Who doesn't love penguins? They're adorable! They're also curious, loud, boisterous, doting, stinky, loyal, territorial, sleepy, and the list goes on.
There are lots of places to see them around the world, but not too many places where you can see a variety of penguin species in one place, other than southern Patagonia. One of the most accessible penguin tours - and by accessible I mean you only have to travel to the end of the world - is in Ushuaia (oosh-WHY-ah), Argentina!
Once you get there, you may very well see penguins on your own, hiking around beautiful Tierra del Fuego. But if you'd rather not leave it to chance, several tour companies can also take you to a penguin colony like the one on Isla Martillo, a short boat ride from one of Argentina's famous estancias, Estancia Harberton. But ONLY ONE company can take you ONTO the island on a closely guided and educational tour to see the penguins up close - Piratour. (This is not a sponsored post, I was just super impressed with them). Check back soon to see a complete post about the tour. But for now, take a look at the three species of cuties we saw - Magellanic, Gentoo, and King penguins.
Gentoo penguins have distinctive orange beaks. Below, a juvenile Gentoo penguin chased his mother in and out of the water and all around until she finally fed him a meal.
We were so excited to see just four King penguins on Isla Martillo, a real treat since they're usually not found outside the Antarctic circle.
A pair of Magellanic penguins can track each other down among hundreds of thousands of other birds using a distinctive call.
Magellanic penguins stay loyal to the same mate for life. Each breeding season, they return to the same nest and the same partner. Now that's penguin love!
Aren't they the cutest?
Have you seen penguins in the wild? Share it with us below, or shoot me an email with any questions you might have about where and when to see them!