The Lodge at Bahia Bustamante is a one off. This unique and private coastal basecamp and living museum lies 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. Then there are 7 migratory, 5 Neartic and 2 Patagonian species that 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. The richness of the area attracts the presence of killer whales, dolphins and Commerson’s dolphin. With a little luck, on their way from or to Valdes Peninsula, a Right Whale or an Elephant Seal may visit. Steppe wildlife includes Patagonian Cavy, lesser rheas, guanacos are easy to spot and, occasionally, some restless armadillo or skunk may lean out of a thorny bush. Sunset is the best moment to watch a great variety of birds, Tinamous and even grey foxes and maras Patagonian Hare).
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.
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 but still within the limits of our land. The Petrified Forest is a journey to the past, 60 million years ago During the visit, guests are able to observe all kinds of Steppe wildlife too (lesser rheas, guanacos, maras Patagonian rabbits and more).
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, 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 - spacious and cosy each independent cabin has 2 double bedrooms and a living room with beautiful views towards the sea.
2 Standard Sea Cabins – simpler, also close to the sea with 2 double bedrooms and a living room
5 Steppes Cabins – with 1 bedroom each – these are the most simple accommodation option for the ore independent minded, located at the back of the property facing the Patagonia Steppe (NB do not include activities or meals).