We read an article about Bahia Bustamante, the “poor man’s Galapagos”, seven years ago in “The New York Times” and we were hooked. We saved the article and placed Bahia Bustamante near the top of our “places to go” list. It took a long time – mostly due to its location in faraway Patagonia – but we finally made it!
What’s so special? Bahia Bustamante is remote, reachable by a half hour’s drive down a gravel road. No cell phone access and forget wifi. It’s huge (200,000 acres ) and pristine landscape with many animals and birds – and no evidence of people apart from the handful of staff and guests.
Who does live here? On the land we might see rhea, armadillo, grey fox, mara, and guanaco. We also were certain to see some of the 25,000 sheep at Bahia Busamante.
And there’s a lot more, too, but the most important is a 60-million year old petrified forest.
This what we knew before we came. We planned an extravagant 6-day stay at the end of our 7-month trip to South America. It was a true vacation for us!
We took a boat ride on Malaspina Bay to see islands teeming with sea lions, gulls, cormorants and ducks. Another day we drove in Land Rovers to see the Petrified Forest.
Afternoons were spent taking walks and a few photos, napping, and reading.
Did Bahia Bustamante live up to our expectations? Actually, it exceeded them!
To be continued…