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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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emmaggb wrote a review Feb 2020
Disentis, Switzerland4 contributions6 helpful votes
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
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eleanormoskovic wrote a review Feb 2020
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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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Adrian P wrote a review Dec 2019
East Grinstead, United Kingdom51 contributions62 helpful votes
Enjoyed our 3 day stay. Would have given it 4 stars if the food was better, and due to its location (because its remote) the food really does need to improve, as there is nowhere else to go. Getting to the Estancia involves a drive of over an hour down a dirt road (about 70km) Agustin and Maria are a delightful couple, he has lived his entire life there and is a very knowledgeable guide. The Estancia covers a vast area including many km of shoreline. The guide transports you by a large van on the Estancia it does take time as there is no road (only tracks) .There is much wildlife to see including orcas, sea lions, Elephant seals, penguins (some of which we saw close up) and various land animals The accomodation is okay, basic smallish room but comfortable enough and extremely quiet. The generator kicks in at about 7pm and that is the only time you can charge up appliances, camera, phones etc and also get the internet, there is no mobile coverage on the Estate. Our 3 day stay was very expensive and I did expect better food. The breakfast was very poor, Dinner very simple, no choice, 3 dinners all very disappointing, I know the place is remote and distance is a problem but more effort needs to be made in this regard. as the nearest resturant is along drive. The Estancia and all around are thousands of sheep I think the only meat we got was a chicken leg. Given the price being charged I would urge the owners to give more attention to this aspect of the Estancia experience.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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MyrtleWiltshire wrote a review Dec 2019
Devizes, United Kingdom445 contributions239 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights which seemed like the right amount of time. Wonderful wildlife watching and a comfortable estancia with sweeping views from some of the bedrooms and the veranda over the Patagonian steppe, so peaceful, only the sounds of birdsong. Rhea poked around the garden along with the estancia's horses! The bedroom wasn't very big but had a large bed and a bath with shower attachment. Electricity for charging things and using the internet only in the evening. No choice at dinner which was served from 8pm (individual tables, not communal dining). The owners, who are very hands on, have really filled a niche with this place.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Karen wrote a review Dec 2019
St. Thomas1 contribution
Nowhere else in the world provides you the opportunity to see the Orca hunt on the beach and such a large population of Sea Elephants and Sea Lions. We weren't lucky enough to see the Orcas up close -only from a distance. The owners, Agustin & Maria, are extremely knowledgeable and focused on preserving the animals in their natural habitat and allow people to not only get close to them but to also learn their habits. Agustin is a Marine Biologist who shares his knowledge and goes out of his way to make sure that every person has the opportunity to get as close to the animals as possible without bothering them. While we were visiting there were researchers who study large indigenous cats and they also shared interesting facts. The family owned ranch is huge and is a home for many different species of animals. We saw Fox, Guanacos ( a type of Llama), Rhea (ostriches), Armadillos, Skunk and a slew of other creatures. The family has converted parts of the ranch into watering holes for the local habitat and is very much an Eco Resort. The accommodations were perfect for the setting with an emphasis on conservation. Comfortable and well appointed- Don't go with the expectation of having a luxury resort. Instead enjoy the intimate group of international travelers looking for adventure and a personalized experience. The rooms were very well appointed. Lots of hot water and water pressure. Be aware that the generator is only on for portions of the evening so make sure to get everything plugged in and ready to go. The rest of the time you're using 12 Volt so you still have lights and water but can't charge your equipment Internet is sketchy, when the generator is on, but that's to be expected when you're so far from "modern civilization" which is the reason we were there. If you want to get up close & personal and sit next to an elephant seal this is the place to go!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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EBr1957 wrote a review Nov 2019
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Recommended by our travel agency, we stayed 3 nights at Ricon Chico. We were warmly welcomed by Maria and her team (Jessie & Maria). The room was clean, cozy and comfortable. Agustin took us on his property to make us discover the surrounding nature and the animals that live there. We could also spend a long time with the elephant seals: magic. We can only warmly recommend this accommodation to those who want to spend several days on the Valdes Peninsula and / or those who wish to discover and learn about the nature and the animals of this region, in particular the elephant seals, the sea lions, the penguins of Magellan etc. Also, for those who want to experience what is the life in a ranch. Opening your window in the morning and watching a rhea searching for food on the driveway or a guanaco in the bush is an unforgettable experience. We would like to thanks again Maria, Agustin and their team for our stay in Ricon Chico.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Clean, confortable with all the facilities (toilets, bath, shower). King size bed. Shared rooms...
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Lio-Montpellier wrote a review Nov 2019
Montpellier, France2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our stay at Rincon Chico is definitely one of our top 3 experience around the world. Warm welcome from Maria in a lovely place, with charming furniture. Delicious food. And incredible tours of the wildlife with Augustin, sharing his passion and vision for sustainable development of the peninsula. A must live experience !
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Christian wrote a review Nov 2019
17 contributions5 helpful votes
Staying at the Estancia Rincon Chico is amazing. If you are into wildlife and want to be able to experience some marvellous encounters, then stay here. The trip to see the Elephant Seals was magical and we will never forget the expedition to find the Orcas. We really enjoyed the food cooked to traditional recipes and the opportunity to swop travel tales with our fellow guests.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Qrest wrote a review Oct 2019
Bruges, Belgium49 contributions63 helpful votes
We stayed two nights in Estancia Rincon Chico.:a stay we will never forget! The location is breathtaking, the welcome from the owners is heart warming, the building and the rooms are so authentic: nothing to complain about! And then nature: unbelievable, exclusive! Nobody in Peninsula Valdez can see an elephant seal from so close. Augustin is so passionate, he can explain (provide information) about everything about the animals. So educational but absolutely not boring! We saw orcas and the highlight: the birth of an elephant seal just in front of us: unforgettable! Thank you so much, Maria and Augustin !
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Everything was ok! Nice room, quiet, clean. Perhaps one little tip for breakfast: more bread in...
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aureliejulien2012019 wrote a review Oct 2019
Paris, France1 contribution1 helpful vote
First of all, thank you Augustin for being our amazing guide during 48h in his private domain. The wildlife was way above expectation, hundreds of elephant seals and sea lions, 13 orcas in two days, whales and birds.. just unbelievable with a lot of good information and details thanks to his expertise developed since he was born. Thank you as well to Jessie and Maria for their kindness and availability. ***** Before arriving at Rincon Chico, my wife and I were expecting something perfect for our honeymoon on all aspects. When you pay more than 1800€ for two nights, you normally have high expectations and look forward having a luxuous stay. The Estancia is a beautiful and traditional house but the rooms are very classical and very simply decorated without any touch of luxury or premium place. Still very comfortable to have a good night. Would be great if there were a few attentions like flowers, gift or so. The bathroom is also very simple and average, nothing fancy at all. On the restaurant side, things are even worst. Food was way below average, not very tasty or well presented with a non-skilled staff (but very friendly). The staff is familial but clearly far from having learned anything related to handle a restaurant. 6 meals (2 days) and 4 times a poor fruit salad presented as "fresh fruit salad" but mixed with industrial fruits. Breakfast as boring as in a hotel 20 times cheaper. We understand it is very difficult to bring good products in this remote place but this is mainly the reason why you pay such a price. At the end of the day, the good price should be half of this one. There is nothing that can justify 1000€ per night expect the amazing localisation and wildlife around. If you expect a very simple stay with very simple food but the animals are the main reason you are here and you do not count $$$, go for it. If you expect something almost perfect on all aspects like you should do when you pay so much, go somewhere else.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Estancia Rincon Chico
Which popular attractions are close to Estancia Rincon Chico?
Nearby attractions include Punta Delgada Lighthouse (4.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Estancia Rincon Chico?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Estancia Rincon Chico?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Estancia Rincon Chico?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Estancia Rincon Chico accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.