After a 2+ hour ride from Puerto Madryn and down a lot of dirt roads to get there...we finally arrived at Bahia Bustamante, an old "seaweed" hacienda on the coast of Argentina in the northern part of Patagonia.
This little "village" of seaweed workers has sea front cottages (2 bedrooms) complete with kitchenettes. Although a little rough around the edges, Bahia Bustamante is a great place to experience life as it has been for the last 100 years. There is a restaurant and they were in the process of building a spa when I was there. Eating in the restaurant is like dining in a museum with the history of this fishing/seaweed village all around.
My two bedroom cottage had the most marvelous view of the sunrises each morning....a welcoming light as during the evening there is only electricity from 7PM until 11PM as that is the time that they run the generator. There is however a bathroom battery light...but a flashlight is highly reccomended. The beds were very comfortable with warm comfortors to help keep the night winds from chilling too much. There are gas heaters in every cottage in case it gets really cold.
The food was excellent and the wine (Argeninean of course) was excellent. But the best thing about Bahia Bustamante were the excursions. One day we hiked to a petrified forest dating back to prehistoric times. Another fabulous excursion (you have to wait for high tide) was to the islands off the coast where there is every type of animal that you see in the Galapagos and then some. There were Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seals, Penguines by the hundrens and all kinds of egrits and other birds. If you come there in January...you might even see the Souther Right Whales that frequent this area.
Another interesting exciursion is through the seaweed factory. The workers go out into the water in small boats and nothing but a long breathing hose and weights and dive down into the kelp beds to harvest the seaweed which they bring back to the village, compress into bales and the sell to overseas markets for makeup products, food additives and even ice cream.
The sunsets here (you can see them from the back fence and over the Patagonian Steppes) are more than spectacular.
I just loved this wild experience...and got very used to hearing the honking of the sea lions and not cars. This place is really out there...but well worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bahia Bustamante is a seaside village entirely surrounded by nature. It is located between Trelew and Comodoro Rivadavia, in the province of Chubut, Patagonia Argentina, an area characterized by its relevant biological biodiversity. There are few places in the world that house such an amount and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals, which is why it has been included in the new National Park "Patagonia Austral". Ideal for nature lovers, this place offers different activities such as bird and sea lion watching, visit to the petrified forest, to the seaweed industry, and to a typical Patagonian ranch, panoramic trekking, horseback riding, and mountain bike. Also, you can just relax and enjoy the most exclusive sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, surrounded by huge red rocks, in an atmosphere of incredibly different textures and colors. This remote and exclusive village on the Patagonian seaside offers you a completely different kind of place, full of peace and safety. 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 ... more less
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