Bahia Bustamante Ranch

Bahia Bustamante Ranch - Province of Chubut

Description:

Bahía Bustamante is a seaside village entirely surrounded by nature. It is located on the northern arch of San Jorge Gulf, an area characterised by its relevant biological biodiversity.

There are few places in the world that house such an amount and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals.

Since 1952, the village has been exclusively devoted to the seaweed harvest. At the beginning, 500 people lived there who then used wagons pulled by horses to collect the crops. Today some 40 inhabitants live in Bahía Bustamante who are all devoted to the seaweed production, which makes this place a “world’s unique seaweed village”.

Bahía Bustamante is located on the northern arch of San Jorge Gulf, Chubut province, Patagonia, Argentina, lying to the South of Camarones, another seaside village, and between Comodoro Rivadavia (110 miles/180 km) and Trelew (155 miles/250 km).

 

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.

With its huge number of geographic accidents, sounds and quietness, Bahía Bustamante is a paradise for you to discover.

Activities

Navegation: After breakfast, we gather at the grocery store and assess the weather report and the tide tables to determine whether sailing is possible. We get on the boat and sail along the seaweed fields where we come across vessels working on the seaweed harvest.

Later we sail on the mussel crops and tell you all about the breeding online system we use. Finally we come near the islands that are within the cove, approach the Roca Malaspina to continue sailing down the archipelago made up by the Vernacci Islands.

While sailing, we can contemplate Sea Lion colonies (3,500 animals during the breeding season), Penguins (60,000) and colorful Marine Bird colonies. We might even see dolphins or Orcas (Orcinus orca)! Then we moored the boat and return to the village.

The peninsula: After the last buoy south of the village, we find the first signs that indicate that we are no longer near the coast. We approach the Peninsula Gravina, with its thin sandy beaches sheltered from the wind by large red rocks that contrast with the intense blue of the sea.

There are cemeteries of native population on the Peninsula. At low tide, natural bowls form in the rocks. They are ideal to swim in the warm summer afternoons. You can visit the Peninsula on bikes, horsebacks or mini-van. During these rides, you will be able to see a lot of birds.

Petrified forest: In this era, the sea advanced from the Atlantic and covered the San Jorge Gulf area. This formed a bay that extended beyond Small River, and made Camarones emerge as an island. On the continent, life developed generously: forests covered most of the Patagonian region and the weather was mild, with plenty of rainfalls and moderate temperatures.

As the Andes were still in formation, there wasn’t – as there is today- a natural barrier to stop humid winds that come from the Pacific. Volcanoes were very active at the time, and the wind covered most of Patagonia with humidity and volcanic ashes.

Bahía Bustamante offers you the unique opportunity to discover the remaining fossils of these forests, huge petrified tree trunks that have become rock with its characteristic glow of opal, which has replaced the tree’s original organic matter. You can appreciate tree rings, traces of bark and many other features.

Seaweed Industry: In the morning, we visit the working place where the seaweed harvest is carried out.

There we get to know a varied number of species being marketed by our company, their processes and uses.

During the visit, we can also go to archaeological sites such as aboriginal working areas and cemeteries.

Patagonian Ranchs: Surrounding Bahía Bustamante with over 80,000 hectares and 22,000 head of cattle, you can find three ranches, called “Las Quebradas”, “Las Mercedes”, and “La Margarita”. There we offer you the opportunity of getting to know a real Patagonian ranch where, along with their inhabitants, you can participate in most of the ranch activities. For instance, you can watch the sheep shearing, or get familiar with the wool and meat production, such as the infamous “Patagonian lamb.”

We visit one of our ranches where we participate in the daily tasks. Depending on the date, we may see marking, weaning, shearing, or classifying sheep. We have lunch in situ following the habits of our gauchos. Then we visit the facilities of one of our ranches, say stockyards, shedders, and shearing sheds. Mid-afternoon, we head towards Bahía Bustamante.

Programa Suggeysted: 4 days / 3 nights:
Day 1: Arrive to Comodoro Rivadavia
Day 2: Navegation
Day 3: Visit to Petrified forest
Day 4: Visit to: Cabo Dos Bahias (Camarones) or Punta Tombo. Transfer to Trelew or Comodoro Rivadavia



 


Accommodation

Four comfortable houses by the sea were remodeled to house our guests.

Each house includes 2 twin bedrooms, living room, kitchen, fully equipped bathroom, heating and hot water.

Two blocs away from the houses, you will find the grocery store: your meals will be served here in a typical Patagonian environment.

At the grocery store, you will be delighted with our exclusive regional meals based on our local products such as seaweed, lamb, fish and seafood.

The largest part of the vegetables is grown in a large garden sheltered from the wind. You may visit it when you come back from the Petrified Forest.