Bahía Bustamante Lodge
Bahía Bustamante (Valdés Peninsula, Argentina)
A remote lodge on the Atlantic coast of Patagonia's Chubut province, in an area famous for its wildlife and unspoilt beauty. Settlers first arrived in this distant corner of Argentina to harvest seaweed, but Bahia Bustamante is now a private wildlife sanctuary, primarily focused on tourism and conservation and the production of sustainable wool. Electricity is provided by solar panels and wind power, which runs from 10am until 11pm. Wi-Fi is available in the common areas including the restaurant, which is where all meals are served.
A number of tours (in small groups) and the use of mountain bikes are included when booking a sea cabin. There is a penguin and sea lion colony inside the property, only accessible to guests (best between November and March), a petrified forest and a canyon. Riding can also be organised at an extra charge.
Accommodation comprises six private, but simple, sea view cabins, each with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a sea view terrace.
Founded by a Spanish pioneer in the 50s, what used to be a seaweed camp has been transformed into an eco-lodge and conservation project. It's the experience which makes it so special - the vast and wild land, close encounters with wildlife and immersing oneself into the simple lifestyle.
When to go
Open from October to April.