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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Peninsula Valdes | Patagonia Argentina, Punta Delgada 9120, Argentina   |  
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“What a Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Estancia Rincon Chico is located at Peninsula Valez and is a paradise. Hundreds of sea lions, seals, guanacos, maras and last but not least orcas.
You can discover everythings together with a very nice guide, called Roxana. Meals are perfectly prepared by Maria and Romana. A perfect place to rest and forget your daily business because apart from nature there is no distraction. Whatever you ask for they try to make it possible. This place is a real paradise and therefore highly recommendable.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

The direct access to elephant seals are a must visit. Teresa, our nature guide, was extremely informative and allowed us to sneak up to the seals within 10 feet! There is also hiking and sand dune exploration on the massive property. The property is really in a remote setting so the running water is piped in from well water and the electricity is provided via wind power. In the evening there is a generator that provides more electricity to recharge camera batteries. GPS and cell phone reception do not work so if you are a city slicker do not consider booking here. However, if you love nature and want to get away from it all, this is the perfect place to recharge, experience amazing fauna, and catch up on some reading. Augustin and Maria, the owners really take care of you during the stay. One thing to note is that the property is NOT in Puerto Madryn; it is on the very southeast corner of Peninsula Valdez, which takes 2-4 hours from the airport depending on how fast you drive. I highly recommend renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Our compact car barely cut it on the gravel and clay roads, especially in the rain (check the treads, ours were almost bald). If you are here to see a live hunt of an Orca beaching itself to feast on a sea lion in Punta Norte, you should know that it is about a 1.5-2 hour drive each way. The closest town is Puerto Pyramides so depending on how much driving you do, you will need to refill on gas every other day. One final tip is that the Estancia that has the penguins charges $80/person (US dollars). You can see the same penguins in lesser numbers at a public area. Finally, contrary to some of the other reviews, the food is high quality homemade food. Everything from the breads to the entrees to the desserts are homemade and quite delicious.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The place is great and the owners were really fortunate to have the Pen Valdes elephant seals population to breed on their land. Oct 20’th we spent 1 night at the property , as part of our 3 weeks tour in Argentina & Chile (Patagonia mainly).

After having a wonderful full day guided tour of the Peninsula , we arrived at the property (on Saturday), where the owner welcomed us. To our surprise, we found out that he is planning to take us to the beach the same evening , to see the elephant seals. We were quite surprised because we were promised by our agency that we will be having about 4 hours to spend on the beach during the following day (on Sunday), before leaving for the airport. We arrived at the beach at 7:00 pm and we were already worried about the light. It was freezing cold, since the sun was going rapidly down. The owner was putting his gloves on and we understood quite quickly why. We were having none with us, since we left the property in a rush.

We spent 1 hour there in semi-darkness but came back to the property being quite optimistic that the next day the owner will follow the initial schedule. He recommended us to visit the sand ‘dunes’ instead. Next day it was Sunday and probably he wanted to avoid to get up early for us. We were the only guests of the property during the time we spent there.

We left for El Calafate with a sense of bitterness which hardly could be described. The elephant seals at Rincon Chico should have been one of the highlights of our trip. We missed it because of a guy who preferred to stay in his comfort zone. Even the property is great, we would not recommend it since you are depending too much on the mood of the owner to take you to the beach (13 km roundtrip). However, if you spend more nights there, the best thing is to just walk to the beach and eliminate this embarrassing dependency.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We decided to stop here for 2 nights on our visit through coastal Patagonia. And yes to what everyone else said - the graciousness of our hosts Agustin & Maria, the serenity of the ranch, and the unique access to elephant seals made our long drive through the rainy night completely worth it. When we arrived late in the evening at 11, Agustin was there to greet us and feed us our 3 course meal.

The next full day we took a trip out to see the elephant seals with Agustin. As a former student of marine biology he patiently answered my barrage of curious questions, sharing his deep love for the unique ecosystem. Although our stay was short, we were able to take a morning walk out to the sand dunes on the property before leaving.

If you are looking for a luxurious "hotel" by city standards, this is not that place. This is a comfortable working estancia with personal touches. yes, the drive is long, and its proximity to other areas is not necessarily convenient. But, the remote location gives visitors access to the elephant seals and an experience which are not possible in other places.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Had the privilege of staying at Rincon Chico for 2 nights as part of a whirlwind tour of Argentina to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. The highlight of the entire trip was Rincon Chico. Spending time with the elephant seals on the beach was surreal. They are truly majestic and haunting creatures from the depths of the ocean. We just couldn't get enough of them...and with over 10 miles of coastline as part of the estancia, we had ample opportunity. What an experience to ride bikes for hours, just the two of us, to the cliffs above the seals. Agustin and Maria made our time there a homey and welcomed retreat from the impersonal hotels we stayed at during the rest of our trip. Maria is an amazing chef. Meals were spectacular and Agustin is absolutely hilarious. What stories he has! Fifth generation estancia owners in the area...so humbling to see their commitment to continue the tradition and share it with visitors from afar like us.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Augostin and Maria were great. Agostin gives great advise, I am so grateful I listened to him. He told us to take a whalewatching tour in Puerto Pirimades on the way to him, drive up to San Lorenzo to see the penguins and to do my souvenir shopping in puerto pirimades, which was the most reasonible place--cheaper then Buenos Aires, El Calafate or duty free.. Now the Estancia is lovely. and remote. We loved walking on the cliffs overlooking and on the beach with the elephant seals. the ocean views are amazing and you can take walks on the prop[erty, too. They were able to accomodate our dietary requirement, also.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Thanks to Malena & Augustin, we spent a great stay with our kids in Rincon Chico. Nature is surrounding all around. Childrens remained under the spell of domesticated animals (sheep and cats) and numerous marine mammals that can be approached along the 15km of Estancia's beaches. Grandiose!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Peninsula Valdes | Patagonia Argentina, Punta Delgada 9120, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Chubut > Punta Delgada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Delgada
Hotel Class:4 star — Estancia Rincon Chico 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rincon Chico Ranch is an exclusive property located in the southeast corner of the Valdes Peninsula on the Patagonian Sea coast, one of the richest marine areas on Earth harboring populations of right whales, elephant seals, sea lions, orcas, penguins, and numerous species of birds and fish. For this reason the site was declared "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO in 1999. The owners are the fifth generation of settlers that inhabited the Peninsula over 120 years ago, and continuing with pride the tradition of their ancestors to breed extra fine Australian Merino sheep for wool production since 1897. In 1996 they incorporated into the activities with a prestigious group of scientists the study and conservation of wildlife, and since 2001 opened the doors to share with guests from all around the world the experience of living in this unique place surrounded by nature. ... more   less 
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Estancia Rincon Chico Hotel Puerto Madryn

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