Bahia Bustamante Lodge

Argentina, South America

Bahia Bustamante Lodge

Argentina, South America

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‘Very few places on Earth possess the diversity and beauty of Bahia Bustamante Lodge. A trip to Penguin Island is a must for its stunning views. The perfect place for nature lovers’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Recognised as an IBA (Important Bird & Biodiversity Area)
    • Renovated seaweed camp
    • Organic & biodynamic garden
    • Guided boat trips, birdwatching, trekking and cycling
    • Biologists stay and study at the lodge
    • 65 million-year-old Petrified Forest at the lodge
    • Water comes from a natural water spring
    • 28 solar panels power the lodge
    • 42 hens provide eggs for the restaurant
    • 13 different species of marine birds
    • Check-in time: 1:00pm

    Minimum stay: 1 night
    From $345 USD per night (full board & activities)

  • Local Knowledge

    Renown for its diversity of wildlife, Bahia Bustamante lodge is the perfect place to visit if you are looking to explore the varied landscape of Argentina and learn about the native species that roam the Chubut region. The lodge’s property is diverse with many different sites that are within walking distance or a short drive that guests can acquaint themselves with, such as:

    • The Petrified Forest
    • The Peninsula
    • The Rock Canyon
    • Aristizabal Cape

    For guests that would like a taste of Argentina’s city life, they can travel further afield to:

    • Comodora Rivadavia, 2h drive (180km)
    • Camarones, 1h drive (88km)
    • Trelew, 3h drive (259km)
  • Location

    Bahia Bustamante Lodge is located in the quaint village of Bahia Bustamante, the only dedicated seaweed collecting village in Argentina. The unspoilt beaches and forests create a paradise for wildlife and wildlife lovers alike.

    • Distance from airport: Aeroport Comodoro Rivadavia, 2h drive (180km)
    • Key attraction: Penguin island, 15 min walk
    • Nearest restaurant: Local food is served at the lodge

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  • Architecture
    All of the buildings at Bahia Bustamante Lodge used to be part of an old seaweed camp that was refurbished to become the lodge that exists today. It was created utilising what already existed limiting...
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    damage to the local environment that heavy construction would have caused. The houses which used to be for the seaweed workers are now the cabins that line the shore of the bay. What used to be the old general store became the restaurant, games room and living room. The storage area was the perfect location to become an Interpretation Centre focused on the wildlife and history of the area. The soccer field was repurposed as a biodynamic vegetable garden. And finally, the church has been remodelled to create a great space.

  • Water
    The lodge provides water for the guests, the kitchen and the garden from a natural water spring. Careful water usage is encouraged by staff as it does not rain very often. There are no...
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    bathtubs, only showers which reduces consumption.

  • Energy
    Clean energy is sourced via the 28 solar panels on-site, which is also used to power their batteries. Wi-Fi and hot water are also powered through the solar energy and there are plans...
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    to incorporate a solar oven into the lodge.

  • Engage Guests
    Biologists who are studying the area choose to stay at Bahia Bustamante Lodge, sharing their research with the staff at the lodge. They also offer talks to the guests on the subjects they are working on...
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    The staff offer guests the chance to take a closer look at the lodge’s 65 million-year-old Petrified Forest, as well as other sites of great archeological interest with guided trekking, biking or navigating.

  • Waste
    They discourage the use of plastic at the lodge. The team partakes in local clean up expeditions to remove waste and plastic washed up on their beaches from the ocean. The waste they collect...
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    is then recycled to maintain the natural beauty of the beach. The lodge has been composting for 9 years, which has helped them to create their 2-acre vegetable garden. Food waste is also used to feed their hens.

  • Food
    The restaurant at the lodge aims to use as much local produce as possible, such as fruits and vegetables they source from their organic and biodynamic on-site garden, growing a wide...
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    range of vegetables (such as all green leafs, tomatoes, pumpkins, corn, green beans and more) and fruits (such as quince, rhubarbs, apples, pears, cherries, red berries and peaches). The lodge also has their own chicken coop, home to 42 hens who provide eggs for the restaurant. Where possible, food is prepared using local lamb, organic chicken, fish, seafood and seaweed. The lodge even grows vines with plans to produce their own wine in the future.

  • Conservation
    The lodge is a marine bird sanctuary, recognised globally as an IBA (Important Bird & Biodiversity Area). The staff support and engage with any research undertaken by biologists...
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    so they themselves can be educated on conservation and caring for the local wildlife. The sanctuary is currently home to a penguin colony of 100,000, a sea-lion colony of 4,000, and 13 species of seabird, 2 of which are endangered.

  • Housekeeping
    The lodge uses refillable toiletries to reduce waste. They are all organic and based on natural products like seaweed.
  • Kiwano Bonus
    The Interpretation Centre at the lodge has reconstructed all of the skeletons they have found over the years along the coastline, providing insightful information for staff and visitors. As well...
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    as educating guests, the lodge frequently opens its doors to local schools and universities who are looking to learn more about the native wildlife, this gives the staff the chance to educate future generations on conservation. Alongside having a heavy focus on education, the lodge also adheres to holistic practices that are beneficial for the local environment. For example, the breeding of lamb helps to regenerate the local Patagonia grassland.

Reviews

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    "Unique and wonderful"

    Nothing but good things to say about our time at Bahia Bustemante. The guides were excellent, the food fresh, local and well-prepared, and the peace and quiet contributed to the specialness of this isolated spot. The cabins are comfortable and clean.

    Susie, TripAdvisor

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    "A spectacular place!"

    Nature is precious and very well preserved. There are many species of birds and very beautiful and desert beaches, with white sand and blue sea ... It is an authentic and quiet place, ideal for nature lovers who want to disconnect and rest.

    Mat, Google Reviews

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    "Bahia Bustamante Delight"

    It is a truly unique place, simple and beautiful. It is a place to relax, go on excursions, eat delicious food, wander through history and experience a starlit sky in the evenings. The staff is both relaxed and attentive. We loved every minute of our stay including the rooster wake up calls.

    Janice, TripAdvisor

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    "Wonderful nature and interesting history"

    We all enjoyed our stay in Bahia Bustamente - all ages delighted in the nature, vastness and beauty of that part of Patagonia. The staff were all informed, professional and friendly.

    Christine, TripAdvisor

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