Experience a true nature immersion at Bahia Bustamante!

Bahia Bustamante is a Patagonian seaside Lodge and town surrounded by pure nature well known for its biological biodiversity. Few places in the world can offer such a number and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals. You will find yourself surrounded by magnificent white sandy beaches with  crystal clear water, framed by red rocks reaching inland and the lunar landscapes of the great desert.

Bahia Bustamante was founded in the 1950s as a seaweed settlement, inhabited by more than 400 seaweed workers and their families with everything this small “town” needed. The old houses which used to belong to the first inhabitants are now renovated to receive guests and nowadays Bahia Bustamante offers:


4  spacious and cozy Superior Sea Cabins and 2 standard Sea Cabins. Both Sea Cabins categories offer Ocean front view terraces. Each Cabin has 2 double bedrooms with capacity for max 4 adults, a living room and 1 fully equipped bathroom, Minibar, full board (except beverages) & activities inside the property – coordinated the night before. Mountain bikes are available and the living room features a small window overlooking the sea.

5 Steppe Cabins located just behind the Sea Cabins, these are much simpler. Steppe Cabins have 1 double room with maximum capacity for 3 people, a dining room, a small living room with a single bed, a bathroom and a kitchen with cook top & basic tableware. This option does not include activities or meals.

The Main Lodge Located where the town had its old General Store, today holds the common areas of the Lodge, preserving a typical Patagonia atmosphere. The Restaurant serves local food in a menu based on seaweed, lamb meat, fish & other sea products, and fruits & vegetables from the organic garden.

The Bar & Living Room is the perfect place to relax with a view to the sea through the immense windows. 

In the library it is possible to find books, bird guides and magazines. 

The Memorial Room is where you can find an introduction to the early days of the town in the 60s & the daily life of more than 400 workers. 

The Club: A game room with Pool, ping-pong, table-football & board games.

What activities can be done at Bahia Bustamante?

Bahia Bustamante offers exploration activities proposed on a day-to-day basis (operation is subject to tides and weather conditions). Guests can choose from half day to full day explorations from:

  • Navigations visiting Sea Lions, Magellan Penguin and Seabirds colonies.
  • Biking, trekking or touring on 4×4 trucks to discover wonderful beaches, great archaeological and geological sites and petrified forests
  • Self guided trekking and biking trails are available to discover the place at guests’ own pace.

What species can be found at Bahia Bustamante?

  • Magellanic Penguin colony (spheniscus magellanicus), which reaches up to 100.000 individuals. 
  • Significant colonies of Blue-eyed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps), . 
  • 2 endemic species: The Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus) and the Olrog´s Gull (Larus Atlanticus). Red knot (Calidris canutus), the White-rumped sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) and the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica)  
  • The Sea Lions colony on the islands (Otaria Flavescens) reaches up to 4.000 individuals. 
  • The richness of the area also attracts the presence of killer whales, dolphins and Commerson’s dolphin. 
  • With a little bit of luck, on their way from or to Valdes Peninsula, a Right Whale or an Elephant Seal may visit Bahia Bustamante shores as well.
  • Regarding Steppe wildlife, you will be surprised to see all kinds of native animals that live in this part of Patagonia: Patagonian Cavy, lesser rheas, guanacos are easy to spot and, occasionally, some restless armadillo or skunk may lean out of a thorny bush. 

Due to its biodiversity richness it has been included in ´Patagonia Austral´ National Park & ´Blue Patagonia´ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and listed as an IBAs (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas)

Staying in Bahia Bustamante Lodge also means taking a journey to the past, to discover the amazing life of the pioneers of this truly remote place in Patagonia. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Bahia Bustamante in your next Patagonian Adventure!

Adventure & Confort Between Two Lakes

One of the most popular but yet not massive journeys in Argentina, begins at the legendary  National Route 40, driving through the footsteps of the Andes  enjoying it’s incredible landscape. If you are an intrepid traveler and dare to adventure, Lagos del Furioso is a must.


Located in a curious strip of land between two lakes, Pueyrredón and Posadas. This incredible lodge allows all visitors to enjoy a panoramic view from a special viewpoint of the different types of blue of their waters caused by the sedimentation of the glaciers in the Andes.

The whole area is an intact Patagonian ecosystem. Swans, caiquenes and bandurrias, wild ducks, flamingos, ñandues, guanacos, foxes and pumas are just some of the inhabitants that will join you on the adventure. The forest is also the refuge of the mara and many endangered or threatened native species. You can also fish Rainbow trout, perch and Patagonian silversides that populate the lakes and rivers.

Lagos del Furioso has nine guest houses built with Lenga wood which are surrounded by Lombardy & silver poplars, willows, conifers, and the always tasty red fruits of Patagonia, giving the travelers independence and privacy in their rooms. In a separate building, there is a reception, a reading room, the dining room, and a Finnish Sauna. All the infrastructure of the lodge works with a sustainable network of drinking water, electricity, gas, satellite internet, irrigation, solar energy, and wind. They grow all of the vegetables that will be used in the exquisite cuisine that you will be happy to taste.

This lodge Is the ideal base for several hikes through the meadows and forests, horseback riding, mountain bike, and observing the native flora and fauna. Also, it’s location is relevant to visit other important sites in the northwest of Santa Cruz province. It offers easy access to Cueva de Las Manos in the Río Pintura Valley, the mount San Lorenzo, Los Antiguos, and can be combined with Chile Chico, so it’s well connected with Chile if you want to consider a by-national self drive program.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We suggest a minimum of 3 nights.
  • Basic program includes:
    – Accommodation
    – Half board Program (breakfast, 4 course dinner without drinks).
    – Satellite WiFi.

Activities available with additional cost – Trekking – Horseback riding – Guided Fishing.


LLULLAILLACO VOLCANO BASE CAMP IN SALTA

LLULLAILLACO VOLCANO BASE CAMP IN SALTA

Ideal for adventurous travelers who want to live a unique experience in a special off the beaten track place, directly benefiting the local community. 


The Llullaillaco Volcano -with 6,739 masl- is the highest in the province of Salta and the second highest active volcano in the world after the Ojos del Salado, on the border between Argentina and Chile. 

Considered the Incas’ sacred volcano and the highest sanctuary of its empire, its fame grew even more after the Children of Llullaillaco were discovered: three mummified children were found in March 1999 close to the summit. They were perfectly preserved by cold and next to more than 150 objects that made up their funeral trousseau, consisting of miniature human and animal figures, utensils and food. Today they are exhibited at the Museum of High Mountain Archaeology (MAAM) in Salta and the ceremonial complex of Llullaillaco was declared a World Heritage Site. 

There are many reasons why mountaineers from all over the world venture to ascend to the summit of this Sacred Volcano. Being so, now we can find at its base the first Tourist Camp in the Argentine puna.

The Llullaillaco Base Camp project was created with the purpose of promoting the sustainable development of the local communities connected with active tourism in the region. Together with Tolar Grande community leaders, the “Puna Vision Foundation” was born with the aim of training local young people to continue the development of this activity in the area, being the ones who will welcome and assist guests at the camp.

Regarding the campsite amenities, it is prepared to provide quality personalized service and comfort for 24 people at the same time. For safety, there’s permanent connection to a base in Salta via satellite phone, allowing 24/7 communication regarding information about expeditions, weather conditions and efficiently coordinate potential evacuations. The service is also available for visitors to contact their families. 

Meals are carefully prepared in the kitchen tent, fully equipped to provide fresh food, complying with hygiene and safety standards. The in-camp chef offers a wide menu including red and white meat, pizza and pasta, cakes, fresh fruits and cereals among other options. All meals are served at the dining dome. 

There are 1200 liter drinking water supply for guests and solar energy provides power with low environmental impact, available to charge small electronic devices. There is also a toilet (with no showers) to avoid travelers’ impact in the area. 

The camp is located at 4500 masl, which is ideal for mountaineers’ good acclimatization willing to climb the volcano, as well as for those adventure travelers in 4×4 vehicles, motorbikes or MTB travelers passing by the area. 

Using it as a base also enables new trekking possibilities. Just to mention a couple of them, a 6 hour hike to Tambo -an Inca ruin at the foot of the volcano- which starts at 5000 meters and ascends to 5300 meters. And a one hour night walk ascending to the viewpoint in front of the camp to contemplate the starry sky (which may also be done during the day to get a completely different view).

Please, ask your executive about the Kallpa programs already available to get to know the Puna through different activities, visiting and staying at the camp from November to March. An unmissable experience for every adventurer!


PERITO MORENO KAYAK EXPERIENCE IN EL CALAFATE

We invite you to visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier on a kayak experience that grants you exclusive access to the natural site and offers a truly unique perspective. You will get to witness this stunning glacier from your kayak, at lake-level!

We begin with free exploration, to take in the sights and sounds of the breathtaking site as we walk through the footbridge and gawk at the incredible viewpoints along the way. Then we will head to the Meeting Point, located near the main parking area, where the team will greet and brief you.

Afterwards we will get dressed in state-of-the-art gear as the guides give us a rundown as well as an in-depth safety briefing. No previous kayaking experience is necessary; the kayak experts will explain how to paddle among the astounding glacial waters.

Once prepared and briefed we depart, with kayaks in hand, to Los Témpanos beach. We will paddle down towards the glacier so that it is facing us the whole time. We will stop for a postcard picture moment and learn more interesting facts about the fascinating Perito Moreno area in Patagonia.

There are two options for the activity:

A) Full Day – Including Transfer from El Calafate (Lunch Box included): You will be picked up from the hotel in El Calafate, then enjoy a 74 km drive to Los Glaciares National Park, arriving at about 9:30. Then you will have two hours to explore every corner of Perito Moreno Glacier by yourself.

  1. B) Excursion Only – Without Transfer (self-drive or alternative transfer required): You have to be at the Meeting Point at 10:50 am.

For both options, the experience starts at 11:00 at the Meeting Point, located close to the main parking area, where the team will greet and brief you about the experience. After selecting your gear and getting ready, we will walk to the waterside for a safety briefing and warm up. You will be provided with a Gore-Tex dry suit, thermal suit, boots, gloves and a life jacket.

Then, you will paddle for an hour and a half in Lago Argentino on the north face of Perito Moreno Glacier, returning at 2 pm to the dome for hot drinks and snacks. Afterwards, the experience is over and Full Day Paxes will take the transfer back to El Calafate at 3 pm.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Equipment: Double kayak. Waterproof dry suit, thermal suit, boots, life jackets.
  • Not included: Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park. Paid in ARS (cash only) at the entrance of the park.
  • Option A – Full Day: Round trip transfers from hotels in El Calafate + 1,5 hours kayaking + Lunch Box, snacks and hot drinks. Duration: Full Day. Pick up: from 07:30 / Return to El Calafate – hotel 17:00.
  • Option B – Excursion only (without transfer): Includes 1,5 hours kayaking + Snacks and hot drinks. Duration: 3 hours approx. From 11:00 to 14:00 approx.
  •  Departures: Everyday – except June & July
  •  Difficulty: Average. No previous kayaking experience needed.
  • Min-Max capacity: 2-20 pax
  • Minimum age required: 14 years old. People between 14 and 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents or legal tutor
  • Cancellation policy: Tour guides may cancel the activity if the weather conditions are considered inadequate.