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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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What our clients say

  • Excellent trip during which we felt we saw some of the real Argentina.  Delightful and helpful people abounded who had an enviable pride in their country.  Excellent service from JLA…

    ML, Cheltenham
  • Highlights:- Hard to choose one:  all the trips in Iguazu and Patagonia were spectacular, as was the impromptu tango in a bar in Puerto Iguazu and the guitarist in the…

    BV
  • Highlights: “So many highlights - relaxing and wine tasting on the Estancia, trekking on the glacier, enjoying the polo and good in Buenos Aires and the experience and animal spotting…

    KB, Chelmsford
  • The weather was very kind to us and every glacier, view and the falls were stunningly beautiful. I loved being in the hotel at Bariloche sitting on the terrace overlooking…

    LL, Bexley
  • We had an excellent holiday in Argentina and are very grateful to Sophie for organising it for us so well.

    JR, Acton
  • What a fantastic country with genuinely friendly, happy people; it was a delight to meet so many.  Although we realise we haven't seen all  that the country has to offer,…

    ML, Cheltenham
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Our Expert's Opinion

Having this huge, wildlife-packed private reserve of the Valdés Peninsula all to ourselves, and being able to explore it with enthusiastic and hospitable owners Agustín and Maria, is a real privilege. I woke up at sunrise and watched the wildlife waking up on the steppe from the terrace of the estancia house. It was magical.

David Nichols
David Nichols Product & Marketing With an affinity for the wild, wide open spaces of South America's far reaches, David has been with us since the early 90s and bolsters our Product department with his exceptional ground knowledge.

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