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Bahia Bustamante

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Province of Chubut, Argentina
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About Bahia Bustamante
Bahia Bustamante is a seaside lodge surrounded by 360° of wild nature, located in Patagonia, in an area characterized by its relevant biological biodiversity. Only a few places in the world house such an amount and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals, which is why it has been included in the National Park "Patagonia Austral". Remote and exclusive, with the philosophy of sustainability and preserving the natural habitat, it is ideal for nature lovers. Activities include bird (penguins and more) and sea lion watching, visit to the petrified forest, to the seaweed industry, and to a typical Patagonian ranch with more than 20.000 sheep (where holistic management is applied, aiming to restore Patagonia grasslands) panoramic trekkings, horseback riding and mountain bike. Relaxing and enjoying the most exclusive sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, surrounded by huge red rocks is also possible. It is important for you to know that in Bahia Bustamante we want to preserve the essence of the place and maintain a balance with nature. The old houses which used to belong to the first inhabitants were renovated to receive guests, always taking into account the austerity and simplicity which characterized lifestyle here from the beginning; thus keeping alive the spirit of those who arrived to these lands over 50 years ago. In Bahia Bustamante luxury is the chance to enjoy the vastness of nature which surrounds us. The aim of the experience is to connect with nature and with the authenticity of the village and its inhabitants.
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Bahia Bustamante is a seaside Lodge surrounded by 360° of wild nature in Patagonia. Only a few places in the world house such an amount and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals, which is why it has been included in the National Park "Patagonia Austral". Remote and exclusive, with the philosophy of sustainability and preserving the natural habitat, it is ideal for nature lovers. Activities include bird (penguins and more) and sea lion watching, visit to the petrified forest, to the seaweed industry, and to a typical Patagonian ranch with more than 20.000 sheep, panoramic treks, horseback riding and mountain bike. Relaxing and enjoying the most exclusive sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, surrounded by huge red rocks is also possible.
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Say Hueque wrote a review May 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina945 contributions156 helpful votes
This small town is a unique, peaceful coastal paradise in Patagonia. It has pristine beaches (cold to swimm but just perfect to relax), traditional sheep ranch and incredible marine life including penguins, whales and sea lions, as well as hundreds of species of birds. The town, about 40 people inhabitants, lives today of tourism and seaweed production. I really think is a perfet spot for a romantic getaway, full of nature and tranquil ambience. Also paradise for birdwatchers.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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Mary W wrote a review Oct 2013
San Diego, California27 contributions30 helpful votes
The NY Times article compelled us to add Bahia Bustamante to a spring whale watching trip in Patagonia. It was early Spring so we knew the weather would be iffy and we were not surprised that it was cold, rainy and windy. What we did not expect was the lack of sufficient heat in the very expensive cabins and common areas. We could see plenty of daylight in the cracks around the door and windows. We put pillows and blankets to keep the frigid air out but the ineffective space heater in our cabin was no match for the Patagonian cold. The common dining room had an even less effective space heater. Our four days were spent in layers of clothing trying unsuccessfully to maintain body temperature. I'm sure the outdoor activities would have been delightful IF we could have come back to a warm room. This is not a complaint about the weather because cold and rainy are not uncommon in Patagonia. The food options were few and the portions were small. For the price, this place should provide heat and better food.
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Date of experience: September 2013
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GJWPos wrote a review Oct 2012
POS83 contributions27 helpful votes
I read the Times review eighteen months ago and was bitten. We visited Oct 2012 and my observations follow: 1. Information provided: thorough and accurate briefings. Helpful office staff. 2. Accommodation:rustic, but comfortable and high quality touches.You are better off with the seaview cottages. 3. Food: service great, selection limited, good wine. 4. Guides: excellent. Tibor is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, the owner Matias knows his stuff. 5. Activities: we often had three tours per day. 6. Uniqueness. Wow! a working farm, charming common areas, accessible wildlife, great guides, welcoming staff, will satisfy expert or neophyte. 7. Value for money: we'd do it again. Discussion: meat does feature much on the menu. Fish was overdone. A cheese and ham platter should be included at breakfast. Veggie selection is limited. That said, chef is creative, presentation and service impeccable. For wildlife buffs: bring high quality 8x40 binocs, a good telezoom, say 100-400mm, with a tripod or monopod. Sightings of the guanaco, mara( patagonian hare), elegant crested tinamou need patience. You will be rewarded on the offshore islands boat trip. It's safe enough to take your optics.
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Date of experience: October 2012
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sofi3 wrote a review May 2012
Anchorage, Alaska13 contributions10 helpful votes
We had the time of our lives. Fantastic! Matias, the owner, met us upon arriving, asked us what we needed, and never did we need to ask for anything. Whenever we suggested what we would like, the request was met with a positive response. The setting is majestic, and the accommodations match. Luxurious beds. Our guide, Adrian, spoke beautiful English and educated us on the uniqueness of BB and all its charms. Hunting for shells, Horseback riding, boat trip to see pengiuns, sea lions, and lots of birds, et cetera - we felt like happy, endulged kids (and I'm 53). The meals, prepared by the charming staff, were delicious. The wines available were some of the best we had in all Argentina. I cannot say how much we loved Bahia Bustamante. Good for the heart, and the soul. We flew to Trelew, rented a car, and drove to BB. Follow the directions on BB's website, stop at Camarones for a delicious seafood lunch in a darling town, and a couple hours later you arrive to the ranch gates of Bahia Bustamante.
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Nail56 wrote a review Feb 2012
Everett, Washington713 contributions208 helpful votes
Bahaia Bustamente – hop the bus going south out of Trelew and get off at Garyalde: there in the middle of nowhere, a car from the estancia can pick you up and take you another 57 km to the seaweed farm and sheep ranch by the sea. Written up by the NY Times and hence popular with Americans now this was formerly a quiet secret for Europeans. Comfortable, tasty (food-wise), windy and interesting estancia operation with “hosteria” – a form of accommodation greatly favored in Argentina. BB fronts on a large bay from which adventures to the sheep operation, seaweed operation, hiking, horse-backing, petrified forest, canyon walks and general outdoorsyness are undertaken by the generally well-heeled but active clientele. Staff very considert: late arrivals are given special lunches or dinners from the chefs and any reasonable request is immediately accommodated. Upgraded considerably since rich Americans started showing up. Chef on duty is very capable, though vegetablly oriented. Sauces excellent. Horses strong and fast. Extremely beautiful and off the beaten track. Try to spend at least three days so you can catch the expedition to the sea lion colony.
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Date of experience: February 2012
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