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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Estancia Rincon Chico Hotel Puerto Madryn