“The first penguins are arriving and they seem to be clean and free of any oil marks” said Marcelo Bertolotti, subsecretary of Conservation and Protected Areas in Chubut.
Punta Tombo is one of the most visited reserves of its kind in the area, with over 65,000 tourists visiting during “penguin season” and is known for having comparatively easy access points for this almost annoyingly cute form of bird watching.
The President of Entretur Tourism has said that the reserve will be open to the public next week and an official ceremony will be held at the end of this month. The Tourism office is made up of both public and private sector members of Trelew, the largest city in the region. The protected area of Punta Tombo is home to over a million penguins during the peak of mating season.
Magallenic Penguins are known for their friendly and amiable nature, allowing tourists to take pictures and come up closely.
The first penguins to arrive to the area are the males, who start things off by setting up their nests. In a few weeks the females arrive, and after a forty day shared incubation period, the next generation of penguins will hatch. Tourists will have limited access at Punta Tombo in order to preserve and help lower the levels of disruption for the area’s natural wildlife.
The routes are equipped with benches, and gazebos for watchpoints – both for tourists and for guards to monitor tourist activity. The other reserve, “Cabo Dos Bahías” will also be opening to the public soon though no exact date has been released.