Early morning transfer for the flight to Trelew on the Atlantic coast. Our local naturalist guide meets us upon arrival in Trelew to explore Punta Tombo, the most important breeding colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. Walk on trails among nearly a million penguins (in season*) approaching within a few feet for excellent close-up photographs and observation. Kelp gulls, Skuas, Cormorants, Giant petrels, Dolphin gulls and Chubut steamer ducks are among the many birds that inhabit the reserve. Guanacos and Rheas wander freely among the multitude of penguins.*See below for month-by-month Magellanic Penguin life cycle at Punta Tombo
After lunch, continue north on the isthmus to the town of Puerto Piramades, a colorful seaside enclave and point of embarkation for whale-watching excursions. Time and interest permitting, we stop at Puerto Madryn en route and visit either the Museum of the Man & the Sea or the EcoCentro which offers young naturalists a hands-on introduction to the region’s marine fauna. (Museum fees are an additional cost.) Overnight at Hosteria del Nomade, a short walk from the heart of Puerto Piramades.
*Optional upgrade to Estancia Rincon Chico, a private ranch with exclusive beach access to a colony of elephant seals starts at $250 per person. Highly recommended for photographers. Day-trip to see orcas (February-April) an additional cost. All meals included at Rincon Chico.