Rincón Chico - Valdés Peninsula - Patagonia
Estancia Rincon Chico belongs to one of the pioneer families of the region
who colonized the Valdés Peninsula in 1880 to raise sheep. Augustin
Ayuzo and his partner Maria, who will host you here, epitomize their ancestors' strong
spirit of endurance, while sharing their home-made specialties, deliciously
barbecued Patagonian lamb, and excellent wines.
This estancia has the most privileged location - right in the heart of
the National Park. It is the ideal place from which to enjoy the vastness
and mystique of this flat Patagonian countryside and its amazing wealth
of wildlife. Rincon Chico has over 10 km of private Atlantic coastline with
wild stretches of beaches upon which hundreds of elephant seals and sea-lions
breed each year.
You wake up to the song of the larks, immerse yourself in the fascinating
scenery of the steppes, ocean and wildlife, enjoy sun-downers with the soothing views of stretching
shadows and red skies, the longest rainbows you can imagine, and the most incredible starry skies.
The Peninsula's diverse wildlife is spectacular: lesser rheas (South
American ostrich), maras (Patagonian hare), foxes, guanacos, armadillos,
skunks, owls, petrels, oyster-catchers, and even marine fossils such as
sand dollars and oysters. The Patagonian steppes are covered with shrubs
of quilimbay, molle, jume, coirón (stipa, poa and festuca tussock
grasses) that lead the way to gorges, lagoons, salt pits, sand dunes and
endless pebbled-beaches of the wide-open South Atlantic ocean. Southern
elephant seals, southern sea-lions, and seasonally penguins, killer-whales
and Southern Right Whales complete this remarkable panoply of wildlife while
on daytrips around the peninsula.
Four-wheel drives to the Pedregullo beach allow you to watch, study and
chuckle over the male dominated antics of the elephant seals, or walk along
sand dunes searching for marine fossils.
Drive or hike to the tajamar lagoon, a 9.8 km round trip to see a wide
diversity birds, depending on the time of the year, or to watch the elephant
seal harems from the cliffs above.
This diversity of fauna and flora will define your stay here as you enjoy
hikes, photo-safaris, and bike rides. However a cultural element to be added
to your experience at Rincon Chico is watching and sharing in the daily
chores of sheep handling and shearing typical of the rural life of a sheep
Driving off the farm, there are are many fascinating day trips. You can
visit the penguin rookery by Caleta Valdés or Punta Tombo, enjoy
the excitement of a whale-watching boat ride or dive from Punta Pirámide.
Rincon Chico has eight bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms, well adapted
to the climatic rigors, yet open to the Patagonian vastness. There is a
cozy living-room with a fireplace where you will chat to your hosts and
meet the other guests, a small dining-room and a wide verandah.
Located south of Punta Delgada on the sea side of the Valdés Peninsula,
Rincon Chico is reached by daily two-hour flights from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn and Trelew. Then you can either
self drive or be be driven 165 km from Puerto Madryn.
The season is year-round, and there is wonderful wildlife to be seen at
all times; however, one should note:
Southern Right Whales come
to breed from June to December, with spectacular viewing.
(killer whales) come into Punta Del Norte from December to
April, and practice their unique and startling beaching to kill
the sea lions.
Magellan penguins come to breed from September to