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Patagonia Ranch and El Pedral Penguin Colony Tour from Puerto Madryn

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Patagonia Ranch and El Pedral Penguin Colony Tour from Puerto Madryn

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Overview

Combine a visit to the El Pedral Penguin colony with an experience at a typical Patagonian ranch during this full-day tour from Puerto Madryn. Learn about the flora and fauna endemic to the Patagonian region without traveling too far from the city. Lunch, afternoon tea, and round-trip transportation from a meeting point in downtown Puerto Madryn included.
  • Full-day tour to El Pedral ranch and penguin colony
  • Skip the hassle of renting a car
  • Learn about the history of the typical Patagonian ranch
  • Guided tour of the Ecological Reserve hosting Magellanic penguins
  • Barbecue lunch and afternoon Welsh tea
  • Round-trip transportation from downtown Puerto Madryn
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Lunch
Afternoon tea
Professional guide
Access to the pool
Tour to the Penguin Colony
Tour to Punta Ninfas Lighthouse
Round-trip shared transfer from a meeting point in downtown Puerto Madryn
Gratuities
Av. Julio Argentino Roca 59 , Av. Julio Argentino Roca 59, U9120 Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina

Departure/End Point: Avenida Roca 59, Local 2, Puerto Madryn

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to the meeting point in downtown Puerto Madryn, the Mujer Galesa monument, located at Av. Julio Argentino Roca 300. Board the bus and travel about 47 miles (75km) through the Patagonian plains to the south end of the Gulf Nuevo, capped off by the Punta Ninfas lighthouse. The beach there is a resting place for elephant seals and a breeding rookery for sea lions. 

Move on to El Pedral, an historic Patagonian ranch that is now a museum. Take a guided tour of the estancia and learn about its history; built in the early 20th century, all materials were shipped over from Europe. Your tour guide will detail the entrepreneurial atmosphere of those early days on the Valdes Peninsula. 

Next, take a guided tour of the nesting ground of the Magellanic penguins. A protected Ecological Reserve, the beach at El Pedral hosts some 5,000 individuals. 

Take a break for lunch of barbecue, lamb, empanadas, salads, and red wine. Following lunch, spend free time exploring the grounds, using the pool or visiting the farm. Wind up with a tea or coffee and a traditional Welsh cake before returning to Puerto Madryn for drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Puerto Madryn
We’ll kick our trip off by picking you up from the meeting point in our comfortable tour bus. We’ll then travel around 75km through the Patagonian outback until we get to the southern end of the Gulf Nuevo - Punta Ninfas - and its pretty lighthouse.
Stop At:  
Punta Ninfas
From here, you’ll get to see elephant seals and sea lions breeding and going about their daily lives on the surrounding beaches and rocks.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Estancia El Pedral
We’ll then head on to El Pedral, an old, authentic Patagonian ranch which now serves as a local museum. Further on, we’ll reach the Magallanes penguin colony, taking a guided tour through their nests to see how these curious little creatures live. In 2009, 14 initial pairs of Magallanes penguins made their home on the beaches of El Pedral, and after less than 10 years the colony is over 6,000 members strong. During our exploring, the Asador (head of the barbeque) will be preparing some traditional Patagonian lamb for our lunch. This will be served along with homemade empanadas, a selection of salads, red wine, a fruit salad and plenty more. After lunch, you can hop in the pool and enjoy the beauty of the area, sit in the shade or simply relax in the sun with a tea or coffee and typical torta galesa (Welsh cake).
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Puerto Madryn
We’ll bring our tour to a close by dropping you back in Puerto Madryn at around 5pm.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Cruise Passengers are not allowed to take this tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tangol
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Patagonia Ranch and El Pedral Penguin Colony Tour from Puerto Madryn?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Patagonia Ranch and El Pedral Penguin Colony Tour from Puerto Madryn?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Patagonia Ranch and El Pedral Penguin Colony Tour from Puerto Madryn?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Patagonia Ranch and El Pedral Penguin Colony Tour from Puerto Madryn?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Tangol let us down badly.
michael_k
, Feb 2020
Viator used Tangol as the tour agent. Tangol emailed us the night before asking us to change the, date. This was impossible due to us being cruisers. Nobody showed at the meeting place. Luckily someone directed us to the El Padral main office where the owner drove us personally. Five stars to her and the penguins and no stars to Tangol. Don't use this company.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Dear Michael Keane, you made a reservation for a regular service which only applies to passengers staying in Puerto Madryn, not to passengers arriving on cruise ships. This information is detailed on the website. When you made the purchase you did not indicate the hotel (since you were not staying at the destination) and you did not indicate that you were coming on a cruise (very important information!). When we asked you if you were coming on a cruise, you confirmed on the day of the tour. We would like to clarify that our company was affected since we had to pay the differential cruise fee and not the regular one which is what you hired and paid. We sent you messages to coordinate the payment of that difference, which you never did. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it helps us to improve our services. Kind regards, Tangol

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