Isla Martillo, Ushuaia

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Catch a boat to Isla Martillo, a small island home to thousands of penguins where you can get close and observe them in their natural habitat. A guide takes you through authorised trails where you can get as close as 3 m (10 ft) to Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Look out for other animals such as the penguin's main predator, the skua bird. Importantly, know that only one tour company allows you to land on the island to see the penguins, other tour companies can only offer you views from the boat. Add Isla Martillo to your Ushuaia travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ushuaia trip itinerary builder.
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  • We took the tour with the only tour operator allowed to let you off on the island and walk with the penguins for an hour. If you were very still sometimes a penguin would come up and peck at your shoe...  more »
  • Very exaggerated the advertising to the visit. It is a small place where you can see some penguins that truth is not worth the penalty.
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  • Did the tour through Piratour (the only outfit that allows you to walk on the island) and it was a great experience. An hour walking around 10,000 penguins and able to get within a meter or two was a ...  more »