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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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emmaggb wrote a review Feb 2020
Disentis, Switzerland4 contributions
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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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
Dorking47 contributions19 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 Kingdom427 contributions181 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
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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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.