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Bahia Bustamante Patagonia
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

We arrived in Bahia bustamante having already spent 3 days in Peninsula Valdes. It was our second trip to Patagonia - so the amazing scenery was already etched in our minds. Wanting to try a second location, we read the new York times review and thought why not? From the outset it looked expensive- extremely, by Argentinian standards.but trip adviser and new york times had not failed us before. This time they did.

Bahia bustamante has a fascinating history, classic scenery, and access to wildlife. But if you are paying as you do here, you should expect expert guides and service- not backpackers doubling as waiters, and foreigners as guides. The food is basic/ good Argentinian fare, with wine a hearty extra expense. The accommodation is as they describe, basic, and our room had a fair stench. The trips around the area are interesting, but without an expert guide, the insights are not great. Take a guide book and read up.
While the ecotourism is well worth supporting,there are hundreds of estancias and canbanas that provide just as good access to patagonia. Go to peninsula valdes instead. It's world heritage for a reason. And the meagre entry fee gives you access to endless expert guides, the same wildlife, and reasonably priced accommodation. If you want 'isolation' there are endless places that won't charge the US prices. I. Am sure some Americans will pay for isolation - that must explain the reviews here. As independent travelers who have visited Argentina many times we rate this as our first ever mistake: Bahia Bustamante - ripped off.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Bahia B, Propietario at Bahia Bustamante Patagonia, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2012

On behalf of the entire staff at Bahia Bustamante we’d like to thank you for taking time to review our property. We regret that the experience did not result as you expected and we are thankful for letting us know your thoughts; everything helps us to continue improving and revise our procedures, we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we might improve.

In Bahia Bustamante we offer two types of accommodation:
The Sea Houses, which include full board and activities, and the Steppe Houses, which are located where the steppe landscape begins. These houses are much simpler than the "Sea houses", since they used to belong to the seaweed workers. The rental of the Steppe Houses do not include full board, they have a fully equipped kitchenet. It includes every day cleaning, linens, tableware, and grill. With an extra cost to be paid once in Bustamante, guests may carry out all the activities we offer with our guide (subject to availability) and have breakfast, lunch or dinner at the “Proveeduría”, Bahia Bustamantes restaurant.
The Steppe Houses are thought for independent travelers, who usually have long stays and bring their own food and cook at the house, and participate only in some activities, since they prefer not to participate in every day schedule and have a lower budget. In the case of wanting to eat everyday at the restaurant and participating in everyday schedule, then Steppe Houses are not the recommended option, since the stay will end up being more expensive. Sea Houses, which are more comfortable and include full board and activities are the alternative we offer and recommend to those guests who prefer to have everything solved and enjoy the restaurant and activities without having to think of the costs.
We always explain this during the booking process, so that the stay with us is what our guests expect, and we do our best to exceed our guests’s expectations. We will from now on, remark this to avoid future inconveniences.

Regarding our staff, it is true that one of our guides is a foreigner. He is our Hostess husband, who is an Argentinean, and has been living and working in Bahia Bustamante for 4 years. Although he is not a specialized biologists, he widely knows flora and fauna of the area, as well as the history and lifestyle of the Estancia. All our guests love him and he is passionate about the place.
We also have another guide, Esteban, he is an Argentinean biologist and graduated as a professional guide. Matías, the grandson of Lorenzo Soriano, the founder of the town, also participates in the guiding.
It is true that at the restaurant we receive the help of foreigners volunteers. It is important for us to work with them, not only to show them the way we live, but also show our local workers how people live in different parts of the world. We usually receive two foreign volunteers every 40 days, as helpers in the garden and in the service in the restaurant. We select them for their experience and attitude. We find the help of volunteers enriching for us and for the guests, as well as for themselves. We also have a waitress and, of course, our Hostess who both work here full time .

Thank you again for your comments.
Bahia Bustamante Staff

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

My significant other and I just returned from a four day visit at Bahia Bustamante. I am so glad that we made the trip down there after a week of meetings in BA. I wanted peace and I got it. I also met wonderful people and saw unforgettable things. Our house (Petrel) was quaint and comfortable. I loved the way old fencing wood had been repurposed table tops in the house. Gorgeous! The food was wonderful. Though my S.O. was a tad skeptical about the seaweed bread, even he loved the linguini with seaweed in a light cream sauce. (So as not to scare off seaweed haters, it's entirely possible to avoid eating seaweed without starving, if you're not up for the adventure.) What we loved most was seeing the animals: penguins, sea lions, sea birds, guanaco, sheep and more! It's early in the season, and I can't imagine how amazing it would be at the peak time. All of the staff was informative and interesting. Special thanks to Tibor for the time we spent talking and to Matias for the estancia tour. We'll never, ever forget our time at Bahia Bustamante.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Just a great place to really relax and forget about the cruel world. Bahia Bustamante is Garden Eden. Only a tree with apple was missing..... smile
The wildlife is just stunning and unforgetable. We loved the charming people, the very nice hospitality and the good food. You feel immediately like at home. We will come again and stay longer next time.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

My husband and I spent three lovely days/nights at Bahia Bustamante in August 2012. The experience was unforgettable. The landscape was one which I never could have dreamed, and one to which we would like to return in the summer months. Matias and Astrid were the best hosts we could have ever imagined. It was my husband's birthday and on Saturday night they invited us to share an asado with them and their friends. After many mouth-watering MUUUUY RICO courses of chorizo, carne, and lamb, they turned down the lights and brought out a gorgeous cake and sang Feliz Cumpla. At midnight, when the generator turned off, we went outside and gazed up at the multitude of stars in the sky. There is no light pollution, and the silence was so loud our ears were ringing, and the milky way so close you could almost touch it. In Argentina it is customary to have THREE wishes on your birthday, instead of just one as we get in the US, and our stay at Bahia Bustamante was a wish come true.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bahia B, Reservations Manager at Bahia Bustamante Patagonia, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2012

Thank you Rachel for such a wonderful review! We have featured it in our Facebook page. We are really glad to know your visit was a wish come true and we hope to receive you again during the summer!!

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

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.

Room Tip: They have sea front cottages and also terrace cottages. Make sure you ask for a sea front (I think...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

My husband and I spent four nights (3 full days) in the seaside casita called Penguino. The stark landscape and constant winds made the experience seem other-worldly. Each day was unique, ranging from bright blue skies to wind and volcanic ash induced haze. The moral of the story: if you see the picture, take it now because it will change before you know it!
Our package included tours and meals as well as transport from Trelew. The two guides were quite inexperienced (first and second season) but were enthusiastic and I can only imagine they will improve over time. If you are interested in seabirds, they can identify any of them without problem, but they were not especially interested in the smaller land birds. Twice we were left off and told we would be met at the other end of the "trail", so were on our own to interpret what we saw. This was fine with us, but might not be ideal for some.
Meals were filling and tasty, but almost completely lacking in fresh vegetables. We're not big meat eaters, but decided to eat what was put in front of us to better experience the Argentine lifestyle. The lamb and guanaco were overcooked to the point that we felt a little sad that the animals had given their lives for such a fate. Deserts, however, were invariably wonderful.
We did not rent a car, so relied on Aerolineas Argentinas to get to the vicinity, then transport arranged by Bahia Bustamante. Ash from a Chilean volcano resulted in several cancelled flights to Trelew from Buenos Aires; we were lucky enough to get on a flight to Comodoro Rivadavia and Catalina rearranged our ground transport, but this could have cost us a day or more if we had been less lucky. What I later learned is that the ash is a common problem in Trelew, but not so much of an issue at Comodoro Rivadavia. No one mentioned this to me beforehand, though.
Bottom line: we were glad to have experienced this place in Patagonia where penguins and sea lions are the only creatures in a crowd.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

My friend and I spent seven days at Bahia Bustamante and completely enjoyed this experience in the remote Patagonian landscape.

Given the uniqueness of what was on offer, the location and the distance to travel to the closest town for supplies, we felt it was appropriately priced for what was included. The beach front house was simple, clean and comfortable. In fact, it was probably a bit more luxe than we expected.

We loved that Matias and his team are passionate about the environment and focused on doing more to farm sustainably, protect the landscape and the varied wildlife of Bahia. And, they worked hard to share this with us. We felt that Matias, Tibor, Victoria and the team went out of their way to make our time really interesting and varied and they worked long hours to provide access to activities – eg. horse riding, extra walks, discussions about wild life and more.

There was plenty to do and a range of options was offered every day - you could be part of the morning or afternoon group trips or go it alone. You could walk, bike ride, search for rheas and other animals near the village, take a rather brisk but refreshing swim in clear waters or just hang out and read.

We were fortunate enough to see or do something new or different every day: sea lions close up with their mates, bones of a pilot whale, sea life, wander along the rock pools, walk for kilometres in the canyon and along the shore, visit the petrified forest, see guancos, rheas, birds (egrets, flamingos, ducks etc).

We both felt that the chef was quite creative with the choices of dishes offered, particularly given the challenges of what can be grown in this climate and the access to water. We did laugh with other guests about going into a 'food coma' at lunch, where all we wanted to do was go for a siesta. Must have been the seaweed ; )

While we met a lot of really interesting guests, one of the things that my friend and I were a little surprised about was the expectations of a couple of our fellow guests. It's a remote and isolated location and that's what's so different and exciting about it. You can't bring your city expectations to what we would call 'the bush'.

A watch out: if you are staying for five days or more, I would consider arranging a transfer as hiring a car proved to be more expensive and the road is a challenge for a small car. You can hire a car through Dubrovnik or Hertz.

Thanks Matias, TIbor and Victoria for a fantastic stay. As a traveller, if you are interested in doing something a little out of the ordinary this might be the place for you. We loved it and did some great stuff and met some really super people.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Bahia Bustamante Patagonia

Address: Patagonia Austral National Park- Chubut, Bahia Bustamante 9111, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Chubut > Bahia Bustamante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Bahia Bustamante
Price Range: $161 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia Bustamante Patagonia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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