The Lodge at Bahia Bustamante is a one-off. This unique and private coastal basecamp and living museum is set within a 100,000 acre Patagonian steppe property, which forms part of the Marine National Park (Patagonia Austral) and also Blue Patagonia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With IBA status (Important Birding Area) to boot, only a few places in the world are blessed with the sheer quantity & diversity of seabirds and marine mammals.
Once described by The New York Times as “Argentina’s Private (and Secret) Answer to the Galapagos”, Bahia Bustamante was originally founded in the 1950s as a seaweed settlement and descendants of the same family run the Estancia today.
Bird watching is exceptional at Bahia Bustamante with a wide variety of species inhabiting different ecosystems, principally marine, intertidal, marsh, wetland and steppe. Out of the 16 species of marine birds that nest on Argentina’s coast, 13 do it at Bahia Bustamante. There are 2 endemic species; the Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus) is found in large concentrations here, as well as the Olrog´s Gull (Larus Atlanticus). Both species are rated internationally as threatened birds. Also 7 migratory, 5 Neartic and 2 Patagonian species frequent the area.
Additionally guests see a great variety and diversity of other marine and Steppe fauna. The Sea Lion colony on the islands (Otaria Flavescens) reaches up to 4.000 individuals. A Right Whale or an Elephant Seal may be spotted on their way from or to Valdes Peninsula, but anyone who would like the best chances of seeing those should spend 1 night in the Valdes area in conjunction with a stay at Bahia Bustamante. Patagonian cavy (also known as mara or Patagonian hare), lesser rheas and guanacos are easy to spot and, occasionally, a restless armadillo or skunk may lean out of a thorny bush. Sunset is the best moment to see a great variety of birds, Tinamous and even grey foxes.
Explore the peninsula with its beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear water and reddish rocks. Perfect for biking, trekking or 4×4. Natural swimming pools are formed in between the rocks, wonderful for swimming with a view to the open ocean. Also discover sites of great archaeological and geological importance. Horse-riding is available for a small fee, subject to availability.
Sailing along Malaspina Cove visiting Sea Lion and Seabird colonies. The Vernacci Islands are home to Sea Lions (4000 animals during breeding season), Magellan Penguins (100.000 – Season: October to March) and colourful Marine Bird colonies.
4×4 trip combined with a moderate trek to the Petrified Forest, 18 miles away from the Lodge and within the limits of our land.
Also not to miss:-
Penguin Island just 15 minutes away from the Lodge
The Aristizabal Cape by 4 x4 for stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife such as lesser rheas, maras, grey foxes, armadillos and more as well as the sea lions a short trek from the Lighthouse.
A beautiful trek through the Rock Canyon, following the path of a dry river until reaching the ocean. Guests walk alongside immense walls 15 metres tall, formed by Jurassic rocks from the Mesozoic era. Swimming, photo opportunities and a visit to an archaeological site. Also ideal for bird watching
Historical Tour - walk around the Lodge to learn about its history, founder, inhabitants, the buildings and its rich past. Guests visit the barns where seaweed is processed & learn about the different species found in Bahia Bustamante and its uses.
Ranch Day & introduction to sustainable wool production
4 Superior Sea Cabins - Each in a separate chalet, spacious and cosy with 2 double bedrooms; a living room and one of the bedrooms have sea views.
2 Standard Sea Cabins – Located in one building beside the restaurant, with 2 double bedrooms. A living room and one of the bedrooms have sea views.
5 Steppes Cabins – with 1 bedroom each – these are the most simple accommodation option for the more independent minded, located at the back of the property (NB do not include activities or meals).