is quite expensive, however, if you can afford it, definitely go PRIVATE!
We were part of the Celebrity cruise stopping at Punta Tombo. With the private tour, we were able to beat all the buses 10 bus load at least of people going to the Pneguin Colony. We had the freedom of arriving before anyone - the place was practically empty when we arrived and as we were leaving, some of the folks on the bus were just arriving.
This is an amazing place with million of penguin! It was not at all as I expected - I thought they would all be gathered on the beach, but in actually, there were bushes and trees every where and families of penguins have their own homes disbursed around the entire area.
Definitely a must see!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well worth the drive to see penguins living in such an unlikely habitat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great excursion to a must see sight. If on a South America cruise rounding Cape Horn and do only one penguin excursion, it has to be this one. very satisfied with Viator's reliability and service

graham j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Brilliant trip, really enjoyed being able to get so close to the penguins. An very good tour, definitely recommend

Richard s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Tour was amazing, seeing the penguins in their native habitat. It was great to walk so close among them.

A D Nicholson United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Three of us went on a private tour with our guide Maria and her driver.
There was a little confusion on the pick up at the port but we eventually got under way.
It's about 180 km to the colony and the scenery is consistently boring but unique to this part of the world. Our guide spoke excellent English and was friendly, knowledgeable and engaging, which made the long trip pass quickly.
Our driver drove fast but safe and being in a private party we decided to skip the long line of tour buses at the service stations and hot foot it straight through to the colony. Because of this we were there ahead of the bulk of visitors which we were grateful for.
The colony is well organised with a museum, toilets, gift shop and snack bars.
You follow a one way track across land to the main colony at the ocean. There are penguins all along the track and although you can't wander from this path the photo opportunities are continual without other tourists getting in the way of your subjects.
It's a long journey but worth it to see the penguins, having been I wouldn't want to go again however I would recommend the trip to anyone who loves penguins.
Without doubt our trip was made by the friendliness of our young guide and her willingness to chat about anything we were interested in on the long journey.

Roger V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Guide excellent and tour fun


4 star rating: Recommended January 2018

The Good: Going to Punta Tombo in a private car is much easier/faster than going on a bus. We got there earlier and before the tourists and were able to enjoy it with less people rather than loads of crowds. The penguins are the cutest!! We saw a lot of their chicks that were in the nests waiting for the parents to bring them food. Our driver took us to another private beach to see the Seals that you don't normally see with a bus tour, or you see them from afar, not up close. Just note it is a bit of a drive from Puerto Madryn to the Penguin Colony about 2.5 hrs so can image it's must longer with a bus
What can be improved: Our tour guide forgot about us : there was definitely a misunderstanding about the scheduled tour even though we had email confirmation including pick-up time. It was quite frustrating and scary when they told us there is no tour but the guy was able to get a drive in 20 min so he came through and we were able to have our tour. Perhaps just double-check with the company a week before to ensure it's confirmed :


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

The penguin park was absolutely pretty, and all the penguins were very awesome to be around. The walk was a total of about 1.5 miles, but the drive to and from the park totaled 4 hours. Otherwise it would be higher rated. Also, the guide was very quiet so it was hard to understand him most of the time.

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