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Despite its isolation – or maybe because of it –Estancia Bahia Bustamente is a very special accommodation that attracts only those who are interested in the area's wildlife.

Six comfortable seafront cottages are just a few steps away from the shore, so you fall asleep to the soothing sound of ocean; another five cottages are set 200 metres higher with views of the Patagonian steppe. Attentive resident staff will welcome you and cosset you during your stay. Much of the excellent food is produced locally – including organic produce and algae from the estancia itself.

Activities depend on the tidal pattern and the weather but include a boat trip to Caleta Malaspina to watch birds and sea lions, a visit to the Petrified Forest, exploring Gravina Peninsula, visiting a typical Patagonian estancia, Aristizabal Lighthouse and Penguin Island, plus hiking and mountain biking. Outings on horseback and by kayaks are also possible – at additional cost.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Patagonia’s Marine Life

This trip focuses on the windswept shores of Argentina’s Valdes Peninsula, home to many marine mammals such as elephant seals, sealions and Magellanic penguins. Depending on the time of year, you can see orca, northern right whales or southern right whales, before visiting a rockhopper penguin colony.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Punta Tombo

This headland, a hundred kilometres south of Trelew, is dedicated to protecting the Patagonian plateau and is also the site of the world’s largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguin. Between September and March, half a million congregate to breed, and by December the area is full of noisy, hungry chicks.

  • Where: Patagonia Region
  • Ideal for viewing: black oystercatcher, kelp gull, king cormorant, magellanic penguin, skua
  • Excellent for: Penguin watching