Bustamante Bay in Chubut

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Bustamante Bay

Bustamante Bay is a town that lives for half a century of production of algae and, more recently, tourism. Situated 180 kilometers north of Comodoro Rivadavia, in the great arc which forms the Golfo de San Jorge, recently declared National Park. Guided by a lesser-known regions of Patagonia, inhabited by various species of birds and marine wildlife.

Of the many faces of Patagonia, there is far removed from any urban center and mass tourism. It Bahía Bustamante, a quiet village of 50 inhabitants on the coast of Chubut, where at night the electricity went electric generator and everything, is thrown into utter silence. There, the summer mornings are crystal clear and radiant, ideal for sailing due to the sites where you can see the abundant marine life of the site includes, for example 60,000 Magellanic penguins and sea lions 3500, to name only the most common species.

The coastal area of Bahía Bustamante and Caleta Malaspina up one of the largest reserves of birds and wildlife in general in Patagonia. And it goes with the Bold, a powerful boat with an outboard motor that goes by their corners. It starts by browsing a quiet estuary (an inlet of the sea in the course of a river) to result in Caleta Malaspina, which sails on sea grass meadows virtual. The Caleta often wagered to craft “harvest” algae and mussels. And finally, as far from the coast, you reach the archipelago Vernacci. On the way they appear colonies of sea lions, where the “owner” of a harem is able to stay up to one month on a rocky outcrop without entering the sea to eat, for fear that another wolf unseat its central location. Also penguins (all monogamous them, throughout their life) appear by the thousands on the coast and swim like torpedoes in the sides of the boat. In addition, a striking white-fin dolphins orcas and happy boating excursion with their jumps and spins while birds in great numbers hover around the Atrevida.

Bustamante Bay in Chubut

In the hollows of the blocks are three types of terns nest: the real, yellow beak and South America. A fly-on “penguin” haunt the skua and giant petrel with his two feet wide with open wings. A highly valued species is the colorful duck steam, which estimates that Argentina has a population of just 600 copies, all in the area. Cohabiting lifetime, 200 of them in the Caleta Malaspina, 50 in Bahia Bustamante and 50 in the archipelago of Camarones. The uniqueness of this duck can not fly, but runs around flapping at full speed on the water, always in noisy groups. When viewed in danger also plunges into the sea to appear many meters, and comes out with outstretched necks, forming a water line to go unnoticed.

Among migratory birds in winter they go south of Brazil is very often the gull Olrog, with an elegant black tail shows during their flights.
A large colony of cormorants “lining” a rocky islet
Near the center of town is about 10,000 hectares devoted to wool production, you can visit to learn the secrets of the world of a stay. It explains that the shearing is carried out every year processions of workers who move from room to room, working in groups with a specific role for each person, ensuring very high levels of productivity to strip thousands of sheep in a few days ( pay for production).

In nearby Gravina Peninsula are small caches with very white sand protected by large rocks that form large pools of turquoise waters and the Caribbean, clear that much more cool. And within hours of the tide you can walk to nearby islets to observe sea birds in their own nests.
Usually visitors stay about five days, enough to carry out the activities and exploration. But that one must add the time you decide to stay simply relaxing by the sea.

The Petrified Forest Pyramid:
One day of the visit is to dedicate the Petrified Forest The Pyramid, a five-hour tour that stretches into the desert steppe to see turned into stone trunks of trees that existed 60 million years ago. In those ancient times (the Paleocene) was just beginning to wake up the Andes by the tectonic collision of the Nazca plate from the Americas. In the absence of the current Andean barrier, humid winds from the Pacific “watered” Patagonia, inhabited then by a dense forest of tall trees and inhabited by large animals. But to settle the Andes everything changed “suddenly” in a few million years, making the American South in the current Patagonian steppe, where forests are found only on the slopes of the mountains, instead of downloading from moisture because to the altitude. Then, the volcanoes were responsible for putting a blanket of lava and ash that green paradise.

Trip to paradise

Bahia Bustamante is a trip to paradise!

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