Bahia Bustamante, Patagonia
Chubut Province, Argentina
The simple sheep estancia, Bahia Bustamente, is an ideal base from which to explore the spectacular Atlantic Patagonian coastline, steppe and wildlife and is a unique off-the-beaten track experience. They open from mid-September to end of March each year.
At a Glance
Explore unspoiled wilderness; the peninsula is home to a phenomenal number of birds, marine life and land mammals
Tiny community nestled between the San Jorge Gulf and the Patagonian steppes
Visit the Petrified Forest, Patagonian ranches, beaches and rock pools
Truly an adventure quite unlike any other
Wonderful wildlife viewing
The location is ideal for nature lovers who enjoy outdoor activities in an off-the-beaten track setting
Bahia Bustamente is one of a kind, a seaweed and sheep farm offering rustic, remote lodgings in the beautiful wilderness. Guests are limited to 18 at a time and there is no mobile signal but plentiful nature and incredible experiences to be had. The coastline here is within the new Marine National Park Patagonia Austral, which protects all wildlife within one nautical mile of the shore and about 50 islands from Cabo Dos Bahías southwards to Caleta Malaspina.
Here you can stay in sea front houses, or steppe houses, a stone's throw away from the Atlantic Ocean. The rustic guest houses all are private and look out straight onto the sea. The rooms are simple but comfortable, and there is no wifi or television in sight - the focus is very much on the great outdoors and the activities on offer here.
Owned and run by the charming Matias Soriano, whose passion and knowledge about the land and its history is palpable. Bahia Bustamante originally developed around sheep rearing and the harvesting of seaweed, and while these two activities have remained the economic mainstay of the village, the wealth of wildlife on offer is now attracting a new kind of traveler.
No two days here are alike; each day Matias or one of his guides will introduce you to the surrounding wonders. Days range from heading inland on foot, on horseback or in a 4x4, to explore ancient petrified forests and desert canyons under huge skies, looking out for rheas, foxes, armadillos and the majestic llama-like guanaco. Guests can see penguins, sea lions and an incredible diversity of marine fauna during the navigation along Malaspina Cove or while walking along the shore.
Nearby is the Storehouse of the town with a typically Patagonian atmosphere. There you will find the restaurant offering delicious, fresh delights made from regional produce. There also is a club, equipped with pool table, ping pong table and Sapo and a living room where you can share your travel stories with other guests and relax and enjoy watching, the sea and beautiful Patagonian sunsets.
Bahia Bustamante consists of 13 simple whitewashed houses (five one-bedroom cottages on the steppe and eight with two bedrooms from which you can stroll out onto the ocean edge) that are basic but comfortable and welcoming, and come with a separate living room, kitchen and porch.
|Sea Front House||
There are six comfortable houses overlooking the ocean. Each one has two double bedrooms, a fully equipped bathroom, a living room and outside terrace overlooking the beach and the bay.
These are five houses with a view to the Steppe and only 200 meters away from the shore.
Each has a double bedroom, bathroom, a fitted kitchen, and a patio with a barbecue. The maximum capacity is three persons. The rent includes house linen, cleaning and free access to the Peninsula.
|Superior Sea View House|
Children are welcome at Bahia Bustamante however do note that the region is very remote, accommodation is simple and there are no specific child friendly facilities. It is recommended more for older children or teenagers than little ones.
The old grocery store now houses the restaurant, living room, bar, and small museum. Please note that electricity is provided by a generator and available from dusk until 11pm. Accommodations have battery-operated lights but it is recommended to also bring a torch. Wireless internet access is available in the Grocery Store common areas when the generator is on.
The majority of excursions are included at Bahia Bustamante. Aside from hikes along the beaches and coastline, guests can take guided tours around the Gravina peninsula, visit a petrified forest, explore the estancia and learn about sheep farming, or take boat trips to encounter the local fauna, including sea lions and abundant bird life. Horseback riding and kayaking can also be organized at an additional cost.
Location & Directions
Chubut Province, Argentina
Bahia Bustamante is situated on the northern shore of the San Jorge Gulf, 180 km north of Comodoro Rivadavia city and 250 km south of Trelew city.
When to go
Bahia Bustamante is open from mid September to end of March. They open with the arrival of the penguins and close when they leave, before autumn and winter, since the weather is suitable for outdoors activities. During the time they are open, each month has its own attraction, allowing guests to enjoy different experiences.
Regarding local wildlife, a large variety of marine and steppe wildlife can be seen all year long. For example the steamer duck, a stable see lion’s colony and other typical animals from the steppe: guanaco, hares and foxes. Bahía Bustamante coast has a great number and diversity of seabirds. Some of them live here all year long, others migrate. You will always be able to appreciate seabird life. Birthing season for seabirds starts in November/December, from here on, you will be able to see a greater number of birds and species. Penguins arrive at the end of September and migrate in late April. If during your visit you would also like to see whales in Peninsula Valdes, the time of the year is from September to mid-December. October is one of the most active months of the year for whales. The least windy period of the year is from March to May. During these months it is possible to see Orca whales during navigation.
The most important rural activities are at the heart of their daily schedule. They start in August with the shearing of 20.000 sheep, which lasts 5 weeks; then, the last days of November the breading takes place and in January the weaning; both take around 45 days of work. Other rural activities and the ones related to the seaweed industry take place all the time, giving life to the corrals and the estancia.
In most of the Patagonian region, strong winds are frequent. Generally, more intense during spring. Summer days are warm with chilly nights. The marine influence controls the extreme temperatures. According to the season, the temperature can vary significantly, going between 14ºC and 1ºC in winter (June, July, August), 24ºC to 4ºC in spring (Sept-Oct-Nov) & autumn (March-April-May), 28ºC and 12ºC in summer (Dec-Jan-Feb).