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South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo February 19th 2018

Today, I got to cross off another experience from my bucket list. We joined a small group of Germans on a 2 hour drive south of our hotel to visit a penguin colony. It was a great breeding season so there were about 1 million birds there. We must have seen about half of them. They were on, in and under everything. We drove along a straight road across a low shrub plain. Not much rain falls here, only about 200ml/year. Along the way, our eagle-eyed driver stopped to point out local wildlife. Among the menagerie were half rabbit/half dog creatures, amarillos, long-legged half camel/half llama beasts with split lips and various birds of prey. The first penguin we encountered were the losers. They did not reproduce this year. They were about 3 km the sea. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo January 4th 2015

Punta Tombo - Magellanic Penguin Colony This is the largest MP colony outside of the Antarctica. there are about 600,000 penguins that inhabit this colony.... read more
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South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo January 2nd 2015

Max's Blog Entry Hi guys, We are 2 weeks into our trip, my favourite experience so far was when we went to Punta Tombo. It's the 2nd largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world. The Penguins are really cool because they are so cute when they waddle. For the penguins to find food they swim up to 600km. They eat the food then swim back home to find their burrow where their family is. To feed their family the Penguin barfs the food up and shares. It's really hard for the Penguins to find their burrows because there are hundreds of thousand, and if you walk in front of the penguin they get confused because they like to take the same route. Something that I find hard is to make friends because I don't know ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo April 3rd 2013

Thursday 21/3/13 – We woke up, made breakfast and then packed up with full confidence that the town of Rio Gallegos would provide us with a new rear tyre and a mechanic to change Kenz’s chain and sprocket – perhaps we were expecting too much. We rode around to the Honda dealer we passed on the way into town yesterday, but they had no tyres or mechanic. The other large shop in town (a Yamaha dealer) also couldn’t help us so we then rode around trying to find someone to help us. We found an address on an internet forum for a moto mechanic that lived out in a dodgy suburb. When we arrived at the shop it was closed and there were two Argentinean riders who also required his help. They phoned the number in ... read more
Route through Southern Argentina
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Our first view of Perito Moreno Glacier

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo January 20th 2012

LAST CHANCE FOR PENGUINS My case of penguinitis it chronic. Although I have had ample opportunity to treat it, I fear it cannot be cured. We take a bus from Puerto Madryn to Porto Tumbo where the largest colony of Magellan penguins is, about 1,000,000 individuals. The drive is through the typical Patagonian landscape, reminiscent of the drive from Las Vegas to LA, except that the land is flat, flat, flat and dry, dry, dry! This region gets about 7” of rain per year. There are no trees. The winds from the west are dry and strong. The bushes grow low and are thorny. The only animal that feasts on them is the guanaco. I have now seen three of the four camel-like animals in South America, the llama, alpaca and the guanaco, but no vicuna. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo November 19th 2010

Druhy den celodenni vylet za tucnakama, dinosaurama a velsskym cajem... Vyjizdime z Puerto Madryn na jih, ceka nas asi 170 km jenom tam, ale nastesti tentokrat je to vetsinou po asfaltove silnici. Vyuzivame maximalni rychlost 120, ale stejne nam to trva zhruba 2 hodiny se tam dostat. Zrovna je obdobi lihnuti, tak mame docela stesti a krome vajicek vidime i cerstve vylihnuta mladatka. Cestou zpet se stavujeme v Trelew v muzeu dinosauru a pak uz jedeme do vesnicky Gaiman, kde se usidlili velsti pristehovalci a jsou tam vyhlasene cajovny (pravy anglicky caj se sendvicema a dortikama) - trochu jsme se toho peciva prejedli, a to nam jeste spoustu zbylo - zabalili nam to a meli jsme druhy den na snidani. Musela jsem si pak dat pecivovy detox v podobe ovocneho salatu a jogurtu po zbytek dne... ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo October 11th 2010

As I noted in my last posting, our next stop is 300 km south of Puerto Piramides to a place called Punta Tombo which is the largest penguin colony in South America. They estimate that there are a total of half a million Magellanic penguins that come to this spot to lay eggs and raise their young. They build small burrows under bushes or on this surrounding hillside and remain there until around March when they swim north for warmer water in southern Brazil. We spent about 2 hours walking along the point and watching the penguins travel back and forth between their burrows and the water, where they take turns catching fish. It was amazing to see how many of these little guys lined the surrounding hillsides, but the funniest part is just watching penguins ... read more
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Jeff with the estancia dog

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo September 14th 2009

Die Tiere bei diesen beiden Ausfluegen konnten wir wirklich sehr nah bestaunen. In Punta Ninfas mussten wir erst eine Klippe runterklettern um zu den See Elefanten zu gelangen, es hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt. Auch an diesem Strand waren noch nicht so viele See Elefanten da , es gab also noch keinen wirklichen Harem, aber dafuer konnten wir ziemlich nah an die Tiere ran. Einer der beiden Machos/Maenner mochte uns allerdings ueberhaupt nicht und war die ganze Zeit waehrend wir dort waren ziemlich nervoes. Na ist ja auch verstaendlich, ich wuerde es auch nicht moegen wenn Touris durch mein Schlafzimmer rennen und glotzen. Diese See Elefanten sind mal echt riesig und haben mir Respekt eingefloesst. Leider oder zum Glueck haben an diesem Tag keine Machos miteinander gekaempft, dafuer waere mir der Abstand dann doch etwas ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo December 17th 2008

I watched families walking through the penguin colony, families of humans... and I thought, what would it be like as an Argentinean kid to grow up thinking 200,000 breeding penguins are just a regular summer vacation experience. Cool... Normal vs. extraordinary, depends on your perspective and life experiences I guess. I also kept thinking of the lone wolves I´d seen scavenging empty beaches in Alaska - this place would be a banquette. You can walk up to many of these penguins and they really don´t seem to care. There are predators here, and apparently some are serious problems but I saw no sign of predation. With all the juveniles and offspring there are maybe as many as 800,000 Magellanic penguins in the Punta Tombo colony. They nest mostly in the scrubland so you... read more
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South America » Argentina » Chubut » Punta Tombo December 4th 2006

A hundred kilometres or so South of Trelew is Punta Tombo, home of the largest colony of Magellan penguins in the world. It was a bit of a tedious journey there through landscapes which rarely changed. Still, our guide told us all about sheep farming and the production of wool to keep us entertained. As we got closer she changed the topic to the penguins and suddenly we all started to pay a bit more attention! How to tell you about the penguins? They were cute, surprisingly noisy, and also a bit smelly!! There were hundreds of thousands of them wandering around, going for a swim (or maybe a bite to eat), sunbathing, or having an afternoon kip. It was amazing to get so close to them and they are obviously used to tourists clicking away ... read more
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