Have you heard of Bahia Bustamante? No, we’ll bet our bottom dollar that you haven’t. Don’t take that as an insult though, not many people have. On the one hand, it’s just another sheep farm in Argentine Patagonia. And on the other, it’s your own private Galapagos.
When we say it’s private, we really mean it. Bahia Bustamante sprawls across 210,000 acres, roughly the size of Hawaiian island Kauai. And if you’re lucky enough to get there, you’ll likely only be sharing it with the owner of the land – Matias Soriano – and maybe a handful of others. The number of guests is restricted to 18 at a time.
We should warn you, this isn’t one of those luxury retreats where your every wish and desire is meticulously catered to. But then again, that’s quite rare in these parts. This is an absolute once-in-a-lifetime trip for the traveller and adventurer in you. This is a place for people who will travel across continents to see a breathtaking combination of hundreds of rarely-seen species in one spot.
There is so much natural diversity that it is hard not to compare Bahia Bustamante to Galapagos Islands. But where Galapagos benefit (and suffer) from the influx of tourists, here you will not feel the pressures of the tourism industry. Because this is a private land, the number of people that come here is strongly restricted. And we’re glad for it. This means continues protection and preservation of the natural habitat.
Imagine a place where you can witness first hand a colony of 50 odd sea lions playing in the surf. Image having breakfast on Penguin Island surrounded by its native inhabitants as far as the eye can see. Forget sheets of Egyptian cotton, we’ll take the rustic (and very comfortable) accommodation here, to be able to witness nature at it’s more glorious.