Bahia Bustamente is a sheep farm of over 200,000 acres. To the East it is bordered by the Atlantic ocean, to the west the Patagonian desert and it is an extraordinarily beautiful place with with a huge array of wildlife; including whales, dolphins, gaunacos, armadillos, sea lions, sea elephants and over a hundred species of birds. This trip will take you on horseback adventure round the farm introducing you to each of its fascinating corners.

Destination

The Whales of Peninsula Valdes

Min / Max group size

4 / 6

When to travel

September to March

Number of days

6 days / 5 nights

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Bahia Bustamante for lunch followed by an
afternoon history tour around the town.

Night at a Sea View Cabin at the main house

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Sea View Cabin

Day 2

Departure by vehicle towards Estancia Las Quebradas, where you will start the horseback adventure to Estancia Las Mercedes – a working ranch, dedicated to wool production. Quebradas and Mercedes are part of a group of three Estancias that make up Bahía Bustamante.  Like on any farm, each day is different but there will be an opportunity to help out with whatever work is been done on the day, whether it be shearing, weaning, classification or marking of the sheep.

Night camping at the Sheep shearing sheds

Patagonia horseback adventure

Working with the sheep in the corrals

Day 3

After breakfast you will ride to have a picnic lunch at Bustamente’s very own 60 million year old petrified woods.

Night camping at the sheep shearing sheds

Patagonia horseback adventure

Riding along the coastline

Day 4

Breakfast in Las Mercedes before heading back to the main house.

Afternoon to relax on the beach or go for a bike ride.

Night at a Sea View Cabin at the main house

Patagonia horseback adventure

Horses on the estancia

Day 5

Morning trip to enjoy spectacular sights of sea lions and penguins among a great diversity of birds. You will board a boat to sail along the seaweed fields among the vessels working the seaweed harvest. Later sailing on to the mussel crops to learn about the breeding system in use there before finally sailing down the archipelago made up by the Vernacci Islands. you will pass Sea Lion colonies (4000 animals during the breeding season), Magellan Penguins (100.000 – Season: October to March) and colourful marine bird colonies before mooring the boat and returning to the village.

Lunch, during the afternoon you will horseback ride along Graviña Peninsula, where you will find 70 km of sand beaches, clear water of the deep blue sea and reddish rocks. If the tide is low, natural swimming pools are formed in the rocks and are ideal to bathe if the weather is good. The peninsula is also home to an archeological site and Penguin Island.

Night at a Sea View Cabin at the main house

Patagonia horseback adventure

Sea lion and seagulls on the beach

Day 6

Breakfast.

End of trip

Price

  • Price includes – All food & beverages (excluding drinks). All accommodation: double rooms – please enquire if you require single accommodation. All local tax.
  • Price does not include  – International flights to Argentina or transport to Chubut. Bank charges. Personal camping equipment (sleeping bags etc). Personal medical insurance (compulsory). Any visa fees and extras such as tips, laundry etc.

Prices are quoted in US dollars. However, we do receive payments in UK pounds, a sterling rate will be given at the time of booking.

Notes

  • Activities are subject to weather conditions and tides.
  • Riding level: though this is a true horseback adventure we can tailor the riding to the level you wish.

This program is an example of one of many programs we organize round Argentina. All our trips are tailor-made and we can adapt all our programs to your specific needs. And, if you would like help organizing transport, accommodation or any other activity in any other part of the country we would be very happy to help.

 

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