Fun fact for today, the word for penguin is similar in many different languages: penguin (english), pingüino (Spanish), penguin (French), pinguino (Italian), pinguin (German). Standing near the beach of Argentina’s Punto Tumbo, it was a cacophony of languages, but it all boiled down to one word- penguins!
Punto Tumbo is just south of the famed Valdez Peninsula in Argentina. You probably saw it on the BBC’s Planet Earth video. Between September and April, an enormous number of Magellanic penguins come to lay and hatch their eggs. Magellanic penguins mate for life and it’s the male that returns to the same burrow, year after year to prepare it for his mate. Punto Tumbo is the largest colony of this species of penguins in the Atlantic. The penguins live along the South American coast, from southern Brazil to Patagonia, migrating depending on the season. Although during breeding season it seems like there are hundreds of thousands of penguins, the species is classified as threatened. Oil spills and climate change have drastically decreased their survival rate, and orphaned penguins are often rescued by zoological institutes around the world. The breeding grounds at Punto Tumbo are a protected reserve, however as the temperature of the ocean changes the penguins have been forced to go further to sea for food, decreasing the rate of survival.
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IF YOU GO: Punto Tumbo and Peninsula Valdez are easily accessible from Puerto Madryn. You can take any number of tours from the city, but we chose to use independent transportation (a rental car) so we could set our own schedule and time frame of the sites. Penninsula Valdez is too much for a day trip from Puerto Madryn, be prepared to spend the night.