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Reserva Provincial Natural Isla Pingüino - Other Activity Puerto Deseado - Argentina

At the mouth of the Río Deseado, some 11 nautical miles from Puerto Deseado, is Isla Pingüino, the main raison d’être of Reserva Provincial Natural Isla Pingüino. On this small island is Patagonia’s only colony of Pingüino de Penacho Amarillo (around 300 couples nest here). The penguins are distinguished by their orange beaks and a tuft of bright yellow feathers over their red eyes, and are a bit shorter than its cousin the Magellanic Penguin. The reserve includes Rockhoppers’ Island, Isla Chata and other islets in Bahía Oso Marino along the coast. Here you'll find sea lions, nesting colonies of cormorants, and a whole menagerie of other marine birds.


24 kilometers (14.4 mi) south of Puerto Deseado

Near Puerto Deseado, Puerto Deseado, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Wildlife refuge

Getting There

The only way to get out to Reserva Provincial Natural Isla Pingüino is on tour with one of the several companies in Puerto Deseado offering such expeditions.

Travel Tips:

The Rockhopper Penguins come January-April. Isla Pingüino is the northern-most breeding ground of this stylish penguin. On Isla Chata is the largest cormorant rookery in Santa Cruz Province.

Price Description:

Boat tours cost $30-35.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take along a hat, sunscreen and other solar protection; if in the cool season, warm clothing. Also bring snacks and water.

Browse the city’s museums, take a boat tour, hike in Ría Deseado, visit Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco, go fishing, head out to the other reserves in the area

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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