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“Basic loding, fantastic wildlife” 4 of 5 stars
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Peninsula Valdes | Punta Norte, Argentina   |  
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“Basic loding, fantastic wildlife”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2008

This place can be summarized in one sentence: go there and stay there at least two nights for the wildlife experience but be prepared.

This place is in the middle of nowhere: no cellphone network coverage, no Internet, limited water supply, electricity when the generator runs (usually a couple of hours in the evening), no gas station, etc. The rooms are OK, the bathroom wasn't too clean either. Very very basic lodging.

If you can live with this, go there, the place is fantastic. The owner (and guide) is really great: the wildlife experience you'll enjoy is probably going to be the best you'll have in your life. Meeting these animals as close as a couple of meters.

  • Liked — The wildlife experience
  • Disliked — Very basic lodging and limited facilities
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2007

Excellent wildlife experience on Peninsula Valdes... the excursions to see the seals/sea lions are interesting and something that you are not able to do alone. The owner will take you right to the beach and you sit within meters of the animals. This area is also known for Orcas although we didn't see any. Great place to stay if you are into photography/wildlife.
The food was good (included in the price) with a large selection of wine/beer/drinks.
The rooms are simple but warm. Good sized bathroom but could've been cleaner.
Overall we enjoyed our stay but felt it was slightly expensive. I would recommend it but only if you enjoy wildlife/being in the middle of no-where. I would also suggest finding out what time the excursions depart as it will help plan your arrival time and also to maximise your time at the peninsula. Also I would advice renting a car to get there.

  • Liked — Wildlife experience and location
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Ernestina

Address: Peninsula Valdes | Punta Norte, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Chubut
Hotel Style:
Ranked #121 of 231 Specialty Lodging in Province of Chubut
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
La Ernestina Argentina/Chubut

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