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Penguins in South America

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Penguins in South America

We will be cruising in Feb/March 2011 visiting Punta Arena, Ushuaia and the Falklands. We are wondering which tours are the best to see the penguins. Also if anyone can given advise on sightseeing in these ports.

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Bluff Cove Lagoon is a really good tour to go on and the people who take you around are really nice.

There is a full list of tours for people visiting by cruise ship on the tourist board website which also might help you.

The wildlife will still be great at that time next year with plenty of babies still around.

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If you are desperate and visiting Punta before the Falklands I would suggest trying to get a tour from the dock to see some penguins then just in case you don't get into the Falklands. If you are going the other way then you can see if you get into the Falklands first then reorganise, you normally find if you can’t make it, the ship will try it’s best to get those who have already booked a tour priority on a trip in another port.

However once in the Falklands you have the best variety of penguins to choose from, I would recommend Bluff Cove for various reasons but it's a short tour and then you can spend some time exploring Stanley while waiting or after the tour.

However if you want to see lots of Kings you need Volunteer point but the rock hopper tour if available gives you another breed. It really goes down to what penguins you want to see.

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Having just retunred from this same trip I would recommend the trip to see the Magellenic Penguins from Punta Arenas (another great choice is the Darwin Channel boat - but that is hight weather dependent). If you have the opportunity to travel to the Falklands be sure to check out Falkland Adventures with Patrick Watts. His tours are excellent and everyone in Port Stanley seems to know him and like him. We went to Volunteer Point with his team and had the opportunity to visit King, Gentoo and Magellenic penguins on a beautiful beach. We had spectacular weather and loved every minute of this trip. If you are in any way “fragile” please note that there is an aggressive 2 hour ride off road to get to this beach and another for the return trip.

If you are particularly interested in wildlife and/or photography you should contact Derek Pettersson (drp@horizon.co.fk). He is a brilliant photographer and an excellent guide. He was recently the Warden out at Volunteer Point and knows the area wildlife and how to best photograph it. You should also take a look at his Flickr feed to see his amazing photographs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/metaxa1962/

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