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.
- 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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- Bahia Bustamante Hosteria Hotel Bahia Bustamante