Bahia Bustamante


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Bahia Bustamante



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Founded in 1953 by a Spanish hair gel entrepreneur, Don Lorenzo Soriano, Bahia Bustamante was previous known as the Rotten Bay, due to the accumulation of vast amounts of rotting seaweed. Using it as a base, along with his 4 sons, he established the first “seaweed village” in the world. He built up a pioneering company for the harvesting and processing of seaweed – the beginning of a thriving seaweed industry to be used in both nutrition and bio-medicine. The two original buildings facing the sea quickly developed into a village that used to house up to 400 people: there was a school, a church, a police post, warehouses, workshops and a general store. More hectares were added to the main area and sheep farming started.


Today with its 40 inhabitants, the village has opened its doors to tourists, offering panoramic views and access to a large number of activities and a wide variety of fauna. The farm is set right on the waters of the eastern coast, about 1,000 miles south of Buenos Aires, the farm is roughly the size of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Mr. Soriano welcomes up to 18 guests at a time, from August through May. The totaling guest accommodations consist of six houses overlooking the ocean.

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Since December 2009, the coast is within the new Marine National Park Patagonia Austral, protecting all species found within one nautical mile from the shore and about 50 islands from Cabo Dos Bahías southwards to Caleta Malaspina.


Bahia Bustamante has been described as “having your own private Peninsula Valdez”, complete with penguins, sea lions, maras, guanacos, cormorants, petrels, terns and the flightless steamer duck among others. Occasionally grey fox, armadillo and skunk are spotted, too. If you are incredibly lucky you may spot orca whales. Daily activities include birding, hiking, wildlife viewing from land and by boat, visits to the working estancia and the petrified forest, kayaking and horseback riding.





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Bahia Bustamante Accommodation


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Bahia Bustamante
With only 40 inhabitants, this old seaweed manufacturing village has opened its doors to tourists. Bahia Bustamante has been described as “having your own private Peninsula Valdez”, complete with penguins, sea lions, maras, guanacos, cormorants, petrels, terns and the flightless steamer duck among others.

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