Punta Tombo

Home of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus ), it’s one of the largest penguin colonies in the world.

Named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan spotted the birds in 1520.

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Half a million Magellanic penguins flock to Punta Tombo every year to mate. They return year after year from September to April to nest and raise their chicks. In November you can see the newly hatched chicks. The parents share responsibility for the chicks. While one sits on the nest, the other goes out to sea to find food.

In January the chicks are bigger than its parents !

in March you are able to see how thew change their feathers.

It is possible to see thousands of penguins across the beach, diving into the ocean or comingo back from the sea to their nests.

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size: 61–76 cm (24–30 in) tall

weight : 6.5 kg approx.

The incubation takes 39–42 days

The Punta Tombo area has been protected since 1979.

Magellanic penguins can live up to 25 years in the wild .Other native bird species that can be found in Punta Tombo, including cormorants and oystercatchers seals and guanacos.

You can reach Punto Tombo from Trelew via unpaved Route 1.Visiting hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
It is a unique experience to walk among them.

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Magellan penguins

 

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Punta Tombo

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