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Estancia Rincon Chico

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Estancia Rincon Chico is a homely lodge from where you can explore the Patagonian coast and discover its abundant wildlife.  

Rincon Chico is a cosy base from which to explore the Patagonian coast with its abundant wildlife and wild, rugged scenery. Set in a remote area, this family-run lodge is nevertheless just a couple of hours’ drive from regional airports. Previously the estancia reared cattle and sheep, but since 2017 it has been entirely dedicated to conservation, allowing the native wildlife to flourish, with rhea, skunks and guanacos roaming the grounds. The estancia is also rich in birdlife, with up to 120 species spotted including burrowing owls, kestrels and buzzard eagles.

The lodge has just eight simple yet comfortable bedrooms. There’s quite a bit of nostalgia in evidence throughout, with walls (and, it seems, all available nooks and crannies) adorned with books, old family relics and traditional farming implements. In harmony with the homely atmosphere afternoon tea is served daily, supplementing the rustic home-cooked meals. The attractive building has a veranda where you can relax or enjoy a drink while contemplating the flat pampa and vast Patagonian sky - sunrises are particularly beautiful here

The property includes 15km of fossil-lined private coastline and beaches upon which elephant seals and sea lions breed each year, and, according to season, southern right whales, penguins and killer whales loiter offshore. Survey them on guided nature walks, hikes and nature drives.

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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

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After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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