Penguins!! (at Punta Tombo)

From Trelew we took a day trip to Punta Tombo… and what a day trip it was… this could honestly have been the best day of the trip so far – it was AWESOME!!!

Punta Tombo is home to a HUGE colony of Magellanic Penguins… everywhere you look there are penguins 🙂 🙂

There is a series of boardwalks that you walk along – so you don’t get in the way of the penguins!

A curious penguin checks out PB on the boardwalk… he’s decided that PB looks more interesting than the average tourist on the boardwalk!

Having said that though – penguins get right of way… and if they come on the boardwalks built for the tourists, tourists have to stop and wait for them to pass – very cute 🙂 🙂

PB checking out the rules…
Tourists stand back! A carefree penguin decides its easier to walk on the boardwalk than the gravel bit at the side…
A penguin joins CC on the path… CC is VERY happy to spend time with her new friend 🙂
PB also makes friends with the penguins 😉

Not all the penguins are close to the path, or in their nests… there are also heaps hanging out on the beach 🙂 Being December, we were lucky as it was chick rearing time, so we saw plenty of baby penguins too 🙂

Here are some more penguin pictures to make you smile 🙂 🙂

Hanging out at the beach… but it’s not quite as crowded as Bondi in summer!!
Although by the water it might have been hard to find a spot…
Time for a swim 🙂
Singing is a good way to pass the time…
Penguin family
Mum I’m hungry!
And one more as I can’t resist the cuteness…

Penguins might be the reason to come here, but there are other birds and animals at Punta Tombo too…  giant petrels and guanacos were amongst the highlights 🙂

Giant petrel.
Guanacos and penguins hanging out!
There’s enough room on the beach for everyone 🙂

There are a number of places in Patagonia to see magellanic penguins, but we loved Punta Tombo… having said that – we’re hoping that it won’t be the last time we see a penguin while we’re in Patagonia… watch this space…

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