Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery, Trelew
Fast Facts




Route 1
110 km south of Trelew
Chubut - Argentina
More about Trelew
Points of Interest Nearby

Punta Tombo


Photo by Enjoy Patagonia

Punta Tombo Natural Protected Area is home to the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins. Roughly 300,000 of these feathered friends birth, breed and molt at this penguin rookery. Spot Magellanic Penguins in underground burrows and brooding on nests. Observe these tuxedo-clad birds as they forage for food and feed their chicks. Listen to Magellanic penguins call out to their mates. Watch these warm-weather penguins go about their daily life. Punta Tombo is nothing short of a penguin city!
Magellanic Penguins Facts
Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins



There are lots of fun facts about Magellanic Penguins. Did you know that?

  • The Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, is the largest warm-weather penguin and a member of the banded penguin family.
  • Magellanic Penguins live in the cool waters of South America and breed on the rocky shores of Chile and Argentina.
  • The Magellanic Penguin is named after Ferdinand Magellan who spotted the penguin on his first trip round the tip of South America in 1519.
  • Magellanic Penguins have black backs and white bellies and two black bands between their head and chest. They have a white band over their eyes just like a mask.
  • The Magellanic Penguin, like other species of penguins, use their rigid wings to 'fly' under water at speeds up to 15 miles per hour.
  • Magellanic Penguins eat squid and small schooling fish. They are prey for sea lions and Dominican gulls.
  • The Magellanic Penguin builds its nests under bushes or in burrows. They lay two eggs at a time and guard their young for 29 days.
  • The Magellanic Penguin is a near threatened species due to oil spills and overfishing of its food supply.
Find a Rental Car
Traveler Reviews
There are no reviews yet. Be the first!
Write a Review
Preview & Post
Books for Kids about Argentina
Travel Trivia
Which of the following animals are you likely to spot on an African safari:
Free Travel Journal
Get a free kids travel journal to document your family vacation.
Download PDF