Punto Tombo~


Punto Tumbo is a nature reserve located on Argentina’s central Patagonian coast.


It was set aside as a reserve in 1979,


and is home to the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world.


It is also home to the Guanaco, the largest non-domesticated herbivore in South America.


Guanacos are members of the camel family and are undomesticated or wild llamas.


Adult Guanacos can weigh up to 310 pounds and are excellent swimmers.


They coexist happily with the penguins,


which is just a shameless lead-in to slip in a couple more penguin pics!


The final photo is from Gypsy Cove in The Falkland Islands which is an entirely different colony of Magellanic Penguins that I also couldn’t resist slipping in.

Cheers to you from the stunning wild creatures of the southern latitudes~

234 thoughts on “Punto Tombo~

  1. All great photographs! On the ninth picture, or, the next to the last if you count backwards, the penguin’s feathers look like fish scales, and the stones on the beach are more colorful than any others I have seen.

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    • You are observant. The whole area around Punto Tombo is a fossil dream. It is just packed with intact dinosaur skeletons, amazing minerals, rocks and fossils. It is also wind swept, isolated, hot in summer (now) and freezing in winter. But it would be simply amazing to go fossil and rock hunting here. This is why Argentina has such a huge market in precious and semi-precious stones.

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  2. Yes. They are cameloids, members of the camel family. There are four species, llamas and alpacas were first domesticated by the Incas around 4000 BC high in the Andes. Guanacos and Vicuna are un-domesticated and wild.

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  3. The furs of Guanacos look soft and a bit on the long side. It is tempting to touch. Another close look at penguin, it looks like they are wearing wet suits. I guess their feathers are designed for swimming. Very nice pictures of these cute creatures!

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    • Agreed, they might spit like a camel! 🐫 Penguins are known to regurgitate on you if you displease them by being overly tactile! I talked to a biologist who used a garbage can lid to shield himself whilst tagging penguins in Antarctica. I kinda relate with the penguins on this issue. I might regurgitate too, if tagged by a biologist 🐧

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  4. Penguins and Guanaco… I’m enchanted Cindy. And somehow, I had missed, or forgotten the camel connection. Fascinating. Must have happened way back when the continents of the world were all one big happy family! –Curt

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  5. The Guanacos look like they could be a handful if you got on their wrong side – like the rest of the camel family, I guess. The penguins are a delight, and the sandy beaches they roam in the Falklands look very inviting!

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  6. What an amazing time you are having Cindy, the colour of the coat of the guanacos is beautiful. Do they ever domesticate them and use them for their wool/hair? I bet you could sit for hours watching all the action going on around you. Thank you for taking the time to share all this beauty with us

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    • Guanacos are cameloids, members of the camel family, there are four species, two are domesticated, llamas and alpacas, and two are wild vicuna and guanacos. Guanacos are completely wild animals. Llamas were first domesticated by the Incas in 4000 BC. Llama and alpaca fibers are used extensively in the making of baby fine, soft clothing. Baby alpaca fiber is the most prized. I have seen very expensive clothing (men’s jackets and such) made from vicuna fibers in the past, but I am hoping protections are now in place for the wild ones. The domesticated cameloids are used for transport and their fiber is processed much like sheep. I am no expert on these animals though, and if any blogger has more accurate information, I hope they chime in.

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    • Thanks Patti! We are traveling for a little over 5 weeks with one month on a boat which is now over! It has been an amazing adventure and especially wonderful to share it with our adult children and son in law!

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  7. LLama tell ya something….this GuaNacHos just remind me of Guacamole. The photos are so amazing, it gives me happy feet. β™ͺ₍₍ ◝(γ€€οΎŸβˆ€ ゚ )β—Ÿ ⁾⁾β™ͺ

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  8. What beautiful pictures Cindy, your photography skills are fantastic, your post made me homesick for the beautiful Chilean country, you have seen the Argentina’s central Patagonian region, and I have seen the Chilean Patagonian region, sure you will agree with me, both sides of this part of the world are unbelievably beautiful.
    Kind regards and best wishes.

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