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Punta Tombo is the largest continental reserve of Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magallanicus). This fauna reservation was created in 1979, by means of a decree of the Chubut Province, with the purpose of protecting one of the sites with the most diverse fauna within Argentina, and the greatest continental Magellan Penguins colony.

Every year from september through March, the magellanic penguins come to this place to mate, hatch their eggs, and teach the first things to their baby penguins. In March they migrate to the south of Brazil. This colony has, at its peak, more or less 800,000 penguins.
When you get in the reservation you can actually walk among the penguins, but you have to be careful not to disturb them. They are always coming and going to the sea to feed, and their nests are not always close to the shore, some of them are 1km away. Both male and female penguins hatch the eggs, so while one is hatching, the other is at sea eating, some times for many days.

Address: Punta Tombo
Directions: You can hire a tour or you can drive.
If you're driving:
From Puerto Madryn: RN3 up to Trelew then take RP25, up to Rawson. Drive 7 Km and take RP1 to Punta Tombo. This part is 107 Km and it is a gravel road so drive carefully.

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  • Written Oct 12, 2005
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