Walk with the Penguins in Martillo Island
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Walk with the Penguins in Martillo Island

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Take a 15 minute boat ride to Martillo Island on Beagle Channel.

Martillo Island is home to an incredible colony of Gentoo and Magellanics penguins between September and April.

The rookery hosts around 1000 nests and is one of the three Magellanic penguin rookeries in Tierra del Fuego. There is also a small colony of 9 breeding couples of gentoo penguins (Pygocelis Papua) the only one in South America.

Enjoy a 1-hour guided walk among the penguins in groups of 20 persons. It's truly an unique experience.

The penguins share the habitat with other birds, such as skúas, petrels, cormorants, vultures and South American terns.

Then you will sail back to Harberton Farm where you will enjoy free time to visit this traditional Estancia. Walk around the gardens, the historic buildings, visit the Marine Mammals and Sea Birds Museum Acatushun and admire the views of the End of the World.

Transfer back to the touristic port at the end of the tour.
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  • Professional bilingual English and Spanish tour guide
  • Round-trip transportation from the port of Ushuaia to Harberton farm
  • Round-trip boat ride from Harberton farm to Martillo Island
  • 1-hour guided walk among the penguins
  • Free time to explore Harberton farm and Museum Acatushun
Not included
  • Harberton Ranch entrance fee (ARS 480 per person)
  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that the tour does not include pick up at the hotel and starts from a meeting point. Our guide will meet you at the meeting point is 30 minutes before the beginning of the tour
  • This tour is not ideal for Cruise Ship Passengers because of tour schedules
Carol M
5 | 2018-02-12

We had an excellent guide, Anna, who seemed to know everything about the area an its flora and fauna, The bus driver and the boat captain were great as well. Walking with the penguins was the highlight of our trip so far. Other excursions do not get this close to the. Penguins. This is the best!

5 | 2017-03-18

It was a lot of fun being that close to so many penguins in their natural habitat. My wife was absolutely thrilled by the experience. Seeing the penguin nests and juveniles up close was very educational. Lots of good pictures and videos. As luck would have it, we took a Beagle Channel cruise the following day and ended back with the penguins. There is no comparison between the two penguin experiences. One does not appreciate how many penguins there were beyond the shore and get to experience being in the nesting area when stuck on the boat.

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