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While this remote set up is not on Peninsula Valdes itself, the protected Patagonian Atlantic coast to the south has equally stunning scenery and if peace and quiet is what you’re after, Bahia Bustamante is just the ticket.
With just four estancias in the local area, this ranch may be isolated but it's cheerful and comfortable. There are six sea view houses, each with two double bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, lounge area and outdoor patio and benefitting from full board and with activities included. If you're looking for more independence, the five 'steppe view' houses have a double room, en suite bathroom, full kitchen and patio with barbeque, and are just 600ft from the sea. And if it all gets too much the additional services are available.
The tiny town's old Store House is the main base here, home to a communal living room, museum, craft store with handicrafts and books, club room with games, and the restaurant. The cuisine is regional, leaning heavily on locally farmed lamb, mutton and seafood, with fresh fruit and veg from the garden and even marine algae from the local beaches,
Despite the remoteness of the estancia, there is plenty to do in the area. The resident sea lions, penguins and marine birdlife in the Malaspina cove and Versace Archipelago can be visited on a private boat trip aboard Atrevida, or guests can explore the peninsula on foot, or by mountain bike or kayak. Riding horses and hands-on help with sheep farming at the local estancias can also be arranged, or guests can relax on the white sand beaches, visit the local lighthouse and petrified forest, or learn about the local seaweed farming industry.
Why we love it
Guests will see plenty of weird and wonderful species because the local area is a designated Marine National Park
Will, Original Traveller