BAHÍA BUSTAMANTE LODGE
Described by The New York Times as ´Argentina's Private (and Secret) answer to The Galapagos´, Bahia Bustamante is a seaside Lodge surrounded by 360° of pure nature, located in Patagonia, in an area recognized by its relevant biological biodiversity. Only in a few places in the world it is possible to find such a number and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals, which is why it has been included in ´Patagonia Austral´ National Park & ´Blue Patagonia´ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is also an IBAs (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas).
I couldn't really say anything better myself, except that the staff are warm and friendly, and make all visitors feel welcome. This is special place, protected by its isolation, limited tourism, and attracting a certain type of visitor. In fact you don't really feel like a tourist here, but rather a welcome visitor spending time on a private family property in an amazing location surrounded by wildlife and a little luxury.
Bahia Bustamante exceeded our high expectations. But if you do go, stay at least three days as it would be a shame to travel so far but miss the wonders of what they offer. We stayed for 6 days and each morning took guided trips to visit penguin island, the petrified forest, a boat trip in Malaspina Bay, etc. All the staff were knowledgeable, personable, and wanting to make sure the guests were well-cared for. We visited both Bahia Bustamante and the Galapagos Islands on the same trip and thought Bahia was superior for seeing wildlife and birds (and a whole lot less expensive!).
I have just spent 3 days and 4 nights at this amazing place. 5 stars for service, hospitality and its commitment to the environment, history, and future of Patagonia. You cannot find more beautiful surroundings or a friendlier staff. Accommodations are authentic, the food and service are gourmet-grade, and the guided activities are rich with the splendor of the setting. Treat yourself to a few days here and experience the quiet peace where land meets sea and shows off 65 million years of planetary evolution.
Bahia Bustamante is a paradise waiting
to be discovered.
With a great number of geographical accidents, its sounds and its solitude, Bahia Bustamante Lodge is a paradise awaiting to be discovered. From its magnificent white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, framed by red rocks reaching inland, to its moonscapes of great deserts, it is a marine and earthly paradise inhabited by a great number of birds and mammals.
Exploration activities in the area are proposed on a day-to-day basis, considering tides and weather conditions.
Sailing along Malaspina Cove visiting Sea Lion and Seabird colonies
Navigation along this quiet cove towards the Vernacci Islands, which are home to Sea Lions (4000 animals during breeding season), Magellan Penguins (100.000 – Season: October to March) and colorful Marine Bird colonies.
Navigation is done during high tide hours. We organize our navigations according to the right weather conditions.
A Peninsula with sandy beaches, crystal clear water and reddish rocks. Perfect for biking, trekking or touring in our 4×4 trucks, not only to wonderful beaches, but also to sites of great archeological and geological importance. A number of natural swimming pools are formed in between the rocks, and these are great fun for swimming with a view to the open ocean. The peninsula is a world of wonders to enjoy.
THE PETRIFIED FOREST
A 4×4 ride combined with a moderate trekking to the Petrified Forest, located 18 miles away from the Lodge within the limits of our land. The Petrified Forest is a journey to the past. Exactly 60 million years ago expressed in petrified trees and pieces of wood. Fascinating!! During the visit, we will be able to observe all kinds of Steppe wildlife too (lesser rheas, guanacos, maras, and more).
Only 15 minutes away from the Lodge this island is home to a colony of Magellan Penguins.
During low tide hours we reach the island on foot, having the amazing experience of watching penguins, chicks and nests all around us. Along the road to the island we will also be able to observe all kinds of Steppe wildlife.
A 4×4 drive to reach this amazing Cape, an important rocky point of imposing landscape, open ocean views & isolated beaches.
On our journey we will come across diverse wildlife such as: lesser rheas, maras, grey foxes, armadillos and more.
Once we reach the Aristizabal Lighthouse, we do a short trek to watch Sea Lions, which usually rest in different spots around the Cape.
A beautiful trekking through the canyon, following the path of a dry river until we reach the ocean. We walk alongside immense walls 15 mts tall, formed by Jurassic rocks from the Mesozoic era.
Some amazing tide pools are great fun for swimming and photo opportunities. We also visit a native archeological site. The canyon is protected from windy conditions, which makes it ideal for bird watching
& INTRODUCTION TO THE SEAWEED INDUSTRY
Walk around the Lodge to learn about its history, its founder, inhabitants, the buildings, everything! We will also visit the barnes were the seaweed is processed & learn about the different species found in Bahia Bustamante, its uses & more.
& INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE WOOL PRODUCTION
We produce sustainable wool. At the ranch you will understand the production process of wool and meat, and according to the season, you may participate of a day’s work, visiting the corrals and learning about the different activities carried out: shearing, weaning, classification or marking of the sheep.
SELF GUIDED TREKKING / BIKING
around the Graviña Peninsula is also possible.
OTHER EXPERIENCES (not included in the full board) – Horseback riding – Private navigation and island exploration
Bahia Bustamante is an IBAs
Important Bird and Biodiversity Area
Compared to the Galapagos Islands by The New York Times, this is a privileged area to enjoy bird watching: a wide variety of species inhabit different ecosystems: marine, intertidal, marshes, wetlands, steppe, etc. The islands and islets of the region, noted for their diversity of flora and substratum, and the richness of the marine wildlife, create ideal conditions for the seabirds to reproduce. Moreover, they are sheltered from the wind, the swell, and land predators such as armadillos, foxes or skunks.
As a result, this destination is an important scientific research center, not only for Argentinean biologists, but also for international experts who have been studying birdlife in the area for more than 20 years.
OUT OF THE 16 MARINE BIRDS THAT NEST IN ARGENTINA´S COAST, 13 DO IT IN BAHIA BUSTAMANTE
In 21 breading colonies populated with 1 to 7 sea bird species each. Within these 12 marine species we find the Magellanic Penguin colony (spheniscus magellanicus), which reaches up to 100.000 individuals. In the area you may also find significant colonies of Blue-eyed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps) and Rock Cormorant (P. magallenicus). The Blue-eyed Cormorant is the main guano producer of the country and their colonies have suffered sporadic extractions during the nineteenth century.
2 ENDEMIC SPECIES
The Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus) is found in large concentrations here, as well as the Olrog´s Gull (Larus Atlanticus). Both species are rated internationally as threatened birds.
7 MIGRATORY, 5 NEARTIC & 2 PATAGONIAN SPECIES FREQUENT THE AREA
Bahía Bustamante region is one of the main transitory spots on most coastal bird’s migratory journey - especially for the Red knot (Calidris canutus), the White-rumped sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) and the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica) that have their main non-breeding colonies on Tierra del Fuego island.
GREAT VARIETY & DIVERSITY OF OTHER MARINE AND STEPPE BIRDS
The Sea Lions colony on the islands (Otaria Flavescens) reaches up to 4.000 individuals. This is a very important colony, representing around 20% of the total number of sea lions which inhabit San Jorge Gulf area. The richness of the area also attracts the presence of killer whales, dolphins and Commerson’s dolphin. With a little bit of luck, on their way from or to Valdes Peninsula, a Right Whale or an Elephant Seal may visit us. As per Steppe wildlife, you will be surprised to see all kinds of native animals that live in this part of Patagonia: Patagonian Cavy, lesser rheas, guanacos are easy to spot and, occasionally, some restless armadillo or skunk may lean out of a thorny bush. The sunset is the best moment to watch a great variety of birds, tinamous and even grey fox and maras.
Since the opening of the Lodge, in 2005, more than 100 articles in magazines, newspapers, TV, radio and a diversity of websites from all over the world have featured Bahia Bustamante Lodge. They were inspired on the incredible nature, its history and the general experience. Below you will find some stories to start your journey!
“Argentina’s Private (and Secret) answer to the Galapagos” – The New York Times
“The Eco Retreat at the end of the world” – The Telegraph
“One of the 10 truly remote places where your boss can’t track you down” – Bloomberg
“In Need of a Digital Detox? One of the 6 Resorts for a Tech-Free Vacation” – VOGUE
“The One dish to eat in Argentine Patagonia is.. Seaweed” – Conde Nast Traveller
“The 5 most incredible luxury locations for birdwatchers in Latin America” – A Luxury Travel Blog
“5 paradas en Bahia Bustamante” – Quincha.net
“Explorar Bahía Bustamante, con el encanto de pisar tierra virgen” – La Nación
“La misteriosa obra de Boltanski en una playa inhóspita de la Patagonia”- La Nación
“Paraíso de Mar” – La Nación
“Chubut y el Mar” – La Nación
“De Gaiman a Bahia Bustamante” – La Nación
“The Blue Route” by Francis Mallmann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLyYOFp6zwM
Partir Autrement in Bahia Bustamante: https://vimeo.com/87707161
Restoring Patagonia grassland – OVIS XXI – TNC – Patagonia Inc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9aeRVzcBzY
Collecting Salicornia in Bahia Bustamante: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoyRP_s_rMs
OTHER MEDIA FEATURING BAHIA BUSTAMANTE LODGE
Alta – Aerolineas Argentinas
Cuisine & Vins
and many more
TN – Variete / En El Camino
THE REST OF WORLD
The Financial Times (UK)
Conde Nast Traveller (Spain)
El Mercurio (Chile)
El Pingüino (Chile)
Carbono Uommo (Brazil)
O Globo (Brasil)