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

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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!

vc1ranch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

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

ptetreault51

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

mitra.hadavi

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 :

Samir

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.

Suzie B

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

I got a bit nervous because the guide and driver were late as it happened to me that I booked a tour and the representatives never showed up but they finally arrived and everything was very nice. We had a good guide and driver, we were given a lot of brochures and verbal information. Punta Tomba was absolutely spectacular!

Todd W

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

Excellent tour guide. Comfortable private tour for six was an excellent value. Would recommend to anyone.

les3821

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2018

The Punta Tombo penguin rookery was amazing. Getting to see so many penguins up close and personal was a fabulous experience. Communication was difficult which limited the educational side. The driver seemed to be very knowledgeable but didn’t speak English, and the interpreter was not very good.

Thomas J

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2017

Well worth the effort to go to see thousands of penguins.

Being only two in the private tour with a guide/driver that was little or no help during the tour. You would think for the money paid the touring group who would have made more of effort for the 600 plus invested.

wolfgangli43

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2016

Our driver and tour guide were nice but the vehicle was not up to driving worth. Windshield was broken and we had flat tire on our way back to ship. The road pavement gave way to the lifting jack and the driver just could not change the tire because the tire also sunken into the road and could not be moved. Fortunately, the guide waved down the passing Crystal tour bus who gave us ride back to the pier in time for the departure. The guide was very nice to call the guide of the bus to make sure we were okay. If you need we can submit the pictures to prove it.

Daniel S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
January 2017

Tour listed with English speaking guide and driver. We only got a friendly driver who acknowledged he did not speak English. We managed to get through the tour with our minimal Spanish and his minimal English and no Vistor phone number to resolve the situation. Very disappointed considering cost

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