Bahia Bustamante History


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. 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.


Rooms and Amenities


There are six comfortable houses overlooking the ocean. Each one has two double bedrooms, a fully equipped bathroom, a living room and outside terrace overlooking the beach and the bay. The houses are simple, but cozy and offer the comforts guests may require. Each house is equipped with an emergency battery powered light. The experience of Bahia Bustamante is not one focused on the accommodations, but rather one focused on the remote location, unique experiences and incredible setting. On site, the old storehouse of the town maintains its traditional Patagonian atmosphere. There you will find the restaurant, which offers typical regional food based on our own production of marine algae, lamb and mutton, fish, and fruit and vegetables from our garden; the Club, equipped with pool table, ping pong table and Sapo; the Museum, with an exhibition of old photographs of the beginnings of the Argentine seaweed industry; the Living Room, which invites you to read or simply to contemplate the sea through enormous windows where bar service is available. This is a truly pleasant way to watch the sea, enjoy the Patagonian skies and the incredible sunsets; lastly, the Craftshop offers the chance to buy handcrafts, bird books, maps and local products.


Activities


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, plus optional kayaking and horseback riding (at additional cost).


Bahia Bustamante


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