Can you get bored with watching penguins? – Sure, but we never do. We’ve already see thousands of them – in various locations and situations, but this time we were to see the biggest penguin colony in South America. We just couldn’t say no to that.
The returns are always quicker. I don’t know why people tend to get the feeling that the same road one way is long and the return is quick. Hmm, same here. On our way back from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires we were supposed to drive 3000 km. We knew we wanted to stop in only a few places. On the first day we arrived in Rio Gallegos, then we got to Comodoro Rivadavia and further down to Trelew. We only stayed for the night in those places, woke up in the morning and drove along. Punta Tombo is the first place we’re planning to stay in for longer despite the extra 100 km we have to drive to get there.
The peninsula isn’t big. It’s perfect size for a thorough exploration since it’s 3 km long and 600 m wide. Here, you will find the biggest Magellanic penguin colony in whole South America. Some sources indicate that it’s even the biggest one in the world. Let’s listen to the facts – Half a million birds come here every year and stay in Punta Tumbo from September to April. In this period, they lay their eggs and wait for the cubs to be born.
At the time of our visit the little ones are not so little anymore and adult penguins teach them to walk and learn how to compromise (leave some of the food to your brothers and sisters. They need to eat too). Adults protect the little ones and hide them from the curious tourists. Little ones are still covered in fur which makes them even more adorable than their parents.
It seems like it’s the first place (at least from the ones we visited), where the penguins aren’t afraid and are used to people walking among them all the time. Two things about it – many tourists must come and visit so that the penguins learned that they aren’t here alone. On the other hand, it’s quite cool too since we can approach the penguins and show them to Amelka up close (carefully though, no caressing). She’s quite charmed with it and makes funny noises watching these white and black birds.
Count 1.5 hours for your visit. It’s enough to walk around, see the penguins and take some pictures. As usual, the latter takes us most of the time. It’s so cool to have such ‘models’ walking in front of you.