Estancia Rincon Chico

Estancia Rincon Chico

Peninsula Valdes Patagonia Argentina, Punta Delgada 9120 Argentina
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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.
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Peninsula Valdes Patagonia Argentina, Punta Delgada 9120 Argentina
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eleanormoskovic wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Estancia follows a clear environmental philosophy and has given up sheep farming in order to form and promote a natural reserve. It lies remotely in the South East of the Peninsula and the scenery and skies are constantly changing and fantastic. No habitation is visible from the estate for miles around. The owners, Maria and Agostino are completely committed to preserving the wilderness of Peninsula Valdez and encourage wildlife to flourish. To this end they have removed all fences on their property and built water troughs for animals and birds which are monitored by CCTV. We saw guanacos, rheas, armadillos and Mara as well as skunk and fox. They have also had puma visiting. Agostino is a fabulous and knowledgeable guide who is passionate about his land and the 20kilometre coastline which provides a haven for seals, penguin and Orca. They took us on drives and walks on the estate and explained the importance of this project for the survival of the indigenous flora and fauna.
The ranch is welcoming, modern and very nicely laid out. Maria and Jemima cooked us wonderful 3-course meals with delicious ingredients which were often vegetarian but not exclusively.
We found the whole experience very uplifting and came away reassured that some people on our planet are trying to live sustainably and in harmony with nature. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: We had a bright clean room at the end of the property with a lovely bathroom plus tub. Constant...
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Etienne H wrote a review Dec 2022
Dion-le-Mont, Brabant, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at Estancia Rincon Chico last November was the cherry on the cake of our second trip to Argentina. Waw, what a place. Let’s start with the people, they have beautiful story : Maria is represents the 7th generation of the owners of the place. Her smile and warm welcome made us feel confortable the minute we arrived. She is very discrete but nevertheless very present and pampered us with her cooking full of love, tasty homy dishes and delightful argentinian wines. We can feel that she put a lot of attention in the estancia making it a very cocoony place.
Then we have Jemima who helps her parents in all activities. She knows the place by heart and spent a lot of time with us to make us discover the treasures of the property (100 km2). Always happy, always smiling, very attentive to our wishes, she brings a lot to the feeling of being welcome. She can answer most of the questions regarding the fauna and flora and shares her love for that nature.
Finally we have Augustin ‘the bubbly’. He is as sparkling as a good champaign, full of energy, curious to learn and eager to share, all with a good sense of humor.
So only for the people, the stay at the estancia is already very nice. Add to that the splendor of the nature around and you create an unforgetable memory. We started our visit with Jemima bringing us to the beach where sea elephants are roasting themselves, lazying around in a pristine surrounding. We were able to get so close to them that a baby rested his head on my wife’s leg. To be so close to them in their natural frame of living is amazing. We then took a walk on that beach discovering the cliffs full of petrified juge oysters, a place that must have been untouched for centuries.
Next day, we went to see the sea lions colony, a joyful and loud crowd, so nice to watch them playing and enjoying life.
Under the watch of some guanacos, we pick nicked on the cliff before going back for a quick siesta.after that, both Augustin and Jemima took us for the search of orca’s. They really did their best and the sharp eye of Jemima spotted a family of 7 hunting along the shores. Augustin drove us accross the cliffs until we reached a good spot to watch them… what an experience. This was absolutely unbelievable. Wonderful animals swimming as close as 2 meters from the sand of the beach, a real thriller as some unconscious sea lions dared to swim so close to them. It was a stunning moment, gives you the feeling of being in a place unchanged for thousands of years, just the nature and you, so humbling and wonderful.
All in all, if you are around peninsula Valdez, grab the chance to visit Estancia Rincon Chico. It is pricy because it is unique, and an experience like this is priceless. Thank you so much, Maria, Augustin and Jemima for your smiles, your hospitality and the care you have of your place. If life brings us back to Patagonia, we will surely visit you again.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Molly W wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rincon Chico is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. As a wildlife biologist this trip felt like a dream. I stayed at Rincon Chico for four nights with my parents. We were greeted by Agustín, María and Jemima, who made us feel so welcome. We went looking for orcas with Agustin and Jemima every day. The coast was teeming with sea birds, elephants seals, and sea lions. Although Rincón Chico is probably best known for its marine fauna, we also enjoyed watching grassland birds, guanacos and maras, while admiring the unique plants. We noticed that the wildlife was calm, and that our presence did not disturb them, which was very important to us. The hotel is beautiful and Maria's food is delicious. The tranquillity of the place, the warmth and knowledge of our hosts, and knowing the conservation work which was being done there made this a very special and unique experience. I fell in love with elephant seals; this year's pups slept on the beaches, and every so often you could hear their sneezes. The coastline was rugged and dramatic with cliffs full of fossils dating back millions of years.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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WanderingLama wrote a review May 2024
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rincon Chico was the highlight of our trip to South America, indeed the highlight of our trips almost anywhere. The lodge itself is wonderful with simple, but comfortable rooms, an excellent lounge, and a dining area where Maria whips up incredibly well thought out meals three times a day. One of us is a vegetarian and Maria went out of her way to make sure that there was a proper entree for her and this was much appreciated. As also was the fact that non-dairy milk was readily provided. Add the fact that WiFi is excellent even though the nearest neighbor is more than a mile away and you know you're going to be well taken care of.

But that's not why you should visit Rincon Chico. You must go for the first hand and close up look at the sea lions, seals, the birds, and the.various South American fauna and that have chosen to stay on the property (property is an understatement, the ranch is the size of a small national park!). Augustin is an amazing guide (ably assisted by Jemima) who knows everything there is to know about the seals and sea lions on his property. At the same time, he is a committed to preservation and is careful not to disrupt their way of life. Visiting these marine animals with him is a not to be missed experience.

And last, but not least, are the penguins. Imagine walking a mile along a beach with a few hundred thousand penguins on both sides, most going about their regular business (which involves standing and staring stoically into the distance), a few gaze curiously at the odd visitors while others scatter, the occasional colony of sea lions bask in the sun five feet away from you, and a visiting southern giant petrel tries desperately to take off. That's what you get when you stay at Rincon Chico!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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michiganmaven wrote a review Jan 2024
Huntington Woods, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We feel so fortunate to have spent 3 days with Agustin, Maria, Jemima and their staff! The drive through the peninsula to the estancia sets the stage for special days of wonder, tranquility and new adventures. We were warmly greeted upon arrival, got settled in, enjoyed the first of several delicious home cooked meals and then were off on our first incredible adventure in this very special place.
Agustin is an excellent host, driver, educator, companion. He shared his vast knowledge of the flora and fauna and also the history of his family and the peninsula. He provided time to reflect and absorb the sounds and sights around us. We never felt rushed. He also focused on the interests of individual guests - weather it was geology, birds, whatever. He had books in the van to reinforce what we had seen for those who were interested.
Jemima was also a wonderful guide and a pleasure to be with on our outings. We love their red caps - their genuine enthusiasm and their commitment to preserving such an important place on our planet. How amazing it is to walk on the beaches with Magellanic penguins, feel the ocean spray on a wild coastline with hundreds of sea lions on the beach, spy an orca swimming alone, watch guanacos running as the sun comes up.
Time spent at the lodge was very relaxing. Maria always has a smile and quietly ensures that each guest is comfortable and well fed The rooms are comfortable and beds are cozy. Common spaces are a comfortable place to relax and chat with other guests or read or simply gaze out the window or enjoy a delicious meal!
We feel deep gratitude to them for preserving this place and sharing it with those who are able to visit.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Audrey L wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow... where to begin. I have been a lover of marine life since I was little, so I had very high expectations for this trip, and Rincon Chico exceeded them all! My husband and I have traveled extensively around the world, but this trip was magical, and will stay with us always as the best week of our lives. Agustin, Maria, and Jemimah were the most gracious hosts, and their love and compassion for the peninsula and it's wildlife really shows. During our 5 days there we saw orcas pestering a southern right whale, got up close and personal with elephant seals, and saw a seagull eating the placenta of a newborn seal lion. Each morning we would set out early to spot orcas and follow them as they made their way up and down the coast hunting seals. We saw numerous Southern Right Whales, and spent an afternoon watching a massive colony of penguins waddle along the beach and look after their eggs. Agustin taught us about the unique cultures of all of the different species we saw and even taught us how to differentiate the difference between the spout of a whale and the spout of an orca. Peninsula Verdes is one of the last untouched and truly wild places left on Earth and the work that Agustin, Maria, and Jemimah are doing to help conserve it is inspiring.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: All of the rooms were clean and comfortable!
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Peter W wrote a review Nov 2022
Salamanca, Spain
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rincon Chico is a reminder that we are not alone on this planet in the slightest! The abundance of wildlife is staggering, both in the ocean, on the beach and in the grass lands and plateaus. The scenery and geography are dramatic to the point that you feel like you are roaming the set of an epic nature documentary. Every day is like being in an episode of National Geographic.
Our hosts and owners of the property, Agustin, Maria and Jemima are equally responsible for the magic of the place as the flora and fauna that surrounds them. They're truly passionate about nature and the conservation of this incredible landscape. They also incredible hosts to their human guests and go above and beyond to maximize everyone's experience. The home cooked food is delicious and the accommodations are spacious and clean. It's heaven for nature lovers.
Orcas, sea lions, elephant seals, Southern Wright Whales, penguins, Guanacos, Foxes, Owls, seabirds, Choikes all roam, hunt, mate and live in the immediate vicinity of the ranch. We've never been somewhere that felt so authentic and bursting with wildlife. We're honored to have been witness to it and will certainly be back as soon as we can manage!
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Room Tip: you don't come for the rooms but for the privilege of being in such a stunning place! All...
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Companion49252605583 wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a must visit in Argentina! Everything was amazing! The family that runs Estancia Rincón Chico makes you feel like family during your stay. The food is delicious and the animal encounters were beyond what I could have expected. I will definitely be returning in the future!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jena wrote a review Dec 2022
Louisville, Kentucky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a unique life changing experience is it to stay at Rincon Chico. The ranch gives you a chance to connect with nature in a way I’ve never experienced before. It’s raw beauty will take your breath away. There’s so much wildlife to admire - it felt like we were on an Argentinian Safari. The family goes above and beyond to make sure you have a wonderful experience. The home cooked meals were delicious - better than the fancy restaurants we ate at in the city. I learned so much from each family member. You can tell they really care about the land, the animals, and you their guest! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this special place. It’s touched my heart and will stick with me for a lifetime. You won’t regret your time there - if anything you’ll regret you didn’t stay longer.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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emmaggb wrote a review Feb 2020
Disentis, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything in our stay was perfect. The owners Augustin and Maria, together with Jemima are charming, knowledgable of the local fauna and flora and very involved in the preservation of the Ecosystem, which we deeply appreciated.The atmosphere was elegant and relaxed. We felt at home and had fantastic views and excursions. Totally reccommend Estancia Rincon Chico
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are fine
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Karen H asked a question Jan 2017
Kidderminster, United Kingdom42 contributions10 helpful votes
What availability do you have from feb 17th?
Answer from rinconchico
Península Valdés
Hi! Please send and email to our bookings office, the address is in our web site, or you can directly fill the form there and they will help you and send you all the info right away. Thanks!
Answer from Ppelt
Enspijk, The Netherlands16 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi , we just visited the estancia. We flew with Aerolineas Argentinas from Bueno's Aires to Trelew. This flight goes on to Ushuaia, so the other way around is also possible. We rented a car with Dubrovnik in Puerto Madryn. They bring the car to the airport and pick it up again. From Trelew to the estancia is a 3 to 4 hour drive, so take your time. Since the return flight was early in the morning, we stayed a night in Puerto Madryn (hotel Territorio). We stayed 3 nights in Rincon Chico, which is enough to see the peninsula. Don't forget to take the 2 hours whale watching tour in Puerto Piramides, better on the way in, especially when the weather ok. Have fun and give our best regards to Maria and Augustin (and Ramona!). Best regards, Pieter Pelt
Arthur M wrote a tip Jan 2024
Nottingham, United Kingdom280 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring very high factor sun cream and protect your lips with sun block. Remember to layer up for when it gets windy"
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Jen J wrote a tip Dec 2023
Sykesville, Maryland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Layers! Plan for wind on the cliffs!"
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Miranda R wrote a tip Jan 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Vooral niet in het donker aankomen!"
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Emma W wrote a tip Dec 2022
14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"October was an excellent month to go in for seeing orcas and we did get lucky and saw them often! Agustin is a whale whisperer! "
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Peter W wrote a tip Nov 2022
Salamanca, Spain5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"you don't come for the rooms but for the privilege of being in such a stunning place! All are 10/10"
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Nearby attractions include Punta Delgada Lighthouse (4.0 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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